Peter Travers

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For 2,450 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 4.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Travers' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 The House of Mirth
Lowest review score: 0 Hudson Hawk
Score distribution:
2,450 movie reviews
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Hardwicke whips up a frenzy of crazy-cool board action, with Alva choreographing the stunts. Even when the slippery-slope-of-success cliches halt the film's momentum, the ready-to-rock actors rev it up again.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    You cheered Jack Black in "School of Rock," now give it up for Paul Green in the real thing.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    The buildup is steadily engrossing. That's because Nolan keeps the emphasis on character, not gadgets. Gotham looks lived in, not art-directed.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    There's no way to take your eyes off it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Michael Moore might want to look into this before more animal docs steal his thunder.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    It's those dark visions of destruction that stick, even when Spielberg pushes the script to an unlikely happy ending. Great foreplay, failed orgasm.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    In a movie with more subtext than "Rosemary's Baby," nearly everyone, including Tim Roth as Dahlia's lawyer, harbors secrets. Salles unleashes a torrent of suspense for one purpose: to plumb the violence of the mind.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Depp and Burton fly too high on the vapors of pure imagination. But it's hard to not get hooked on something this tasty.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Explosive entertainment.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    The mischief Thornton does make adds up to wild, rowdy fun.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Indefensible on a moral level, Rob Zombie's perversely watchable follow-up to his much-reviled cult hit "House of 1000 Corpses" is loaded with filmmaking energy.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    It's a frisky romantic comedy with a great title and wonderfully appealing performances.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Killer-funny documentary.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Just know that Pulse possesses the dark art to make your pulse pound and your hair stand on end -- with no cheating.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Steve Carell, best known as a team player on "The Daily Show," "The Office" and such movies as "Anchorman," earns top-banana status as Andy. He is flat-out hilarious.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    If you're a Gilliam junkie, as I am, you go with it, even when the script by Ehren Kruger (The Skeleton Key) loses its shaky hold on coherence.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    The movie damn near lives up to that promise. Picture the Marx brothers and the Coen boys collaborating on a valentine spiked with mirth and malice.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Keane means to shakes us, and does.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Pucci is an actor to watch: He rides this spellbinder without softening the truths that plague the thumbsucker in all of us.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Though Hollywood hyperbolizes the Gregory Poirier script -- Mann is a fictional character -- John Singleton ("Boyz N the Hood") directs the film with riveting urgency.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Eddie Murphy is funny again. Sadly, he lacks the guts to follow through on the cathartic self-satire that gives the film its distinction.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Slick thrills and the star's blue eyes are enough to make Ransom the fall's monster hit. Instead, Howard and Gibson stake out a Moclock side in all of us that won't be banished, not even by a happy ending. I'll be damned.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    You will laugh yourself silly.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    It's Hanson's astute directing that makes the film's life lessons go down painlessly, turning the smartly entertaining In Her Shoes into a comfy fit for both sexes.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    It's a tense, terrifically funny action dazzler with a wow level in special effects that will be hard to top.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Even the film's missteps (the score, by Barrington Pheloung, is cringe-inducing) can't stop this meditation on love -- Martin calls it "Jane Austen for the twenty-first century" -- from melting into heartbreak.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Some people find this twisty and twisted psychological thriller arty and pretentious. I find it arty and provocative.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Shane Black creates a movie that is defiantly smartass and too cool for the room. I couldn't have liked it more.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    In contrasting the sexuality and rebellion of Lucy's generation with his own, Bertolucci clearly yearns to rekindle his creative spirit.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Younger knows it's fun to watch Rafi and David cross lines of age, culture and religion. He also knows it's painful. That's what makes his movie hilarious and heartfelt.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Shot in the West Bank, the film radiates authenticity. Even when he plays the action like a thriller, Abu-Assad is in search of a deeper truth.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Scenes move from hurt to resigned laughter and ring poignantly true. The heroically unfashionable result is a minor but distinct pleasure.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Foster keeps the party hopping, although more dark humor would have helped before she winds it down with sentiment and bromides.