For 2,091 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 6.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Rainer's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Seymour: An Introduction
Lowest review score: 0 Mixed Nuts
Score distribution:
2,091 movie reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    He's 9Mendes) discovered his stride here, a blend of thrills and sabotage and deep-dish emotionalism. The powerful performances by Craig and Dench surely owe a great deal to his indulgences.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    The ferocity of the performances is inextricable from the men’s real-life criminality. We are baffled, moved, and repulsed – often at the same time – by the elemental spectacle before us. In this metaprison drama, the prison bars are both illusory and unbreakable. Caesar Must Die chronicles an exalted entrapment.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    It's a deliciously perverse melodrama.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    One of the most dreamily unsettling documentaries ever made.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Jesse Moss’s documentary The Overnighters is being hailed as a modern-day “Grapes of Wrath,” which, up to a point, it is. But it’s far more complicated than that.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Like all good noirs, it has an almost comic appreciation for how the best-laid plans can go horribly wrong. No matter how bad things get, they can always get worse. I watched the film in a state of rapt enjoyment.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Despite never having made a movie before, and utilizing comparatively primitive camera and recording equipment, Kurt and his son Ian crafted a movie unlike any other in the rock-doc genre.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    This movie is a one-of-a-kind experience – blarney carried to rhapsodic heights.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Judging from this film, a pop cultural resurgence in Afghanistan seems ultimately unstoppable, even with a resurgent Taliban, if for no other reason than that 60 percent of the population is under 21. Also, this is a country, as we see again and again, that loves to sing.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    DiCaprio's performance is a revelation only for those who have underestimated him. In Scorsese's previous films, "The Gangs of New York" and "The Aviator," he seemed callow and miscast, but here he has the presence of a full-bodied adult. He's grown into his emotions.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    One of the funniest and happiest movies I’ve ever seen about early adolescent girls and their wayward, fitful joyousness.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Essentially two movies for the price of one. But those halves add up to more than most movies right now.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    All in all, a harrowing, one-of-a-kind movie.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Mongol is a throwback to a more respectable tradition. The largeness of its scope arises naturally from the material, not the budget. The movie earns its stature.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Since we all know that Paris wasn’t blown to smithereens, the tension here is not in the outcome but in how it was achieved. The meeting between these two men is largely fictional, but the stakes could not have been more real.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    This is the loopiest star vehicle in ages.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Edet Belzberg’s documentary Watchers of the Sky, which was a decade in the making, reclaims the reputation of Raphael Lemkin, a Polish Holocaust refugee who not only coined the term “genocide” but also invented the concept of categorizing mass murder as an international crime.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Viewers expecting a blistering attack on the fast-food business, or an Altmanesque panorama, will be disappointed, but it's a sensitive and humane piece of work.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    There's ample reason to stay with this series. When Harry says "I love magic," you believe it.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Renner gives a full-bore performance of great individuality and industriousness, but essentially his character is as glamorized as any classic Westerner.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Night Moves may have a soft, almost dreamy feel, but at the core it’s crucially hard-headed. In its own quiet way, in how it pulls together our utopian ideals and home-grown fears, it’s the zeitgeist movie of the moment.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    In some ways the movie's straightforward style is more appropriate to the horror than a more souped-up approach would have been. With material this strong, sometimes the best thing a filmmaker can do is to stay out of the way.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Spiritual redemption is a big theme of Narnia, but on a purely entertainment level, the movie also goes a long way in redeeming the current sad state of children's fantasy filmmaking.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    The plot's many complications pretty much all add up, which is a rarity these days for a murder mystery. It's possible that audiences don't even care anymore if a film makes sense as long it's entertaining.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    The action is swift and witty, and the 3-D effects are imaginative and not simply tacked on as with so many animated movies these days.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    It gives ample play to all sides of the argument. Herzog allows us to think things through on our own.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    The marvel of Cage's performance is that, somehow, it's all of a piece. That's the marvel of the movie, too. This is one fever dream you'll remember whole.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    It's really about the ways in which Chinese westernization clashes with the traditionalism of Confucian teachings. It's about competition versus piety.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    All in all, a visual and musical feast.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    This is a movie about, among other things, pain, and it's made by someone who understands its expression.

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