For 2,058 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 6.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Rainer's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Winter's Bone
Lowest review score: 0 Wild Hogs
Score distribution:
2,058 movie reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    This is the most Hitchcockian of Haneke's films. A seemingly well-adjusted man in a well ordered universe is brought to the brink.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    It's a classic example of how a movie can be great without, strictly speaking, being good. But when something is this funny, who wants to speak strictly?
    • 63 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Soderbergh does overemphasize the "little-people" dreariness of it all. But there is much low-key humor here, too, albeit on the dark side.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Rapp has clearly been influenced by such lyrically disaffected '70s movies as "Five Easy Pieces." He brings out in Deschanel a sense of yearning, an avidity, that hits home.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    While I don't entirely rule out the possibility that Bruce is a hoaxster, it seems more likely that his story is one of those weird scientific anomalies that more frequently turn up as an Oliver Sacks case history.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Sonia may seem happy-go-lucky at the start, but grief steels her. It makes her grow up very fast. She becomes a kind of heroine in the course of the film, which ultimately owes its stature to her presence.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    So many movies these days are being linked, often quite tenuously, to current politics. Let this new film be no exception. I am happy to say that Ice Age: The Meltdown points up for toddlers the dangers of global warming.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    It's reminiscent of David Lynch, who is a master at mixing the ghastly and the risible. Brick would be better with a bit more Lynch in its soul, but Johnson is his own man, and I look forward to what he comes up with next.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Chronicles the eerie and oddly inspiring story of Johnston's ongoing battles to survive - both as artist and human being.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Hartnett has been stuck in the young-adult heartthrob mode for some time now, but this comic thriller may launch him into meatier fare.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    It's an expertly engineered popcorn movie - hold the butter substitute - but it also tries (and fails) to be a love story for the ages.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Beyond being a showplace for crash-and-burn effects, Poseidon seems to be stumping for togetherness.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    This enjoyable Dreamworks animated comedy is well timed.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Streep and Tomlin are so attuned to each other that it's as if they had worked together all of their lives. In fact, it's their first time. Streep has become a wonderfully soulful comedian; Tomlin always was one.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    It's all something of a stunt - "Speed" on a shoestring - but very well done.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    It may be subtitled, and the faces may be unfamiliar, but District B13 is the best buddy action movie around.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    This film is apolitical in the best sense - it bears witness to a time and a place.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    At times the film resembles a promo for Shortz and the Times, and the celebrity puzzlers, who include filmmaker Ken Burns, Bill Clinton, and the Indigo Girls, have an unfortunate tendency to bloviate. Not so Jon Stewart, who seems to regard each Times puzzle as an opportunity to go mano a mano with Shortz.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    A prime example of a dysfunctional-family comedy that also doubles as a road movie. Even the vehicle of transport is dysfunctional.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Right away in Miami Vice you know you're waist-deep in movieland.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    At its best it shares with Stone's finest work a feeling for the imminence of death and salvation.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Despite much of the turmoil depicted, there is a sweetness to parts of this film that is reminiscent of the 1961 British movie "A Taste of Honey."
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Best where it counts the most - in its recognition of how difficult it will be for Dan and Drey to turn their lives around.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Montenegro, the star of "Central Station," and her daughter make a remarkable pair. They hold your attention even when the emptily portentous story does not.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Very difficult to characterize and that's why I like it. The best I can do is to call it a sunny tragedy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Whitaker is terrifying in a way that we recognize not from old movies but from life.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    The passage of time has rarely been more forcefully conveyed in a movie, as we see clips of the interviewees not only from today but also at seven-year intervals from the past.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    The movie confirms what most of us have known all along: Electability is all about staying on message.

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