Peter Travers
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For 2,345 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 5.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Travers' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Spirited Away
Lowest review score: 0 Atlas Shrugged: Part I
Score distribution:
2,345 movie reviews
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Bad Words, starring Jason Bateman in a tour de force of comic wickedness, takes sinful pleasure in rubbing our noses in the toxic joys of revenge.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The Raid 2 lets its warriors rip for two and a half thrilling hours. With the precision of dance and the punch of a KO champion, Evans keeps the action coming like nobody's business. The wow factor is off the charts.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    A brave experiment in cinema that richly rewards the demands it makes. The result is an amazement, a film of beauty and shocking gravity.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    It's a powerhouse of claustrophobic suspense and fierce emotion, mostly because Tom Hardy, best known as Bane in "The Dark Knight Rises," is a blazing wonder as Locke.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Buoyed by a Latin-flavored score and Favreau's knack for improv inspiration, Chef is the perfect antidote to Hollywood junk food. Like the best meals and movies, this irresistible concoction feels good for the soul.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Step up, cynics, and see the summer 2014 blockbuster that gets damn near everything right.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    What we have here is an exhilarating blast of a movie, full of heart but still punk rock. So don’t get all pissy because it’s in Swedish (with English subtitles) and you never heard of anyone in it and coming-of-age movies about girls make you puke.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Liman keeps the action and surprises coming nonstop. OK, the end is a head-scratcher. Until then, Cruise and Blunt make dying a hugely entertaining game of chance.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Every move Hoffman makes subtly rivets attention. There's the uncanny German accent, the boozing, the chain-smoking, the glances at his assistant (Nina Hoss), the secret life he keeps hidden and the betrayals even Günther can't see coming. Hoffman is simply magnificent. Face it. We won't see his like again.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    You're in for something funny, touching and vital. Director Lenny Abrahamson knows his way around eccentrics; just see "Adam & Paul" or "Garage" or "What Richard Did." And he makes an ideal guide into a bizarro world where music is made on the margins.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Love Is Strange is, above all, a triumph for Lithgow and Molina, two consummate actors who bring decades of experience to artful performances that are as emotionally expressive in silence as they are in words. Acting doesn’t get better than this. Want to know what love is? Watch Lithgow and Molina and learn.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    O'Connell, soon to head the cast of Angelina Jolie's "Unbroken," explodes onscreen in a star-is-born performance. Starred Up is a small indie film in danger of slipping through the cracks at the Hollywood-driven multiplex.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Pride naively thinks it can change the world with a single movie. Talk about fighting spirit. I couldn't have liked it more.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    What raises the movie above the herd and rocks our settled ideas of pop entertainment is the way Hader and Wiig resist the script's pull to tidy things up.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    David Fincher's shockingly good film version of Gone Girl is the date-night movie of the decade for couples who dream of destroying one another.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    If Ridley Scott's Alien (1979) had more surprises and James Cameron's Aliens (1986) more thrills, David Fincher's austere, low-tech, darkly funny Alien 3 has more sharply observed characters.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Beat the drums for a Simmons Oscar, and add a cymbal crash for Whiplash. It's electrifying.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Dear White People marks an auspicious debut for writer-director Justin Simien, an African-American who laces his satire with delicious mirth and malice.
    • 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.
    • 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
    What the neg-heads are missing about Interstellar is how enthralling it is, how gracefully it blends the cosmic and the intimate, how deftly it explores the infinite in the smallest human details.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The Theory of Everything, referring to Hawking's dream of finding an equation to explain all existence, is riveting science, emotional provocation and one-of-a-kind love story all rolled into one triumphant film.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    It's been a long time since intellectual sparring created such excitement onscreen. I've heard a few critics dismiss this mind-bender as hopelessly old-hat. Ha! If so, long live retro. ​
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Top Five is Rock's best movie by a mile. It's authentically hilarious.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Leigh embraces the contradictions in Turner. And in tandem with cinematographer Dick Pope, a master of light, he shows us the world as Turner sees it. The effect is harsh and ravishing. Leigh's beauty of a movie touches the heart not by sentimental gush but by the amplitude of its art.​
    • 96 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Why should you suffer through a 140-minute Russian film that is basically a contemporary remake of The Book of Job? Because it's a stupendous piece of work, that's why, and because it represents the kind of challenging, intimate filmmaking that transcends language and borders.

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