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    And Pfeiffer gives a funny, scrappy performance that makes you feel a committed teacher's fire to make a difference.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Schumacher's method is to use a lighter touch, to stay closer to the cartoon that Bob Kane created for DC Comics in 1939 and to temper Burton's nightmare world with an accessible, brightly colored TV palette.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Even when the script slips into sermonizing -- a Swoff voice-over informs us that we're all still "in the desert" -- Mendes keeps invading us with emotions. The jolt of Jarhead is undeniable, and it comes when you least expect it.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    The actors could not be better. Sarsgaard, Scott and the luminous Clarkson negotiate the film's razor-sharp laughs and bone-deep tragedy with resonant skill. Lucas' powerfully haunting film gets under your skin.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Romantic yearning hasn't looked this sexy onscreen in years.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Sarah Silverman is the most outrageously funny woman alive.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    With the cast getting looser and the mind games kinkier, it's hard to resist.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    In substance and style, the movie is more than a few tears short of Jordan's "The Crying Game." But Murphy is an actor to watch. Even in heels.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    If there were an ounce of taste left in Hollywood, the magnificent Vera Farmiga would be a front-runner for the Best Actress Oscar.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    The movie's soul is with Huffman. Speaking in a low voice, her posture as stiff as her vocabulary, her eyes a pool of sadness and hope, she turns this small, resonant film into a cry from the heart.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Prepare to be scared senseless, and then, when you think you have it figured, your certainty will be shaken by scenes built to scare you even more.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Any doubts about three Chinese actresses speaking English with Japanese accents vanish in the face of their deeply felt performances and the world Marshall conjures with magical finesse.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Keaton, a sorceress at blending humor and heartbreak, honors the film with a grace that makes it stick in the memory.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Writer-director Richard Shepard gives Brosnan his meatiest role ever, and he digs in with relish.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    But for all its visionary brilliance, the movie version of Interview never lets us close enough to see ourselves in Louis. We're dazzled but unmoved.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Richardson -- acting with her mother, Vanessa Redgrave, who plays her aunt, and her aunt Lynn Redgrave, who plays her mother -- finds the story's grieving heart. Fiennes is her match in soulful artistry.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Eastwood hasn't had this much fun with a role in years, and his joy is contagious.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    It's really inventive and bizarre and marvelously entertaining.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Based on a play by Athol Fugard, Tsotsi is South Africa's entry in this year's Oscar race for Best Foreign-Language Film. This remarkable movie means to shake you, and boy does it ever.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Duncan zips through five decades and dozens of characters without reducing the participants to cliches or slogans. A remarkable cast helps him to keep focused on the core of the piece.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Geena Davis and her director and husband, Renny Harlin, recover from their "Cutthroat Island" fiasco in grand style, and screenwriter Shane Black ("The Last Boy Scout") juggles jolts and jokes with a mad fervor that almost earns him his $4 million salary.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Hanks works like a sketch artist feeling his way before attempting a large canvas. His material is slight, but his writing and directing have an unforced humor and an unhurried grace that suggest he may be a natural.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    The suspense crackles, the acting sizzles and the script, by promising first-timer Russell Gewirtz, keeps tossing surprises like grenades.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Buscemi does not act in Lonesome Jim, but his sly humor and keen eye for nuance resonate in every frame. I can't recall having a better time at a movie about depression.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    "Sensational" is the word for Joseph Gordon-Levitt (equally striking in Mysterious Skin), who stars as Brendan, the teen outsider who becomes a budding Bogart.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Get ready to be shaken and stirred.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Harron needed just the right actress to play Bettie. And she lucked out big time. Gretchen Mol (The Shape of Things) is hot stuff in every sense of the term. She delivers the first performance by an actress this year that deserves serious Oscar consideration.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Bury the nostalgia. Like the rap twist Kayne West puts into the film's classic theme, this movie is best when it stirs it up.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    You'll end up entertained if you forgive the cliches and let Petersen grab you with the visuals.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Gore keeps us riveted by being charming, literate and profoundly persuasive on a topic that's scarier than anything in a dozen Japanese horror flicks. Vote Gore on this one.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    There's no denying the exuberant energy and emotional force of this movie. It gets to you.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    There's more palm-sweating suspense in one minute of this baby than in all of "The Omen."
