For 2,649 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Rainer's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Hairspray
Lowest review score: 0 I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry
Score distribution:
2649 movie reviews
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Rainer
    The role of Fern gives McDormand license to indulge an opaqueness that is often more gnomic than expressive. Perhaps she and Zhao felt that being more demonstrative would shatter the film’s wayward poetic mood.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Rainer
    It’s not simply that it’s “too soon” for such movies. That’s highly debatable. More to the point is that the stark reality of these explosive events as we live through them – in the news, in real time, on TV and through investigative documentaries – potentially outflanks any attempt to dramatize them using embellished scenarios and famous actors.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    If Balram was simply a born hustler, his odyssey would not have the resonance it has here. But we can see glimmers of what he might have become if not for his caste.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Rainer
    King was not a perfect man. But as this film so powerfully demonstrates, he forced a reckoning with America’s racial history that, more than ever, resonates today. It’s a reckoning he gave his life for.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    A film director doesn’t have to shoot the works to hold an audience. If the drama is galvanizing enough, that’s all you need. And what we have here is more than enough: Viola Davis in one of her greatest performances, and the late Chadwick Boseman in his final and most powerful appearance.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Rainer
    Clearly Sorkin sees the Chicago 7 as victims of the vilification of dissent. He also sees them as exemplars – this is his version of a superhero movie – and the idealization at times gets a bit sticky.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Rainer
    For all its skill and scrupulousness, I found the film a strangely remote emotional experience – a slice of black and white that never quite bursts into living color.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    The Booksellers is a documentary for people who treasure the sheer look and feel of books. It is for anyone who has ever spent way too much time in used and rare bookstores teetering on tall ladders or squeezing through narrow, tome-filled aisles in search of that most precious of commodities: the book you didn’t know you needed until you found it – or, to be more precise, it found you.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 58 Peter Rainer
    The problem is that there is very little chemistry between the actresses, and Haynes and screenwriter Phyllis Nagy are far too studied in their depiction of passion. The most impressive performance in the movie is given by Blanchett’s elaborately coiffed, cast-iron hairdo.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Rainer
    The paradox of Tarantino’s oeuvre is that it is highly derivative of other movies, mostly genre pulp, and yet the films seem distinctly his. He is the most influential director of his generation because he ranges promiscuously through pop culture and brings to his borrowings an incendiary force.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Rainer
    I can’t imagine a world without the Beatles, but I can well imagine a world without this movie.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    It doesn’t put you through the emotional wringer the way its predecessor did, but it’s consistently inventive, funny, witty, and heartfelt. In other words, it’s a lot better than it has any right to be. It’s more than good enough to justify its existence.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    The role of Deb is not written with any great depth, but Miller gets into the character’s psychological complications in a way that almost compensates for the lack.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Although Howard doesn’t go in for a lot of musicological analysis of Pavarotti’s genius, which would have enriched the presentation, he compensates by giving us an ample dose of the singing.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 67 Peter Rainer
    Kaling’s naive earnestness in the role is very winning, and Thompson makes her boss lady clichés seem almost fresh. Not quite fresh enough, though, to rescue the movie.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    If you care anything about the music of groups like The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, The Mamas and the Papas, The Beach Boys, or Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, the ramshackle, engagingly anecdotal Echo in the Canyon is required viewing.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 58 Peter Rainer
    Rocketman is a campy, overblown, self-glorifying fantasia.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Whether you deem this project an extravagant boondoggle or a masterpiece, you have to admire Christo’s tenacity in finally making it happen, as chronicled in the documentary Walking on Water.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Rainer
    As the princess’s handmaiden, Nasim Pedrad at least has the comic timing that the rest of the cast, including, surprisingly, Will Smith, conspicuously lack. Smith understandably didn’t want to compete with Williams, but as the big, blue, top-knotted Genie, he’s uncharacteristically bland. Even the magic carpet in this movie looks bummed out.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    What Batra is reaching for here is the fairy tale beguilements of Bollywood romance but without all the hoopla. He wants to tenderize the Bollywood clichés and bring the essence of their ardor into the real, teeming world of Mumbai.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Given the impossibility of crafting William Shakespeare into a believable human being, the film is an honorable try.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Most of all it’s about talking. It’s practically a nonstop jabberathon. What rescues the film from tedium is that much of the talk is enticing.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 42 Peter Rainer
    Just in case we don’t register the mismatch, Rogen is outfitted to look especially shlubby, and he sports an unbecoming beard that never comes off. With his crack timing, he still manages to get a few laughs, but he would have gotten a whole lot more if the jokes were any good. Theron, meantime, is photographed in full glamour mode throughout. This is probably just as well, since, as an actress, she doesn’t appear to have a comic bone in her body. Therein lies the true mismatch in this coupling.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Rainer
    The White Crow fitfully does justice to Nureyev’s overwhelming desire to be an artist, and that’s not a negligible achievement.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Rainer
    Ultimately it’s an upbeat movie about life’s downbeats.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Rainer
    Best of all is Robert Downey Jr. Amid all the hardware, he alone in the Marvel series has consistently given top-notch performances. His work in “Endgame” is extraordinarily moving and makes me wish yet again that this great actor would on occasion see fit to be great in a movie that doesn’t require him to fill out a franchise.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    It’s a rarity, and a real pleasure, to find a movie that presents without condescension rural working-class people, especially women.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Rainer
    The latest entry in this dubious enterprise is “Dumbo,” a perfectly lovely 1941 animated movie that has been transformed by director Tim Burton into a cloddish fantasia that never soars.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    The director has a good eye for semidocumentary detail, and the performances, which also include Bruce Dern as a veteran trainer, Gideon Adlon as Roman’s estranged daughter, and especially Jason Mitchell as a fellow inmate and trick rider, all have the sharp tang of authenticity.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    At his best, Costner both exalts and complicates the strong and silent types who crowd, often to diminishing effect, so much of our American movie mythology.

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