Peter Travers

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For 2,818 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 61% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 36% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Travers' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 My Left Foot
Lowest review score: 0 Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Score distribution:
2818 movie reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    This hilarious and humane film nails its subject -- not just the unshaved armpits and the lack of underwear -- and marks Moodysson as a talent to watch.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Unique and unforgettable.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Detractors will see the usual parade of repressed feelings in a Masterpiece Theatre setting. Those who look closer will find one of the best films of the year.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Waggish fun like this is too good to miss.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Lane is a force of nature. Her slow-burning, fiercely erotic performance charges the movie.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Setting it against the backdrop of a wanton city under siege, Schroeder crafts a film of whiplash urgency.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    It's a haunting, hypnotic film that exerts an escalating grip on the heart and the conscience.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    An uneven movie that nonetheless bristles with stinging wit and exerts a perverse fascination.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Mitchell gives this post-punk, neo-glam rock extravaganza everything in his loaded arsenal of talents. He gets the sound right, the look right, the fun right and - this is crucial - the pain right.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Let the unsettling secrets of this outrageously funny and steadily engrossing meditation on the life of two high school misfits after graduation catch you by surprise. It's that good.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    It's unmissable, flaws and all, because riveting suspense spiced with diabolical laughs and garnished with a sprig of kinky romance add up to the tastiest dish around.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Begins like an episode of "I Love Lucy" and ends with the impact of "Easy Rider."
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Before this trippy, mesmerizing movie swerves out of control, it delivers an exhilarating and challenging ride.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Get your titles straight -- this is the good one, and a roaring good time.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 49 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Irresistibly deranged.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    A uniquely hypnotic and haunting love story sparked by Nicolas Cage and Elisabeth Shue at their career best.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    The crazy-ass imagination at work in Being John Malkovich hits you like a blast of pure oxygen...this movie of constant astonishments will make you laugh hard and long.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    A maliciously funny and keenly observant movie -- director-writer Patrick Stettner makes a potent feature debut -- that serves its humor dark and without artificial sweeteners.
    • 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
    Nightcrawler curves and hisses its way into your head with demonic skill. When the laughs come, they stick in your throat. This is a deliciously twisted piece of work. And Gyllenhaal, coiled and ready to spring, is scarily brilliant. He truly is a monster for our time.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    It's the work of a major talent. Apatow scores by crafting the film equivalent of a stand-up routine that encompasses the joy, pain, anger, loneliness and aching doubt that go into making an audience laugh.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    It's the classic American tale of the family man triumphant, and Howard makes sure that it hits you right in the heart.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Shot with a surrealist's eye for madness and destruction by the great cinematographer Matthew Libatique, Mother! always seems on the verge of exploding. Your head will feel the same way. And I mean that as a compliment.
    • 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.
    • 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
    This seriously funny movie, artfully photographed by the great Roger Deakins, is spiritual in nature, barbed in tone, and, oh, yeah, it stings like hell.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    It's a feast of smart, sexy, glorious talk. The Oscar for best foreign film belongs right here.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Brimming with humor and heartbreak, Slumdog Millionaire meets at the border of art and commerce and lets one flow into the other as if that were the natural order of things.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Powered by a transfixing Portman, Larrain's film – one of the year's best – is appropriately hard to pin down and impossible to forget.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Now this is what I call a summer movie. Baby Driver has it all: thrills, laughs, sex, nonstop action, a killer soundtrack, a star-making performance from Ansel Elgort and a director – Edgar Wright – who can knock the wind out of you.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Immensely entertaining and provocative.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    You may have doubts about which side to choose, but there's no doubt about this mind-bender. It'll pin you to your seat.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Tone-deaf but thunderously exciting.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Kudrow's Michele is a deadpan delight as she joins fellow misfit Romy (a deliciously funny Mira Sorvino).