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Superman returns with a bang. Singer tarnishes his hero's halo with just enough sexual longing and self-doubt to make him riveting and relatable. That "S" on his suit has a whole new meaning: He's a Soul man.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Sinfully funny.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Lively is an odd word for something called Dead Man's Chest, but lively it is. You won't find hotter action, wilder thrills or loopier laughs this summer.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    This gifted writer-director isn't out to dull the masses with cinematic opium. Embedded in the visionary headtrip of A Scanner Darkly is a hotly political call to arms.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    It's "National Lampoon's Family Vacation" with soul.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    No more than a beguiling trifle. But in the dog days of summer, it's a perk to wallow in inspired silliness.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Undeniably affecting, but you leave it wanting more.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    You'll notice that the actors are way overqualified for this nonsense. But the kick they get out of one another is what pulls you in. Traeger's script does more than strain credulity, it administers multiple fractures.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Edward Norton is at his best here, chalking up another boundary-stretching performance this year in the wake of the unfairly overlooked "Down in the Valley."
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    The irony is that Affleck's battering at the hands of fame has prepped him beautifully to play Reeves.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Lennon's spirit, like his music, shines through this movie like a beacon. Powerful stuff.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    The heart of Jackass - the adolescent drive to bash body and soul into the symbolic brick wall of maturity - remains pure.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Messed up as it is, you can't tear your eyes away from this explosion of brutal sounds and images.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Fusing animation and live action with a series of outrageous props, Gondry veers dangerously close to being precious. But make no mistake: Gondry's hallucinatory brilliance holds you in thrall.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Whitaker is on fire, and as long as he's onscreen, King keeps you riveted.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Uproarious and unexpectedly biting.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    If there is such a thing as hard-core with a soft heart, this is it.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    What jump-starts the film is the casting of Johnny Depp as Don Juan and Marlon Brando as his shrink. They bring a playfully romantic touch to a drama that could have been dead weight in clumsier hands.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Luhrmann is a director with the style and snap to have these tired routines on their feet and kicking like a line of Rockettes.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    This is a Ferrell you've never seen before, nailing a role that calls for breakneck humor in the final race against the clock and touching gravity in the love scenes with Gyllenhaal.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    It's less an expose of junk-food culture than a human drama, sprinkled with sly, provoking wit, about how that culture defines how we live.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    The film can't hide its stage origins, and in cutting almost an hour on the journey from stage to screen some resonance is lost. But Bennett's dialogue sparkles and skewers with killer wit. Dig in.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    The Painted Veil has the power and intimacy of a timeless love story. By all means, let it sweep you away.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Smith wins our hearts without losing his dignity, as Chris suits up for success by day and fights off despair by night. The role needs gravity, smarts, charm, humor and a soul that's not synthetic. Smith brings it. He's the real deal.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    O'Toole gives a staggering performance -- fearless, defiantly untamed and in its own way a work of art.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    The final effect is stunning, but also sadly impersonal.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    If you want to see explosive acting, just watch Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett ignite in this film version of Zoe Heller's 2003 novel.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Best consumed with pizza and lots of brewskis, Joe Carnahan's Smokin' Aces is shamelessly and unapologetically a guy movie. It's lewd, crude and loaded with shootouts and hot lesbo action.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Jolly good show.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    300
    300 is a movie blood-drunk on its own artful excess. Guys of all ages and sexes won't be able to resist it.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    This is a generational family saga everyone can relate to, and Nair gives it her special magic.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Olmos is unsparing in depicting the dark side of human behavior. His in-your-face style stresses the urgency of a situation most of us choose to ignore. Though powerful, the film is sometimes preachy; there's a sense that information is being disseminated instead of dramatized. But it's hard to believe anyone will remain unmoved by American Me or its final shattering image of human desolation.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Polanski, working from a fluid script by Dorfman and Rafael Yglesias ("Fearless"), gives the story its due. He creates an atmosphere of claustrophobic tension to rival his "Knife in the Water" and "Repulsion".
