Peter Travers
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For 2,294 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 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Travers' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Truly Madly Deeply
Lowest review score: 0 Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000
Score distribution:
2,294 movie reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    A deeply touching human story filled with humor and heartbreak is rare in any movie season, especially summer. That's what makes The Help an exhilarating gift.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    It's implausible as hell, but no less fun for that.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The movie comes at you in a whoosh, like a volcano of creative ideas in full eruption.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    My advice is to keep your eyes on Lawrence, who turns the movie into a victory by presenting a heroine propelled by principle instead of hooking up with the cutest boy.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Lasseter is back behind the wheel, and you can feel his love for all things automotive in every frame. No humans blot this anthropomorphic romp. Cars do all the talking.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Moneyball is one of the best and most viscerally exciting films of the year.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The actors give it their all, especially Knightley, whose jaw- jutting, heavily accented and unfairly criticized portrayal gives the film its fighting spirit.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Scorsese builds Hugo in the Méliès manner, creating a complete, ravishing Parisian world on a soundstage in England and reveling in the sheer transporting joy of it. Hugo will take your breath away.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    A big, bruisingly funny moral fable etched in acid and Obama disillusion.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    War Horse gets to you. It's one from the heart.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Welcome Damsels in Distress, an exhilarating gift of a comedy about college, the female intellect, the limitless male ego, inventing a new dance, and suicide prevention.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    What's fresh about Midnight in Paris is the way he (Allen) identifies with Gil's idealization of the past, of the Paris that represented art and life at their fullest.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    This movie wins you over, head and heart, without cheating. It's just about perfect.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Cabin is a deliciously devious scare dance that keeps changing the steps until you lose your shit and fall helplessly into its demonic traps.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Oldman gives a performance that is flawless in every detail.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Think "The Hurt Locker," which shares a cinematographer in Barry Ackroyd with no damage to the Bard's bruising poetry. Neat trick.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    A movie handled with this kind of care is a rare gift. Refusing to hide from pain or bow to it, 50/50 makes its own rules. It'll get to you.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Reichardt has crafted a haunted dream of a movie to get lost in.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    As Joe blurs the line between reality and the supernatural, his haunting and hypnotic film exerts a hold you don't want to break. It's a beauty.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Lee uses 3D with the delicacy and lyricism of a poet. You don't just watch this movie, you live it.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    A devastating mystery thriller from Quebec filmmaker Denis Villeneuve that grabs you hard and won't let go.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    This is Bond like you've never seen him, almost Freudian in his vulnerability. And a dynamite Daniel Craig, never better in the role, nails Bond's ferocity and feeling.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The Avengers has it all. And then some. Six superheroes for the price of one ticket... It's also the blockbuster I saw in my head when I imagined a movie that brought together the idols of the Marvel world in one, shiny, stupendously exciting package. It's "Transformers" with a brain, a heart and working sense of humor. Suck on that, Michael Bay. [10 May 2012, p.74]
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    A rousing, gorgeously animated good time.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The sheer scope of Nolan's vision – with emotion and spectacle thundering across the screen – is staggering. The Dark Knight Rises is the King Daddy of summer movie epics.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Here's a movie that starts in your face and, amazingly, keeps coming at you. That's a good thing.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Farmiga expertly guides a large and gifted ensemble cast and proves as fearless a director as she is an actress. She lights up Higher Ground and makes it funny, touching and vital.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    It's Olsen, as a damaged soul clinging to shifting ground, who makes this spellbinder impossible to shake.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Jones is a marvel. Sundance couldn't get enough of her. You won't, either. Her performance grabs hold and won't let go.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The Artist encapsulates everything we go to movies for: action, laughs, tears and a chance to get lost in another world. It just might leave you speechless. How can Oscar resist?
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Wake up, people. Tarantino lives to cross the line. Is Django Unchained too much? Damn straight. It wouldn't be Tarantino otherwise.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Lacing tremendously exciting action with touching gravity, Looper hits you like a shot in the heart.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    It's hot, fierce, funny, vicious and ready to bite, baby.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The best social documents on film do more than show you what's wrong in the world – they make it personal. Bully does that with a passion.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The sharp economy of Lloyd's direction allows the incontestably great Streep to take impressionistic snatches of a life and build a woman in full. This is acting of the highest order.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    It's thrilling, a soaring blend of 3D animation and spectacular storytelling that swerves daringly to honor the healing chaos of family, human and dragon.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Acting doesn't get much better than the subtly brilliant display put on by Tilda Swinton in We Need to Talk About Kevin.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Margaret, for all its flaws, is a film of rare beauty and shocking gravity.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Pop-culture escapism can be thrilling when dished out by experts. Katniss is a character worth a handful of sequels. And Lawrence lights up the screen. You'll follow her anywhere.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    A Separation is a landmark film. No way will you be able to get it out of your head.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The gifted Rees makes finding out a stirring and heartfelt journey. And Oduye is unforgettable. A star is born.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Just so we're straight, Ben Affleck doesn't merely direct Argo, he directs the hell out of it, nailing the quickening pace, the wayward humor, the nerve-frying suspense.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    One thing's for sure about this raw provocation from the Coens: Like the music, the pain runs deep and true. You'll laugh till it hurts.