For 2,020 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 Toy Story 3
Lowest review score: 0 Couples Retreat
Score distribution:
2,020 movie reviews
    • 48 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    Altogether fascinating.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    Granik filmed in actual locations and enlisted many locals as actors. They blend unobtrusively with the professionals in the cast.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    Toy Story 3, has more emotional power than either of its predecessors. Come to think of it, it also has more emotional power than most of the live-action movies out there.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    Fan's camera moves sinuously through these people's lives and gives a human face to a national panorama.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    A remarkable movie about a remarkable friendship. It honors the audience's intelligence, which makes it a double rarity.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    A breathtakingly beautiful achievement in every way.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    A quintessential Mike Leigh performance. It deepens as it goes along until, in the end, in its final close-up, it overwhelms.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    Despite its length, it is one of the most consistently engrossing and powerful movies ever made.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    It's a transcendently uplifting tragedy.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    Clooney and Payne are coconspirators, too. They know that the story they are telling is too emotionally complicated to muck up with a lot of preening and artifice. They head right into the sad and crazymaking humor of the situation. This is a modest marvel of a movie.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    These paintings speak to us; they both compress and elongate time. In Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Herzog is reaching for ways to comprehend what he imagines to be the emblems of the birth of the modern soul.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    A marvelously captivating animated feature.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    A semi-improvised, microbudget marvel with a range of feeling that shames most big-budget star-driven movies.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    Says Lauro: "This is about as close as you can get to the way it sounded during slavery days." Lauro and McGlynn understand, too, that these clips must be experienced whole. They let the music unfold in real time, not snippets.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    A Separation is not the work of a constrained artist. It's a great movie in which the full range of human interaction seems to play itself out before our eyes.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    The reason we feel so close to Socha, a man who at first seems nothing more than a racist scoundrel, is that his moral odyssey, with its advances and retreats, is so emotionally believable.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    Photographic Memory is about the permanence and impermanence of what we choose to preserve: on film and in our heads (which is often the same thing). I would like to think that one day Adrian might look at this documentary and see it as a supreme act of paternal love.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    Before Midnight is the fullest and richest and saddest of the three movies in the trilogy. Make it a quartet, I say.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    I have rarely seen a movie that better expressed the revivifying nature of music. (Many of the women, not surprisingly, grew up singing gospel in church choirs and had preachers for parents.)
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    Her
    The wistfulness in this movie is large-souled. Theodore may worry that his love for Samantha makes him a freak, but Amy knows that “anybody who loves is a freak.” All this may sound touchy-feely in the worst way, but Jonze is trying to get at how we seek romantic connection in this brave (or not so brave) new world. Like Theodore, he risks looking foolish.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    A lousy title for a marvelous movie.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    The fierce, questing intelligence of these students and educators is a perfect match for Wiseman’s own.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    There is no need for Murmelstein to break down here. In The Last of the Unjust, it’s as if the whole world is weeping.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    The enchanting French-Belgian animated feature Ernest & Celestine is so liltingly sweet and graceful that, a day or two after I saw it, it seemed almost as if I had dreamed it.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    It’s the ultimate time-travel movie into the future, a “flowing time sculpture,” in Linklater’s own words.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    Maier is a great artist who discounted adulation entirely. Her life was a masquerade; her genius, quite literally, was unexposed.
    • 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.