For 1,072 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 43% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 54% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 10 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Nathan Rabin's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 51
Highest review score: 100 There Will Be Blood
Lowest review score: 0 Sin City: A Dame To Kill For
Score distribution:
1072 movie reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Nathan Rabin
    A Piece of Work is the antithesis of Jerry Seinfeld's engaging but superficial 2002 documentary "Comedian": where the innately private Seinfeld holds nearly everything back, Rivers loudly broadcasts the kind of fears, anxieties, and ambitions most people would do anything to hide.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Nathan Rabin
    Trumbo sexes up Trumbo's already dramatic story with a massive infusion of star power.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Nathan Rabin
    Tarantino simply isn't a good enough performer for his presence to be anything but a distraction in a rip-roaring crowd-pleaser this consistently great.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Nathan Rabin
    History Boys boasts a dazzling verbal cleverness--the gleeful rat-a-tat of snappy banter expertly executed--that doesn't keep it from also being deeply, exquisitely sad.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Nathan Rabin
    It might just be the most poignant, moving film ever made about one man's surprisingly noble efforts to get laid.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Nathan Rabin
    Driven by Dominique's personal magnetism, The Agronomist is a haunting, inspirational valentine to free speech and human resilience.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Nathan Rabin
    It's a measure of the film's brilliance that it strips away the trappings of superstardom and allows audiences to see these men as flawed human beings first, musicians second, and rock gods a distant third.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Nathan Rabin
    Smashing family entertainment: The whole thing is quick-witted, fast-paced, and loaded with clever sight gags and colorful, engaging supporting characters.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Nathan Rabin
    Shockingly, he's (Jonathan Demme) pulled it off, replicating the original's tricky feat of investing a paranoid plot with timeliness, psychological complexity, sociopolitical acumen, and almost frightening conviction.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Nathan Rabin
    This material could easily have devolved into soap opera or romantic melodrama, but Wilkinson and Watson's superb, subtle performances lend it tremendous depth and gravity.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Nathan Rabin
    Harsh, unsparing, unsentimental, and uniformly well-acted, The Mother bravely and intelligently tackles subject matter widely ignored in cinema--the sexuality of a plain-looking woman edging toward the twilight of a life of quiet desperation.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Nathan Rabin
    As a film composed entirely of nine continuous long takes, Nine Lives certainly qualifies as unique. But what makes it rarer and more auspicious is that it offers such a rich bounty of great roles for middle-aged women.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Nathan Rabin
    Gorgeously shot by Lance Acord, who makes Toyko a gaudy dreamscape that's both seductive and frightening, Lost In Translation washes away memories of "Godfather III," establishing Coppola as a major filmmaker in her own right, and reconfirming Johansson and Murray as actors of startling depth and power.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Nathan Rabin
    The film's absolute conviction keeps it from feeling formulaic.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Nathan Rabin
    The glacially beautiful new documentary March Of The Penguins confirms that no computer-animated or hand-drawn penguin could ever match the curious majesty of the genuine article.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Nathan Rabin
    With their third film, the Polish brothers find their authorial voice, resulting in a lyrical work whose free-floating Lynchian weirdness coalesces into an unexpectedly touching movie.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Nathan Rabin
    Carnahan alternates gritty neo-realism with bursts of extreme stylization -- most notably in a breathless opening chase filmed with handheld cameras -- but thankfully, his stylistic flourishes are in the service of the film's story, not the other way around.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Nathan Rabin
    In Amandla!, history doesn't just come alive--it sings, dances, and issues a passionate plea for justice and equality. The film joyously celebrates music as both a means to an end and an end unto itself.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Nathan Rabin
    So much fun that its considerable worth as history and sociology seems almost incidental.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Nathan Rabin
    Murray and Jarmusch, two modern masters of minimalism, triumphantly join forces in Broken Flowers, a bittersweet tour de force about a wealthy, deeply depressed lothario.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    Chris Morris' corrosive black comedy Four Lions explores the lighter side of jihad. It's a ballsy romp through one of the least lighthearted subjects imaginable.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    Though it never regains the inspiration or comic density of its brilliant first 20 minutes, The Simpsons Movie keeps the laughs coming from start to finish, a feat as rare and wonderful in film as it has been through 18 years of television.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    The film tells such a compelling, expansive story that its unwillingness to plumb its subject's psychological depths feels forgivable, though regrettable.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    Workingman's Death's primary pleasures are aesthetic. Glawogger is an extraordinarily elegant filmmaker with a photographer's eye for striking compositions.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    James Brown, B.B. King, and a dazzling array of top African, Afro-Cuban, and African-American talent finally gets its own solo spotlight in Soul Power.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    A beautifully observed coming-of-age story.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    Arthur Christmas gets a little sappy toward the end - it is a Christmas movie, after all - but it otherwise strikes just the right combination of naughty and nice, reverent and irrelevant, holiday-sweet and Aardman dry.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    Lottery Ticket gets far on the strength of its star's charisma and a likeable tone.