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Yup, it could have been a bucket of bleak. But the electric talent of Harrelson and Moverman is too exciting to be anything but exhilarating.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    It might have all been another Hollywood-formula flick with American might taking on the alien other. But Greengrass gives Phillips and Muse the time, aboard a covered lifeboat, to discover shared beliefs and fears.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Getting creeped out has never seemed this totally cool.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    A wickedly smart and funny free-for-all, and sassy enough to shoot well-aimed darts at corporate branding.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Side Effects is Soderbergh in full, flinty vigor. It's anything but a formula murder mystery.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    There's no way you won't have a blast. In their directing debuts, Rogen and Goldberg come up aces, mixing hilarity and horror like pros and never letting up on the killer momentum.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Powered by Simon's brilliance, Under African Skies is a cultural lightning bolt that soars on its music and an unshakable belief in the transcendence of art.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Just see it. This movie will take a piece out of you.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Step up, cynics, and see the summer 2014 blockbuster that gets damn near everything right.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    It's instructive to note what a killer actor Richard Gere can be when a movie rises to his level. Arbitrage is such a movie, a sinfully entertaining look at the sins committed in the name of money.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    It'll knock you on you ass from laughing when you're not rubbing your eyes in disbelief.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The result, glitches and all, is a great American movie.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The go-for-broke intensity and emotional layering Watts brings to her role is an acting triumph. And McGregor matches her in a performance of ferocity and feeling.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Redford, who can play intelligence, wit and nuance to a camera like nobody's business, holds us in his grip. It's a master class in acting.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    No true movie junkie is going to want to miss Side by Side.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    These two glam stars of French cinema – Riva in 1959's "Hiroshima Mon Amour" and Trintignant in 1966's "A Man and a Woman" – give performances of breathtaking power and beauty. Prepare for an emotional wipeout.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Liman keeps the action and surprises coming nonstop. OK, the end is a head-scratcher. Until then, Cruise and Blunt make dying a hugely entertaining game of chance.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Some will write off Prisoners as shameless exploitation. But like Clint Eastwood's "Mystic River," to which it's been compared, Prisoners is so artfully shaped and forcefully developed that objections fade.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The Gatekeepers cuts deeper than any political thriller. It's a powerhouse.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Baumbach, in his most compassionate film since The Squid and the Whale, catches Frances in the act of inventing herself. It's a glorious sight to see.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Instead of the easy attitudinizing that is the default position for teen comedies, Gimme the Loot fills each frame with raw talent and exuberance.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Mud
    In the hands of Nichols, Mud emerges as a thing of bruised beauty. There's magic in it.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The film’s genius is the way it applies the lessons of Sound City to any job. “The human element,” says Grohl, “that’s what makes the magic.” In his directing debut, Grohl shows the instincts of a real filmmaker. Sound City hits you like a shot in the heart.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Ascher's unique and unforgettable film is a tribute to movie love. I couldn't have liked it more.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    No
    No grabs you hard, no mercy, and keeps you riveted.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Want to see great acting, from comic to tragic and every electrifying stop in between? See Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Freeman's nuanced acting is a marvel.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The Way Way Back gets it wittily, thrillingly right. It turns the familiar into something bracingly fresh and funny. It makes you laugh, then breaks your heart.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The result, with its flashing perspectives and stealthy wit, is unique and unforgettable.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    For some, the silver linings in Russell’s movies represent a failure to embrace darkness. I see them as a humanist’s act of resistance. That’s why American Hustle ranks with the year’s best movies. It gets under your skin.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Blue Caprice is a cinematic punch to the gut, a mind-bending meditation on how to mold a killer, and one of the most potent and provocative true-crime movies ever made.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Sometimes it's racism; sometimes bum luck; sometimes it's producer Phil Spector putting Love's voice in another singer's mouth. You watch. You hear the gospel spoken in the voices of these women. And you marvel.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Gordon-Levitt won't take safe for an answer. So Don Jon tends to stumble as it finds its feet. Still, you leave this movie feeling had at instead of had. The experience is elating.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    You don't have to be in vogue to enjoy this stylish ride through Bergdorf's. It's a surprise package to die for. Miele and his virtuoso cinematographer, Justin Bare, show how fashion can be aspiration, a model for dreaming the impossible.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Just try to take your eyes off Dern. In his finest two hours onscreen, he gives a performance worth cheering. There's not an ounce of bullshit in it. Same goes for the movie.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Her
    Jonze is a visionary whose lyrical, soulful meditation on relationships of the future cuts to the heart of the way we live now.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Bejo (The Artist) digs deep into the secrets and lies that have afflicted all her relationships, in a wonderfully affecting film that haunts you long after it ends.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Blue Is the Warmest Color sweeps you up on waves of humor, heartbreak and ravishing romance.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    McConaughey makes sure we feel his tenacity and triumphs in the treatment of AIDS. His explosive, unerring portrayal defines what makes an actor great, blazing commitment to a character and the range to make every nuance felt.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Buoyed by a Latin-flavored score and Favreau's knack for improv inspiration, Chef is the perfect antidote to Hollywood junk food. Like the best meals and movies, this irresistible concoction feels good for the soul.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    A slambam sci-fi thriller with a brain, a heart and an artful sense of purpose. You're in for a wild whoosh of a ride.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    It sounds like rom-com hell. And it would be if Gandolfini and Louis-Dreyfus weren't such an appealing pair of misfits. It's a pleasure just to watch them spar.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    It's a big story, and in this landmark film Miyazaki is up to every demand. Sit back and behold.