Peter Travers

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For 2,725 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 3.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Travers' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Smoke Signals
Lowest review score: 0 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Score distribution:
2725 movie reviews
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Travers
    Director and co-writer James Mangold (Girl, Interrupted) is supplying comfort food for bruised romantics.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Travers
    What we're watching, however charming, is a fancifully costumed theater piece that cuts off the oxygen needed to make a play breathe onscreen.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Travers
    Thornton plays this low-ball farce with deceptive, masterful ease. Appreciate it.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Travers
    If "Mr. Holland's Opus" made you puke, you'd better bring a bucket to this true-life weepie about the importance of teaching music in schools.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Travers
    Shaft scores by lacing ba-da-boom action with social pertinence.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    Hunt's flat delivery is mercilessly cruel to Wilde's delicious epigrams. That sound you hear is Oscar spinning madly in his grave.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    Turns into a bogus drivel courtesy of a sitcom monster.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    Madden directed Paltrow in the play on the London stage, but he does his "Shakespeare in Love" goddess no favors by filling the screen with big close-ups that betray the theatrical origins of the piece and drain the movie of life and urgency. Proof hasn't been filmed at all -- it's been embalmed.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    Horns has style to burn, but there's no there there.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    Elf
    Ferrell makes the damn thing work. Even though he can't get naked or use naughty words, there's a devil of comedy in Ferrell, and he lets it out to play. Director Jon Favreau has the good sense to just stand out of his way.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    A cheerless exercise.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    It's all a blur, except for the music. That's workin'.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    Screenwriter Robert Towne has certainly not challenged his gifts -- the script is loaded with stock cars and stock characters -- but he does deliver what's necessary: a workable setup for exciting NASCAR racing footage shot on sixteen Winston Cup tracks from Daytona to Watkins Glen.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    Only Vince Vaughn registers hilariously as John's boss.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    I fully expect Paranormal Activity 3 to be box office gold. But it's barely worth two stars, let alone two cents. As for future followups, I offer this plea: STOP!
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    Tepid.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    Say this for Emmerich, he's not stuffy. And he lucks out big-time with his cast.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    It's stale, like something you wrap in yesterday's newspaper.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    There's not enough here to sustain a half-hour sitcom, but Reese Witherspoon shoulders the burden with star shine to spare.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    A shock ending may be the best hope for this film, a convoluted mystery that thinks it's way smarter than it is.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    In not knowing who it needs to please, I Want to Believe pleases no one.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    If you're like me, diluted Smith is still better than no Smith at all.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    It's a one-joke premise that ultimately wears thin, but Krueger works some playful variations on a theme.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    In his screenwriting debut, Glee's gifted Chris Colfer, 22, proves he can lace a line with sass and soul. The downside of Struck by Lightning, besides the fact that Colfer's character, Carson Phillips, is struck dead in the first scene, is that Colfer hands himself all the best lines.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    When the script, by Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz and John Logan, doesn't sabotage the images, and the great cinematographer John Toll turns action into poetry, The Last Samurai emerges as a haunting silent movie.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    Aussie singer Natalie Imbruglia gets to play the babe, nothing more, but she does that brightly. The rest of the movie is a dim bulb.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    Oddly, the published screenplay – while far from McCarthy's top-drawer – reads better than it plays. What's onscreen recalls a line from No Country: "It's a mess, ain't it, Sheriff?"
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    Hungarian director Istvan Szabo (Sunshine) overplays his hand and traps Bening in a role that's all emoting, no emotion.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    There's no denying the ambition in A Hologram for the King, but a struggle does not add up to a satisfying movie — or even a reasonable facsimile of the beauty and terror Eggers evokes on the page.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    Robert De Niro – wait for it – in the role of a mobster. Now there's an original idea.

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