Peter Travers
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For 2,341 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 The Crying Game
Lowest review score: 0 Safe Haven
Score distribution:
2,341 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Capote is a movie that doesn't pull its punches. It's a knockout.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Sam Peckinpah lives! The rampaging spirit of the late filmmaker, known as Bloody Sam for films such as "The Wild Bunch" and "Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia," is all over this blistering modern Western from first-time director Tommy Lee Jones.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Woody Allen's best movie in years means to trip us up: Sexual sizzle. London instead of Manhattan. Brit actors. Dark humor with a sting that leaves welts. You bet it's a change. And it looks good on the Woodman.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    If you're looking for action movie heaven, try Speed, a crackling blend of suspense and fun that gives you the rush of a runaway roller coaster.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    This is more than a movie, it's a privilege.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The radiant Barrymore energizes Cinderella with a tough core of intelligence and wit.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    McGrath's script is faithful: fierce when it needs to be and devilishly funny.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Driver's tough core of honesty and wit is bewitching. So's the movie.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    One of the best and liveliest movies of the year - funny and touching in ways you can't predict.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Craig gives us James Bond in the fascinating act of inventing himself. This you do not want to miss.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Catherine O'Hara is comic perfection as Marilyn Hack.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    My advice, in the face of such hallucinatory brilliance, is that you hang on.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Cuarón has a gift only the greatest filmmakers share: He makes you believe.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Unique and unmissable.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    He lacks Scorsese's raw inventiveness, but there's no denying De Niro's skill in keeping this pungent street epic brimming over with action and laughs without sacrificing intimacy. He is a supreme director of actors.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Keaton has crafted something rare: a screwball comedy that cuts to the heart.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The film is rapturously beautiful, enticing us into a lush, aristocratic world.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    This remarkable movie will haunt you for a good long time.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    It's a magical, beguiling wonder.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Hartley's debut deserves heralding; he combines a rigorous social conscience with the exuberance of fresh comic thinking.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Within its small, darkly funny range, Trust is an exceptional film that stays alert to the mysteries of love.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Amateur is Hartley heaven, a sharp-witted thriller that takes off into dark and uncharted territory.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The Doors is a thrilling spectacle - the King Kong of rock movies - featuring a starmaking, ball-of-fire performance by Val Kilmer as Morrison.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    In Eastern Promises, shot to envelop by the great Peter Suschitzky, Cronenberg brings us face to face with the horror of self.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    With the help of acting giants, Jenkins turns The Savages into a twisted, bittersweet pleasure.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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