For 2,246 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 44% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Rainer's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Waltz with Bashir
Lowest review score: 0 Enough
Score distribution:
2246 movie reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    It appears to have been made from the inside, not only of the characters but of the historical situation in which they struggle.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    In Zodiac, working from a script by James Vanderbilt, Fincher has decidedly toned down his act. His straight-ahead, methodical direction isn't as flagrantly unsettling as much of his previous work, but it's more psychologically layered. In this film, for the first time, we feel for his characters when they bleed.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Petit, by the way, is still very much alive and spry. I saw him at a screening of the film at the Sundance Film Festival where he spoke to the audience afterwards. On his way up to the podium, he tripped.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    With scrupulous fairness, Ferguson meticulously lays out for us the whole sordid mess.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    He is the least intrusive of great directors, and Boxing Gym, which is about a gym in Austin, Texas, is so offhandedly observant that, for a while, you may wonder if much of anything is really going on.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    The Namesake takes in a lot of territory, and at times is too diffuse, too attenuated. But the actors are so expressive that they provide their own continuity. They transport us to a realm of pure feeling.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Since music is so much more than music between these two, their filmed sessions resemble not so much rehearsals as communions.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    His (Hamer) new film, 1001 Grams, is almost as good as “Kitchen Stories,” with a story equally unpromising – but only in theory.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    It seems to me that too often in this country, and especially now, science has become politicized to the detriment of those who could be helped by it. Just because truths are inconvenient is no reason to suppose they are not real.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    A young adult romantic comedy with a sweetness and delicacy that lifts it out of its genre.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Above all, literally, are the kites. When a character says, "You fly these kites and feel the joy," we know just what he means.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Because the war in Afghanistan is so much in the news now – it should always have been so – a movie like Restrepo is both a bracing document and, in a larger sense, a disappointment.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Bridges draws us deeply inside Blake’s moment-to-moment heartbreaks. He makes us root for him as we would root for a dear friend. Ultimately, his triumphs become our own.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    The film may be subtitled "Shut Up & Sing," but you can't sing with your mouth closed.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    It's a sideways view of a national trauma. The large cast includes standout performances from such unlikelies as Demi Moore, playing an alcoholic crooner, and Estevez himself, as her long-suffering husband. Everyone in this film is powerful.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    The best of Rango is a lot like the best of the first "Pirates" movie – crazily funny and rambunctious.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    In Moving Midway, Cheshire chronicles not only the history of the move but also of the family members, past and present, who occupied the place, and, most pointedly, the slaves who worked its fields, some of whom turn out to be related.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    As an anatomy not only of Polanski's psyche but also of the legal system he confronted, it's as baroquely compelling as "The Dark Knight."
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    The sometimes agonizingly powerful documentary Under Fire: Journalists in Combat is built around some staggering statistics: Only two journalists were killed in World War I. Sixty-three lost their lives in World War II. And in the past two decades, almost one journalist per week has been killed.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    In Gyllenhaal's all-out performance, it reminded me most of Judy Davis in "High Tide," another movie directed by a woman (Gillian Armstrong) about a misfit mother and her daughter. It has the same fierce honesty.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    The viciously anti-Semitic 1940 German movie “Jew Süss” is one of the most notorious films ever made...Today it is one of the few Nazi-era films that still cannot legally be shown.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Considerably less slick than "An Inconvenient Truth," and no less urgent.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    I don't wish to give offense here, but it certainly doesn't hurt that Mary Lou is voiced by that famously small bundle of energy Isla Fisher. (She's 5-foot-2.)
    • 57 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    In Michael Winterbottom's Trishna, Thomas Hardy's Victorian romantic tragedy "Tess of the D'Urbervilles" proves surprisingly adaptable to contemporary India.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    A feast for Neil Young lovers and initiates alike.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    This may sound like a dry subject, but, as presented here, it's anything but – especially if you have more than a passing interest in the art and science of what gets projected onto our movie screens these days.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Lena Dunham, the writer-director-star of the microbudget Tiny Furniture, has a distinctive comedic take on the world – a kind of haggard spiritedness.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Pianomania is the thoroughly apt title for a thoroughly enjoyable documentary.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Nathalie Baye is remarkable in Le Petit Lieutenant where she plays Caroline Vaudieu, a Parisian police inspector who returns to her post after a bout with alcoholism following her child's death.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    The most enjoyable thing about the "Ocean's" movies is that nobody involved seems to take them seriously. The star wattage is immense but the stars themselves are refreshingly self-deprecating, almost satirically so.

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