Peter Travers
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For 2,345 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 5.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Travers' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Chuck & Buck
Lowest review score: 0 Untraceable
Score distribution:
2,345 movie reviews
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    A movie heart-breaker of oddball wit and startling grace.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    A burst of pure filmmaking exhilaration that manages to pay homage to the classic 1960s TV series and still boldly go where no man, William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy included, has gone before.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Eastwood's modest approach to these momentous events shames the usual Hollywood showboating. In a rare achievement, he's made a film that truly is good for the soul.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Tone-deaf but thunderously exciting.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    DiCaprio, in his most haunting and emotionally complex performance yet, is the vessel Scorsese uses to lead us through the film’s laby­rinth.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    One-word reaction: bravo.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    An Education is remarkable for the traps it doesn't fall into. Jenny, for all her naive impulses, isn't a victim.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Here's the Iraq War movie for those who don't like Iraq War movies.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    An adventure in pure imagination that plays to the smart kid in all of us.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    This haunting film never pushes itself on you. It trusts you to suss out the horror that lies beneath the veneer of innocence. You'll be knocked for a loop.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The film belongs to Firth. Uncanny at showing the heart crumbling under George's elegant exterior, he gives the performance of his career.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    While you're remembering new high-impact names, add Arnold. In only her second film, after 2006's "Red Road," she keeps the screen filled to bursting with the beauty and raw terror of life.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    In this haunting portrait of America as no country for old men or young, Hillcoat -- through the artistry of Mortensen and Smit-McPhee -- carries the fire of our shared humanity and lets it burn bright and true.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Claireece "Precious" Jones, played by Gabourey Sidibe, 24, in an astounding debut that brims with grit and amazing grace.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    This seriously funny movie, artfully photographed by the great Roger Deakins, is spiritual in nature, barbed in tone, and, oh, yeah, it stings like hell.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    This baby has the stuff to end the movie summer on a note of dazzle and distinction.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Cruz exudes a sensual aura of mystery that holds you spellbound. And Almodóvar, a true poet of cinema, creates images -- horrifying and healing -- that live inside your head like a waking dream. You want to miss a movie like that? I didn’t think so.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Its truths are personal. It means to shake you. And does.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Moon is a potent provocation that relies on ideas instead of computer tricks to stir up excitement.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    A different kind of love story: an honest one that takes a piece out of you.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Watching his struggle is illuminating, unnerving and unforgettable.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Miyazaki works marvels. Sit back and behold.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    There is devilish fun in this look into 1990s white-collar crime. But the jokes are the kind you choke on.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The Hangover ain't art, but Phillips has shaped the hardcore hilarity into the summer party movie of all our twisted dreams.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    No fair giving away the mysteries of The Dark Knight. It's enough to marvel at the way Nolan -- a world-class filmmaker, be it "Memento," "Insomnia" or "The Prestige" -- brings pop escapism whisper-close to enduring art.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Laugh you will, loud and often. In the Loop deserves to be a sleeper hit. The whole cast is stellar. And it proves that smart and funny can exist in the same movie, even in summer.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Fierce, funny and moving, The Class graduates with honors. It's unmissable.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Writer-director Olivier Assayas crafts a near perfect blend of humor and heartbreak, a lyrical masterwork that measures loss in terms practical and evanescent.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Public Enemies comes at you like Dillinger did: all of a sudden. It's movie dynamite.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    It's the work of a major talent. Apatow scores by crafting the film equivalent of a stand-up routine that encompasses the joy, pain, anger, loneliness and aching doubt that go into making an audience laugh.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    So fasten your seat belts for Gomorrah, just snubbed in the wussy Oscar race for Best Foreign Film (so you know it's dynamite).
