Peter Travers
Select another critic »
For 2,424 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 4.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Travers' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Drive
Lowest review score: 0 Annie
Score distribution:
2,424 movie reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    It's a wild, whacked-out wonder. Coenheads rejoice.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    A landmark musical tribute.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    In terms of excitement, imagination and rule-busting experimentation, it's a gusher.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    You won't know what outrageous fun is until you see Borat. High-five!
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Green has created a work of startling originality that will haunt you for a good, long time.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    A thunderous spectacle.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Inspired funny business that allows Martin to hilariously torpedo Hollywood's corrupt heart.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Glorious, a colossus of rousing action and ferocious fun.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    If you're looking to have your nerves fried and your pulse pounded, this is your ticket to ride.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    A savage comedy of sexual extremes; the barbed laughs draw blood.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    One of the best movies of the year--startling, innovative, hugely funny and powerfully, courageously moving.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Gorgeous filmmaking that brims over with funhouse thrills and ravishing romance.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Fierce, funny and vividly moving.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    The actors make it unique and unforgettable.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    An uncommonly good movie - a thriller that transcends thrills to become a heartfelt and heart-stopping personal drama.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    It's a powerful and provocative achievement from a first-time filmmaker of enormous promise.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    A funny and touching film that is gorgeously acted by a British cast to rival Gosford Park's.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Whether or not Casino meets your expectations, it delivers the rush you only get from an audacious gamble.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    One of the best movies of the year and by far the most entertaining.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    That Linklater pulls off the innovative feat with hypnotic assurance is nothing short of amazing.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Maguire and Dunst keep Spider-Man on a high with their sweet-sexy yearning, spinning a web of dazzle and delicacy that might just restore the good name of movie escapism.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Lynch takes us on a journey of shattering understatement -- a remarkable accomplishment.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Only some bumpy, arid passages in the script keep The Others out of the master class occupied by the likes of "The Sixth Sense" and, my favorite, 1961's "The Innocents."
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    A kickass documentary.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    McTeer and Brown make magic ina film that is wonderfully funny, touching and vital.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    A mesmerizing film spinning from hilarity to heartbreak.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 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
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Kingsley creates an unforgettable monster. Acting rarely gets this hypnotically explosive.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Mamet -- crafts tangy, well-seasoned dialogue that a good cast can feast on. And this cast is prime.
    • 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
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Forget Oscar, Ocean's Eleven is the coolest damned thing around.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    A marvel of delicacy and humor.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Wilson is flat-out hilarious, playing this cowboy like a surfer dude zapped back in time.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    The film is alive with delicacy and feeling...It's a beauty.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Elegantly witty and haunting . . . McKellen gives the performance of his career . . . and Brendan Fraser excels.
    • 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
    Delivers frisky fun for bruised romantics regardless of age, sex or nationality.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    A riveting and surprisingly romantic ride.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Steadily engrossing and devilishly funny, and, o brother, does it look sharp.
    • 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 movie heart-breaker of oddball wit and startling grace.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    It may sound silly, but Lord and Park conjure up a world of visual miracles.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    The challenge is exhilarating. You can discover a lot about yourself by getting lost in Mulholland Drive. It grips you like a dream that won't let go.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    As heartfelt as it is hilarious.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    You won't forget this film -- it's devastating.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    The year's most beguilling and touching surprise. Bravo.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    The first commandment of Dogma: Thou shalt not stop laughing.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    A bright burst of action and comedy with a cast that makes for rousing good company.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Tadpole may be small, but it's something special -- a cheeky comedy knockout.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Offers something magical in the haunting and hypnotic performance of Sarah Polley...(the film) cuts deep.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 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
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    "Waves" is a spellbinder.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Unique and unforgettable.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Waggish fun like this is too good to miss.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Lane is a force of nature. Her slow-burning, fiercely erotic performance charges the movie.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Setting it against the backdrop of a wanton city under siege, Schroeder crafts a film of whiplash urgency.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    It's a haunting, hypnotic film that exerts an escalating grip on the heart and the conscience.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    An uneven movie that nonetheless bristles with stinging wit and exerts a perverse fascination.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Mitchell gives this post-punk, neo-glam rock extravaganza everything in his loaded arsenal of talents. He gets the sound right, the look right, the fun right and - this is crucial - the pain right.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Let the unsettling secrets of this outrageously funny and steadily engrossing meditation on the life of two high school misfits after graduation catch you by surprise. It's that good.
    • 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.

Top Trailers