Peter Rainer

Peter Rainer

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Publications:
Christian Science Monitor , Los Angeles Times , New York Magazine/Vulture
Critics' Group:
Los Angeles Film Critics Association, National Society of Film Critics, New York Film Critics Circle
Total Reviews:
2117

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
B- 79% Happy Christmas (2014) " I suppose it's because his father in this movie is played by his father, but I've never seen a better performance -- or whatever you want to call it -- from a two-year-old." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Aug 1, 2014
B- 88% Calvary (2014) " Gleeson is a wonderful actor and he keeps a lid on the blarney. He manages to convey a lot -- fear, anger, compassion, rue -- with only the slightest of squints and frowns. But he's still the center of a cooked-up cavalcade of souls." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Aug 1, 2014
C+ 76% Get On Up (2014) " The storytelling is mostly linear, with some confusing back-and-forth in the chronology, and it's a long slog. The Brown who emerges from this film has a monstrous ego to go with his monster talent." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Aug 1, 2014
B 90% A Most Wanted Man (2014) " Hoffman, bloated and flushed, does not look well in this film. But he is such a consummate actor that whatever infirmities he may have been fighting become a part of his performance." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 25, 2014
B 53% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) " Firth is effective as the insufferable Stanley, who is ripe for his comeuppance from the very first time we see him haranguing his help backstage after a performance in Berlin." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 25, 2014
C 61% Lucy (2014) " I know we're supposed to think that Besson's daffy cinematic calisthenics are entertaining because at least they are not boring. But I was bored." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 25, 2014
C+ 15% And So It Goes (2014) " As generic as its title." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 25, 2014
6% Son of the Pink Panther (1993) " Edwards actually sets the stage at the end for a sequel. Is there anybody out there who would want to see it? More to the point, would Edwards want to make it?" — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 23, 2014
B+ 97% A Summer's Tale (2014) " This is a movie of high innocence, set at a time in life when romantic love is still a frolic and the seaside is a balm that quells all ills." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 18, 2014
B 91% Bound By Flesh (2014) " I found it immensely touching that these women found it in themselves to keep plugging away." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 18, 2014
B 40% Wish I Was Here (2014) " Braff plays Aidan with easygoing exasperation and Hudson is better than I've seen her since Almost Famous." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 18, 2014
B+ 47% I Origins (2014) " Writer-director Mike Cahill, who can be a bit too fancy with the camera, delivers a lot of deep-dish philosophizing with a minimum of cant." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 18, 2014
19% Navy Seals (1990) " It's difficult to accept these trained SEALs as anything more than a species of Dirty Dozen." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 14, 2014
B+ 77% Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger (2014) " In this movie, corruption is rife on both sides of the blue line." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 11, 2014
B+ 100% The Pleasures Of Being Out Of Step (2014) " Still going strong in his 80s, Hentoff has had one of the more variegated careers in American letters." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 11, 2014
A 99% Boyhood (2014) " I have long maintained that Richard Linklater is the most gifted and audacious director of his generation. His new movie, Boyhood, which runs 2 hours and 44 minutes, is a stunning reconfirmation." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 11, 2014
B+ 91% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " What's striking about this new film is that it lays out the message-mongering in such a way that you can enjoy the movie equally well on a purely action level." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 11, 2014
C+ 91% Venus in Fur (2014) " The film has a creepy allure but, as movies featuring full-bore sexual gamesmanship often do, it wears thin." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 7, 2014
B+ 97% Life Itself (2014) " [Ebert's] clear, sensible prose will probably hold up better than some of the more frantic efforts of his contemporaries. His greatest legacy, however, as this film documents, was his courage in the endgame of his life." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 6, 2014
C- 25% Tammy (2014) " A lot of good actors are wasted in this film in bit roles, including Allison Janney, Sandra Oh, and Dan Aykroyd. The ones with bigger roles, like Mark Duplass and Kathy Bates, are wasted, too." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 6, 2014
C+ 18% Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) " Reviewing a Transformers movie is a bit like reviewing a toy. In fact, it's exactly like reviewing a toy." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jun 27, 2014
C+ 82% Begin Again (2014) " "Begin Again" feels more like a glorified retread of "Once" than something freshly imagined." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jun 27, 2014
B+ 92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) " Overlong and overly busy but more emotionally powerful than its predecessor." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jun 20, 2014
C+ 54% Jersey Boys (2014) " [The movie] hauls out just about every showbiz cliché in the catalog." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jun 20, 2014
C+ 24% Third Person (2014) " Another drama-orama that, like Crash, piles up stories that aren't all that much worth telling in the first place." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jun 20, 2014
