Peter Rainer Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
A- 86% What Will People Say? (Hva vil folk si) (2018) A real-life terror trip but with human ghouls and goblins.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
B- 97% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Lee's overarching point... is that we have not come very far at all from the early 1970s. His aesthetic in BlacKkKlansman is that, in making of movies that matter, we have moved beyond the niceties of normal dramatic strategies. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
B+ 90% Far From the Tree (2018) The documentary is an attempt, in the words of those behind the film, to "investigate the very nature of family itself." That this attempt is overreaching and diffuse does not detract from the film's sporadic power. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
B 70% Christopher Robin (2018) It takes awhile to get going but, still, it's rather sweet.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
B 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) As summer franchise movies go, Mission: Impossible - Fallout is near the top of the heap... If the film has one overriding flaw, it's that it's about 20 minutes too long.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
B+ 94% Dark Money (2018) The undue influence of money on elections is not exactly news, but the ways in which that influence can now be secured, given the current state of the law, certainly is. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
B+ 98% Eighth Grade (2018) It's rare to see a movie about middle school years that looks and sounds as right as Eighth Grade, a modest charmer... Burnham avoids most of the Mean Girls-style tropes in favor of a more gently humorous and nuanced approach.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
B+ 94% Custody (Jusqu'à la garde) (2018) As in all good movies of this kind, the ordeal of the children is not skimped. They bear the brunt, and the legacy, of the anguish.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
C- 80% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Comes across as an all-too-strenuous cash grab for the earlier film's mega-success. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
B+ 38% Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti (2018) This is a movie about Gauguin that, in the end, is less about his artistry than his ravenous sensibility, his desire to break through to a new way of seeing. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
C 30% Shock and Awe (2018) It's a rote piece of work that, oddly, also feels dated even at a time when the press and the White House have rarely been more at odds. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
B- 94% Sorry to Bother You (2018) The film's barbs about racism, capitalism, slavery, and cultural appropriation are so purposefully scattershot that the fact that none of it really hangs together is likely viewed as a badge of honor.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
B+ 100% Leave No Trace (2018) It's clear from watching "Leave No Trace" that these are people, and this is a story, that Granik cares deeply about. It's rarer than you think to watch a movie in which this is the case.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
B+ 96% Three Identical Strangers (2018) This is a movie that begins like a News of the Weird anecdote and turns increasingly dark. It brings the nature versus nurture debate into shattering focus.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
45% Deep Impact (1998) The film is set up to be a ringing endorsement of the human species under pressure, but what comes across is something far less ennobling.‐ New Times
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
C+ 51% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) The latest and arguably least of the series. At this point, you've seen one velociraptor, you've seen them all.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
B- 51% Boundaries (2018) A road movie starring Christopher Plummer and Vera Farmiga, two actors I am willing to see in just about anything. Because of them, Boundaries, which might have been cooked up by a screenwriting program called RoadMovie, is halfway tolerable. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
C 35% The Catcher Was A Spy (2018) A much more pallid experience than this eminently juicy subject deserves. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
B+ 100% On the Seventh Day (En el Séptimo Día) (2018) It's a small-scale triumph of humanistic filmmaking... A genial, extended anecdote about good people trying to get by while holding on to some dignity.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
B+ 91% Saving Brinton (2018) Zahs, a genial obsessive, is a lot of fun, and so is the movie.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
A- 99% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) It's a love letter, but the sentiment and affection that pour through the film is honestly arrived at.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
B- 67% Ocean's 8 (2018) It has some spark and dazzle, at least until the last half hour or so, when it fizzles.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
B 85% Mountain (2018) For those of us who would never in our wildest imaginings ride a bike off a sky-high mountain peak and then parachute to earth, I can heartily recommend the documentary Mountain, where such feats are standard.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
C 23% Rodin (2018) A cooped-up slog.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
85% Downhill Racer (1969) We share the skier's point of view. We hear every whoosh and scrape. When a skier wipes out on the slopes, it's the real deal. Watching this film, I often felt like I should be wearing a helmet.‐ Bloomberg News
Read More | Posted May 30, 2018
