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 Seymour: An Introduction
Lowest review score: 0 Mixed Nuts
Score distribution:
2,132 movie reviews
    • 95 Metascore
    • 58 Peter Rainer
    By showing scenes of torture without taking any kind of moral (as opposed to tactical) stand on what we are seeing, Bigelow has made an amoral movie – which is, I would argue, an unconscionable approach to this material.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Rainer
    Jarecki shows off this footage as evidence of a truly dysfunctional family in various stages of denial. What it reveals at least as much is the modern phenomenon of reality-TV self-exposure carried to such lengths that, by comparison, the Osbournes look like the Cleavers.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Rainer
    I don’t get the enthusiasm for this movie, written and directed by Damien Chazelle, which is such a cooked-up piece of claptrap that I half expected Darth Vader to pick up the baton. We’re supposed to think that Terence’s tough love is more “honest” than the usual pussyfooting tutelage, but in any sane society this guy would have been brought up on charges long ago.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 58 Peter Rainer
    A movie with ambitions as high-flying as its superhero but a success rate decidedly lower to the ground.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Rainer
    More often McNamara comes across as Exhibit A in Morris's latest metaphysical creepshow.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 42 Peter Rainer
    The melancholy in this film is just as trumped up as the frenzy.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Rainer
    Talk to Her affects some people very deeply, while others, like me, find it high-grade kitsch.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Rainer
    The endangered swampland dwellers are supposed to be an indigenous pastoral community threatened by eco-unfriendly oil refineries. I kept rooting for Hushpuppy and Co. to leave behind their squalor and relocate. This is not the politically correct response.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Rainer
    In the Mood for Love has novelty value, I suppose, and plenty of pretty camera moves, but it's not really a movie you can warm to.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Rainer
    It’s the difference between artistry and knowingness. About Schmidt doesn’t bring us deeply into the lives of its people because it’s too busy trying to feel superior to them.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Rainer
    Nothing that Davies does is ordinary or artless but his craftsmanship has its suffocating side too.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 58 Peter Rainer
    I'd be more inclined to call this French dysfunctional family epic gabby and preeningly self-indulgent – in a word, annoying.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Rainer
    Ballast lacks ballast. Much praised by aficionados of minimalist indie cinema – hey, who needs a plot when you've got mood? – it's a wearying slog through anomie in a Mississippi Delta township.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 58 Peter Rainer
    Their 40-year marriage seems like more of a trial than this overweening, lightly likable movie acknowledges.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Rainer
    I don't mean to unduly target Kill Bill Vol. 2 --it's certainly no worse than most of the blam-blam fare out there. But what I crave now are movies that speak to me in a different way about violence, that acknowledge the fact that real people are harmed.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 58 Peter Rainer
    It’s an M. Night Shyamalan movie with a PhD. Or maybe an MA.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Rainer
    Devos is especially fine as a woman whose inner solitude carries depth charges.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Rainer
    I realize that Fosse's dark sizzle might seem a bit dated today, but surely something halfway snazzy could have been devised for this movie. It's toothless.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 40 Peter Rainer
    Lynch needs to renew himself with an influx of the deep feeling he has for people, for outcasts, and lay off the cretins and hobgoblins and zombies for a while. Mulholland Drive is the product of David Lynch, Inc.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Rainer
    The film's time structure is splintered into shards of past and present, which is probably just as well – a strictly narrative chronology would make this wallow seem even sloggier.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 58 Peter Rainer
    For an ostensibly soul-deep movie like this to work, we need more than smirks and scowls.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Rainer
    A bit too satisfied with its own sweet sensitivities.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Rainer
    Watching it is like getting a peek behind the curtain. But it's frustrating, too, because the casting of Emadeddin as a murderer-in-the-making precludes any psychological depth. And as an indictment of social inequality, which is the film's calling card, Panahi inadvertantly makes a far better case for the haves than for the have-nots.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Rainer
    Hansen-Løve wants us to experience all this as a kind of amour fou, but all I kept thinking was that Sullivan was a prize jerk and Camille would be well rid of him.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Rainer
    Undeniably powerful, but also rather numbing.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 58 Peter Rainer
    A few of the supporting players, including Kim Dickens, as a suspicious local cop, and Carrie Coon, as Nick’s twin sister, move beyond the formulaic, which is more than can be said for the movie.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Rainer
    An art piece in which everything seems to be a metaphor for something else, and as pleasing as it is to watch, it's too pretentious by half.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 58 Peter Rainer
    McCarthy is so careful not to take a political stand that his film seems neutered by good intentions. In the spirit of squishy humanism, he soft-pedals a hard-hitting topic.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 58 Peter Rainer
    I suppose it's asking too much for a great actor to be matched up with a great director on a project like this. On the other hand, there's always the sequel.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Rainer
    Some first-rate animation and some second-rate storytelling.

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