For 2,245 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 5.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Travers' Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Syriana
Lowest review score: 0 Fool's Gold
Score distribution:
2,245 movie reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    All praise to acting dynamo Robert Downey Jr., who brings so much creative juice to the party that Iron Man achieves instant liftoff.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    No fair giving away the mysteries of The Dark Knight. It's enough to marvel at the way Nolan -- a world-class filmmaker, be it "Memento," "Insomnia" or "The Prestige" -- brings pop escapism whisper-close to enduring art.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    You'll go limp from laughing.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    A knockout of a comedy that keeps you laughing constantly. It's also killer smart, lacing combustible action with explosive gags.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Johnny Depp, who paid for the 2005 funeral in which Thompson's ashes were fired out of a cannon, narrates with just the right mix of awe and impertinence.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Getting lost in the hypnotic Half-Blood Prince is what gives the movie its haunting power.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Lessin and Deal have made Trouble the Water a spellbinder you do not want to miss.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Appaloosa is gripping entertainment that keeps springing surprises.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Director Ron Howard has turned Peter Morgan's stage success into a grabber of a movie laced with tension, stinging wit and potent human drama.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    No list of the year's best performances should be made without her (Sally Hawkins).
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Jolie is inspired casting. She plays the role like a gathering storm, moving from terror to a fierce resolve. And Eastwood, at the peak of his artful powers, tightens the screws of suspense without ever forgetting where the heart of his film lies.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Dark secrets are unlocked, words draw more blood than punches, and Desplechin turns one family into a universe that resembles life as a startling work of art.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    An artistic triumph.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Simple story, beautifully told.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    A lifetime in movies runs through this prime vintage Eastwood performance. You can't take your eyes off him. The no-frills, no-bull Gran Torino made my day.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Che
    Che looks dazzling, whether the camera is weaving through a battle or trying to bore into Che's haunted soul. Del Toro stands up to Soderbergh's relentless scrutiny. As for the movie, it's a reward to audiences eager to break from the play-it-safe pack. Game on.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    DiCaprio is in peak form, bringing layers of buried emotion to a defeated man. And the glorious Winslet defines what makes an actress great, blazing commitment to a character and the range to make every nuance felt.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Fierce, funny and moving, The Class graduates with honors. It's unmissable.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Get ready to be knocked for a loop.
    • 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).
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The result is raw and riveting.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Want to find the heart of rock & roll? You can hear it thundering in Anvil.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Writer-director Olivier Assayas crafts a near perfect blend of humor and heartbreak, a lyrical masterwork that measures loss in terms practical and evanescent.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    This baby has the stuff to end the movie summer on a note of dazzle and distinction.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    A different kind of love story: an honest one that takes a piece out of you.
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Here's the Iraq War movie for those who don't like Iraq War movies.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Rudolph, a comic force on "SNL," can speak volumes with the tilt of an eyebrow. She and Krasinski, of "The Office," are absolutely extraordinary. Ditto the film, which sneaks up and floors you.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Public Enemies comes at you like Dillinger did: all of a sudden. It's movie dynamite.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    It's a first-class ride. All aboard.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Eating can be one dangerous business. Don't take another bite till you see Robert Kenner's Food, Inc., an essential, indelible documentary that is scarier than anything in the last five Saw horror shows.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Moon is a potent provocation that relies on ideas instead of computer tricks to stir up excitement.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Miyazaki works marvels. Sit back and behold.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    In this haunting portrait of America as no country for old men or young, Hillcoat -- through the artistry of Mortensen and Smit-McPhee -- carries the fire of our shared humanity and lets it burn bright and true.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    DiCaprio, in his most haunting and emotionally complex performance yet, is the vessel Scorsese uses to lead us through the film’s laby­rinth.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Claireece "Precious" Jones, played by Gabourey Sidibe, 24, in an astounding debut that brims with grit and amazing grace.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Does this sound like rock heaven? It is.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Laugh you will, loud and often. In the Loop deserves to be a sleeper hit. The whole cast is stellar. And it proves that smart and funny can exist in the same movie, even in summer.
    • 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."
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Moore's fireball of a movie could change your life. It had me laughing with tears in my eyes.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Tone-deaf but thunderously exciting.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    An adventure in pure imagination that plays to the smart kid in all of us.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    A joy to behold.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    One-word reaction: bravo.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    An Education is remarkable for the traps it doesn't fall into. Jenny, for all her naive impulses, isn't a victim.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Watching his struggle is illuminating, unnerving and unforgettable.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Its truths are personal. It means to shake you. And does.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Cruz exudes a sensual aura of mystery that holds you spellbound. And Almodóvar, a true poet of cinema, creates images -- horrifying and healing -- that live inside your head like a waking dream. You want to miss a movie like that? I didn’t think so.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The film belongs to Firth. Uncanny at showing the heart crumbling under George's elegant exterior, he gives the performance of his career.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    This haunting film never pushes itself on you. It trusts you to suss out the horror that lies beneath the veneer of innocence. You'll be knocked for a loop.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    While you're remembering new high-impact names, add Arnold. In only her second film, after 2006's "Red Road," she keeps the screen filled to bursting with the beauty and raw terror of life.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    This dynamite thriller shivers with suspense. So if you ignore The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) because it's in Swedish with English subtitles, you probably deserve the remake Hollywood will surely screw up.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Winter's Bone is unforgettable. It means to shake you, and does.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    A burst of pure filmmaking exhilaration that manages to pay homage to the classic 1960s TV series and still boldly go where no man, William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy included, has gone before.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    In this wildly ingen­ious 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?
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Funny, touching and acutely observed film.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The melancholy attached to the impermanence of life and love suffuses this film, making it memorably haunting and hypnotic.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    This movie isn't just a necessity (listen up, do-nothing politicians) - it might change your future.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The Fighter, its heart full to bursting, is an emotional powerhouse that comes close to spilling over.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Two men alone create an epic landscape of feeling in one of the very best movies of the year.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The acting is dynamite, notably by Dillon and Newton in their shocking second encounter. Despite its preachy moments, the film is a knockout.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    This movie wins you over, head and heart, without cheating. It's just about perfect.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Reichardt has crafted a haunted dream of a movie to get lost in.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    A devastating mystery thriller from Quebec filmmaker Denis Villeneuve that grabs you hard and won't let go.
    • 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.