For 2,691 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 2.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Rainer's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Three Minutes: A Lengthening
Lowest review score: 0 Mixed Nuts
Score distribution:
2691 movie reviews
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    The film medium has often been discussed in academic terms as a vehicle to contain the passage of time. But “Three Minutes” does much more than that. Although it raises all sorts of issues about the nature of the film image and how it can affect us, it is also the least theoretical of movies. We are bearing witness.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Rainer
    A story of overwhelming humanitarian sacrifice.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Rainer
    Manville carries it all off effortlessly.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    Rather than structure their movie as a chronological biography, the co-directors, Daniel Geller and Dayna Goldfine, wisely focus on the genesis of Cohen’s most celebrated and performed song, “Hallelujah.” This approach allows them to interweave Cohen’s entire career while also avoiding the one-thing-after-another sprawl that often bogs down these kinds of films.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Rainer
    Top Gun: Maverick is a perfectly tolerable time-killer, and I enjoy popcorn as much as anyone, but I just hope these won’t be the only kinds of movies that bring audiences back to the theaters.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Rainer
    Despite his sorcerer bona fides and voluminous cape, Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange isn’t strange enough, and trying to parse the convolutions of the Marvel multiverse is more exhausting than engaging.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Rainer
    The Duke is a genial British entertainment that, at its best, reminded me a bit of those wonderful postwar Ealing Studio films like “The Lavender Hill Mob” and “The Ladykillers.”
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    Perhaps most heartening about Writing With Fire is how the film doesn’t discount the personal toll on these women. Crusaders though they may be, they voice throughout the film their deep doubts and fears.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    Apollo 10½ is a portrait of innocence untainted by any agenda other than the need to convey as honestly as possible what it felt like to be that particular boy at that particular moment in history. It’s a movie about how we conjure and commemorate our pasts.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    “Lunana” demonstrates, as few films ever have, how inspired schooling can break through even the most abject obstacles.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Rainer
    In its own rueful way, The Automat functions as a kind of restorative to those feelings of loss. It’s a celebration of what for so many people was among the happiest of times.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    Just when you think you’ve pinned down someone as good or bad, the tables are turned and the complexities thicken. Just like in real life.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Rainer
    Spielberg and Kushner were right to bring modern attitudes to this beloved warhorse. Their movie, at its best, isn’t just a remake. It’s a rethink.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Rainer
    Certainly few people on the planet were more interested in food than Child, and, judging from this movie, few people are as interesting.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    It’s the most sheerly pleasurable movie I’ve seen so far this year.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Rainer
    To the film’s credit, Diana’s gilded-prison desperation is not displayed as a martyrdom for which she is blameless. This royal can be a royal pain, and Stewart doesn’t flinch from the more unsavory aspects of Diana’s woe.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Rainer
    Even if Zhao and her co-screenwriters were more adept at establishing the family-style togetherness of the Eternals, the emotional continuity is shattered by the incessant time tripping and globe hopping. Just when you think you’ve got your bearings in South Dakota, you suddenly find yourself in Mesopotamia.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    The dragons in this movie are expertly brought to life.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Rainer
    From a purely pictorial standpoint, this new Dune is indeed often overwhelming. The sheer monumentality of it all is impressive. Alas, the film’s emotional power underwhelms.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Rainer
    It offers up the requisite thrills, stunts, and bad guys. Beautiful people abound, and 007 still knows how to fill out a tux. I had a reasonably good time at it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Rainer
    As this film amply demonstrates, in the highest realms of commerce, wielding power is paramount.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    Although Neville obviously had the cooperation of many in Bourdain’s inner circle, the film never feels authorized or hagiographic. He allows for Bourdain’s inner darkness.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    This time capsule of a movie is timeless.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Peter Rainer
    The film is decidedly hagiographic but, in a time of heightened racial unrest, it’s worth being reminded of the fighter Ali’s origins.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Rainer
    Sisters on Track starts out as a flashy success story about headline-making kids but turns into something much more meaningful: a tribute to the value of being strong in spirit.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    This is not intended as a movie about what a genius must endure on the path to success. Sharad’s story is much more relatable than that.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    Gunda is one of the most immersive and eye-widening documentaries I’ve ever seen.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    What I ultimately took away from the documentary is the deep love that can exist between owners and their dogs. In The Truffle Hunters, both are shown to be the custodians of each other’s happiness.
    • 93 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.
    • 53 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.

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