Peter Travers

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For 2,450 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 4.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Travers' Scores

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Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Beau Travail
Lowest review score: 0 One for the Money
Score distribution:
2,450 movie reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    What the neg-heads are missing about Interstellar is how enthralling it is, how gracefully it blends the cosmic and the intimate, how deftly it explores the infinite in the smallest human details.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    It will knock you for a loop like no other movie this year.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Driver's tough core of honesty and wit is bewitching. So's the movie.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Haywire comes close to achieving Soderbergh's goal of creating "a Pam Grier movie made by Alfred Hitchcock."
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    A stimulating detective story that holds you in thrall.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Scrappy, funny, hot-to-trot biopic.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    It's Dench, showing how faith and hellraising can reside in the same woman, who makes Philomena moving and memorable.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    O'Connell, soon to head the cast of Angelina Jolie's "Unbroken," explodes onscreen in a star-is-born performance. Starred Up is a small indie film in danger of slipping through the cracks at the Hollywood-driven multiplex.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The acting is of the highest caliber. Winger, magnificent and too long between films, is a volcano of repressed anger.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Its truths are personal. It means to shake you. And does.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The result is a film that defies description. I'd call it some kind of miracle.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    One of the best and liveliest movies of the year - funny and touching in ways you can't predict.
    • 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
    Gibson has made a film of blunt provocation and bruising beauty.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Capote is a movie that doesn't pull its punches. It's a knockout.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Funny, touching and acutely observed film.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    There's a word for the kind of comic, dramatic, romantic, transporting visions Miyazaki achieves in Howl's: bliss.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    It's Olsen, as a damaged soul clinging to shifting ground, who makes this spellbinder impossible to shake.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Musically, the film is a miracle, right and riveting in every detail.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Lacing tremendously exciting action with touching gravity, Looper hits you like a shot in the heart.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Spy
    All the actors come up aces. And let's bottle the delicious byplay between McCarthy and Byrne, whose comic timing is bitchy perfection.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Lessin and Deal have made Trouble the Water a spellbinder you do not want to miss.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    An emotional powerhouse.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    What we have here is an exhilarating blast of a movie, full of heart but still punk rock. So don’t get all pissy because it’s in Swedish (with English subtitles) and you never heard of anyone in it and coming-of-age movies about girls make you puke.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    There is devilish fun in this look into 1990s white-collar crime. But the jokes are the kind you choke on.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    A raucous ride through one man's pain.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    What an exhilarating gift to watch Harry and Company go out in a blaze of glory and amazing grace.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Margaret, for all its flaws, is a film of rare beauty and shocking gravity.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    So cheers to a movie as gloriously entertaining and bluntly honest as the lady herself. Everybody rise.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    So fasten your seat belts for Gomorrah, just snubbed in the wussy Oscar race for Best Foreign Film (so you know it's dynamite).
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Mad Max: Fury Road kicked my ass hard. It'll kick yours. So get prepped for a new action classic. You won't know what hit you.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Funny, touching, vital.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    It's a first-class ride. All aboard.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Stick your neck out for this Swedish horror show. It's a winner, full of mirth and malice, plus a young romance you'll never see on the Disney Channel.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    No true movie junkie is going to want to miss Side by Side.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Side Effects is Soderbergh in full, flinty vigor. It's anything but a formula murder mystery.
    • 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]
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    This movie wins you over, head and heart, without cheating. It's just about perfect.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Broken Flowers may be too low-key for laugh junkies, but Jarmusch fills his sharply observed comedy with wonderful mischief. The mix of humor and heartbreak brings out the best in Murray.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    This remarkable movie will haunt you for a good long time.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    A film of female empowerment that resonates deeply.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Amy
    What makes Asif Kapadia's documentary a devastating don’t-miss dazzler — like the lady herself — is the way he lays out her story without editorializing.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    You'll hoot and holler as it strips down its targets and sticks it to them, hardcore. Baron Cohen is the pure, untamed id of movie comedy.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    It's hot, fierce, funny, vicious and ready to bite, baby.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    A groundbreaking film that leaves you in stitches while quietly breaking your heart.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    This baby dazzles like nothing else anywhere.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Simple story, beautifully told.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    David Fincher's shockingly good film version of Gone Girl is the date-night movie of the decade for couples who dream of destroying one another.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The movie brims over with action -- check out Alex's run through traffic on the Paris beltway -- but Canet scores a triumph by plumbing the violence of the mind.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Craig gives us James Bond in the fascinating act of inventing himself. This you do not want to miss.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Forget "Hero" -- that cult hit was just Zhang Yimou's warm-up for this martial-arts fireball that throws in a lyrical love story, head-spinning fights and dazzling surprises.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The worst thing I can say about this savage, sexy and ferociously funny screen translation of three stories from Frank Miller's Sin City series of graphic novels is that it's too much of a good thing.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    It's a powerhouse of claustrophobic suspense and fierce emotion, mostly because Tom Hardy, best known as Bane in "The Dark Knight Rises," is a blazing wonder as Locke.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    A film of awesome power and blistering provocation.
    • 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
    Not your typical biopic. But it is one of the best times you'll have at the movies this year.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Hartley's debut deserves heralding; he combines a rigorous social conscience with the exuberance of fresh comic thinking.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The Gatekeepers cuts deeper than any political thriller. It's a powerhouse.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    It's a popcorn-movie deluxe.

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