Peter Rainer

Peter Rainer

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Peter Rainer's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B 62% The Connection (2015) "A common problem in crime-centric movies: The bad guys are almost always more fascinating than the good guys... Dujardin's bull-necked, hard-charging performance makes Pierre a worthy adversary. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted May 22, 2015
B- 58% In the Name of My Daughter (2015) "It has its true-crime fascinations, and, until its misbegotten 30-year flash-forward to Maurice's trial, it has a silky allure of sun-kissed depravity. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted May 22, 2015
B- 50% Tomorrowland (2015) "The film's eco-friendly concerns and general tone of messianic optimism are welcome. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted May 22, 2015
B 85% I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story (2015) "Affectionately saccharine. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted May 15, 2015
B 88% Slow West (2015) "The film is too artsy for its own good, but it has some marvelous Coen Brothers-style black humor. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted May 15, 2015
B- 98% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) "Miller has the dubious distinction of essentially creating the post-apocalyptic action genre, and in this film, set some 40 years after the fall of the world, he outdoes himself. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted May 15, 2015
B+ 86% Because I Was a Painter (2015) "The drawings, mostly portraits of great grief, are extraordinary both as documents and as works of art. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted May 1, 2015
B+ 85% Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) "Because Mulligan's Bathsheba is such an encompassing portrait, I never felt as if I was watching a "type." Bathsheba, with all her warring impulses, is ferociously her own woman. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted May 1, 2015
B- 75% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) "Writer-director Joss Whedon attempts to inject just enough human drama into these noisy proceedings to keep it from turning into a Transformers-style crashathon. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Apr 30, 2015
B+ 76% Felix & Meira (2015) "It's always gratifying to see a movie in which an ostensibly closed-off community is depicted humanely rather than voyeuristically. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Apr 24, 2015
B- 81% Tangerines (2015) "There are some touching interactions between the players, but the film's humanism is too predictably calibrated. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Apr 24, 2015
C+ 61% The Water Diviner (2015) "A sloggy, heartfelt piece of quasi-magical realist storytelling. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Apr 24, 2015
B- 49% True Story (2015) "Director Rupert Goold keeps things appropriately creepy, but True Story is no Capote. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Apr 17, 2015
B 98% About Elly (2015) "The dense interweave of relationships, a Farhadi specialty, is continually compelling. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Apr 10, 2015
B 89% Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) "Assayas knows how to create an embracing sense of intimacy among his players, and this shows itself to best advantage in the many scenes between Maria and Val. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Apr 10, 2015
B 84% While We're Young (2015) "The film has [Baumbach's] usual strengths: sharp urban insights, brainy comedy, moments of inspired high exasperation. It also shares a few of his faults. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Apr 3, 2015
B- 42% Effie Gray (2015) "Wise, who is noticeably older than the 29-year-old Ruskin was at the time the events occurred in real life, gives a tense, implacable performance, and Fanning is touching. The movie, however, directed by Richard Laxton, could use a lot more oomph. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Apr 3, 2015
C+ 81% Furious 7 (2015) "The only grace note in this otherwise determinedly graceless movie is the classy way Walker's exit is handled. To say more is to say too much. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Apr 3, 2015
A- 95% The Salt of the Earth (2015) "Most of the photographs on view in The Salt of the Earth bear witness to great suffering, and what they exalt is not the photographer's eye but the fearful humanity that binds us all. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Mar 27, 2015
C 18% Serena (2015) "Given these unpromising circumstances, I was expecting something truly awful, and perhaps that might have been more fun to watch than this lugubrious period piece. The production values and the costumes are the true stars. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Mar 27, 2015
C+ 79% Danny Collins (2015) "The movie becomes, perhaps inadvertently, a celebration of selling out. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Mar 20, 2015
C 16% The Gunman (2015) "I doubt The Gunman will do much to advance Penn's foray into action-hero bankability, and that's probably a good thing. He's too fine an actor to be mired in nonstop shootouts while flashing his pecs and looking scowly. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Mar 20, 2015
B- 84% Cinderella (2015) "Some of the supporting players, most resplendently Cate Blanchett as the wicked stepmother and Derek Jacobi as the ailing king, are very fine. The film never soars, though. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Mar 13, 2015
A 100% Seymour: An Introduction (2015) "The unfortunate disconnect between great artistry and great commercial success runs throughout history. But Bernstein is a special case because, unlike so many great musicians who fell unwillingly by the wayside, he chose his own path. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Mar 13, 2015
