Peter Travers

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For 2,450 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 60% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 37% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Travers' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Ida
Lowest review score: 0 Playing for Keeps
Score distribution:
2,450 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    No
    No grabs you hard, no mercy, and keeps you riveted.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The result, with its flashing perspectives and stealthy wit, is unique and unforgettable.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    My advice, in the face of such hallucinatory brilliance, is that you hang on.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Beat the drums for a Simmons Oscar, and add a cymbal crash for Whiplash. It's electrifying.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Besides being a feast for the eyes and ears, Les Misérables overflows with humor, heartbreak, rousing action and ravishing romance. Damn the imperfections, it's perfectly marvelous.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    It's one for the time capsule.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Take a swig of this moonshine. There's magic in it.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Getting creeped out has never seemed this totally cool.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Von Trier draws us inexorably into the web of these characters. He loses us in a dream of his own devising. That's filmmaking. Now if he'd only learn to shut up at press conferences.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Fierce, funny and moving, The Class graduates with honors. It's unmissable.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    An indelibly funny and touching comedy with a real sting in its tail. The laughs leave scars.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    In ninety-three tight, terrifically exciting minutes, Clooney makes integrity look mighty sexy.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Step up, cynics, and see the summer 2014 blockbuster that gets damn near everything right.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Nothing and everything happen in the movie. Director James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now), working from a fluid script by playwright Donald Margulies, does justice to the book without compromising his film.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Fruitvale Station is a gut punch of a movie. By standing in solidarity with Oscar, it becomes an unstoppable cinematic force.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    This is more than a movie, it's a privilege.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    With lyrical intelligence and scrappy wit, Coppola creates a luscious world to get lost in. It's a pleasure.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Silver Linings Playbook is eager to sting instead of soothe. It's one of the year's best movies because Russell makes you laugh till it hurts.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Get ready to be knocked for a loop.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Carell shows a whole new side to his talents.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Colossal entertainment -- the eye-popping, mind-bending, kick-out-the-jams thrill ride of summer and probably the year.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The story has been filmed many times, but never with this kind of erotic charge. Knightley is glorious, her eyes blazing with a carnal yearning that can turn vindictive at any perceived slight.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The movie crawls hypnotically into the skin of this global assassin and astonishes you with its brazenly violent and sexual audacity.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    This film geek's dream of a movie pulls the ground out from under you, but stays smartass to the end. Sweet.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Evocatively shot by "Selma" wizard Bradford Young, A Most Violent Year reflects a world where nothing is held sacred. You watch with nerves clenched, holding on tight.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The gripping, seat- clutching suspense in this baby will pin you to your seat.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    A different kind of love story: an honest one that takes a piece out of you.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    One-word reaction: bravo.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    You might bitch that Flight levels off after its shocking, soaring start. But you'd be missing the point of an exceptional entertainment that Zemeckis shades into something quietly devastating – not an addiction drama, but the deeper spectacle of a man facing the truth about himself.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    From the theme of global downsizing, the filmmakers wring humor, heartbreak, suspense and stirring social drama. Cotillard, a consummate actress, fits like a natural into the workaday world of the Dardennes (Rosetta, The Son, The Kid With a Bike).
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Claireece "Precious" Jones, played by Gabourey Sidibe, 24, in an astounding debut that brims with grit and amazing grace.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Recalling the best movies about actors, from "All About Eve" to "Birdman," Clouds of Sils Maria is a bonbon spiked with wit and malice. It's also a penetrating look into the female psyche, a specialty of critic-turned-filmmaker Olivier Assayas, who wrote Juliette Binoche her first starring role, as a young actress in 1985's "Rendez-vous."