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    McNaughton has made a film of clutching terror that's meant to heighten our awareness instead of dulling it. At the end, Henry is still out there among us. And he's no B-movie monster in a hockey mask. He could be the guy next door. This film gives off a dark chill that follows you all the way home.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Here’s a powerhouse of a documentary that makes you feel mad as hell and unwilling to take it anymore.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Don't miss it. Though Life Itself is a warts-and-all portrait Ebert didn't live to review, my guess is his thumbs would be shooting upward. Mine sure are.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    A dynamite film that ranks with the year's best.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Appaloosa is gripping entertainment that keeps springing surprises.
    • 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
    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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    A joy to behold.
    • 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
    Down in the Valley is a wild thing that sticks with you long after it's over. You know, a real movie.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    A jolt-a-minute horroshow laced with racial tension and stinging satirical wit.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Glorious entertainment.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    It will hook you good and keep you riveted.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Blue Is the Warmest Color sweeps you up on waves of humor, heartbreak and ravishing romance.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    What's lucky is that no matter what language it's in, My Life as Zucchini never sacrifices what’s true for what’s trite and easier to sell. This is animation as an art form, inspiring and indelible.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The Hangover ain't art, but Phillips has shaped the hardcore hilarity into the summer party movie of all our twisted dreams.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    It's a modern horror story that gets you where you live.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    It's a wow of a thriller with a soul that isn't computer generated. Poitras may be guilty of taking Snowden at face value, but she succeeds brilliantly in evoking a shadow villain intent on world domination. Big Brother is back, baby, and he's gone digital.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    You watch The Wrestler (with a superb title song from Bruce Springsteen) in a state of pure exhilaration. A great actor in a great movie will do that to you.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Zemeckis springs so many pow 3-D surprises you'll think Beowulf is your own private fun house.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Down in the mud with the guys, Moore finds the heart of her character and a career beyond vanity and hype. She's never looked better.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Amateur is Hartley heaven, a sharp-witted thriller that takes off into dark and uncharted territory.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Miyazaki works marvels. Sit back and behold.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Von Donnersmarck has crafted the best kind of movie: one you can't get out of your head.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Lukas Moodysson, a young Swedish director, crafts a stunner of a film out of familiar turf.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    It'll slap on a smile on your face that won't quit.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    What If doesn't break new ground. But it has charm to spare, and Radcliffe and Kazan are irresistible. No ifs about it.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    A meandering but altogether mesmerizing film from writer-director Azazel Jacobs that finds buoyant comedy and touching gravity in the ashes of a relationship.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Yes, it's in French with English subtitles. Don't worry. Nothing gets lost in translation as this coming-of-age tale brims over with humor, heartbreak and ravishing romance.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    As directed by the Safdie brothers, Josh and Benny, the movie rips through 100 minutes of screen time like Wile E. Coyote with his tail on fire. It's electrifying.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Eastwood's modest approach to these momentous events shames the usual Hollywood showboating. In a rare achievement, he's made a film that truly is good for the soul.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    It feels lived it, honest and painfully funny.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    No list of the year's best performances should be made without her (Sally Hawkins).
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Moore's fireball of a movie could change your life. It had me laughing with tears in my eyes.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    A fiercely funny human comedy with jokes that sting and leave marks.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Sound plays as crucial a role as visuals in replicating an authentic culture to drive the storytelling.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Director-writer Martin Hynes shapes his first movie into something emotionally truthful, painfully funny and vibrantly alive. It's a near-perfect road movie, since you don't want the ride to end.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    An artistic triumph.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Little Men, with its two boys racing at life with the brick wall of maturity still at a distance, is funny, touching and vital. It's truly an exhilarating gift.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Top Five is Rock's best movie by a mile. It's authentically hilarious.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    I've seen A Mighty Wind only twice so far. Maybe it is less fresh than "Guffman," more strained than "Best in Show." Who cares? It's still a gift from comedy heaven.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    When it flies, it soars.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Nothing can detract from the film as a portrait of hell so shattering it's impossible to shake.

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