B- 71% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Of all the Star Wars-themed movies, this one is the closest to a Saturday afternoon serial/western. Don't expect more than that.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
C 39% Mary Shelley (2018) It's a deeply conventional movie about ragingly unconventional people.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
B- 94% First Reformed (2018) Schrader's chief influence here, as in many of his other films, is the great French director Robert Bresson... But Bresson's spare stylistics achieved a sublimity while Schrader's, though intermittently powerful, too often feel schematic.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
A 91% The Guardians (Les Gardiennes) (2018) Presents the dailiness of farm life through its seasons with an unhurried grace. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
B+ 68% The Seagull (2018) The best reason to check out the film is for Saoirse Ronan's tender, wrenching performance as the lovelorn Nina, and, especially, for Annette Bening's fantastic turn as Irina...‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
B+ 68% On Chesil Beach (2018) A highly acceptable, somewhat starched drama of crossed love. But the film fully comes into its own on the beach. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
B- 83% Deadpool 2 (2018) All in all, I prefer a Marvel movie that doesn't take itself seriously, but the nonstop unseriousness of Deadpool 2 can wear you down, too.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
C- 53% Book Club (2018) Having amassed such a stellar cast, might it not have behooved its director and co-writer Bill Holderman to concoct a movie halfway worthy of them?‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
4.5/5 85% Let the Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) (2018) The movie is all a bit more airy than it needs to be, but Isabelle's startlements are like a double take that never lets up.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
4.5/5 86% Tully (2018) In "Tully," the cynicism about the supposed undiluted joys of motherhood rings true, or at least truer than in movies that don't admit such a station in life can be less than paradise. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
B 94% RBG (2018) Ostensibly a documentary about 85-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, but it feels more like a love letter.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
B 100% After Auschwitz (2018) Each of the women profiled recounts, with varying degrees of intensity, the difficulties in creating a "normal" life in a world where the concept of "home" can no longer fully resonate.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
B+ 92% In the Intense Now (No Intenso Agora) (2018) In the end, the political confusions of Salles's movie, which seem all of a piece with the political confusions of that era, sit small beside its achievement as a document of an incendiary time.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
B- 83% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Some of the sequences are undeniably thrilling but, at about 2-1/2 hours, overkill sets in early.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
A- 95% A Quiet Place (2018) At a brisk 90 minutes, it's one of the most inventive and beautifully crafted and acted horror movies I've seen in a very long time, and I think the main reason for its power is the family crisis at its core.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
B+ 92% Lean on Pete (2018) At his best, [Haigh] can strike more emotional notes from silence than most directors can with a full chorus of sound.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
B- 73% Ready Player One (2018) Spielberg wants us to drop the techno-gadgets and join hands, but it's the VR world that really juices him. He's the ultimate fanboy making a movie about the need to move beyond being a fan.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
C+ 74% Final Portrait (2018) The film's inexplicably grayish palette doesn't do the artist or the artwork any favors, and the action, which mostly takes place in Giacometti's plaster sculpture-strewn studio, is stagey. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
A- 89% Isle of Dogs (2018) I was transfixed. There is so much to look at in "Isle of Dogs" that a second viewing is almost mandatory. You can forgive its fetishism. Mania this dedicated deserves its due.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
A- 96% The Death of Stalin (2018) The central conceit of The Death of Stalin is that what is funny is not always just funny. In this sense, the film is closer in spirit to Dr. Strangelove than, say Mel Brooks's The Producers.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
A- 93% Journey's End (2018) Journey's End does justice both to the horrors of war and to the spirit that can sometimes, somehow, transcend it. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
C 49% Tomb Raider (2018) Tomb Raider, sloppily directed by Roar Uthaug, would not be worth watching without Vikander, who darts, leaps, and pummels her way through this mediocre escapade with a winning fierceness‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
C+ 40% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Phantasmagoria that is more cheesy than transporting.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
B+ 55% The Forgiven (2018) No attempt is made to win over the audience. This welcome absence of sentimentality allows us to experience Tutu's own crisis of faith as he attempts to reconcile this man's actions with his bedrock belief in forgiveness.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
B- 100% Oh Lucy! (2018) The film's viewpoint is unsentimental but compassionate...The film itself could use a blond wig - it needs to be far more expansive, antic, and disturbing than it is...but there are moments in Oh Lucy! that stay with you.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018