Peter Travers
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For 2,335 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 5.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Travers' Scores

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Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Reversal of Fortune
Lowest review score: 0 Obsessed
Score distribution:
2,335 movie reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Writer and director Carl Franklin ("One False Move") scores a triumph in using the brooding atmosphere and racial tension of the sun-kissed, seedy City of Angels to reveal character and reclaim a neglected past that ace cinematographer Tak Fujimoto brings to vivid life.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Writer and first-time director Anthony Minghella lays on the whimsy a bit thick at times, but his wryly funny and heartfelt observations on sorrow go down much easier than the Hollywood brand of lump-in-the-throat histrionics.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Broken Arrow delivers the hippest action fun around. Travolta's "Dr. Strangelove" exit will blow you away. Ditto the movie.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    But Stone has found in Cruise the ideal actor to anchor the movie with simplicity and strength. Together they do more than show what happened to Kovic. Their fervent, consistently gripping film shows why it still urgently matters.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Fighter shapes up as one of the great documentaries of this year, or any other.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Keep your eyes on Garfield - he's shatteringly good, the soul of a film that might otherwise be without one. The Social Network is the movie of the year. But Fincher and Sorkin triumph by taking it further. Lacing their scathing wit with an aching sadness, they define the dark irony of the past decade.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    A brilliant piece of nasty business that races on a B-movie track until it switches to the dizzying fuel of undiluted creativity. Damn, it's good. You can get buzzed just from the fumes coming off this wild thing.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Payne's low-key approach only deepens the film's intimate power. Want a movie you can really connect with? The Descendants is damn near perfect.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Sandra Bullock, in the performance of a lifetime, spends most of this wondrous wallop of a movie lost in space, alone where no one can hear her scream.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Proving himself a world-class director, McQueen basically makes slaves of us all. It hurts to watch it. You won't be able to tuck this powder keg in the corner of your mind and forget it. What we have here is a blistering, brilliant, straight-up classic.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Hang on tight. The knockout punch of the movie season is being delivered by Zero Dark Thirty.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    There's no way you won't be captivated by Wallis, chosen ahead of 3,500 candidates to play the tiny folk hero who narrates the story. Her performance in this deceptively small film is a towering achievement.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Written, directed, acted, shot, edited and scored with a bracing vibrancy that restores your faith in film as an art form, The Master is nirvana for movie lovers. Anderson mixes sounds and images into a dark, dazzling music that is all his own.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Whatever a modern love story is, Before Midnight takes it to the next level. It's damn near perfect.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    DiCaprio's swaggering, swinging-dick performance is the wildest damn thing he's ever put onscreen.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    The hypnotic and haunting Foxcatcher can prove its worth as one of the year's very best films. Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo give the performances of their lives.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    I'm jazzed by every tasty, daring, devastating, howlingly funny, how'd-they-do-that minute in Birdman. Like all movies that soar above the toxic clouds of Hollywood formula and defy death at the box office, Alejandro G. Iñárritu's cinematic whirlwind will bring out the haters. They can all go piss off. Birdman is a volcano of creative ideas in full eruption. Buy a ticket and brace yourself.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Want to know what it's like to be in on the discovery of a new American classic. Check out Boyhood. Richard Linklater's coming-of-age tale is the best movie of the year, a four-star game-changer that earns its place in the cultural time capsule.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Like Vardalos and Corbett, who play their roles with vibrant charm, the film, directed by Joel Zwick, is heartfelt and hilarious in ways you can't fake. It's a keeper.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Glorious, a colossus of rousing action and ferocious fun.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Thanks to the clever, caring touch of director Ismail Merchant, working from a script by Caryl Phillips, this steadily engrossing film captures the book's bracing humor and humanity.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Elegant, funny and unexpectedly touching, this whodunit about a murder aboard the yacht of William Randolph Hearst represents a bracing comeback for Peter Bogdanovich.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    It's a role of fierce demands, and Rampling meets them all. In a summer of crass, Rampling is a true class act.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Get your titles straight -- this is the good one, and a roaring good time.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Fierce, funny and vividly moving.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Unique and unforgettable.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    It's a powerful and provocative achievement from a first-time filmmaker of enormous promise.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Bell explodes onscreen in a performance that cuts to the heart without sham tearjerking. Look for Billy to blast off.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Nunez finds a striking lyricism in simple lives that inspires an uncommonly fine cast and ranks him as a world-class filmmaker.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    A funny and touching film that is gorgeously acted by a British cast to rival Gosford Park's.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    McTeer and Brown make magic ina film that is wonderfully funny, touching and vital.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Howard lays off the manipulation to tell the true story of the near-fatal 1970 Apollo 13 mission in painstaking and lively detail. It's easily Howard's best film.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Watching De Niro take Paul through his first panic attack ("I'm crying like a woman") is an unalloyed joy.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Wilson is flat-out hilarious, playing this cowboy like a surfer dude zapped back in time.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Mamet -- crafts tangy, well-seasoned dialogue that a good cast can feast on. And this cast is prime.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Steadily engrossing and devilishly funny, and, o brother, does it look sharp.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    It's a haunting, hypnotic film that exerts an escalating grip on the heart and the conscience.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Tadpole may be small, but it's something special -- a cheeky comedy knockout.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    A bright burst of action and comedy with a cast that makes for rousing good company.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    This hilarious and humane film nails its subject -- not just the unshaved armpits and the lack of underwear -- and marks Moodysson as a talent to watch.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Setting it against the backdrop of a wanton city under siege, Schroeder crafts a film of whiplash urgency.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    A riveting and surprisingly romantic ride.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    One of the best movies of the year and by far the most entertaining.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    You won't forget this film -- it's devastating.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Incisively witty, provocative and acted to perfection, this sublime entertainment is a career peak for producer Ismail Merchant, director James Ivory and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    A kickass documentary.