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 Syriana
Lowest review score: 0 Fool's Gold
Score distribution:
2,245 movie reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Offers something magical in the haunting and hypnotic performance of Sarah Polley...(the film) cuts deep.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The best surfing documentary ever made. And that includes 1966's "The Endless Summer" and its terrific 1994 sequel -- both from Bruce Brown, Dana's father.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Scott and Davis could not be better. You're in for something special.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Not your typical biopic. But it is one of the best times you'll have at the movies this year.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    I lost it just watching Corky show off such memorabilia as "My Dinner With Andre" action figures and a "Remains of the Day" lunch box. Priceless.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Day-Lewis is smashing as the man caught between his emotions and the social ethic. Not since Olivier in "Wuthering Heights" has an actor matched piercing intelligence with such imposing good looks and physical grace.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Nothing can detract from the film as a portrait of hell so shattering it's impossible to shake.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    One for the time capsule.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    It's a modern horror story that gets you where you live.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Colossal entertainment -- the eye-popping, mind-bending, kick-out-the-jams thrill ride of summer and probably the year.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Lukas Moodysson, a young Swedish director, crafts a stunner of a film out of familiar turf.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    By the time they're onstage, your pulse is pounding right along with theirs. Spell this movie: g-r-e-a-t.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Boyle and screenwriter Alex Garland plumb the violence of the mind with slashing wit and shocking gravity. Happy nightmares.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Lin is a talent to watch. There's a sting to this film that gets to you.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Despite over-ripe narration and an understandable urge to cram too much in, Ghosts of the Abyss is a thrilling documentary.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    It would be easy and convenient to dismiss Irreversible as blatant sensationalism. But Noe's bruising film is too artfully crafted to write off as exploitation.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    What catches us in Spider's web -- besides the indelible performances of Fiennes and Richardson -- is the director's sympathy with this freak man-child who struggles to order his confused memories into a kind of truth.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Leave it to a g-rated cartoon to give the live-action epics a lesson in action, fun and bracing originality.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Unabashedly hokey, but would you want it any other way? In an era of cynical junk (did anyone say “Bad Boys II”?), Ross restores the good name of crowd-pleasing.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    A film of female empowerment that resonates deeply.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The result is a movie miracle; it soars.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    I've seen A Mighty Wind only twice so far. Maybe it is less fresh than "Guffman," more strained than "Best in Show." Who cares? It's still a gift from comedy heaven.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Don't stall about seeing Sofia Coppola's altogether remarkable Lost in Translation. It's a class-act liftoff for the fall movie season. Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson give performances that will be talked about for years.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Without an ounce of phony Hollywood uplift, Winterbottom's film cuts right to the heart.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    In Kill Bill, Tarantino brings delicious sin back to movies -- the thrill you get from something down, dirty and dangerous.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    To those who see no purpose to this film, I say the purpose is learning not to turn a blind eye. The unique and unforgettable Elephant keeps its eyes wide open.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    You won't see more explosive acting this year.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Crowe -- fierce, funny and every inch the hero -- gives a blazing star performance.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    It's a feast of smart, sexy, glorious talk. The Oscar for best foreign film belongs right here.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    It's comic, touching and a visual knockout.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Wayne Kramer, who co-wrote the scrappy script with Frank Hannah, makes a potent directing debut and strikes gold with the cast.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Director Tim Burton finally hooks the one that got away: a script that challenges and deepens his visionary talent.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    This is a film in which ideas resonate as well as action. Gandalf’s words to Pippin about death have a muscular poetry.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    It will knock you for a loop like no other movie this year.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The specter of war haunts Cold Mountain, but you remember it for the heat of its romantic yearning and the mysteries that wrap themselves around you until you're lost in another world.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Altman, showing the ardor and assurance of a master, pulls us into his film with seductive power. You won't want to miss a thing.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Hits hardest when it bypasses sentiment to ponder the inextricable mix of love and pain that comes with the ties that bind.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Director Wolfgang Petersen puts such a fresh spin on the familiar that it all works like gangbusters.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Chases so many ideas that it threatens to spin out of control. But with our multiplexes stuffed with toxic Hollywood formula, it's a gift to find a ballsy movie that thinks it can do anything, and damn near does.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    LaBute achieves a bracing originality by observing human folly as a means to understand rather than condemn. Love or hate his films, LaBute is one of the most challenging filmmakers to emerge in years.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Kidman gives the most emotionally bruising performance of her career in Dogville, a movie that never met a cliche it didn't stomp on.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The film shines at capturing the watercolor delicacy of China's past.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    It’s one of the blackest comedies to hit the screen since Dr. Strangelove. Spurlock proves himself a supersize talent; he makes you choke on every laugh.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Shrek 2 may be computer-generated, but its innate heart and glorious sense of mischief make it one of the best and most humane movies of the summer.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    This little-hyped thriller emerges as a dark-horse winner by reminding us of how pleasurably exciting a popcorn movie can be when it's populated by actors who are in it for more than an exorbitant fee.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Not only is this dazzler by far the best and most thrilling of the three Harry Potter movies to date, it's a film that can stand on its own even if you never heard of author J.K. Rowling and her young wizard hero.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Keep "Survivor" and "Fear Factor," and give me this spellbinding mind teaser, the ultimate game for movie buffs.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Fanaticism is Dannelly's target, not faith. That's what makes his film a keeper: It sticks with you.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    It's one for the time capsule.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Moore has marshaled what's on the record and off into a stinging indictment of where we're going. In a multiplex filled with Hollywood cotton candy, we need him more than ever.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    A sequel of twisted thrills and sly surprises.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    You can't shut the door on this spellbinder. It gets into your head.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    If you've forgotten the kick you get from watching a globe-trotting, butt-kicking, whiplash-paced action movie done with humor, style and smarts, take a ride with The Bourne Supremacy.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Kudrow's Michele is a deadpan delight as she joins fellow misfit Romy (a deliciously funny Mira Sorvino).
