For 2,277 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 The Descendants
Lowest review score: 0 The Last Song
Score distribution:
2,277 movie reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Bana is magnificent in the role.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Casts a spell that grips you and won't let go. The film works as a provocation, on a personal and a political level.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Malick and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki -- a grandmaster at blending color and natural light -- craft a tone poem that may throw some audiences through its use of interior monologues.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    This unique and devastating look at the Holocaust is drawn from the autobiographical novel of 2002 Nobel Prize winner Imre Kertesz.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Why We Fight deserves high praise for making it that much tougher to wear blinders.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    A potent and provocative look at life unhinged. Bubble is said to be the first in a series of six low-budget films from Soderbergh. If they all rock the boat like this one, bring 'em on.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    This is more than a movie, it's a privilege.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Both sides of the political fence will feel royally skewered. All that's lacking is a warning from the Surgeon General: This film will make you laugh till it hurts.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Renier and Francois give deeply affecting performances that help soften the film's harsh blows. But only in the compassionate eye of the Dardennes do these three children achieve a state of grace.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    No wonder Kurt Cobain was a fan. But it's the way Feuerzeig walks with him on the line between creativity and madness that digs this haunting and hypnotic film into your memory.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Smart, witty and alert to the buried resentments that poke through the shiny surface of affluence, Holofcener's film recognizes that money is the new sex.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Down in the Valley is a wild thing that sticks with you long after it's over. You know, a real movie.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    What Cars teaches is how to blend brash comedy with technical astonishments so that each enhances the other. I can't imagine who wouldn't want to test-drive this one. Like the promos say, "It's got that new-movie smell."
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Take a swig of this moonshine. There's magic in it.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    If you're looking for a crime story that sizzles with action, sex and the visceral jolt of life on the edge, Miami Vice is the one.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Kirby Dick's indispensable guerrilla attack on the film-ratings system gives Hollywood a swift, smart and hilarious kick in its institutional, hypocritical ass.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    This unnervingly funny and quietly devastating film -- director Todd Field's first since his smash 2001 debut with "In the Bedroom" -- pulls you in like a magnetic-force field.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    With lyrical intelligence and scrappy wit, Coppola creates a luscious world to get lost in. It's a pleasure.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    A film of awesome power and blistering provocation.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Nolan directs the film exactly like a great trick, so you want to see it again the second it's over. I'd call that wicked clever.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    For three years, the camera focuses on the Chicks as wives, mothers, entertainers and political flash points. Their fight to stay uncompromised is inspiring.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Catherine O'Hara is comic perfection as Marilyn Hack.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    This baby dazzles like nothing else anywhere.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    This is Soderbergh's show, and a haunting and hypnotic show it is.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Bouchareb's film helped shame the French government into raising pensions for more than 80,000 of these veterans. Here's that rare movie that really did change things. I'll be damned.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    In this steadily gripping hothouse of a thriller, it's Cooper -- funny, fierce and bug-wild -- who gives us a look into the abyss.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The Lookout is Frank's show. He's crafted a haunting and hypnotic film that transcends pulp by creating characters that get under your skin.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Just for starters, no movie about the Dutch Resistance during World War II has any right to be this wildly entertaining, not to mention this provocative and potently erotic.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    By stooping low without selling out, this babes-and-bullets tour de force gets you high on movies again.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Gere gives 'em the old razzle-dazzle with his roguish charm and sharp comic timing. The surprise is the unexpected feeling he brings to this challenging role.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    For those who don't believe that truth trumps fiction for whacked-out depravity, mark this shockingly fierce and funny spellbinder as Exhibit A.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Dahan's impressionistic heartbreaker of a movie gets it all in. And Marion Cotillard, lip-syncing Piaf's songs and digging into her soul with gale-force urgency, gives a performance for the ages.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The film belongs to Jolie. She won an Oscar for 1999's "Girl, Interrupted," but this is by far her best performance.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    It's a movie as timely as it is thrilling to watch.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    In a summer of dumb, shameless drivel, Moore delivers a movie of robust mind and heart. You'll laugh till it hurts.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    It will hook you good and keep you riveted.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    It's hard to resist the film's exuberance.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    In Eastern Promises, shot to envelop by the great Peter Suschitzky, Cronenberg brings us face to face with the horror of self.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Artfully exciting and compulsively watchable even at a butt-numbing 152 minutes, the film makes good on the promise New Zealand writer-director Andrew Dominik showed with "Chopper" in 2000.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Lee is a true master, and his potently erotic and suspenseful Lust, Caution casts a spell you won't want to break.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Deliberate, demanding and character-driven, Michael Clayton flies in the face of what sells at the multiplex. I couldn't have liked it more.