For 2,132 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 This Is Not a Film
Lowest review score: 0 The Green Hornet
Score distribution:
2,132 movie reviews
    • 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.”
    • 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.
    • 91 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Whatever the case, the film resounds with hyperbolic passion. Hot bubbling currents flow through this film’s constricted veins.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Since we all know that Paris wasn’t blown to smithereens, the tension here is not in the outcome but in how it was achieved. The meeting between these two men is largely fictional, but the stakes could not have been more real.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Edet Belzberg’s documentary Watchers of the Sky, which was a decade in the making, reclaims the reputation of Raphael Lemkin, a Polish Holocaust refugee who not only coined the term “genocide” but also invented the concept of categorizing mass murder as an international crime.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Force Majeure is ultimately about something not often explored in film: the consequences of male weakness in a world in which men are expected to be strong at all times.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    The larger point in Citizenfour is that dictatorships have always relied on the massive gathering of information in order to control their populations. In this brave new cyber world, it is all too easy for democracies to cross the line, too.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Jesse Moss’s documentary The Overnighters is being hailed as a modern-day “Grapes of Wrath,” which, up to a point, it is. But it’s far more complicated than that.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    In a series of deft vignettes, the Dardennes offer up a microcosm of an entire working-class contingent, and each vignette is a universe all to itself.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    The plot may be a bit too busy, but a great wash of transcendent imagery floods the screen. If I had to recommend the best children’s film out there for all ages, this one, and “The Tale of Princess Kaguya,” would easily top the charts.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Pacino still gets a blast out of acting. His performance in this film about a blocked performer is gloriously unblocked – a valentine to vanity.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Sissako, a Muslim, frames his story as a cry against religious intolerance. One of the characters, speaking of jihadism, says, “Where is piety? Where is God in all this?” It is the central question of this movie – and of much more now than this movie.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Most of the photographs on view in The Salt of the Earth bear witness to great suffering, and what they exalt is not the photographer’s eye but the fearful humanity that binds us all.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    What's remarkable is how often the photographer's subjects allow themselves to be caught on film; it's as if they understood implicitly that Nachtwey was there not only to agitate for reform but to memorialize their agony. He does both.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    I've never seen another movie that so clearly expresses the sensual sustenance that great folk culture provides its practitioners.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    It's an elliptical tragedy in which the fate of its characters takes on a larger significance while never losing its intimacy.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    Michel Bouquet's performance makes Anne Fontaine's How I Killed My Father required viewing.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    The lifelong friends in Fred Schepisi's marvelous Last Orders actually seem like lifelong friends.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    Wiseman lets the material breathe in a manner unique to the subject.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    It's a truly prodigious piece of work, resembling a career summation far more than a maiden voyage.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    It would be a mistake to regard American Splendor as an anthem for the common man. It is the UNCOMMON that is being celebrated here.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    A comedy in the best sense--it draws its life from the pitch-perfect authenticity of its characters.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    A mesmerizing documentary.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    Polanski’s strongest and most personally felt movie.

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