Peter Rainer Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% The Grey Fox (1982) Lyrical and almost rapturous. Farnsworth is extraordinary. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
87% The Infiltrators (2020) I found it a little unwieldy in the going back-and-forth between the reenactments and the actual people, but I think it's great achievement is that it puts a human face on these immigrants and detainees that we often read about in headlines.‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
92% The Vast of Night (2020) It's remarkably sharp, funny, and ominous. A terrific debut.‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
64% On a Magical Night (Chambre 212) (2020) I wish this film was a little lighter and had more lyricism to it, but it's pretty stage-bound and doesn't add up to a lot. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
79% Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind (2020) It's an interesting film because it is a sort of personal memoir by her daughter... It's very much a kind of "authorized film," but it's touching that way. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
47% Arkansas (2020) Somehow it does have a sort of distinctive tang... It doesn't quite add up to a full meal despite being overlong, but it has a kind of ambling, affectionate weirdness to it. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
100% Rewind (2020) It's quite shocking and revelatory... It's really a powerful movie that accelerates in its power as it goes along. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
100% About a Teacher (2020) I've rarely seen a movie about teachers and students that was this realistic... It doesn't seem phony at all. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2020
100% Slay the Dragon (2020) It's a terrific film. I was a little wary that it going to be really wonky, which it sort of is, but it is also extremely well-edited... and it's even-handed. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2020
91% Bacurau (Nighthawk) (2020) This movie gets a lot of points for being strange and Sônia Braga is all out as an alcoholic doctor.‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2020
99% Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) I think it's the best film I've seen so far this year.‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2020
2.5/5 23% Leap Year (2010) Amy Adams is such a likable actress that she makes the romantic comedy "Leap Year" worth watching even though we've seen it all before.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2020
4/5 85% The Booksellers (2020) The Booksellers is a documentary for people who treasure the sheer look and feel of books... As a proud member of this diminishing tribe of obsessives, I am grateful there exists a film featuring my spiritual kinfolk.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2020
44% All Dogs Go To Heaven (1989) In "All Dogs Go to Heaven," the possible is the mundane.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
86% José (2020) It's an evocative movie... The big problem I have is that José as a character is a bit of a blank. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
92% And Then We Danced (2020) It is sort of fascinating to see just how entrenched this old traditional way is in terms of sexual roles in this society. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
5% The Last Thing He Wanted (2020) I found the whole narrative confusing. Even if you can parse it out, it doesn't add up to a whole lot. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
91% Beanpole (Dylda) (2020) There are a lot of powerful scenes. It does end up being a little bit monotone... A little lightness would not have destroyed what was going on in this film. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
37% Downhill (2020) It validates a saying that I have: don't remake the good movies, remake the bad movies that had a great concept. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
93% Ordinary Love (2020) There's a generic aspect to it that I found off-putting for a film that touches so many nerves, but it is wonderful to see these two actors. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
74% The Photograph (2020) It's a little too soft and soupy. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
64% Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Affectionate, charming, and genial. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
4/5 86% Emma. (2020) Jane Austen speaks to us as clearly now as she did some 200 years ago. Maybe what is retro isn't so retro after all. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
4/5 100% The Woman Who Loves Giraffes (2020) Dagg is the focus of Alison Reid's The Woman Who Loves Giraffes, and it confirms a long-held tenet of mine: If the subject of a documentary is fascinating, it doesn't much matter if the filmmaking is workmanlike. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
4/5 80% A Hidden Life (2019) Despite its faults, the film does indeed succeed in being a species of religious experience. It has a powerful sense of the immanence of life. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2019
67% Calling All Earthlings (2018) This is a very enjoyable movie... All over the place, but I love these kind of subjects. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
77% The King (2018) Way too ambitious for its own good. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
62% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) It's engrossing in a very direct action way... [But] there are enough hot button issues floating around in this movie that I was hoping for something more than just a glorified "blow things up real big" action [movie].‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
98% 63 Up (2019) It's very touching... There's a lot to love in this movie. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
98% Varda by Agnès (2019) This is a wonderful movie -- one of my favorites of the year... Even if you haven't seen any of her movies, it's like meeting an old friend. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) This is a film I admired more than I liked... I just found the film to be too hyper-staged and too artfully constructed to make an emotional connection. ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
72% The Aeronauts (2019) I can't resist: this movie never gets off the ground. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
4.5/5 96% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) If nothing is more difficult in the movies than convincingly portraying authentic goodness, then A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood can be counted near-perfect.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
75% The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) The Muppets are at their best when they're anarchic, without all this soggy whimsy.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
3.5/5 96% The Irishman (2019) I do like it more than anything he's directed in a long time... But here's an aspect of the movie, common to all of Scorsese's organized crime films, that I find troubling. To wit: Just how sentimental should we be about coldblooded killers?‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
4.5/5 97% The Cave (2019) The primary focus, drawn from hundreds of hours of footage shot between 2016 and 2018, is on the physician Amani Ballour. I've rarely seen a more inspiring figure in a movie.‐ Christian Science Monitor
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
100% A Bigger Splash (1974) It's an interesting movie for David Hockney completists. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
98% Rosie (2019) A terrific movie and one of the best female performances of the year.‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
88% The Great Hack (2019) This is a scary movie... [And] there's a lot of interesting characters. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
42% The Tomorrow Man (2019) Always worth seeing these two actors, but not necessarily in this movie. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
100% The Silence of Others (2019) It's a powerful movie... The only problem of the movie (that is not the fault of the film) is that you're hoping for some great resolution and for the most part it doesn't happen. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
69% Storm Boy (2019) It's sort of disposable, but kind of sweet. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
66% Peterloo (2019) It's talky, but a lot of the talk is quite interesting and passionate. It's sort of like being in a really good town hall meeting. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
100% Roll Red Roll (2019) It's a very powerful movie. One of the things it demonstrates is how, in our digital age, there's a trail of incrimination that exists that didn't before. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
53% The Best of Enemies (2019) It's predictable and conventional, but it has some powerful moments. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
90% Shazam! (2019) Pretty bland... A little too light, fluffy, and negligible. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
58% Pet Sematary (2019) It's just a little too pulpy for the potential power of the story. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
54% Yardie (2019) Fairly routine... I wish the ethnic aspects of this film had come to the fore more and that they had played down the druggie stuff that we had already seen a million times.‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
100% Combat Obscura (2019) It's sort of an eye-opener just to see something this unbiased and un-manipulative. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
89% The Image Book (Le livre d'image) (2019) Another infuriatingly incomprehensible Godard movie made up entirely out of archival images... Having said that, some of the imagery is powerful. ‐ FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019