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    All the acting is exemplary. Brody, new to Wes' World, is revelatory as Peter.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    It's Corbijn, shooting with a poet's eye in a harshly stunning black-and-white, who cuts to the soul of Ian's life and music. You don't watch this movie, you live it.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Gone Baby Gone is full of dark secrets, and how they unravel will keep you glued.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    A dynamite film that ranks with the year's best.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Carell shows a whole new side to his talents.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Call it the black "Scarface" or "the Harlem Godfather" or just one hell of an exciting movie.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Zemeckis springs so many pow 3-D surprises you'll think Beowulf is your own private fun house.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    So what if nothing is revealed. Todd Haynes is a mischievous visionary who puts the music and the myth of Bob Dylan before us in I'm Not There and dares us not to revel in the troubadour's poetic, contentious, ever-changing essence. It's a feast for the eyes, the ears and the Dylanologist scratching around our minds and hearts.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Dissenters who see this film as a wallow in self-absorption aren't paying attention. Baumbach is acutely attuned to the droll mind games of smart people who only think they're impervious to feeling.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    This Sweeney is a bloody wonder, intimate and epic, horrific and heart-rending as it flies on the wings of Sondheim's most thunderously exciting score.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    This one belongs with the leaders of the scare pack. Isn't it time that we give Romero his due? It's hardly an accident that Stephen King, Quentin Tarantino, Guillermo del Toro, Simon Pegg and Wes Craven recognize Romero as a master. He is.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The film's sound design, sampling Beethoven and Nino Rota, among others, links up with visual miracles performed by Rain Kathy Li and Wong Kar-Wai's noted cinematographer, Christopher Doyle (In the Mood for Love), to take us inside Alex's head. The result, a defiant slap at slick Hollywood formula, is mesmerizing.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Even when the script slips into sentiment, Peirce sticks with her troubled, questing soldiers, and through this raw and riveting movie, they stick with us.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    This you-are-there spellbinder is a master director shining his light on the best rock band on the planet.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    A heartfelt human drama that sneaks up and floors you.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    A raucous ride through one man's pain.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Director-writer Martin Hynes shapes his first movie into something emotionally truthful, painfully funny and vibrantly alive. It's a near-perfect road movie, since you don't want the ride to end.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    You'll go limp from laughing.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    A knockout of a comedy that keeps you laughing constantly. It's also killer smart, lacing combustible action with explosive gags.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Johnny Depp, who paid for the 2005 funeral in which Thompson's ashes were fired out of a cannon, narrates with just the right mix of awe and impertinence.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Lessin and Deal have made Trouble the Water a spellbinder you do not want to miss.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Appaloosa is gripping entertainment that keeps springing surprises.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    No list of the year's best performances should be made without her (Sally Hawkins).
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Jolie is inspired casting. She plays the role like a gathering storm, moving from terror to a fierce resolve. And Eastwood, at the peak of his artful powers, tightens the screws of suspense without ever forgetting where the heart of his film lies.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Dark secrets are unlocked, words draw more blood than punches, and Desplechin turns one family into a universe that resembles life as a startling work of art.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    You may have doubts about which side to choose, but there's no doubt about this mind-bender. It'll pin you to your seat.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Simple story, beautifully told.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Director Ron Howard has turned Peter Morgan's stage success into a grabber of a movie laced with tension, stinging wit and potent human drama.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    You won't know what hit you after watching Tyson. This power punch to the gut is one of the best movies of any kind this year.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    It's a first-class ride. All aboard.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Does this sound like rock heaven? It is.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Here’s a powerhouse of a documentary that makes you feel mad as hell and unwilling to take it anymore.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Moore's fireball of a movie could change your life. It had me laughing with tears in my eyes.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    This dynamite thriller shivers with suspense. So if you ignore The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) because it's in Swedish with English subtitles, you probably deserve the remake Hollywood will surely screw up.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    One for the time capsule.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Scott and Davis could not be better. You're in for something special.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Lin is a talent to watch. There's a sting to this film that gets to you.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    It will knock you for a loop like no other movie this year.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The result is a movie miracle; it soars.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Director Wolfgang Petersen puts such a fresh spin on the familiar that it all works like gangbusters.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Without an ounce of phony Hollywood uplift, Winterbottom's film cuts right to the heart.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Keep "Survivor" and "Fear Factor," and give me this spellbinding mind teaser, the ultimate game for movie buffs.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Fanaticism is Dannelly's target, not faith. That's what makes his film a keeper: It sticks with you.
    • 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.