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 5.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Travers' Scores

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  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Lowest review score: 0 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Score distribution:
2,345 movie reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Stimulating entertainment, as rigorously challenging and painfully funny as anything the Coens have done. But it's necessary to meet the Coens halfway. If you don't, Barton Fink is an empty exercise that will bore you breathless. If you do, it's a comic nightmare that will stir your imagination like no film in years.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    No one interested in the power and magic of movies should miss it.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Chicago, based on Bob Fosse's Broadway smash, kills.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    A rapturous masterwork.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Fellowship is the real deal, a movie epic that pops your eyes out, piles on thrills and fun, and yet stays intimately attuned to character.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Part of the miracle of Robert Altman's triumphantly fierce, funny, moving and innovative Short Cuts is that you can't get this movie out of your head. You keep playing it back to savor its formula-smashing audacity, its peerless performances and its cleareyed view of blasted lives.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Exciting and then some, Face/Off blends the director's supercharged images of balletic brutality and spiritual catharsis with an off-the-wall humor that allows John Travolta and Nicolas Cage to really let it rip.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Most movies stress the agony of art (think of Kirk Douglas' Van Gogh in "Lust for Life"). Schnabel's exceptional film honors his friend by showing the act of creation as a natural high.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Ephron homes in on what's been missing in movies and in life: ardor, longing and smart talk about the screwed-up notions that pass for love.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Amid the clamor from outraged purists and Shakespeare spinning in his Stratford-on-Avon, England, grave, you should notice that Luhrmann and his two bright angels have shaken up a 400-year-old play without losing its touching, poetic innocence.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Writer and director Carl Franklin ("One False Move") scores a triumph in using the brooding atmosphere and racial tension of the sun-kissed, seedy City of Angels to reveal character and reclaim a neglected past that ace cinematographer Tak Fujimoto brings to vivid life.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Writer and first-time director Anthony Minghella lays on the whimsy a bit thick at times, but his wryly funny and heartfelt observations on sorrow go down much easier than the Hollywood brand of lump-in-the-throat histrionics.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Broken Arrow delivers the hippest action fun around. Travolta's "Dr. Strangelove" exit will blow you away. Ditto the movie.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    But Stone has found in Cruise the ideal actor to anchor the movie with simplicity and strength. Together they do more than show what happened to Kovic. Their fervent, consistently gripping film shows why it still urgently matters.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Fighter shapes up as one of the great documentaries of this year, or any other.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Keep your eyes on Garfield - he's shatteringly good, the soul of a film that might otherwise be without one. The Social Network is the movie of the year. But Fincher and Sorkin triumph by taking it further. Lacing their scathing wit with an aching sadness, they define the dark irony of the past decade.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    A brilliant piece of nasty business that races on a B-movie track until it switches to the dizzying fuel of undiluted creativity. Damn, it's good. You can get buzzed just from the fumes coming off this wild thing.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Payne's low-key approach only deepens the film's intimate power. Want a movie you can really connect with? The Descendants is damn near perfect.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Sandra Bullock, in the performance of a lifetime, spends most of this wondrous wallop of a movie lost in space, alone where no one can hear her scream.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Proving himself a world-class director, McQueen basically makes slaves of us all. It hurts to watch it. You won't be able to tuck this powder keg in the corner of your mind and forget it. What we have here is a blistering, brilliant, straight-up classic.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Hang on tight. The knockout punch of the movie season is being delivered by Zero Dark Thirty.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    There's no way you won't be captivated by Wallis, chosen ahead of 3,500 candidates to play the tiny folk hero who narrates the story. Her performance in this deceptively small film is a towering achievement.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Written, directed, acted, shot, edited and scored with a bracing vibrancy that restores your faith in film as an art form, The Master is nirvana for movie lovers. Anderson mixes sounds and images into a dark, dazzling music that is all his own.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Whatever a modern love story is, Before Midnight takes it to the next level. It's damn near perfect.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    DiCaprio's swaggering, swinging-dick performance is the wildest damn thing he's ever put onscreen.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    The hypnotic and haunting Foxcatcher can prove its worth as one of the year's very best films. Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo give the performances of their lives.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    I'm jazzed by every tasty, daring, devastating, howlingly funny, how'd-they-do-that minute in Birdman. Like all movies that soar above the toxic clouds of Hollywood formula and defy death at the box office, Alejandro G. Iñárritu's cinematic whirlwind will bring out the haters. They can all go piss off. Birdman is a volcano of creative ideas in full eruption. Buy a ticket and brace yourself.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Want to know what it's like to be in on the discovery of a new American classic. Check out Boyhood. Richard Linklater's coming-of-age tale is the best movie of the year, a four-star game-changer that earns its place in the cultural time capsule.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Like Vardalos and Corbett, who play their roles with vibrant charm, the film, directed by Joel Zwick, is heartfelt and hilarious in ways you can't fake. It's a keeper.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Glorious, a colossus of rousing action and ferocious fun.
    • Rolling Stone

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