Peter Travers

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For 2,607 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 60% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 37% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Travers' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Beasts of the Southern Wild
Lowest review score: 0 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Score distribution:
2607 movie reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    DiCaprio is terrific, but he can't save this lecture from the shame of using Africa as a vehicle for another white man's redemption.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    Timberlake walks off with the movie. Too bad it's not worth stealing.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    Gray says she hates fishermen who catch and release: Getting jerked around hurts the jaw. See this movie and you'll know the feeling.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    Jokes dying on the lips of these easy riders are hard to stomach.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    Mixing Rock with ooh-la-la turns out to be as appetizing as chalk and cheese.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    If you can't watch John Malkovich being John Malkovich, it's still a kick watching him play Alan Conway, a gay Brit who pretended to be the legendary and reclusive director Stanley Kubrick during the 1990s.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    The villains, an incestuous brother and sister played by real-life marrieds Amy Poehler and Will Arnett are a hoot. And "Office" honey Jenna Fischer is welcome as Jimmy’s love.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    The team of producer Ismail Merchant, director James Ivory and writer Ruth Prawer Jhabvala drops the ball with this droopy, snail-paced prigs-in-wigs movie.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    There's no disguising the fact that Shrek the Third has come down with a bad case of sequelitis. You know the symptoms: Lots of razzle-dazzle to distract from the hole at the center of the story. You know, the place where fresh ideas should be.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    Quick and the Dead plays like a crazed compilation of highlights from famous westerns. Raimi finds the right look but misses the heartbeat. You leave the film dazed instead of dazzled, as if an expert marksman had drawn his gun only to shoot himself in the foot.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    The good news first: Keith Richards totally rocks it playing pirate daddy to Johnny Depp's Capt. Jack Sparrow. The deep rumble of his voice and those hooded eyes that narrowly open like the creaky gates of hell make him what the rest of this three-peat is not: authentically scary...So what's the bad news? Richards is onscreen for barely two minutes.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    What nearly saves the movie, besides the Rasmussen eye candy, is Paris itself, shot in shimmering black-and-white by the gifted Thierry Arbogast. Talk is cheap here, and often inane, but as a silent film, Angel-A could have been magic.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    Towne doesn't weave all the elements as deftly as before, and his political observations seem secondhand.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    What you get in this cop drama is NYPD Blue lite. That's not bad. In fact, it's compulsively watchable. But there are no leaps, just fits and starts.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    In relying on narration, Redford's movie is too little show and too much tell.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    What a cast, indeed. And what a bust as persuasive drama.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    Even the best actors -- and I'd rank Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Ruffalo among their generation's finest -- can't save a movie that aims for tragedy but stalls at soap opera.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    Cate Blanchett can do anything, even play Bob Dylan, but she can't save this creaky sequel to her star-making 1998 biopic of Elizabeth I.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    So flimsy it gives froth a bad name.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    To sum up, Definitely, Maybe is crap with compensations.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    The acting? Common and the Game score as baddies, but Hugh Laurie as an acid-tongued internal-affairs cop is disappointingly just House without the limp.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    There is one high note. You can approach Speed Racer as the trippiest stonerfest since Stanley Kubrick took his space odyssey.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    It's wickedly amusing for a little bit -- Robbins and Hurt really get into it -- but ultimately the film becomes what it's fighting: just noise.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    By the end of the film, the cliché of everybody getting along is reduced to both sides working together in the ultimate monument to capitalism: a mall. Some message.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    Meryl Streep can do anything: sing, dance, do splits, act her heart out. She (almost) saves this clumsy, overwrought film version of the Abba musical that's been running on stages from Broadway to Barcelona since 1999.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    In not knowing who it needs to please, I Want to Believe pleases no one.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    If looks were everything, director Baz Luhrmann's epic salute to his native land would be the movie of the year. But, crikey, a padded script bloated with subplots and shameless sentimentality can wear you down.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    Sollett, hoping for a "Before Sunrise/Before Sunset" vibe, sadly settles for a soggy aftertaste.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    The film collapses because Lee can't sew these vignettes into a seamless tapestry. He's more interested in getting even than he is in getting it right.

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