For 468 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 35% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 62% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Rainer's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Late Marriage
Lowest review score: 0 She Hate Me
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 55 out of 468
468 movie reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    One of the sharpest and funniest movies about the music business ever made.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    No other concert film has ever expressed so fervently the erotic root of rock. Seeing it is the opposite of taking a trip down memory lane; it's more like a plunge into the belly of the beast.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    So intimate and sensual and funny and psychologically self-revealing that it makes most of what passes for sex in the movies look like cheap hysterics.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    A hushed, small-scale masterpiece that moves into the shadowlands of tragedy.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    Jackson has a genuine epic gift: Few filmmakers have ever given gross-outs such resplendence.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    An astounding, one-of-a-kind movie.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    A rare example of first-rate filmed opera.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    You've seen the rest; now see the best.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    A love affair between performer and filmmaker. The director shows off his ardor by eliciting from his actors aspects of their gifts that they themselves may not have known they had.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    The most visceral and cumulatively powerful account of civil war since Gillo Pontecorvo's "The Battle of Algiers."
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    The most deeply and mysteriously satisfying animated feature to come along in ages.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    It has what the most heartfelt Disney animated features used to have: rapturous imagery matched with real wit.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    The most joyously cinematic movie I've seen this year. Chomet's astonishing imagination conjures images you could swear you've seen in your dreams.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    Jackson is rare among the makers of epic movies in that he knows how to do the small stuff, too. The Return of the King has “heart”--how else could it pump out all that blood?
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    The most powerfully entrancing children's film in years. Of course, a true kid's classic is just as magical for adults.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    Sweetest, funniest, most humane movie I've seen all year.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    What's remarkable is how often the photographer's subjects allow themselves to be caught on film; it's as if they understood implicitly that Nachtwey was there not only to agitate for reform but to memorialize their agony. He does both.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    I've never seen another movie that so clearly expresses the sensual sustenance that great folk culture provides its practitioners.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    It's an elliptical tragedy in which the fate of its characters takes on a larger significance while never losing its intimacy.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    Michel Bouquet's performance makes Anne Fontaine's How I Killed My Father required viewing.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    The lifelong friends in Fred Schepisi's marvelous Last Orders actually seem like lifelong friends.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    Wiseman lets the material breathe in a manner unique to the subject.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    It's a truly prodigious piece of work, resembling a career summation far more than a maiden voyage.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    It would be a mistake to regard American Splendor as an anthem for the common man. It is the UNCOMMON that is being celebrated here.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    A comedy in the best sense--it draws its life from the pitch-perfect authenticity of its characters.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    A mesmerizing documentary.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    Polanski’s strongest and most personally felt movie.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    Moodysson captures exactly the preening narcissism and gumption of these frazzled would-be revolutionaries trying to wriggle out of their bourgeois straitjackets.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    Linklater must have recognized a kindred spirit when he read Belber's play. He's given us a reality-fantasy game, a psychodrama, a harangue, and a detective story all rolled into one.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    The funniest and most emotionally charged erotic road movie since Bertrand Blier's "Going Places."