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- 97% The Look of Silence (2015) "My relief in watching this movie, which once again recounts the slaughters in great, almost fetishistic detail, is that at least the victims are allowed a voice this time. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 24, 2015
B 72% The Outrageous Sophie Tucker (2015) "I wish the film, which is mostly a standard-issue talking-heads-and-clips affair, had showcased more of her performing, but what we see still justifies her fleeting fame. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 24, 2015
C+ 59% Southpaw (2015) "Despite its supposedly hard-hitting veneer, the film never goes out on a limb when it counts. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 24, 2015
B- 39% Irrational Man (2015) "Were it not for Stone's chipperness as Jill, the film, smoothly directed as it is, would be a real slog. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 24, 2015
B- 79% Ant-Man (2015) "I wish the film had gone even further into loopiness. Like Ant-Man, the film, directed by Peyton Reed, comes in two sizes -- it's sometimes big on laughs but often small on risk-taking. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 16, 2015
B+ 94% Cartel Land (2015) "As the film demonstrates, this is far from a black-and-white situation. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 10, 2015
B+ 97% Amy (2015) "A powerful, and powerfully sad, experience. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 10, 2015
73% The Ballad of Little Jo (1993) "The film ends as more of a dirge than a ballad. But occasionally it casts a forlorn spell. The meaning of Jo Monaghan's life may not really emerge in this film but its mystery lingers. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 7, 2015
B 64% Magic Mike XXL (2015) "Magic Mike XXL targets its audience as relentlessly as a personal trainer targets abs. This sequel to "Magic Mike" mostly dispenses with plot in order to serve up what it does best: showcase male stripper gyrations. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 1, 2015
B+ 77% What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015) "I think the film overreaches in casting Simone as a standard-bearer against racism and sexism, but it's filled with mesmerizing clips from throughout her performing career as well as numerous interviews with Simone, both audio and on film. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jun 26, 2015
C+ 85% The Tribe (2015) "Slaboshpytskiy doesn't attempt to get inside the psychology of these people, or expand the meanings, political or otherwise, of their descent. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jun 26, 2015
15% Another 48 Hrs. (1990) "Walter Hill, who also directed the first film, surely recognizes the hollowness of what he's doing here. He also hasn't had a hit since "48 HRS.," which no doubt explains why he's once again tilling these charred fields. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 24, 2015
C+ 81% Infinitely Polar Bear (2015) "Despite some occasional moments of real sadness and terror, the turmoil in this movie is decidedly on the upbeat. I would love to have seen what Ruffalo could do with this part were he not encouraged to be puppyish and sweet. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jun 19, 2015
B+ 98% Inside Out (2015) "It's all very Freudian, or Jungian, or whatever, and little kids may get lost, but there's real verve in the animation and wit in the byplay. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jun 19, 2015
B- 84% The Wolfpack (2015) "Undeniably fascinating. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jun 19, 2015
C 42% Madame Bovary (2015) "The Normandy locations are evocative, but director Sophie Barthes compresses Emma's multiyear rise and fall into what seems like a month or so. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jun 12, 2015
B+ 80% Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) "Cooke never allows us to feel sorry for Rachel, even when things are looking grimmest. It takes a real actress to pull that off. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jun 12, 2015
B- 71% Jurassic World (2015) "In terms of its thrills and graphic design, it still looks like a low-to-mid-range Spielberg effort. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jun 11, 2015
B+ 90% Love & Mercy (2015) "Dano and Cusack never let us forget that Wilson is human before he is anything else - genius, icon, legend. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jun 5, 2015
B+ 81% Testament Of Youth (2015) "As Vera, the rebellious, moneyed young woman whose dream of graduating from Oxford is deferred when the war breaks out, Alicia Vikander is such a ferociously intuitive performer that you can't take your eyes off her. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jun 5, 2015
C 32% Entourage (2015) "This slick doodle of a movie is nothing so much as an advertisement for itself. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jun 5, 2015
B 50% San Andreas (2015) "The CGI effects in this film, directed by Brad Peyton, are quite remarkable and help take one's mind off the cornball disaster-brings-families-together underpinnings. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted May 29, 2015
B- 90% Sunshine Superman (2015) "Boenish's wife, Jean, who trained to jump with him, is interviewed extensively, and, although Strauch doesn't provide much backstory for her, she emerges as that rarity -- a perfect matchup to a seemingly unmatchable man. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted May 29, 2015
C+ 19% Aloha (2015) "Crowe is deft at keeping the various plots spinning, but there are too many of them, and they don't intersect pleasingly. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted May 29, 2015
B 74% 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- 53% 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 84% I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story (2015) "Affectionately saccharine. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted May 15, 2015
B 91% 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- 74% 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- 83% 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+ 63% The Water Diviner (2015) "A sloggy, heartfelt piece of quasi-magical realist storytelling. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Apr 24, 2015
B- 44% True Story (2015) "Director Rupert Goold keeps things appropriately creepy, but True Story is no Capote. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Apr 17, 2015
B 97% 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 83% 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- 96% 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+ 78% Danny Collins (2015) "The movie becomes, perhaps inadvertently, a celebration of selling out. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Mar 20, 2015
C 17% 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- 85% 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 85% 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- 62% 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
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