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 57 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    As heartfelt as it is hilarious.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Detractors will see the usual parade of repressed feelings in a Masterpiece Theatre setting. Those who look closer will find one of the best films of the year.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    It's unmissable, flaws and all, because riveting suspense spiced with diabolical laughs and garnished with a sprig of kinky romance add up to the tastiest dish around.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    It may sound silly, but Lord and Park conjure up a world of visual miracles.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    The acting is top-notch, and LaPaglia, who makes the cop's torment palpable, gives the performance of his career.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Under the astute direction of Danny DeVito, who does a sly turn as Oliver's attorney, this acid-dipped epic of revenge is killingly funny and dramatically daring.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    A maliciously funny and keenly observant movie -- director-writer Patrick Stettner makes a potent feature debut -- that serves its humor dark and without artificial sweeteners.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    An uneven movie that nonetheless bristles with stinging wit and exerts a perverse fascination.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Sadly, Howard blands out in the final third, using old-age makeup and tear-jerking to turn a tough true story into something easily digestible. Until then, you'll be riveted.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    If you're looking to have your nerves fried and your pulse pounded, this is your ticket to ride.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Inspired funny business that allows Martin to hilariously torpedo Hollywood's corrupt heart.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    A mesmerizing film spinning from hilarity to heartbreak.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    A savage comedy of sexual extremes; the barbed laughs draw blood.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 50 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    A movie that advances the career of a demonstrably gifted filmmaker, a fearlessly funny movie whose laughs draw blood, a bracingly provocative movie that won't apologize for its bad temper.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Offers something magical in the haunting and hypnotic performance of Sarah Polley...(the film) cuts deep.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    It's the no-bull performances that hold back the flood of banalities. Robbins and Freeman connect with the bruised souls of Andy and Red to create something undeniably powerful and moving.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    A personal best for producer Jerry Bruckheimer, a triumph for Scott and a war film of prodigious power. You will be shaken.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Fierce, funny and finally devastating, Tanovic's superb film offers a timely look at the roots of civil war and acts of terrorism on both sides that can be exploited by political and media hypocrites alike.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    A tornado of laughs based on the black experience as lived by these four insightful jokers, instead of as filtered through the Hollywood formula.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    A world-class charmer that could even seduce the Academy when it hands out the first official animation Oscar next year.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    The year's most beguilling and touching surprise. Bravo.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Green has created a work of startling originality that will haunt you for a good, long time.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Waggish fun like this is too good to miss.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    The first commandment of Dogma: Thou shalt not stop laughing.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    An uncommonly good movie - a thriller that transcends thrills to become a heartfelt and heart-stopping personal drama.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Like the best filmmakers at Sundance 2001, Nolan leaps into the wild blue and dares us to leap with him. Go for it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Kingsley creates an unforgettable monster. Acting rarely gets this hypnotically explosive.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    For all its fancy pedigree, the spellbinding Dancer in the Dark aims right for the heart and aces its target.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Before this trippy, mesmerizing movie swerves out of control, it delivers an exhilarating and challenging ride.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    One of the best movies of the year--startling, innovative, hugely funny and powerfully, courageously moving.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    The actors make it unique and unforgettable.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    When it comes to rousing action, whip-smart laughs and moral uplift that doesn't pump sunshine up your ass, Three Kings rules.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Lynch takes us on a journey of shattering understatement -- a remarkable accomplishment.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Delivers frisky fun for bruised romantics regardless of age, sex or nationality.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Begins like an episode of "I Love Lucy" and ends with the impact of "Easy Rider."
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    A thunderous spectacle.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 49 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Irresistibly deranged.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Elegantly witty and haunting . . . McKellen gives the performance of his career . . . and Brendan Fraser excels.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    The film is alive with delicacy and feeling...It's a beauty.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Pedro Almodovar's transfixing tragicomedy -- the best foreign movie of the year -- is also the best showcase for actresses in ages.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Ali
    Ali is a bruiser, unwieldy in length and ambition. But Mann and Smith deliver this powerhouse with the urgency of a champ's left hook.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    A dynamite bundle from British writer-director Guy Ritchie. Even when the accents are as indecipherable as the plot, Ritchie keeps the action percolating and the humor on high.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Lane is a force of nature. Her slow-burning, fiercely erotic performance charges the movie.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    "Waves" is a spellbinder.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Gorgeous filmmaking that brims over with funhouse thrills and ravishing romance.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Anderson offers no phony uplift for the Tenenbaums or for audiences. But he does know how to take a sad song and make it better. In these troubled times, that's a gift.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    A uniquely hypnotic and haunting love story sparked by Nicolas Cage and Elisabeth Shue at their career best.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    That Linklater pulls off the innovative feat with hypnotic assurance is nothing short of amazing.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Forget Oscar, Ocean's Eleven is the coolest damned thing around.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Unforgiven is the most provocative western of Eastwood's career, and with Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman and Richard Harris along for the ride, it's also the most potently acted.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    A marvel of delicacy and humor.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Whether or not Casino meets your expectations, it delivers the rush you only get from an audacious gamble.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Cage, who gives a blazing, imposive performance, uses his haunted eyes to reveal the emotional scars that Frank can't heal.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    The crazy-ass imagination at work in Being John Malkovich hits you like a blast of pure oxygen...this movie of constant astonishments will make you laugh hard and long.
    • Rolling Stone

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