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Down in the mud with the guys, Moore finds the heart of her character and a career beyond vanity and hype. She's never looked better.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    No crime film in years boasts a cooler vibe than Michael Mann's dazzling Collateral.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The ending -- a more devastating surprise than "The Village" could manage -- caps eighty sweat-job minutes of imaginative, jolting suspense.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The butt of the hilarious and heartfelt screenplay by Paul Rudnick (Jeffrey) is homophobia, and his sting is wickedly on target.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Darroussin is killer good and director Cedric Kahn turns Georges Simenon's seminal novel into a darkly comic spellbinder that pins you to your seat.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Throbs with action, suspense and a seductive rhythm all its own.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    A mesmerizing look at an asthmatic, rich-boy medical student in the act of discovering his insurgent spirit.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The result is a film that defies description. I'd call it some kind of miracle.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Using Staunton's face as his canvas, Leigh crafts a powerfully moving film that is unmissable and unforgettable.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    A ruthlessly clever musical, a punchy political parody and the hottest look ever at naked puppets -- the first film, porn included, in which a woody is actually made of wood.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Ray
    Jamie Foxx gets so far inside the man and his music that he and Ray Charles seem to breathe as one.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Glorious entertainment.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Scrappy, funny, hot-to-trot biopic.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    An emotional powerhouse.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Mike Nichols' haunting, hypnotic Closer vibrates with eroticism, bruising laughs and dynamite performances from four attractive actors doing decidedly unattractive things.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Forget "Hero" -- that cult hit was just Zhang Yimou's warm-up for this martial-arts fireball that throws in a lyrical love story, head-spinning fights and dazzling surprises.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    When it flies, it soars.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    A rich blend of humor and heartbreak.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Bird has crafted a film -- one of the year's best -- that doesn't ring cartoonish, it rings true.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The knockout punch comes from Eastwood. His stripped-down performance -- as powerful as anything he's ever done -- has a rugged, haunting beauty. The same goes for the movie.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    It's Bacon who overcomes all obstacles.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Fresh comic thinking spices up this smart cookie of a satire from director-writer Paul Weitz (About a Boy). He makes it sexually provocative and subversively hilarious.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    In Washington's haunted eyes, in the stunning cinematography of Roger Deakins (Fargo) that plunges into the mad flare of combat, in the plot that deftly turns a whodunit into a meditation on character and in Zwick's persistent questioning of authority, Courage Under Fire honors its subject and its audience.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Sleepers, for all the doubts it raises, is the work of a man who speaks for absent friends and "for the children we were." It's his secret heart.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Immensely entertaining and provocative.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The acting is electric. By the end of this haunting, hypnotic film, you feel you have watched lives being lived, not just imagined.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    A riveting and indispensable record of the war in Iraq because it comes from the men who lived it.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    A fiercely funny human comedy with jokes that sting and leave marks.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The fierce and funny film version has been directed by Texan Richard Linklater (Slacker, Dazed and Confused, Before Sunrise) with rare grace and compassion.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    As always with Park Chanwook, you just hold on and let him rip.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The worst thing I can say about this savage, sexy and ferociously funny screen translation of three stories from Frank Miller's Sin City series of graphic novels is that it's too much of a good thing.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    This bonbon spiked with malice is a triumph for Jaoui, who takes witty and wounding measure of the small betrayals that leave bruises on us all.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Funny, touching, vital.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    It's the classic American tale of the family man triumphant, and Howard makes sure that it hits you right in the heart.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    There's a word for the kind of comic, dramatic, romantic, transporting visions Miyazaki achieves in Howl's: bliss.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Performance artist Miranda July hits a grand slam as the writer, director and star of her first film. It's a moonbeam romance laced with startling wit and gravity.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    It's original, outrageous and murderous fun.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Sometimes a movie comedy just clicks. Welcome to one of those times.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    It's a popcorn-movie deluxe.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Broken Flowers may be too low-key for laugh junkies, but Jarmusch fills his sharply observed comedy with wonderful mischief. The mix of humor and heartbreak brings out the best in Murray.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Herzog conducts his own expedition into knowing the unknowable -- the true task of any filmmaker. Herzog makes it an art.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The gripping, seat- clutching suspense in this baby will pin you to your seat.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Director Fernando Meirelles and screenwriter Jeffrey Caine put a human face on John le Carre's novel of sex, lies and dirty politics in modern Africa. Prepare for a thrilling ride.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    It's warped and wonderfully effervescent. Ditto the songs by Danny Elfman, who sings the role of Bonejangles, the frontman for a skeleton jazz band at a swinging underworld club. Best of all is the love story.