For 2,245 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 60% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 38% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Travers' Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Gangs of New York
Lowest review score: 0 Dragonfly
Score distribution:
2,245 movie reviews
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    You just don't expect Hollywood to produce a masterwork so early in the new year. And it hasn't. This slice of celluloid dynamite comes from Romania, and what you see will floor you.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Jonze has filmed a fantasy as if it were absolutely real, allowing us to see the world as Max sees it, full of beauty and terror. The brilliant songs, by Karen O (of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and the Kids, enhance the film's power.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Del Toro never coddles the audience. He means us to leave Pan's Labyrinth shaken to our souls. He succeeds.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Up
    Up is a breathtaking ride into the realm of pure imagination.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Pure movie bliss.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    In terms of excitement, imagination and rule-busting experimentation, it's a gusher.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Joel and Ethan Coen's adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's 2005 novel is an indisputably great movie, at this point the year's very best.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    A new American crime classic from the legendary Martin Scorsese, whose talent shines here on its highest beams.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    You leave WALL-E with a feeling of the rarest kind: that you've just enjoyed a close encounter with an enduring classic.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Ang Lee's unmissable and unforgettable Brokeback Mountain hits you like a shot in the heart. It's a landmark film and a triumph for Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Eastwood's direction here is a thing of beauty, blending the ferocity of the classic films of Akira Kurosawa (Seven Samurai) with the delicacy and unblinking gaze of Yasujiro Ozu (Tokyo Story).
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    An absolute stunner of a movie.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    In the year's richest, most complex and ultimately most heartbreaking film, Inarritu invites us to get past the babble of modern civilization and start listening to each other.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Far from being exploitive, the effect is inspiring: This is the best of us.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Nothing in Joe Wright's screen version of Ian McEwan's dense, internalized 2001 novel of secrets and lies should really work, but damn near everything does. It's some kind of miracle. Written, directed and acted to perfection, Atonement sweeps you up on waves of humor, heartbreak and ravishing romance.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Other films this year will have to sweat bullets to match the explosive power and subversive wit of David Cronenberg's A History of Violence. It slams you like a body punch and then starts messing with your head.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Takes off with the lightning speed of a thriller, the gonzo force of frontline journalism and the emotional wallop of a drama that puts a human face on shocking statistics.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Here is the jaw-dropping, eye-popping, heart-stopping movie epic we've been waiting for all year.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    From the first sight of German soldiers goose-stepping past the Arc de Triomphe to a postscript that spells out the fate of characters whose moral confusion is all too real, Army of Shadows is a movie of its time -- and ours.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    You won't know what outrageous fun is until you see Borat. High-five!
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Volver is Almodovar's passionate tribute to the community of women -- living and dead -- who nurtured him. Through the transformative power of his art -- carried on the wings of Alberto Iglesias' exhilarating score -- we feel their presence. You do not want to miss this one.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    It's a total triumph, brimming with humor, heart, sexual heat, political provocation and a crying need to stir things up, just like Harvey did. If there's a better movie around this year, with more bristling purpose, I sure as hell haven't seen it.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    A new crime classic.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    In uniting to honor Arenas, Bardem and Schnabel create something extraordinary.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    This stuff is golden. Directors Brett Morgan and Nanette Burstein make sure the movie goes down like potato chips. It's great fun and compulsively watchable. And don't leave before Dustin Hoffman makes a hilarious appearance as the credits roll.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Some movies are too good to miss. Judy Berlin is one of them...It works like magic.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Logue hits every note of humor and heart in his breakthrough role. Don't miss him. He's that good.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    The House of Mirth is not one of those teacup and doily movies; it's harsh and disturbing. Davies does superlatively right by Wharton. There's blood on the walls.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Rea and Davidson are incomparably good in an exceptional film that is by turns darkly funny and deeply affecting. Though Jordan's control sometimes falters, it's a small price to pay for his daring.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    The last days of guilt-free glitz had consequences for more than two white chicks and their boyfriends, and Stillman shows how with delicious malice and unexpected compassion.