Peter Rainer Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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+ 90% 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- 74% 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+ 73% 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- 90% 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- 92% 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+ 52% 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
C+ 47% Red Sparrow (2018) It's the centerpiece of high-gloss, highly sexualized espionage claptrap with an overlay of faux female empowerment: Dominika is pretty much an equal-opportunity scourge. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
B- 81% The Party (2018) The Party is a brisk, black-and-white, worst-possible-case dinner party scenario overflowing with good actors and bad vibes. It resembles a minor-league distillation of Edward Albee and Woody Allen, but at least there are those performers to look at‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
C 54% The Young Karl Marx (Le jeune Karl Marx) (2018) Watching it is like being tossed into an agitprop blender..It has little depth, either political or psychological.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
B- 87% Annihilation (2018) Garland has a gift for locating the horror inside that silliness, and this is what gives the film such a kicky, off-center quality. You laugh at it and gasp at it simultaneously.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
B+ 93% Loveless (Nelyubov) (2018) Zvyagintsev has always been wildly ambitious, sometimes to a fault, and Loveless is perhaps his most encompassing indictment of Russian society.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
A- 96% Black Panther (2018) Coogler is trying for a lot of things in Black Panther, probably too many, but there is also a winning modesty to his ambition.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
64% Jason's Lyric (1994) The film seems overextended and unbelievable both as love story and as urban tragedy.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2018
B 94% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fant├ística) (2018) A Fantastic Woman trumpets its intentions in its very title. It should not have been necessary to exalt Marina in order to give her passion and turmoil their due.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
A- 89% The Insult (L'insulte) (2018) ... powerful new movie directed by Ziad Doueiri...‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
B 81% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) Annette Bening is one of those rare actresses who makes a movie, however otherwise deficient, worth seeing.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
B- 73% Hostiles (2018) ... a strong, if overlong and over-obvious, western...‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
A- 100% Paddington 2 (2018) A movie that promotes the importance of family and good manners might seem like it could become the squarest of snoozes, but Paddington 2 is so transcendentally cheerful that it carries the day - and then some. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
B- 78% All the Money in the World (2017) At 88, Christopher is at the top of his game. He turns Getty into a dastardly miser with an aggrieved core. There hasn't been such a lonely mogul in the movies since Orson Welles's Charles Foster Kane expired with "Rosebud" on his lips.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
C+ 82% Molly's Game (2018) Most of the arias in Molly's Game don't achieve liftoff, and so neither does the movie. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
A- 91% Phantom Thread (2018) The dry ice in this film burns with a hothouse intensity. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2018
5% Nothing but Trouble (1991) Occasionally, the talents of the cast burn through the haze of misfires and remembered routines.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
B 87% The Post (2018) [Streep's] hesitations, rue, and ultimate valor are soul-deep. Graham's victory over her fears does not come lightly, but when it does, it's definitive.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
C 50% Downsizing (2017) Downsizing never quite goes where you think it's going, and normally, I'd say that's a plus. But confounding expectations only goes so far. You still have to get to a place worth getting to.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
B 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Fanatics will love it; for the rest of us, it's a tolerably good time.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
A- 94% 1945 (2017) It's a good bet that the director had High Noon in mind when he made this film, but the comparison ends there. As a compact study of wartime guilt, the film has the look and feel of a waking nightmare.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
B- 90% I, Tonya (2018) The film is periodically enlivened by some of the supporting players, including Paul Walter Hauser as Shawn Eckhardt, the supposed mastermind of the Kerrigan assault whom the movie depicts as a world-class schlub.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
B- 31% Wonder Wheel (2017) A fresh Woody Allen movie arrives practically every year like clockwork. Some are good - most are middling. Being prolific isn't a crime, but with Allen, what you often get are retreads dolled up to look brand-new.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
B- 92% The Shape of Water (2017) ... marvelously rhapsodic in ways that recall films like Jean Cocteau's "Beauty and the Beast" without ever seeming slavish.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
B 95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) Although it ends on a powerful, bittersweet chord, the movie is a bit too determinedly soothing for comfort.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2017
B+ 97% Coco (2017) Pixar rebounds nicely with Coco, a big, spangly animated fiesta with its fair share of "heart."‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
B- 85% Darkest Hour (2017) The film itself may skirt stodginess, but Oldman, who has played everyone from Sid Vicious to Ludwig van Beethoven to Lee Harvey Oswald, never does. (The extraordinary makeup job is courtesy of Kazuhiro Tsuji.)‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
3/5 96% Mudbound (2017) Blige, the queen of hip-hop and soul, is virtually unrecognizable, but her underplaying in no way negates her force. It's a self-contained force that she possesses here, and she knows when to loosen the bonds.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
62% Home Alone (1990) Home Alone delivers enough laughs.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
B- 92% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Scene by scene, the movie is compelling, but the scenes don't fit together especially well.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
B- 99% Lady Bird (2017) The movie is best when it undercuts its own seriousness, as when Lady Bird proclaims, "I want to be the best version of who I can be," and then follows up with, "What if this is the best version?"‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
B- 77% Last Flag Flying (2017) There is a pleasingness to the predictability of the film, which stars Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell, and Laurence Fishburne as Vietnam veterans.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
C 67% Wonderstruck (2017) It's the sort of poetic conceit that needs a filmmaker far more rapt and intuitive than Haynes, whose jeweler's precision keeps everything at an emotional remove. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
C+ 28% Suburbicon (2017) Suburbicon never jells. Good intentions are not enough.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
B 92% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) [Meyerowitz] is alternately wide-ranging and self-indulgent.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
A 98% Jane (2017) Brett Morgen's documentary Jane brings Goodall's ineffable and incredible story to vivid life.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
A 96% Ex Libris: New York Public Library (2017) Ultimately Ex Libris demonstrates that libraries are about people, and what gives the film its great and accumulating force is that people are infinitely complex.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
96% The Florida Project (2017) It is because Baker views the world without blinders that the moments of lyricism in The Florida Project are so piercing. When a rainbow shows up in the sky, it's not just a rainbow; it's a benediction.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
C+ 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Blade Runner 2049 is heavy with portentous and pretentious hoo-ha.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
C+ 35% Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House (2017) As written and directed by Peter Landesman, the movie is a straightforward nuts-and-bolts affair of no particular consequence. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017