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    A riveting and indispensable record of the war in Iraq because it comes from the men who lived it.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The boldness of director Danny DeVito's violent epic is matched by Nicholson's astonishing physical and vocal transformation into Jimmy Hoffa.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Director Wolfgang Petersen puts such a fresh spin on the familiar that it all works like gangbusters.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Writer-director Damián Szifron hasn't made one film — he's made six, stitched together under one title and sent out to a world that may not be ready. Screw the pussies. Wild Tales is gleefully out for blood.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Spurlock says he's not selling out, he's buying in. I'm buying into Spurlock. As ever, he makes you laugh till it hurts.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Even when the film's frigid elegance, perfectly captured by cinematographer José Luis Alcaine, becomes off-puttingly clinical, Almodóvar's passion burns through. The skin he lives in is alive to challenge no matter what warped form it takes.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Holy Motors, fueled by pure feeling, is a dream of a movie you want to get lost in. It's a thing of beauty.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The top-tier cast, including Tilda Swinton as a character called Social Services, may be star overload, but each actor performs small miracles.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Just see it. This movie will take a piece out of you.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    It's comic, touching and a visual knockout.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    A devastating mystery thriller from Quebec filmmaker Denis Villeneuve that grabs you hard and won't let go.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    You can laugh with Maps to the Stars, but you can't laugh it off. Prepare to be knocked for a loop.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Bird has crafted a film -- one of the year's best -- that doesn't ring cartoonish, it rings true.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The movie, from the 1992 best seller by Olivia Goldsmith, isn't deathless art. But as pure entertainment, this witty revenge romp is sinfully satisfying.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Throbs with action, suspense and a seductive rhythm all its own.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Through haunting home movies, Mina's diaries and interviews with Mike, a raw, riveting portrait emerges of what a child sees in his parents' relationship and what lies beneath.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Mud
    In the hands of Nichols, Mud emerges as a thing of bruised beauty. There's magic in it.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    McGrath's script is faithful: fierce when it needs to be and devilishly funny.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Eastwood, working from a script that Jason Hall adapted from Kyle's 2012 memoir, fuses the explosive and the sorrowful as only he can. That's why his film takes a piece out of you.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The sad fact is that racial injustice is timelier than ever. Righteous fury is in the air. And that fervor to stand up and be counted is all over Selma.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The movie comes at you in a whoosh, like a volcano of creative ideas in full eruption.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Director Tim Burton finally hooks the one that got away: a script that challenges and deepens his visionary talent.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    It's a movie as timely as it is thrilling to watch.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Jolie has an army of craftsmen in her corner, notably camera poet Roger Deakins (No Country for Old Men). But it's her vision that gives Unbroken a spirit that soars. In honoring Louis' endurance, she does herself proud.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    It'll knock you on you ass from laughing when you're not rubbing your eyes in disbelief.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    War Horse gets to you. It's one from the heart.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams give two of the most explosive and emotionally naked performances you will see anywhere. Just know you're in for a workout.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Rehab movies nearly always make me cringe, as if the audience needs to take medicine, as if hope needs to be force fed. Short Term 12, an exceptional film in every way, breaks the mold.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Just watch the magnificent Manville, in a raw and riveting award-class performance that exposes a grieving heart under siege. Her last scene is quietly devastating. So is this intimate miracle of a movie.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Bana is magnificent in the role.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Ascher's unique and unforgettable film is a tribute to movie love. I couldn't have liked it more.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    A whole summer of fireworks packed into one movie. It doesn't just go to 11, it starts there.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The movie is a small miracle, lifted by Ruffalo and these two remarkable young actresses. Refusing to soften the edges when Cam is off his meds, Ruffalo is a powerhouse. He and Forbes craft an indelibly intimate portrait of what makes a family when the roles of parent and child are reversed.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Catherine O'Hara is comic perfection as Marilyn Hack.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    One for the time capsule.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Affleck and Hall make this unlikely love story palpably moving. And Renner (The Hurt Locker) is dynamite - he radiates ferocity and feeling.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Kudos to Abrams for going bigger without going stupid. His set pieces, from an erupting volcano to the hell unleashed over London and Frisco Bay, are doozies. So's the movie. It's crazy good.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Sweet is not how Schumer wants Trainwreck to go down. She wants to explode rom-com clichés and replace them with something fierce and ready to rumble. Done.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    There's more killer suspense and shocking intimacy in this one-of-a-kind documentary than you'll find in a dozen thrillers. You'll laugh hard and cry too.
    • 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
    The melancholy attached to the impermanence of life and love suffuses this film, making it memorably haunting and hypnotic.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Two men alone create an epic landscape of feeling in one of the very best movies of the year.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Guardians of the Galaxy does the impossible. Through dazzle and dumb luck, it turns the clichés of comic-book films on their idiot heads and hits you like an exhilarating blast of fun-fun-fun. It's insanely, shamelessly silly – just one reason to love it.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    You won't see more explosive acting this year.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Straight Outta Compton plays better when it's outside the box, showing us N.W.A power and the consequences of abusing it. Would the movie be better if it didn't sidestep the band's misogyny, gay-bashing and malicious infighting? No shit. But what stands is an amazement, an electrifying piece of hip-hop history that speaks urgently to right now.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Why We Fight deserves high praise for making it that much tougher to wear blinders.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    It's Morgan's core script, full of humor, heartache and verbal fireworks, that lifts Rush above the "Fast & Furious" herd.
    • 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.

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