For 2,108 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Rainer's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 My Kid Could Paint That
Lowest review score: 0 Couples Retreat
Score distribution:
2,108 movie reviews
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    If there is a single image that we take away from Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman," it is of Willy Loman weighted down to his very soul by his suitcases. The image that holds in this modern-day salesman's serenade is Nick the salesman reduced to selling off his own life.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    It's as if we were watching one of those buddy-buddy bromances told, this time, from the perspective of the woman who is normally on the sidelines of the men's attentions and affections. It's a welcome angle.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    The director is fortunate to have cast actors who fully embody their roles. Muehe, who once played Josef Mengele in Costa-Gavras's "Amen," has the ability to let you see far beneath his masklike countenance. Koch, dashing and intense, is entirely believable as a man of the theater; Gedeck exudes a sensuousness that this covert society cannot abide.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Part 1 of the final installment, 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,' is another scrupulous adaptation of J.K Rowling's books.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    This intermittently terrific cerebral thriller does, indeed, hinge on the proper use of dictionary definitions, but the film is really about the oppressive blahness of small-town, postcommunist Romania. In such surroundings, parsing definitions can almost stand for high drama.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Although the film, for the most part, is told from the perspective of the IRA, it does not blithely take its side.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Lola is, in other words, a believable heroine for our times.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    This computer-animated feature is consistently inventive, if a bit busy and overlong.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Bong's style is comically tart even in the film's most noirish moments.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    The big news here is not simply that Nim was traumatized, it's that Nim was signing that he was traumatized.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    This film would be better if it wasn't so slick. Still, parts of it are enjoyably shaggy, and Hopkins is very endearing.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    What actors! The great Miriam Margolyes has a wonderful cameo as a scullery maid, and Colin Firth manfully endures a face full of frosting. And then there's Angela Lansbury, playing her first movie role in 20 years as the villainous Aunt Adelaide.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Dews perhaps makes too much of the notion that Allis was a woman out of her time – a feminist precursor. This is too sociological a formulation for such a patently psychological crisis.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Destined to become this year's love-it-or-hate-it movie. Is it OK to say I merely liked it a lot?
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    The animation is consistently sporty and there are some choice comic riffs on martial arts movies.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    It’s always gratifying to see a movie in which an ostensibly closed-off community is depicted humanely rather than voyeuristically.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Devotees of the "Whole Earth Catalogue" may regard this film as a nostalgia trip, but it's much more comprehensive, more forward-looking than that.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    The problem is, the geek in question, at least as Jesse Eisenberg plays him, doesn't have the emotional expansiveness to fill out a movie. Perhaps sensing this, the filmmakers play out the story line from multiple points of view and crowd the stage with a pageant of voluble supporting characters.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    In all, it's a fun exercise in nostalgia but a three-hour homage to grade Z movies is a long sit. Grunge overload sets in early.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    In "Birders," by contrast, nature is one big entrancing show; a world of tweets without "tweets."
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    You may not feel like dancing after watching Pina – unless you have a thing for earth in your shoes – but you'll certainly know you've seen something.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    His movie is visually as beautiful as anything he’s ever done. Conceptually, it’s muddled. The collision between poetic fancifulness and grim reality, between peace and war, never falls into focus. Miyazaki has seized on a great theme only to soft-pedal it.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Many of the interviews in the film – conducted with everyone from family members to Christopher Hitchens and Tom Hayden – look to be 10, even 20, years old. Together they concoct a complex portrait of an ultimately unknowable man.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Rothemund's use of the recorded testimony, while it gives his film a startling veracity, also limits his imagination. It prevents him from delving too deeply into the psychology of these activists.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Brad Pitt gives one of his best performances as Sgt. Don “Wardaddy” Collier, a tank commander with a passion for killing Nazis.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    This film is apolitical in the best sense - it bears witness to a time and a place.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    The dialogue is sharp and so are the performances. Andrew Dominik directed this neo-noir in a low-key comic style that's alternately gritty and fancy. The gritty stuff is best.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    The cast is something of an indie movie hall of fame that includes Giovanni Ribisi, Mary Steenburgen, Brittany Murphy, and Toni Collette. Marcia Gay Harden is particularly fine as the murdered girl's mother.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    It radiates intelligence. Of how many historical epics can that be said these days?
    • 58 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    It has a sweetness all its own.

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