Peter Rainer

Peter Rainer

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Publications:
Christian Science Monitor , Los Angeles Times , New York Magazine
Critics' Group:
Los Angeles Film Critics Association, National Society of Film Critics, New York Film Critics Circle
Total Reviews:
2049

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
B 43% Hateship Loveship (2014) " This is a movie in which our worst pulp expectations are constantly being upended." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Apr 11, 2014
B- 68% The Railway Man (2014) " Firth is very good at playing racked men of high principle." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Apr 11, 2014
B 88% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) " Hiddleston is appropriately soggy in a Byronic kind of way, and Swinton, in a platinum-blond wig, gives the ultimate Tilda Swinton performance as a poetically famished vampiress." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Apr 11, 2014
B+ 74% The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden (2014) " I wonder what Charles Darwin would have made of this movie. Survival of the fittest doesn't begin to explain what happened on Floreana." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Apr 4, 2014
B 88% Alan Partridge (2014) " It's a flurry of good gags and bad. The good ones are worth sitting around for." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Apr 4, 2014
B- 82% The Unknown Known (2014) " Rumsfeld is eerily unflappable. Morris is too polite, or too something, to push back on Rumsfeld." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Apr 4, 2014
B 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " If we must endure yet another spring-summer cycle of comic book superheroes, this movie at least delivers the wham-bang goods (recycled though they may be)." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Apr 3, 2014
C 40% Cesar Chavez (2014) " Biopics about civil rights icons are usually staid affairs. Cesar Chavez, directed by Diego Luna, is no exception." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Mar 28, 2014
A 95% Finding Vivian Maier (2014) " Maier is a great artist who discounted adulation entirely. Her life was a masquerade; her genius, quite literally, was unexposed." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Mar 28, 2014
B- 73% Enemy (2014) " Movies about doubles are, almost by definition, creepy, but Villeneuve, not to be outdone, piles on the weirdness." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Mar 21, 2014
B+ 79% On My Way (2014) " Deneuve was 70 when she made this film, and Bercot draws on everything we know about her as an actress and as an icon." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Mar 21, 2014
B 90% Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011) " Durkin intersperses the present-day scenes with increasingly revelatory flashbacks from Martha's two years in the cult." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Mar 18, 2014
B+ 63% Bad Words (2014) " Directed by Bateman in his first solo effort and written by Andrew Dodge, the film is an irreverant jape with its fair share of standout comic performances." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Mar 14, 2014
C- 91% Le Week-End (2014) " A long slog of marital dysfunction." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Mar 14, 2014
A 97% Ernest & Célestine (2014) " The enchanting French-Belgian animated feature Ernest & Celestine is so liltingly sweet and graceful that, a day or two after I saw it, it seemed almost as if I had dreamed it." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Mar 14, 2014
B+ 92% Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) " Sometimes too clever by half, the film, replete with in-jokes, may in some ways work better for adults. Meryl Streep, Bill Murray, and Jason Schwarztman also provide adept voice work." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Mar 11, 2014
A- 95% Particle Fever (2014) " The film allows for our awe. It also demonstrates that science is the most human of activities, with all that that implies." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Mar 7, 2014
B 98% Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2014) " An enjoyably fawning documentary." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Mar 7, 2014
B 79% Bethlehem (2014) " Bethlehem remains a fairly powerful experience because so much of what we see is inflamed by a violence that seems to have no end." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Mar 7, 2014
B+ 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " A higgledy-piggledy tutti-frutti concoction that also has its share of old-world melancholy." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Mar 7, 2014
B+ 96% The Lunchbox (2014) " Batra deftly finesses the will-they-or-won't-they potholes in the plot. If he never quite moves the story into Chekhovian terrain, he does at least manage to make it into something more than an Indian O. Henry knockoff." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Feb 28, 2014
B 89% Omar (2014) " The film works best as a straightforward melodrama set in an anything but straightforward world." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Feb 28, 2014
B 60% Non-Stop (2014) " It's all fairly entertaining and eminently disposable." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Feb 28, 2014
A 95% Child's Pose (2014) " In the movie world, most national new waves don't last long. An exception is the Romanian renaissance, which has featured first-class movies now for more than a decade." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Feb 21, 2014
C+ 13% Winter's Tale (2014) " If only there was less mush and more meat in this stew." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Feb 14, 2014
C- 33% The Monuments Men (2014) " It's like an over-the-hill gang variant on The Dirty Dozen, except not as much fun as that sounds." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Feb 7, 2014