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    What makes it such a mesmerizing, wickedly witty entertainment is the revealing portrait it paints of an era in which everyone is presumed guilty where greed is concerned... It's an often chilly movie, but the chill cuts to the bone.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    A ravishing, romantic lark brimming over with style, intelligence and flashing wit.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Nothing the Hughes brothers have done in their videos for Tone Loc, Tupac Shakur and others prepares you for the controlled intensity and maturity they bring to their stunning feature debut.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Beach and Adams give remarkable performances that grow in feeling and intensity.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    A sharply observant and witty film that plumbs unexpected depths of feeling.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    As ever, Freeman delivers miracles; he's as good as it gets.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Duvall is a blazing wonder in a film that ranks with the year's best.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    One of the year's best and most provocative films.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    One terrific movie... Pacino and Depp are a match made in acting heaven, riffing off each other with astonishing subtlety and wit.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    That the performances are uniformly outstanding is a tribute to Rob Reiner, who directs with masterly assurance, fusing suspense and character to create a movie that literally vibrates with energy.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Stupendously exciting and emotionally engulfing... With probing intelligence and passionate feeling, Cameron has raised the adventure film very close to the level of art.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Gilliam, along with the gifted cinematographer Roger Pratt and production designer Jeffrey Beecroft, fashions a disturbing and dazzling lost world.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Taut, tense and enthralling, as smart and surprising as it protagonist.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    It's taut, tense and terrific.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    A movie of prodigious power and feeling that is also high-spirited, hilarious and scorchingly erotic.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    To Die For, sparked by a volcanically sexy and richly comic performance by Kidman that deserves to make her an Oscar favorite, is prime social satire and outrageous fun.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Sensational, sicko fun -- you won't believe your eyes -- and just the thing to shake up the creeping conservatism that is draining the vulgar life out of pop culture.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Savor their technique and the sizzling performances of Frances McDormand as an adulterous wife, Dan Hedaya as her vengeful husband and M. Emmet Walsh as a private detective from hell.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    In this risky, riveting film, our most prolific and provocative moviemaker uses his wit to touch a nerve. Crimes and Misdemeansors is so funny it hurts.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Anderson orchestrates a comic romance like no other. The effect is intoxicating. Sandler and the movie will knock you for a loop.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Paradis sizzles in a star-making role that gleams like one of Gabor's blades. She's a spellbinder.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    With it's dynamite performances, strafing wit and dramatic provocation, The Insider offers Mann at his best -- blood up, unsanitized and unbowed.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Like the music, the film is outspoken, roaringly funny, defiantly sexual and relentlessly in your face. I couldn't have liked it more.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    This is the untamed Apocalypse that Coppola envisioned in 1979 before money and mental pressures made him fear he had created something too long, too weird and too morally demanding for the masses.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Recoing gives a performance that won't soon be forgotten. Neither will Time Out. It's a great movie.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Clooney brings raw intensity to his role; his scenes with McElhone are rooted in a fierce romantic yearning.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    A landmark musical tribute.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    The pleasure of this unique film comes in watching superb actors dine on Mamet's pungent language like the feast it is.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Cuaron's hot-blooded, haunting and wildly erotic film revels in the pleasures of the flesh without losing touch with thought and feeling.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Michael Gerbosi's script might have reduced Crane to a clueless cliche were it not for the bruised humanity that Greg Kinnear brings to the role. Kinnear is dynamite.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    You may want to revisit this profanely hilarious Hollywood satire. . .just to catch the zingers the audience often drowns out with laughter. Hollywood corrupts absolutely, and Mamet turns the toxic process into the year's best and smartest comedy.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    The performances are uncommonly fine...Lone Star isn't built to ride trends. It's built to last.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    There may be bigger, costlier, weighter films this year. There's none lovelier.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    This emotional climax of the film, with its warring glints of despair and hope, typifies the stunning achievement of The Ice Storm and confirms Lee as a director of the first rank.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    What can I tell you? It works. Private Parts is a comic firecracker with a surprising human touch.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Gosford Park abounds in scenes to savor. It's a feast, and one of Altman's best.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Director Richard Eyre has struck gold. Twice. Dench and Winslet are a riveting matchup.