B- 65% The Rover (2014) " Director David Michod's follow-up to his acclaimed debut, Animal Kingdom, is effective in an elemental way." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jun 20, 2014
B+ 75% The Last Sentence (2014) " The great 83-year-old Swedish director Jan Troell specializes in movies about men of great stature in furious conflict with both their countries and themselves." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jun 20, 2014
B 85% Korengal (2014) " They hash out the manifold ordeals of their service, but rarely does anything startlingly new emerge -- which is not to say that the film doesn't have value. War is hell and always will be." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jun 20, 2014
11% Batman & Robin (1997) " Bring earplugs to Batman & Robin. A pair of noseplugs wouldn't hurt, either." — New Times
Posted Jun 18, 2014
B 85% Ivory Tower (2014) " Ivory Tower lays out most, though certainly not all, of the major issues surrounding the sky-high increase in college tuition that is plaguing the cause of higher education in America." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jun 13, 2014
B 86% Violette (2014) " Provost is attracted to "outsider" women whose lives are indistinguishable from their art." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jun 13, 2014
D- 19% Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) " I would like to think that even if I was 14, either in body or spirit, I would still find this film an impossibly, incomprehensibly overlong and cacophonous bore." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jun 9, 2014
39% Armageddon (1998) " [Bay's] movies are trailers for themselves. Every scene is all climax and no foreplay. When it's all over you can't remember if you've been watching a movie or just a jumbo-sized coming attraction." — New Times
Posted Jun 6, 2014
B+ 91% Walking The Camino: Six Ways To Santiago (2014) " Smith allows these people to speak their minds, and, as the journey progresses, the talk, not surprisingly, becomes increasingly depth-charged." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jun 6, 2014
B- 50% Trust Me (2014) " As long as Gregg, as both actor and director, is anatomizing the Hollywood viper pit, Trust Me rings true." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jun 6, 2014
B 80% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) " The film is highly manipulative, all right, but in ways that allow the audience a modicum of self-respect. The sniffling legions at the screening I attended needn't have felt like fools." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jun 6, 2014
B- 90% Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " Cruise is better than he's been in a while because he damps down his usual all-intensity-all-the-time MO. He's best here when his character seems the most scared." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jun 6, 2014
71% Léon: The Professional (1994) " Besson has a gift for amoral sleaziness that should serve him well over here. In his very first American film, he has gone straight for the smarm." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 4, 2014
A- 97% We Are the Best! (2014) " One of the funniest and happiest movies I've ever seen about early adolescent girls and their wayward, fitful joyousness." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted May 30, 2014
A- 84% Night Moves (2014) " Night Moves may have a soft, almost dreamy feel, but at the core it's crucially hard-headed. In its own quiet way, in how it pulls together our utopian ideals and home-grown fears, it's the zeitgeist movie of the moment." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted May 30, 2014
C+ 48% Maleficent (2014) " At least Disney was smart enough to cast Jolie. She has a genuinely heroic presence. If only the movie were equal to it." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted May 30, 2014
B- 33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) " If you measure a comedy by how many times you laughed, Seth MacFarlane's A Million Ways to Die in the West, at least for me, is a middling success." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted May 30, 2014
C+ 26% The Love Punch (2014) " Thompson is one of those rarities who shines in just about anything. Her crack timing enlivens even her worst lines." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted May 23, 2014
C+ 14% Blended (2014) " Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore star in Blended, their third pairing, and, while the chemistry may be good, the movie isn't." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted May 23, 2014
B 43% Words And Pictures (2014) " What keeps the film humming along pleasurably despite these stumbles is the high energy of the two leads." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted May 23, 2014
B+ 91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " What elevates this film above most of its predecessors is the dynamic action filmmaking and, above all, its wit." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted May 22, 2014
80% Singles (1992) " There's a genial untidiness about Singles, but it's unified by Crowe's affection for his characters, and by the terrific Paul Westerberg music track, which plays like a pulse-beat to these people's lives." — Los Angeles Times
Posted May 19, 2014
B+ 87% The Immigrant (2014) " Gray and his cinematographer Darius Khondji and production designer Happy Massee have done a magnificent job of re-creating this Lower East Side melting pot -- the best I've seen since the De Niro flashbacks in The Godfather II." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted May 16, 2014
B- 61% Million Dollar Arm (2014) " Million Dollar Arm, based on true events, did a fairly good job of keeping me engaged even though I knew exactly where it was going every step of the way." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted May 16, 2014
C+ 73% Godzilla (2014) " It's a tad better than the 1998 Godzilla, perhaps, but that's not saying much." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted May 16, 2014
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