A- 57% The Tightrope (2014) " The Tightrope may have started out as a nuts-and-bolts documentation of a theatrical workshop, but inevitably it becomes something much more than that -- an expression of the elation we feel when we experience theatrical magic." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Feb 7, 2014
B- 33% Labor Day (2014) " Engagingly sappy." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jan 31, 2014
B 91% 12 O'clock Boys (2014) " [Pug is] a fiercely individual child, but, inevitably, his predicament also symbolizes how poverty can warp a good boy's nature." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jan 31, 2014
B 99% Gloria (2014) " Were it not for García's performance, Gloria might have turned into a bedraggled bore. Fortunately, there's always something to look at whenever she is on screen, which is most of the time. She becomes something she never intended to be - a heroine." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jan 24, 2014
B 68% Visitors (2014) " For better or worse, I've never seen anything quite like it." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jan 24, 2014
B 85% Like Father, Like Son (2014) " At times like this, Like Father, Like Son ascends to dizzying emotional heights." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jan 17, 2014
B 92% Grzeli nateli dgeebi (In Bloom) (2014) " It's a universal story that is also, by virtue of its very particular time and place, a singular experience. " — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jan 10, 2014
81% Driving Miss Daisy (1989) " Freeman and Tandy have their own performer's pride, and that transfers to their characters. Tandy, in particular, is almost astringent in her denial of easy emotion." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 6, 2014
B 76% The Invisible Woman (2013) " The Invisible Woman at its best does justice to the complicatedness of its characters -- just as Dickens did as a writer." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jan 3, 2014
B+ 94% The Past (2013) " The emotional stakes are large-scale, and Farhadi honors them by delving into their intricacies. All the characters in this movie, including Marie's sullen eldest teenage daughter (beautifully played by Pauline Burlet), are given their due." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jan 3, 2014
B 64% August: Osage County (2013) " Streep's performance has been criticized for being too theatrical, but that's off the mark: The character she's playing is supposed to be theatrical. She's a woman playing a part -- the ravaged matriarch." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Dec 26, 2013
C 77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " DiCaprio doesn't seem terribly comfortable in the role despite all his strutting and posturing." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Dec 26, 2013
A 94% Her (2014) " It's a measure of Jonze's grace as a filmmaker that scenes that might have come across as satiric or smarmy are instead deeply resonant." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Dec 19, 2013
C 75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) " Too much of a good thing isn't always a good thing, especially if you don't think the good thing was so good in the first place." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Dec 19, 2013
A- 89% Narco Cultura (2013) " Photojournalist Shaul Schwarz's powerful documentary Narco Cultura gets inside the world of two men who, in very different ways, inhabit this horror." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Dec 13, 2013
B 79% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) " Thompson is very good at playing imperious, and she even manages an unexpected trace of flirtiness in a few offhanded moments with Hanks." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Dec 13, 2013
B 93% American Hustle (2013) " It's a kaleidoscopic carnival, structured from the viewpoint of each of its main protagonists. The film itself is devised a species of scam, and for a while it's fun to be in on the con. Russell is, in effect, playing us." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Dec 13, 2013
B+ 75% The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013) " I'm not an aficionado of J.R.R. Tolkien's wonderworlds and I was bored with the first Hobbit movie. All this is by way of saying I quite liked its sequel and the second in the trilogy." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Dec 13, 2013
A- 95% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) " In top form, Joel and Ethan Coen offer up feel-bad experiences that, like fine blues medleys, make you feel good (although with an acidulous aftertaste). Inside Llewyn Davis is one of their best." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Dec 5, 2013
A- 88% Tim's Vermeer (2014) " What Tim's Vermeer is really about is two geniuses, of very different sorts, communing across time and space." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Dec 5, 2013
C+ 52% Out of the Furnace (2013) " This is fire-breathing melodrama masquerading as social commentary." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Dec 5, 2013
100% These Birds Walk (2013) " The poignancy of this film, made over a period of several months, is that the boys are both afraid of going home and passionately desirous of returning to their families." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Dec 2, 2013
C- 58% Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) " Maybe Mandela is one of those historical figures whose life is greater, more larger-than-life, than any mere movie could ever do justice to." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Dec 2, 2013
C+ 42% Oldboy (2013) " Lee is very good at creating a sense of free-floating dread, but he, and his screenwriter Mark Protosevich, don't have a real flair for pulp (or, as with David Lynch, the hallucinatory horrors of pulp)." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Nov 27, 2013
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