B 84% Merchants Of Doubt (2015) "The fact that some of these spinmeisters proudly base their method on the machinations of tobacco-industry lobbyists is doubly damning. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Mar 6, 2015
B- 63% The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) "That's the wonderful thing about great actors -- they can turn gush into gold. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Mar 6, 2015
92% Do the Right Thing (1989) "Its characters are often abrasive; its language is consistently foul; and it takes a complicated view of race-related violence. Yet it's an attractive and even beguiling film in many ways, too, with large resources of humor and intelligence. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Mar 3, 2015
B 70% The Salvation (2015) "For western fans, watching this movie is like encountering an old friend after a long absence. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Feb 27, 2015
B+ 97% '71 (2015) "Within its limited compass, '71 packs a punch, and the lack of political bias does give it a more encompassing feel. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Feb 27, 2015
C+ 56% Focus (2015) "This is the kind of movie where we're not supposed to know at any time who is playing whom, but since the characterizations are glossy and paper-thin, it's difficult to get worked up about who gets fleeced. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Feb 27, 2015
B 83% Queen and Country (2015) "I hope Boorman follows through and makes a trilogy. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Feb 20, 2015
B- 79% McFarland USA (2015) "[Costner] could have sailed through this film but he gives his role an ingrained orneriness and melancholy that lifts the entire enterprise. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Feb 20, 2015
B 96% Wild Tales (2015) "If you've ever fantasized about busting up somebody's nuptials, this movie is for you. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Feb 20, 2015
A- 100% GETT: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (2015) "This may not sound like the merriest way to spend time in a movie theater, but Gett is compelling from its first frame. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Feb 20, 2015
B+ 86% Ballet 422 (2015) "The result is a graceful sketch pad of a movie about how the strenuousness of creating art can sometimes yield riches that look light as a feather. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Feb 20, 2015
C+ 90% Mommy (2015) "I suppose the relationship is Oedipal or primal or something or other, but mostly it's just an excuse for Dolan to stage a series of gaudy shout-fests. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Feb 20, 2015
A- 99% Timbuktu (2015) "Jihadism is perpetually ablaze in the news, but the Mauritanian movie Timbuktu, a nominee for the best foreign film Oscar, gives those who suffer its condemnations a searingly human face. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Feb 20, 2015
B- 74% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) "Camping it up, Jackson is hilarious. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Feb 20, 2015
C- 25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) "Johnson is rather sweet, though, and if she played a role that required her to look more than alternately smitten and poleaxed, she could score big. But now that Fifty Shades is poised to be a franchise, will she have that chance? " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Feb 12, 2015
72% Apartment Zero (1989) "This overwrought and underdeveloped psychological thriller with heavy-handed political implications adds up to exactly nothing. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 9, 2015
C 25% Jupiter Ascending (2015) "I enjoyed this movie more than the last two films from the Wachowskis, the interminable Cloud Atlas and Speed Racer. On the other hand, "The Matrix" it's not. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Feb 5, 2015
B+ 96% Red Army (2015) "Audiences knowing nothing about hockey will still be able to appreciate this movie as a somewhat jaunty take on the cold war and its aftermath - and resurgence. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jan 30, 2015
B 82% Black Sea (2015) "I'm something of a sucker for submarine-movie clichés; watching this movie, I was happy the very first time I heard a disconcerting ping. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jan 30, 2015
A 88% Winter Sleep (2014) "These scenes are talky, yes, but what talk! " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jan 23, 2015
C 49% Cake (2015) "Cake could have used more layers. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jan 23, 2015
71% Cry-Baby (1990) "Cry-Baby is often sweet-spirited even when its crummy, but there's also something fetid in its foolery. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 21, 2015
A- 52% The Humbling (2015) "All of the actors are at their comic peak. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jan 16, 2015
C+ 34% Blackhat (2015) "Given our brave new cyber world, someone in Hollywood is going to have to come up with a better way to do it. Watching actors tap out code as big buzzing screens of digital data flash on the screen just doesn't cut it. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jan 16, 2015
A- 98% Song Of The Sea (2014) "If I had to recommend the best children's film out there for all ages, this one, and The Tale of Princess Kaguya, would easily top the charts. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jan 9, 2015
A- 97% Two Days, One Night (2014) "None of this would work if Cotillard's performance weren't so forthright and deeply felt. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jan 9, 2015
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