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    It's a wild, whacked-out wonder. Coenheads rejoice.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    It is also Nicholson at his bravest and riskiest. By banking his fires and staying alert to the smallest details, he delivers a monumental performance that blasts your expectations and batters your heart.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    A triumph of acting, writing and directing that defies glib description...the kind of artful defiance that Hollywood is usually too timid to deliver: a jolting comedy that makes you laugh till it hurts.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    You'll thrill to the action, savor the tasty dialogue and laugh like bloody hell.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Has the juice to get its hooks into you, knock you off balance and keep you that way for two hours. It's a triumph for director Sam Mendes. The passion and precision of his Road work is staggering.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Scorches the screen with a badass bravado all its own. Smart, sexy, funny and dangerous this high-wire act is a movie and a half.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    It's the Pixar animators who keep grown-ups as riveted as the kids with visual marvels that dazzle and delight.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    The actors are outstanding, illuminating four different views of loneliness. But it's Camara's tour-de-force performance that anchors the film, that shocks and unnerves us.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Screenwriting this smart, inventive, passionate and rip-roaringly funny is a rare species. It's magic.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    It's a mesmerizing spectacle.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    If you haven't already sold your soul to rock & roll, Almost Famous should seal the deal.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Unique and unforgettable.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    This volcanically funny and seriously scary look at America's obsession with guns is meant to shake us up good. And it does.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Ang Lee, a world-class director working at the top of his elegant form, has done something thrilling. For all the leaping action, it's the film's spirit that soars.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    A hugely entertaining blend of music, fun and eye-popping thrills, though it doesn't lack for heart.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Linklater is a sly and formidable talent, bringing an anthropologist's eye to this spectacularly funny celebration of the rites of stupidity. His shitfaced "American Graffiti" is the ultimate party movie -- loud, crude, socially irresponsible and totally irresistible.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Pulls you in, challenges your prejudices, rocks your world and leaves you laughing in the face of an abyss. It's alive, all right. It's also an uncompromising American classic.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Miyazaki is the Pied Piper -- see Spirited Away and you'll follow him anywhere.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Clint Eastwood pours everything he knows about directing into Mystic River. His film sneaks up, messes with your head and then floors you. You can't shake it. It's that haunting, that hypnotic.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    The superbly crafted suspense thriller…slams you like a sudden blast of bone-chilling, pulse-pounding terror.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Starting with the outrageous and building from there, he ignites a slight love-on-the-run novel, creating a bonfire of a movie that confirms his reputation as the most exciting and innovative filmmaker of his generation.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    A fiercely poetic study of violence. Stunningly shot in black-and-white. [14 Dec 1989, p.23]
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Gangs of New York is something better than perfect: It's thrillingly alive.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Stimulating entertainment, as rigorously challenging and painfully funny as anything the Coens have done. But it's necessary to meet the Coens halfway. If you don't, Barton Fink is an empty exercise that will bore you breathless. If you do, it's a comic nightmare that will stir your imagination like no film in years.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    No one interested in the power and magic of movies should miss it.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Chicago, based on Bob Fosse's Broadway smash, kills.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    A rapturous masterwork.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Fellowship is the real deal, a movie epic that pops your eyes out, piles on thrills and fun, and yet stays intimately attuned to character.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Part of the miracle of Robert Altman's triumphantly fierce, funny, moving and innovative Short Cuts is that you can't get this movie out of your head. You keep playing it back to savor its formula-smashing audacity, its peerless performances and its cleareyed view of blasted lives.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Exciting and then some, Face/Off blends the director's supercharged images of balletic brutality and spiritual catharsis with an off-the-wall humor that allows John Travolta and Nicolas Cage to really let it rip.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Most movies stress the agony of art (think of Kirk Douglas' Van Gogh in "Lust for Life"). Schnabel's exceptional film honors his friend by showing the act of creation as a natural high.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Ephron homes in on what's been missing in movies and in life: ardor, longing and smart talk about the screwed-up notions that pass for love.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Amid the clamor from outraged purists and Shakespeare spinning in his Stratford-on-Avon, England, grave, you should notice that Luhrmann and his two bright angels have shaken up a 400-year-old play without losing its touching, poetic innocence.