For 2,058 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 6.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Rainer's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Brokeback Mountain
Lowest review score: 0 Couples Retreat
Score distribution:
2,058 movie reviews
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    At its best, the film compares favorably to its obvious antecedents, "Rififi" (which Melville once hoped to direct) and "The Asphalt Jungle."
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    Helen Mirren gives the mostly subtly expressive performance based on a living historical figure that I've ever seen.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    The Canadian actress and director Sarah Polley set out to make a straightforward documentary about her mother, Diane, who died when she was 11, but by the time Stories We Tell was finished five years later, it had become unclassifiable.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    Waltz With Bashir is a supremely courageous act, not only as a piece of filmmaking, but much more so as a moral testament.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    The movie is true to its own fierce vision and it's the better for it. I haven't seen a stronger or better American movie all year.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    The most visceral and cumulatively powerful account of civil war since Gillo Pontecorvo's "The Battle of Algiers."
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    The openness of these people is often astonishing – and a sign of hope.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    It has what the most heartfelt Disney animated features used to have: rapturous imagery matched with real wit.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    A love affair between performer and filmmaker. The director shows off his ardor by eliciting from his actors aspects of their gifts that they themselves may not have known they had.
    • 90 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.
    • 90 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    What United 93 demonstrates, as if we needed proof, is that it is too soon - it may always be too soon - to sort out the feelings from that day.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Rainer
    The film suffers from late-stage Scorsese-itis – wacky, low-slung, high-octane melodrama with lots of yelling and overacting.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    The film's final seven-minute shot is one of the great denouements in film history.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Rainer
    The effect is intended to be ghastly – which it certainly is – but I was equally repelled by this film’s conceit. Oppenheimer allows murderous thugs free rein to preen their atrocities, and then fobs it all off as some kind of exalted art thing. This is more than an aesthetic crime; it’s a moral crime.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    Coppola both wrote and directed, and there’s a pleasing shapelessness to her scenes. She accomplishes the difficult feat of showing people being bored out of their skulls in such a way that we are never bored watching them.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    The director is fortunate to have cast actors who fully embody their roles. Muehe, who once played Josef Mengele in Costa-Gavras's "Amen," has the ability to let you see far beneath his masklike countenance. Koch, dashing and intense, is entirely believable as a man of the theater; Gedeck exudes a sensuousness that this covert society cannot abide.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Petit, by the way, is still very much alive and spry. I saw him at a screening of the film at the Sundance Film Festival where he spoke to the audience afterwards. On his way up to the podium, he tripped.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    The film pays off in the end when, almost imperceptibly, the rush of emotions it stirs in us rises to a soft crescendo.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    I hate to sound blurby, but Borat is the funniest comedy I've seen since I don't know when.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 58 Peter Rainer
    A movie with ambitions as high-flying as its superhero but a success rate decidedly lower to the ground.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    Frederick Wiseman’s documentary National Gallery is for art lovers, movie lovers – basically for anybody. Ostensibly a film about London’s famous museum, it’s really about the experience of art in all its manifestations.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    Perhaps the most cogent and straightforward dissection of the Bush Administration missteps leading up to the current Iraq nightmare.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    This delicate, hand-drawn marvel is lyrical and heartbreaking in ways that most live-action movies never approach.

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