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Brimming with humor and heartbreak, Slumdog Millionaire meets at the border of art and commerce and lets one flow into the other as if that were the natural order of things.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Stick your neck out for this Swedish horror show. It's a winner, full of mirth and malice, plus a young romance you'll never see on the Disney Channel.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The movie will wipe you out. Schnabel's previous two films (Basquiat, Before Night Falls) also focused on artists. But this is his best film yet, a high-wire act of visual daring and unquenchable spirit.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The acting is dynamite, notably by Dillon and Newton in their shocking second encounter. Despite its preachy moments, the film is a knockout.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Eating can be one dangerous business. Don't take another bite till you see Robert Kenner's Food, Inc., an essential, indelible documentary that is scarier than anything in the last five Saw horror shows.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Cuarón has a gift only the greatest filmmakers share: He makes you believe.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Von Donnersmarck has crafted the best kind of movie: one you can't get out of your head.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Gibson has made a film of blunt provocation and bruising beauty.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Get ready to be knocked for a loop.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    What makes Ratatouille such a hilarious and heartfelt wonder is the way Bird contrives to let it sneak up on you.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    An artistic triumph.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The acting is of the highest caliber. Winger, magnificent and too long between films, is a volcano of repressed anger.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    A lifetime in movies runs through this prime vintage Eastwood performance. You can't take your eyes off him. The no-frills, no-bull Gran Torino made my day.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    It's a magical, beguiling wonder.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    All praise to acting dynamo Robert Downey Jr., who brings so much creative juice to the party that Iron Man achieves instant liftoff.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Rogen and Heigl step up to the plate with a tougher task from Coach Apatow: Nail every laugh and the emotions underlying them. No worries. They knock it out of the park.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Rudolph, a comic force on "SNL," can speak volumes with the tilt of an eyebrow. She and Krasinski, of "The Office," are absolutely extraordinary. Ditto the film, which sneaks up and floors you.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    DiCaprio is in peak form, bringing layers of buried emotion to a defeated man. And the glorious Winslet defines what makes an actress great, blazing commitment to a character and the range to make every nuance felt.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    One of the best and liveliest movies of the year - funny and touching in ways you can't predict.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    There's a special kick that comes in finding a new star. So step up, Ellen Page, and take your bows.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    It's original, outrageous and murderous fun.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    As always with Park Chanwook, you just hold on and let him rip.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    It helps that the fun doesn't stop. It helps even more that the pitch-perfect script doesn’t step out of character for a joke.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The movie brims over with action -- check out Alex's run through traffic on the Paris beltway -- but Canet scores a triumph by plumbing the violence of the mind.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Getting lost in the hypnotic Half-Blood Prince is what gives the movie its haunting power.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    You watch The Wrestler (with a superb title song from Bruce Springsteen) in a state of pure exhilaration. A great actor in a great movie will do that to you.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Unique and unmissable.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    With the help of acting giants, Jenkins turns The Savages into a twisted, bittersweet pleasure.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Penn, in tandem with the superb cinematographer Eric Gautier (The Motorcycle Diaries), captures the majesty and terror of the wilderness in ways that make you catch your breath.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Want to find the heart of rock & roll? You can hear it thundering in Anvil.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    All the acting is first-rate -- Dukakis gives major dimensions to a supporting role. And Christie, a Sixties screen goddess in "Darling" and "Doctor Zhivago," shows that her spirit and grace are eternal. She's a beauty. So is the movie.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The movie is thunderously exciting, but what makes it resonate is the wrenching story we read on Damon's face. We've waited all summer for a wild ride to grab us with more than jolts. Now it's here. Hang on.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Craig gives us James Bond in the fascinating act of inventing himself. This you do not want to miss.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Che
    Che looks dazzling, whether the camera is weaving through a battle or trying to bore into Che's haunted soul. Del Toro stands up to Soderbergh's relentless scrutiny. As for the movie, it's a reward to audiences eager to break from the play-it-safe pack. Game on.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The result is raw and riveting.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The explosive V for Vendetta is powered by ideas that are not computer-generated. It's something rare in Teflon Hollywood: a movie that sticks with you.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Is it that scary? Yes. Will it reduce you to quivering jelly? Oh, my, yes! Does it bust the bonds of the Godzilla formula to fuse fright with feeling? Better believe it, dudes.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    You'll hoot and holler as it strips down its targets and sticks it to them, hardcore. Baron Cohen is the pure, untamed id of movie comedy.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    My advice, in the face of such hallucinatory brilliance, is that you hang on.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Capote is a movie that doesn't pull its punches. It's a knockout.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Sometimes a movie comedy just clicks. Welcome to one of those times.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Watson and Everett, both superb, bring ferocity and feeling to their roles. But the one you won't forget is Wilkinson (In the Bedroom) in a towering performance of grace and grit that deserves to put him on Oscar's shortlist. Good show.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Without jerking tears or reducing the acid content of his wit, Baumbach's humane movie gets under your skin.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    In ninety-three tight, terrifically exciting minutes, Clooney makes integrity look mighty sexy.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The script, co-written by Antonioni and Peter Wollen, focuses on a TV journalist (a superb Jack Nicholson).
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Witherspoon has nailed it before, notably in "Election," but her portrayal of June is astounding in its vitality and richness.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    This one-of-a-kind spellbinder from first-time director Laurence Dunmore is not afraid to shock. Depp is a raunchy wonder, especially in a time-capsule-worthy opening monologue.

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