For 2,025 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 Time Out
Lowest review score: 0 Final Destination 3
Score distribution:
2,025 movie reviews
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    In top form, Joel and Ethan Coen offer up feel-bad experiences that, like fine blues medleys, make you feel good (although with an acidulous aftertaste). Inside Llewyn Davis is one of their best. So many movies are emblazoned with happy faces; this one wears its sadness, and its snarl, proudly.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Pianomania is the thoroughly apt title for a thoroughly enjoyable documentary.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    I've become weary of documentaries about winning prizes, but this one is special because the kids are.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    The result is doubly satisfying: We get not only a trenchant political drama but a bang-up concert film as well.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    It's a sweet and disquieting excursion made by filmmakers whose eyes and ears and imaginations are in marvelous sync.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Her film is closer to Truffaut's "The 400 Blows" in the way it gets inside the gumption and desperation of childhood lived on the edge. It's a terrific, bracingly sad movie.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    What we do see, among much else that is damning, are archival NYPD videotapes of the boys being interrogated by detectives who press them to implicate one another in exchange for a leniency that never materialized.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    The pessimism pervading this film is summed up by Shalom, who says, speaking of the decades of occupation: "The future is very dark."
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    What gives the series its force is not just its universality but also its particularity. These grown-ups may be Everyman, but they are also singular.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Leon has a marvelous and rare eye for blending staged dramatic sequences into documentary settings, from barrio bodegas to high-rise penthouses. He often films in extended, unbroken takes, and this gives the actors a chance to work up their own distinctive rhythms.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    His (Lindholm) steadfast, unvarying gaze has its own authenticity. He’s made a thriller that thrills while also respecting our intelligence.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    The results are far more exciting than most Hollywood espionage thrillers.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Implicit in this film is a simple truth: The sheer force of artistry has the power to convert outsiders into insiders. I left Fill the Void feeling privileged, however briefly, to have been brought into this world.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    I wish Rowley didn’t so often dabble in standard movie-thriller-style stylistics, but his film is an exposé of practices that need – demand – exposing.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    By the film’s end, the main protagonists have become more philosophical, if no less ardent, about the future of Egypt. “We are not looking for a leader,” Hassan declares. “We are looking for a conscience.” He has only to look in the mirror.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Interviewed in the film, Juárez journalist Sandra Rodriguez offers up this grim summation: “That these people represent the ideal of success, impunity, and limitless power is symptomatic of how defeated we are as a society.”
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    What Tim’s Vermeer is really about is two geniuses, of very different sorts, communing across time and space.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    One of the most dreamily unsettling documentaries ever made.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Particle Fever doesn’t prompt us to say: “Gee, these superbrains are just like us, except for the brains.” The film allows for our awe. It also demonstrates that science is the most human of activities, with all that that implies.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Ida
    What comes through so powerfully in this movie is a portrait of an entire generation making its way from death throes to new beginnings.