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    You'll have major fun at this movie. But what makes it something special is the way Kasdan laces the laughs with a sting.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Cool stuff. Cool movie.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Amid the action heroics of White Squall, Bridges creates a character of consequence.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    A brilliant chronicle of the life and twisted times of a most unlikely bad boy, a skinny, four-eyed, sex-obsessed misanthrope with no weapons to fire back at the society that rejected him save one: The nerd can draw.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    [Kalvert] best serves the movie by simply focusing on DiCaprio, who communicates the spirit and blunt truth of the diaries even when the movie keeps trying to soften the blow.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Grand Canyon is most gripping when Kasdan shows people waking up to the world and finding that they need more than bromides.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Higher Learning is seriously intended and seriously flawed. Singleton tends to shout his objectives. But in an era of cop-out escapism, it is gratifying to find a filmmaker who is spoiling to be heard.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    The film is dawdling, sometimes maddeningly so, but Newman and Woodward deliver lovingly detailed and bruisingly true performances that not only command attention but richly reward it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    It's a blast.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Just because a movie is freakin' preposterous doesn't mean it can't be diabolical fun. Case in point: Fracture.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    This sweetheart of a comedy boasts a hilarious and heartfelt performance by Keri Russell.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Director and co-writer Christopher Smith, mischievously blending "The Office" with "Friday the 13th," keeps things fierce and funny enough to give Steve Carell ideas.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    There are delicious bits aplenty in Spider-Man 3 for those who care to notice.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    In this roaringly comic and powerfully affecting road movie, Terence Stamp gives one of the year's best performances.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    What makes it delicious fun is Posey, a party girl for the ages.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Hold on for a hell of a ride.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Francis Coppola's revision of his 1983 film of S.E. Hinton's best seller The Outsiders is funny, touching and revelatory, with twenty-two minutes of added footage and a new soundtrack featuring Elvis Presley. [Review of re-release]
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Schumacher could have exploited those tabloid headlines about solid citizens going berserk. Instead, the timely, gripping Falling Down puts a human face on a cold statistic and then dares us to look away.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Fiercely provocative, Paprika shames Hollywood’s use of animation as a kiddie pacifier.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Listen to me: trash can surprise you. So don't get all elitist about the so-called cheap thrills in Mr. Brooks.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Brad Pitt doesn't really act in Ocean's Thirteen, he just glides through the third chapter in Steven Soderbergh's heist-flick annuity on the magic carpet of his own unimpeachable cool. Don't knock it. Genuine star power is rare. Pitt has it in spades -- all aces.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    There's no denying the kick of Pitt's memorably offbeat performance and writer-director Tom DiCillo's stylish debut.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    This kinky game of murder and eroticism is preposterous but never boring.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    What makes Legends such an entertaining male weepie is the star shine. Though the admirable Quinn has the toughest role, Pitt carries the picture.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Heebie-jeebies are guaranteed.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Stick with it for Miller’s gutsy tour de force and the kick of watching Buscemi, as actor and filmmaker, turn an experiment into a mesmerizing battle of wills.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Buscemi makes this pathetic and potentially lethal shutterbug a figure of surprising humor and compassion.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Who would have guessed that a documentary about gamers obsessed with scoring a world record at Donkey Kong would not only be roaringly funny but serve as a metaphor for the decline of Western civilization?
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Maybe this redo didn’t need so many bells and whistles, but Mangold brings it home.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Want to know what the “right stuff” really is? Take a look.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    This wet dream for action junkies leaves out logic and motivation --you know, all the boring stuff.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    The haunting, heart-piercing Elah isn't perfect. It's something better: essential.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    In updating Shakespeare’s "The Tempest," writer-director Mike Cahill focuses on the magic worth finding between a father and daughter. That’s why the film sticks with you. It’s a gift.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Matthew Michael Carnahan's caffeinated script isn't much concerned with balance, but it gets some anyway, from the resonant images of culture clash that Berg catches on the fly and a remarkable performance from Ashraf Barhom.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Del Toro is the movie's force field. This is a performance you will not forget.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    We Own the Night is defiantly, refreshingly unhip.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    At its relaxed best, when it's about, well, nothing, the slyly comic Bee Movie is truly beguiling.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Not since Julie Andrews rode an umbrella to glory in Mary Poppins has Disney given us such a real-life doll (Amy Adams).
