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:
2127

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
B- 69% The Notebook (2014) " Alternately powerful and perplexing." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Aug 29, 2014
B 54% Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People (2014) " Harris indulges in too many personal memoir detours and overdoes the talking heads, but much of the imagery on display is extraordinary." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Aug 29, 2014
69% Jacob's Ladder (1990) " In the best puzzle movies, the pieces fit -- eventually. But if you try to piece together Jacob's Ladder, all you get for your trouble is more pieces." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 23, 2014
B+ 85% The Trip To Italy (2014) " This is a sequel that, for a change, was worth making." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Aug 22, 2014
B+ 97% Love Is Strange (2014) " The living-apart scenario is contrived -- there was no way for these men to share a space somewhere? -- but the two actors are so good that it doesn't much matter." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Aug 22, 2014
93% Saving Private Ryan (1998) " Spielberg puts us through the hair-trigger terrors of combat in a way no other filmmaker has ever dared, and yet there's a gentleness to his enterprise. He's interested in the humaneness that comes through the horror." — New Times
Posted Aug 19, 2014
C+ 32% The Giver (2014) " The movie never really sheds its chilly Orwellian vibe, and its chief idea -- that only The Giver and Jonas can truly feel -- is contradicted by the supposedly blanked-out citizens who, in fact, appear to have feelings indeed, albeit nasty ones." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Aug 15, 2014
B+ 59% Deepsea Challenge 3D (2014) " Although he didn't encounter anything other than barrenness, he did bring back to the surface 100 new species of microorganisms. I hope National Geographic appreciates the effort." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Aug 8, 2014
B- 69% What If (2014) " This is standard rom-com terrain, and, as directed by Michael Dowse and written by Elan Mastai, it doesn't fly high. At times it's rather sweet, though, and Radcliffe and Kazan have a nice nerds-in-clover rapport." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Aug 8, 2014
B- 65% The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) " Hallström, who also directed Chocolat, follows the foodie-cinema aesthetic by filming the dishes in a gleaming sumptuousness designed to make you famished." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Aug 8, 2014
B- 78% 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- 89% 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+ 78% 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 91% 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 48% 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 65% 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+ 18% 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+ 98% 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 92% 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 41% 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+ 49% 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+ 90% 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- 24% 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+ 83% 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+ 53% 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- 66% 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 80% 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- 52% 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- 85% 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
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