For 2,123 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 6.1 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:
2,123 movie reviews
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    Waltz With Bashir is a supremely courageous act, not only as a piece of filmmaking, but much more so as a moral testament.
    • 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?
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    The performances by Phoenix and Hoffman are studies in contrast. Phoenix carries himself with a jagged, lurching, simianlike grace while Hoffman gives Dodd a calm deliberateness. Both actors have rarely been better in the movies. The real Master class here is about acting – and that includes just about everybody else in the film, especially Adams, whose twinkly girl-next-door quality is used here to fine subversive effect.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    In the end, this melancholy, inspiriting movie achieves a breathtaking emotional harmoniousness.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    A remarkable movie about a remarkable friendship. It honors the audience's intelligence, which makes it a double rarity.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    A semi-improvised, microbudget marvel with a range of feeling that shames most big-budget star-driven movies.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    This delicate, hand-drawn marvel is lyrical and heartbreaking in ways that most live-action movies never approach.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    Frederick Wiseman’s documentary National Gallery is for art lovers, movie lovers – basically for anybody. Ostensibly a film about London’s famous museum, it’s really about the experience of art in all its manifestations.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    Altogether fascinating.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    For Your Consideration is, except for "Borat," the funniest film of the year. Or, it's the funniest film that you don't have to watch through parted fingers.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    It has what the most heartfelt Disney animated features used to have: rapturous imagery matched with real wit.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    A hushed, small-scale masterpiece that moves into the shadowlands of tragedy.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    The movie is true to its own fierce vision and it's the better for it. I haven't seen a stronger or better American movie all year.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    A supremely cranky and lyrical feat.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    In the end, the finest achievement of Wright's movie is that it fully captures what Martin Amis, writing on Pride and Prejudice, said of Austen: "Money is a vital substance in her world; the moment you enter it you feel the frank horror of moneylessness, as intense as the tacit horror of spinsterhood." All that, and a great love story, too.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    The story is so powerfully observed that it does indeed become larger than itself – an American tragedy.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    One of the sharpest and funniest movies about the music business ever made.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    A heartbreakingly powerful masterpiece.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    One of the sweetest and most heartfelt movies ever made about a life in the theater.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    It's a strange, one-of-a-kind film that was to be Benacarraf's only full-length feature.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    Most powerfully, Berg also films a number of O'Grady's victims as they recount their trauma and, in some cases, loss of faith.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    By holding the shot, as she so often does in this film, Takesue is encouraging audiences to take a deep, long look at things they might otherwise miss.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    At times the film is so supercharged that it glosses over the story's thematic richness and turns into a very high-grade action picture. But if that's the worst thing you can say about a movie, you're doing all right. The best thing to be said about Children of Men is that it's a fully imagined vision of dystopia.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    The film's final seven-minute shot is one of the great denouements in film history.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    In Panahi's case, he is insuperably handicapped by his current constraints. And yet, despite everything, here is This Is Not a Film, which is emphatically a film – and an extraordinary one.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    This is a Holocaust movie that is so relentlessly observed and so aware of woe that it never feels like it belongs to a genre.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    And yet the great conundrum of the Holocaust is that it was perpetrated by human beings, not monsters. Few movies have rendered this puzzle so powerfully.

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