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Langella delivers a master class in acting. He's playing Leonard Schiller, an aging author aching from the loss of his wife, a weak heart and literary neglect.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Simplicity -- four-square, not sappy -- is rare in film. James C. Strouse had it in his script for Lonesome Jim. As writer and first-time director, he gives Grace Is Gonethe quiet power to sneak up and floor you.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Trouble enters only when the script overcomplicates things in the end. Until then, especially in a growling dogfight, director Francis Lawrence (Constantine) keeps you squirming.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Both boys give such heart-rending performances that fear of reprisals for participating in the scene persuaded the studio to postpone the film's release to give them time to leave Kabul.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Rude, crude and hilarious, whether he's hitting on Joanne or brokering the sale of Soviet weapons through Israel and Islamic Pakistan, Hoffman is the film's sparking live wire.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    A haunting and hypnotic movie, just the thing to get lost in.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    It's a mouthful of a title for a rowdy, ramshackle funfest that flies by on its spirited humor and surprising heart.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Dull title for a juicy, fact-based caper movie that's full of surprises I have no intention of spoiling.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    21
    21 drags itself to a climax that puts credulity in splints. So what? In a multiplex of dumb-luck hits, it's a kick to watch Spacey and a gifted young cast use smarts to deal audiences a winning hand.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Leatherheads is most on its game when it's in the game, and in the zone of Clooney's no-bull affection for the faces of his actors.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Mamet is on his game, and that is a sight to see. No con.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    This hilarious, high-kicking nonsense cost two cents and looks it -- hell, it was shot in 19 days, but you'll laugh helplessly anyway.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Money, madness, incest and murder! Just the recipe for a twisted mesmerizer of a movie, if it doesn't creep you out.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Brutal, sexy, built to thrill and minus a scintilla of redeeming social value, the movie -- based on a series of comic books by Mark Millar and J.G. Jones -- explodes like summer fireworks.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Bateman doesn't make a false move, and a stellar Charlize Theron springs her own bolts from the blue as Ray's wife. As for Smith, he's on fire. There's nothing like a star shining on his highest beams. You follow him anywhere.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    A surprise package of fun, fright and untamed imagination.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    This gut punch of a documentary will knock you for a loop. File it under "no good deed goes unpunished."
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    You wind up caring deeply about the affair that began in the 1950s between American teenager Don Bachardy and three-decades-older Christopher Isherwood, the noted British author whose "Berlin Stories" inspired "Cabaret."
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Reality tv, welcome to the multiplex. If "The Hills" went back to high school and developed wit, perception and a conscience, it might play something like Nanette Burstein's wallop of a doc.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    It's a winner. And not just for oenophiles. Director Randall Miller, who co-wrote the script with his wife Jody Savin, keeps the plot brimming with spirit and wit.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Maher can be a smartass, but his attempts to apply reason to religion are more a challenge than a threat.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Woody Allen's sexiest movie ever.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    It's Coogan's breakthrough star performance that holds it all together. He's sensational.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    It sounds sappy, and sometimes it is, but director Koepp and co-writer John Kamps stay alert to the humor and pathos of Bertram's isolation.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    The result is commendably non-West-centric, but no less sentimentally conceived.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    It would be no country for movie lovers without the Coens. They still manage to run unmuzzled while the rest of Hollywood runs scared.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Its value is unquestionable as drama and moral provocation.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Let Clarkson and Fanning take you to the rabbit hole of seductive enchantment that defines this movie. And don't ask what to do -- jump.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    It's Knightley who makes The Duchess a royal treat.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Sometimes a shamelessly stoopid, proudly profane R-rated comedy is all you want out of life. Role Models more than fills the bill. It's killer funny.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Kearns' conflict is readable in Kinnear's every word and gesture. His performance is worth cheering.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Naughty and nice is a killer-hard combo to pull off. Stick with Rogen and Banks. They rock it.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    The power of this Holocaust tale sneaks up and floors you.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    From the Emeralds doing "Acapella" to Davi himself taking the lead on "So Much in Love," The Dukes is damn near impossible to resist.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Winslet's fierce, unerring portrayal goes beyond acting, becoming a provocation that will keep you up nights.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    What Button shows is that Ben is ultimately not the hero of his own life or his own movie. He gets inside our head, that's for sure, but, frustratingly, we never get inside his.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Lurie has crafted a different kind of thriller, one with a mind and a heart.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    OK, sensitive tykes may be scared shitless. But those who tough it out with this twisted, trippy adventure in impure imagination will only be the better for it.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Affleck may strike you as off-putting at first, hitting wrong emotional notes, but hang on. State of Play keeps the twists coming.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    The movie goes soft in its final stages, but Rudd and Segel keep it real. "Sweet, sweet hangin'," says Peter of knowing Sydney. The same goes for the movie.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    This funny and touching movie depends on two can-do actresses to scrub past the biohazard of noxious clichés that threaten to intrude. Adams and Blunt get the job done.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    The film's secrets unfold slowly, allowing Phoenix and Paltrow -- a luminous fusion of grace and grit -- to build a relationship in full. The script, by Gray and Richard Menello, is inspired by Dostoevsky's "White Nights."
