For 2,290 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
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 To Die For
Lowest review score: 0 The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course
Score distribution:
2,290 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The film shines at capturing the watercolor delicacy of China's past.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    It's one for the time capsule.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    You won't see more explosive acting this year.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Lukas Moodysson, a young Swedish director, crafts a stunner of a film out of familiar turf.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Colossal entertainment -- the eye-popping, mind-bending, kick-out-the-jams thrill ride of summer and probably the year.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    It's comic, touching and a visual knockout.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The result is a film that defies description. I'd call it some kind of miracle.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    It's a modern horror story that gets you where you live.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Nothing can detract from the film as a portrait of hell so shattering it's impossible to shake.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    A film of female empowerment that resonates deeply.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Boyle and screenwriter Alex Garland plumb the violence of the mind with slashing wit and shocking gravity. Happy nightmares.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Director Tim Burton finally hooks the one that got away: a script that challenges and deepens his visionary talent.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Throbs with action, suspense and a seductive rhythm all its own.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Bird has crafted a film -- one of the year's best -- that doesn't ring cartoonish, it rings true.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Scrappy, funny, hot-to-trot biopic.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    An emotional powerhouse.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    No crime film in years boasts a cooler vibe than Michael Mann's dazzling Collateral.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Glorious entertainment.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    A mesmerizing look at an asthmatic, rich-boy medical student in the act of discovering his insurgent spirit.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    A rich blend of humor and heartbreak.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    It's Bacon who overcomes all obstacles.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Using Staunton's face as his canvas, Leigh crafts a powerfully moving film that is unmissable and unforgettable.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    When it flies, it soars.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    It's a popcorn-movie deluxe.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    This remarkable movie will haunt you for a good long time.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Hartley's debut deserves heralding; he combines a rigorous social conscience with the exuberance of fresh comic thinking.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    In this wildly ingenĀ­ious chess game, grandmaster Nolan plants ideas in our heads that disturb and dazzle. The result is a knockout. But be warned: Inception dreams big. How cool is that?
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    There's not a timid, sympathy-begging minute in it. Even better, you leave Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work with the exhilarating feeling that the lady is just hitting her stride.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The actors are to die for. Bening and Moore nail every nuance of a relationship going adrift. And Ruffalo is dynamite as a man keeping himself at a distance. Kids makes its own special magic. It's irresistible
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Within its small, darkly funny range, Trust is an exceptional film that stays alert to the mysteries of love.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    As for Lee, he clearly relates to this material and the questions of political, musical and family identity he himself raised in films as diverse as "Malcolm X," "Mo' Better Blues" and "Crooklyn."
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    All credit to a finely tuned Brosnan for packing so much intensity and wayward wit into his scenes with McGregor. Their verbal duels make for a dazzling game of cat-and-mouse.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The Secret in Their Eyes has a decent shot at wearing down resistance to subtitled films. Don't be put off. This spellbinder from Argentina will sneak up and floor you. It's that good.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The pitch-perfect performances help Holofcener stir up feelings that cut to the heart of what defines an ethical life. There's no movie around right now with a subject more pertinent. It'll hit you hard.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Cyrus, the summer's best, most original and crazily inventive comedy, is potently funny and painfully real.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Winter's Bone is unforgettable. It means to shake you, and does.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The melancholy attached to the impermanence of life and love suffuses this film, making it memorably haunting and hypnotic.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    A joy to behold.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Scott Pilgrim is a breathless rush of a movie that jumps off the screen, spins your head around and then stealthily works its way into your heart.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Funny, touching and acutely observed film.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    This documentary succeeds triumphantly on so many levels that its full impact doesn't hit you until you have time to register its aftershocks.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    This movie isn't just a necessity (listen up, do-nothing politicians) - it might change your future.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Like the A.R. Rahman score that drives the movie, the triumphant 127 Hours pays fitting tribute to Aron by being thrillingly alive.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Portman's portrait of an artist under siege is unmissable and unforgettable. So is the movie. You won't know what hit you.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Two men alone create an epic landscape of feeling in one of the very best movies of the year.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The Fighter, its heart full to bursting, is an emotional powerhouse that comes close to spilling over.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    What makes True Grit a new classic for the Coens is the way the brothers absorb the unfairly unsung Portis into their DNA, like they did with Cormac McCarthy in "No Country for Old Men." True Grit is packed with action and laughs, plus a touching coda with an older Mattie, but it's the dialogue that really sings. Great filmmaking. Great acting. Great movie. Saddle up.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Nicole Kidman is just astonishing in Rabbit Hole - subtle, fierce, brutally funny, tender when you least expect it, and battered by the feelings that hit her when she forgets to duck.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The director, 66, brings his passion for precision to every frame of the film, refusing to hype or Hollywoodize the detailed richness of the story.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    As Hanna confronts her past, the movie becomes like nothing you've ever seen. I'd call it a knockout.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Haywire comes close to achieving Soderbergh's goal of creating "a Pam Grier movie made by Alfred Hitchcock."
    • 55 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    An indelibly funny and touching comedy with a real sting in its tail. The laughs leave scars.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Like its predecessors (Badlands, Days of Heaven, The Thin Red Line and The New World), Tree delivers truths that don't go down easy. No one with a genuine interest in the potential of film would think of missing it.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    What an exhilarating gift to watch Harry and Company go out in a blaze of glory and amazing grace.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    In this cheerfully perverse origin tale of Magneto, Professor X and their mutant team, Vaughn delivers a fireworks display of action, smarts and fun, plus a touch of class from actors who can really act.