Nathan Rabin is a film critic based out of Chicago and former head writer for The A.V. Club, the pop-culture sister site of ''Website/TheOnion''. Rabin famously [[TropeNamers coined the term]] ManicPixieDreamGirl in his [[http://www.avclub.com/articles/the-bataan-death-march-of-whimsy-case-file-1-eliza,15577/ review]] of ''Film/{{Elizabethtown}}''.

Rabin's main contribution to the site, beyond criticism, is his long-running [[http://www.avclub.com/features/my-year-of-flops/ My Year of Flops]] feature, which he describes as "a leisurely stroll of cinema's biggest commercial and critical disasters, with an eye towards singling out unfairly maligned winners (like, say, ''Film/JoeVersusTheVolcano'' or ''Film/{{Ishtar}}'') and great scenes in otherwise middling movies." After 199 installments, My Year of Flops ended and was repurposed as [[http://www.avclub.com/features/my-world-of-flops/ My World of Flops]], allowing Rabin to delve into notable failures in other non-film media (though he still did films as well), thereby offering him a wider range of subject matter to pontificate upon. The feature ended after 36 installments due to his departure from the A.V. Club.

More recently, he has taken to music criticism, applying the My Year of Flops formula to the ''[=NOW!=]'' series of bestselling NothingButHits pop compilations in a series called [[http://www.avclub.com/features/then-thats-what-they-called-music/ [=THEN=] That's What They Called Music]].

Rabin's autobiography, ''The Big Rewind'', was published in 2009. A book based on ''My Year of Flops'' (which has long since passed the single year that Rabin planned for the feature to last) was released in 2010. Through The A.V. Club, he is one of many co-writers of ''Inventory'', which compiles over 100 lists.

Rabin was one of six longstanding A.V. Club writers (including editor in chief Keith Phipps and film editor Scott Tobias) to leave the site between late 2012 and Spring 2013, for Pitchfork Media's film website ''The Dissolve''. He continues to look for failed flicks in [[http://thedissolve.com/features/forgotbusters/ "Forgotbusters"]], which compiles movies that grossed enough for the yearly top 25 but have either worsened their reputations or been forgotten.

!!Rabin provides page quotes for the following:
* ''{{WesternAnimation/Delgo}}''
* ShowerOfLove
* Main/StevenSoderbergh
* [[WhenYouComingHomeDad When You Coming Home, Dad?]]

!!Films featured in My Year of Flops include:
* ''Film/{{Elizabethtown}}''
* ''Film/{{North}}''
* ''Film/TheFountain''
* ''Film/{{Gigli}}''
* ''Film/BattlefieldEarth''
* ''Film/BatmanAndRobin''
* ''Film/SouthlandTales''
* ''Film/SuckerPunch''
* ''Theatre/{{Rent}}''
* Gus Van Sant's 1998 remake of ''Film/{{Psycho}}''
* ''Film/WalkHard''
* ''Film/HowardTheDuck''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Delgo}}''
* ''Film/CanadianBacon''
* ''Film/{{Catwoman}}''
* The remake of ''Film/TheWickerMan''
* ''Film/{{Waterworld}}''
* ''Film/ThePostman''
* ''Film/{{Envy}}''
* ''Film/{{Ishtar}}''
* ''Literature/TheBonfireOfTheVanities''
* ''Film/ManOfTheYear''
* ''Film/{{Jarhead}}''
* ''Film/{{Toys}}''
* ''Film/FourRooms''
* ''Film/{{Dune}}''
* ''Film/NothingButTrouble''
* ''Film/LadyInTheWater''
* ''Film/{{Striptease}}''
* ''Film/ThePostman''
* ''Film/TankGirl''
* ''Film/OverTheTop''
* ''Film/FreddyGotFingered''
* ''Film/TheIslandOfDrMoreau''
* ''Film/HudsonHawk''
* ''Film/ColorOfNight''
* ''Film/StrangeDays''
* ''Film/TheCatInTheHat''
* ''Literature/{{Dreamcatcher}}''
* ''[[Film/BasicInstinct Basic Instinct 2]]''
* ''Film/{{Glitter}}''
* ''Film/PayItForward''
* ''Film/ExitToEden''
* ''Film/{{Hulk}}''
* ''Film/SpeedRacer''
* ''Film/CutthroatIsland''
* ''Film/TheRocketeer''
* ''Film/SupermanIVTheQuestForPeace''
* ''Film/TheLoveGuru''
* ''Film/OnDeadlyGround''
* ''Film/SuperMarioBros''
* ''Film/BoxingHelena''
* ''Film/TheNumber23''
* ''Film/MacAndMe''
* ''Film/IKnowWhoKilledMe''
* ''Film/LittleNicky''
* ''Film/TheAdventuresOfPlutoNash''
* ''Film/TheHudsuckerProxy''

!!Films featured in My World of Flops include:
* ''Film/AnAmericanCarol''
* ''Film/DeathToSmoochy''
* ''Film/TheFrighteners''
* ''Film/JohnCarter''
* ''Film/TheOogielovesInTheBigBalloonAdventure''
* ''Film/RockOfAges''
* ''Film/ThatsMyBoy''
* ''Film/YourHighness''

!!Other media featured in My World of Flops include:
* ''Main/Studio60OnTheSunsetStrip''
* ''Music/MusicFromTheElder''
* ''Main/JohnFromCincinnati''
* ''[[Music/LilWayne Lil' Wayne's]] [[NewSoundAlbum Rebirth]]''
* ''VideoGame/ETTheExtraTerrestrial''
* ''Main/KDOCFirstNight''

!!Films featured in Forgotbusters include:
* ''Film/TheGoldenChild''
* ''Film/{{Godzilla 1998}}''
* ''Film/SpaceJam''
* ''Film/RisingSun''
* ''Film/{{Congo}}''
* ''Film/{{Hannibal}}''
* ''Film/{{Disclosure}}''
* ''Film/{{Congo}}''
* ''Film/{{Jack}}''
* ''Film/DaysOfThunder''
* ''Film/BringingDownTheHouse''
* ''Film/{{Eraser}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/SharkTale''
* ''Film/WhatWomenWant''
* ''Film/{{xXx}}''
* ''Film/TangoAndCash''
* ''Film/HotShots''

!!The man himself:
* TheAtoner: He frequently made fun of Music/{{Phish}} fans and [[Music/InsaneClownPosse Juggalos]] but after going to their concerts as explained in ''You Don't Know Me, But You Don't Like Me'', he later identified with their sense of community.
* BaldOfAwesome
* BrilliantButLazy: He is regarded as a talented critic, but he said that he spent his high school days largely cutting class, going to the arcade or finding films with nudity in them.
* CreatorBacklash: [[http://www.salon.com/2014/07/15/im_sorry_for_coining_the_phrase_manic_pixie_dream_girl/ He doesn't like the Manic Pixie Dixie Dream Girl term anymore.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Though he doesn't like the term.
* HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood: As seen in his memoir, The Big Rewind, he hasn't had the happiest of childhoods. But damned if he doesn't wring some laughs out of it.
* JewishAndNerdy
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: TropeNamer
* TheMovieBuff: Well, of course.
* PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy: He mentions many times his love for hip-hop.
* TheStoner: Mentions his pot smoking several times, among other drug consumptions.