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Even when the drama gets overcooked, Lymelife sends off sparks.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Funny as hell.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    A thrilling combination of documentary and musical dazzler.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Blending humor and heartbreak in a performance that makes a small movie a richly satisfying one, Caine truly is magic.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    In the end, The Soloist isn't about BIG MOMENTS, it's about the grace notes, the kind that stay with you.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    This film is a muckraking provocation whose time has come.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Luna and García Bernal display the kind of chemistry that makes you overlook the clichés in the script by first-time director Carlos Cuarón. Sometimes good-natured fun is enough.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Meryl Streep -- at her brilliant, beguiling best -- is the spice that does the trick for the yummy Julie & Julia.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Stylishly shot on the high-def cheap, runs 77 potently sexless minutes. Its subject isn't erotica, it's commodities trading.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Horror-movie heaven.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Director Stephan Elliott uncorks a rare vintage of laughs tinged with heartache.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    With Pfeiffer, 50, radiating uncommon beauty, grace and feeling, Frears uncovers a fragile story's grieving heart.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Guilty-pleasure movies should not be underestimated. I had a scary-fun-house blast at Zombieland, in which studly Woody Harrelson, nerdy Jesse Eisenberg, sexy Emma Stone and sunshiny Abigail Breslin roam a near-dead world kicking zombie ass.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    For anyone professing true movie love, there's no resisting it.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Enjoying this wondrous wisp of a something is easy, describing it is hard. Luckily, Charlyne Yi is an enchantress.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    The Cove plays like a thriller. It has the breathless pace of a "Bourne" movie, but none of the comfort of fiction. This is documentary filmmaking at its most exciting and purposeful.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    You'll laugh till it hurts at Cold Souls.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Hot! Hot! Hot!
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Judge is in the business of social satire, and his laughs can sting, but his movie is a comic salute to free enterprise. And, boy, do we need it now.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    All this is conveyed in the remarkable performance of Ronan, an Oscar nominee for Atonement. She and Tucci -- magnificent as a man of uncontrollable impulses -- help Jackson cut a path to a humanity that supersedes life and death.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Comedian Patton Oswalt triumphantly nails every comic and dramatic nuance as Paul Aufiero, a New York Giants obsessive who has long ago moved from fan to fanatic.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    A subversively entertaining documentary.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Bright Star is the New Zealand writer-director's raw, sensual attempt to render Keats as experienced by a young girl who couldn't understand the genius of his verse.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Played as a child by Abigail Chu and as an adult by Delphine Chanéac, Dren morphs into a special-effects miracle, sexy and scary in equal doses.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Owen, in a heartfelt, award-caliber performance, never goes soft. It's his core of toughness that makes the movie so funny, touching and vital.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    With a $15,000 budget too puny to empty a petty-cash drawer, the no-frills Paranormal Activity comes packed with thrills.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    This movie and Hardy's electrifying performance will knock you for a loop.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    The go-for-broke performances help make all this paranormal activity too much fun to care.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Despite a shaky framework, the magic works. It's a chance to see Ledger one last time in the act of doing what he loved. Take it.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    What do you say about a movie that proves Zac Efron can act, introduces a master thespian in Christian McKay and launches a charm assault that is damn near irresistible? I say, see it.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    The film itself, energetically directed and written by Michael Hoffman, can't always rise to the level of its two dynamo stars.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Even when you know what's coming, Crazy Heart haunts you like a classic country song. It's a mesmerizer. So is Bad Blake. This dude also abides.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Rob Marshall's flawed but frequently dazzling Nine is a hot-blooded musical fantasia full of song, dance, raging emotion and simmering sexuality.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    A warmly hilarious movie about family members and their secret hearts.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    See this darkly comic character study unburdened by preconceptions.