For 2,026 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 Pan's Labyrinth
Lowest review score: 0 I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry
Score distribution:
2,026 movie reviews
    • 49 Metascore
    • 33 Peter Rainer
    Allegorical in the worst ways, Antichrist is about as profound as a slasher movie.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 33 Peter Rainer
    Parker is bland throughout. Maybe all those episodes of "Sex and the City" have soured her on this sort of thing.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 33 Peter Rainer
    If, as the ads would lead you to believe, you go to see The Break-Up expecting a romantic comedy, you will be severely disappointed. If you go to it expecting a good movie, you will also be severely disappointed.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 33 Peter Rainer
    Its wasted cast includes Dyan Cannon, Sally Kellerman, Len Cariou, and Brenda Vaccaro, who miraculously manages to give a fine performance in this malarkey.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 33 Peter Rainer
    Just because The Fountain is different doesn't mean it's good. In fact, it's borderline unwatchable, though this hasn't prevented the Oscar buzz from buzzing.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 33 Peter Rainer
    The movie often seems glib in the face of tragedy. And when, near the end, Shepard tries to pour on the hearts and flowers by showing us just what made Simon crack up on camera, the bathos is icky. The whole movie is icky.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 33 Peter Rainer
    The end result, at best, is high-toned pulp.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 33 Peter Rainer
    Even by Farrelly standards, the film is a washout.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 33 Peter Rainer
    Few things are more dispiriting than a holiday movie straining to become a perennial. Such is the case with Fred Claus, an insipid Christmas comedy.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 33 Peter Rainer
    Poetic conceits only work if they're poetic.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 33 Peter Rainer
    The Bucket List is a movie for oldsters that, paradoxically, looks as if it was made for 15-year-olds. If this is what is meant in Hollywood as "thinking outside the box," then it's time to get a new box.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 33 Peter Rainer
    The best thing you can say about Mad Money is that it has a good cast. The worst thing you can say about it is that the cast is extremely ill-used.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 33 Peter Rainer
    This business of the 88 minutes ticking away is a pale imitation of the old "High Noon" ploy of playing out suspense in real time. After a while, though, I began to take a perverse pleasure in wallowing in the awfulness of it all.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 33 Peter Rainer
    Everywhere he goes he asks if anybody knows bin Laden's whereabouts – as if anybody is going to tell him! Why should we accompany him on his self-aggrandizing trip?
    • 36 Metascore
    • 33 Peter Rainer
    What Happens in Vegas is not only annoying, it's also incompetent – a bad mix.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 33 Peter Rainer
    The animated characters in "Clone Wars" are about as lively as the actors in the live-action movies, so I guess Lucas has achieved his goal of eliminating humans from his movies altogether.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 33 Peter Rainer
    I don't mind a movie where people spend a lot of time jawboning, but what they say had better be interesting. In Spinning into Butter we are spoon-fed the deep dark revelation that racism can exist as virulently in liberal environs as in reactionary ones. Alert the media.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 33 Peter Rainer
    I guarantee you, if Charles Dickens were alive today, he might well be writing movies but he sure as shootin' wouldn't have written "Ghosts."
    • 34 Metascore
    • 33 Peter Rainer
    The people who made Year One seem to think that all you have to do to make a hit comedy is get a bunch of jokesters together. But where are the jokes?
    • 32 Metascore
    • 33 Peter Rainer
    It's all so resolutely uninspired that even the kids in the audience may want to duck out.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 33 Peter Rainer
    Critics who come out against Kick-Ass are leaving themselves open to that worst of contemporary accusations: a failure to be cool. But pretending that Kick-Ass is just another good-time comic book blowout is the greater failure.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 33 Peter Rainer
    Notable only for being a catalog of just about every kid-pic cliché ever committed to film.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 33 Peter Rainer
    A movie that at best is irrelevant and at worst is unwatchable.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 33 Peter Rainer
    Maybe Hackford, and his screenwriter Mark Jacobson, were attempting to convey the dullness of vice. If so, they vastly overcorrected. But what about the dullness of the performances?
    • 37 Metascore
    • 33 Peter Rainer
    To see Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie in The Tourist is like watching a chemistry experiment gone horribly wrong.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 33 Peter Rainer
    The script by Allan Loeb careens all over the place without ever coming to rest on anything interesting.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 33 Peter Rainer
    It's as if the filmmakers were hungover from the first film and wanted to make a violent action movie instead.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 33 Peter Rainer
    Sit this one out.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 33 Peter Rainer
    The coarseness wouldn't be so bad if at least the steady stream of obscenities were funny.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 33 Peter Rainer
    The script is replete with howlers. My favorite, from Kitsch, after the aliens strike: "I've got a bad feeling about this." Indeed.