Peter Travers
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For 2,363 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 5.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Travers' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Mystic River
Lowest review score: 0 Fool's Gold
Score distribution:
2,363 movie reviews
    • 54 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The sharp economy of Lloyd's direction allows the incontestably great Streep to take impressionistic snatches of a life and build a woman in full. This is acting of the highest order.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Kudos to Abrams for going bigger without going stupid. His set pieces, from an erupting volcano to the hell unleashed over London and Frisco Bay, are doozies. So's the movie. It's crazy good.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    It's thrilling, a soaring blend of 3D animation and spectacular storytelling that swerves daringly to honor the healing chaos of family, human and dragon.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Margaret, for all its flaws, is a film of rare beauty and shocking gravity.
    • 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.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    A Separation is a landmark film. No way will you be able to get it out of your head.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The gifted Rees makes finding out a stirring and heartfelt journey. And Oduye is unforgettable. A star is born.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Besides being a feast for the eyes and ears, Les Misérables overflows with humor, heartbreak, rousing action and ravishing romance. Damn the imperfections, it's perfectly marvelous.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The story has been filmed many times, but never with this kind of erotic charge. Knightley is glorious, her eyes blazing with a carnal yearning that can turn vindictive at any perceived slight.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Just so we're straight, Ben Affleck doesn't merely direct Argo, he directs the hell out of it, nailing the quickening pace, the wayward humor, the nerve-frying suspense.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    One thing's for sure about this raw provocation from the Coens: Like the music, the pain runs deep and true. You'll laugh till it hurts.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Yup, it could have been a bucket of bleak. But the electric talent of Harrelson and Moverman is too exciting to be anything but exhilarating.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Silver Linings Playbook is eager to sting instead of soothe. It's one of the year's best movies because Russell makes you laugh till it hurts.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    It might have all been another Hollywood-formula flick with American might taking on the alien other. But Greengrass gives Phillips and Muse the time, aboard a covered lifeboat, to discover shared beliefs and fears.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Getting creeped out has never seemed this totally cool.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    A wickedly smart and funny free-for-all, and sassy enough to shoot well-aimed darts at corporate branding.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Side Effects is Soderbergh in full, flinty vigor. It's anything but a formula murder mystery.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    There's no way you won't have a blast. In their directing debuts, Rogen and Goldberg come up aces, mixing hilarity and horror like pros and never letting up on the killer momentum.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    You might bitch that Flight levels off after its shocking, soaring start. But you'd be missing the point of an exceptional entertainment that Zemeckis shades into something quietly devastating – not an addiction drama, but the deeper spectacle of a man facing the truth about himself.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Just see it. This movie will take a piece out of you.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Step up, cynics, and see the summer 2014 blockbuster that gets damn near everything right.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    It's instructive to note what a killer actor Richard Gere can be when a movie rises to his level. Arbitrage is such a movie, a sinfully entertaining look at the sins committed in the name of money.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Guardians of the Galaxy does the impossible. Through dazzle and dumb luck, it turns the clichés of comic-book films on their idiot heads and hits you like an exhilarating blast of fun-fun-fun. It's insanely, shamelessly silly – just one reason to love it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    It'll knock you on you ass from laughing when you're not rubbing your eyes in disbelief.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The result, glitches and all, is a great American movie.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The go-for-broke intensity and emotional layering Watts brings to her role is an acting triumph. And McGregor matches her in a performance of ferocity and feeling.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Redford, who can play intelligence, wit and nuance to a camera like nobody's business, holds us in his grip. It's a master class in acting.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    No true movie junkie is going to want to miss Side by Side.

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