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Works enough miracles of 3-D animation to charm your socks off.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    The movie belongs to Moretz, whose sensational performance will be talked about for years. Her scenes with Cage, who wears a Batsuit and uses a voice borrowed from Adam West, are a hoot.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Unhappy with what Oliver Stone did to Jim Morrison and the Doors in his 1991 biopic? Here’s the doc for you.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    The line between making guerrilla art and selling out has never blurred more provocatively.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Favreau supplies the go-go-go that makes the movie stratospherically entertaining, even without 3-D. But it's the promiscuously talented Downey who adds the grace notes that make Iron Man 2 something to remember.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    How the hell can you take an SNL skit that runs 90 seconds and stretch it to a 90-minute feature? Sounds excruciating. But MacGruber breaks the jinx by putting the skit in the context of a 1980s action movie and creating its own brand of explosive lunacy.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    What this Robin Hood lacks in fun it makes up for in epic sweep.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    In Mother and Child, he (Rodrigo Garcia) creates an emotional powerhouse.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Douglas never makes a false move, delivering a tour de force in human weakness.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    The filmmakers offer no commentary. We watch. And what we see is explosive, deeply moving and impossible to shake.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Carell's genius for loading a comic line with mirth and malice is on joyous display.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Primed to keep your pulse racing so your brain will stop thinking, "WTF!" Go with the illogic or you'll miss the fun.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Ferrell is effortlessly uproarious. And watching hardass Wahlberg, in his first starring shot at farce, shake his sillies out is not to be missed.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Ribisi and Macht are sleaze incarnate. James Caan, as a conniving lawyer, and Rade Sherbedgia, as a Russian crime boss, are even more cootified. Best of all is Wilson, digging into his juiciest role in years and putting a human face on this mesmerizing morality tale, a journey into the toxic heart of the American dream.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    It's a haunting and hypnotic film.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Relentless suspense allows The Girl Who Played With Fire to hold you in a viselike grip. But it's the performances of Nyqvist and especially Rapace that keep you coming back for more.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Writer-director David Michôd catches you in a vise and squeezes - hard.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    For a movie made from spare parts - take "The Exorcist" and attach to "The Blair Witch Project" and "Paranormal Activity" - The Last Exorcism delivers the heebie-jeebie goods.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    The movie stays alert to the dreams and disappointments of four average people on an emotional roller coaster. It's a sublimely acted movie, hilarious and heartfelt.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Reeves plugs in a live wire to play Abby, the girl vampire who's been 12 for, well, a very long time. That would be Chloë Grace Moretz, an acting dynamo (see Kick-Ass) whose mesmerizing performance goes deep.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    I don't blame you for backing off a movie that focuses on a suicidal teen who learns warm life lessons by spending five days in a Brooklyn hospital's psych ward. Stop worrying. It's Kind of a Funny Story, based on Ned Vizzini's semiautobiographical novel, breaks the jinx.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Johnson doesn't resemble, much less embody, Lennon, but he does catch his distinctive glint of mischief tinged with pain. Duff and Scott Thomas are both exceptional, revealing how John's relationship with these two clashing sisters marked his character.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Hereafter, set to a resonant Eastwood score, truly is haunting.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Hornet's Nest is talky but indisputably terrific, and it ends in a dazzling display of courtroom fireworks. Rapace is hot stuff in any language. Oscar, take heed.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    It's one crazy love story, but Carrey and McGregor make it work by making us buy the romance as the real thing. There's something about these Marys that pulls you in.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    The result is a potent and provocative movie that will keep you up nights.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Hamilton manifests her vision of what politics can do to individual thinking with subtlety and sophistication. Remember her name. She's a genuine find.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Disney's spirited re-telling of Rapunzel in 3D animation turns out to be a dazzler.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Sally Hawkins is just plain irresistible in this funny, touching and vital salute to women in the work force.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    It's the work of a filmmaker with a stunning future.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    a bang-up ride that means to wring you out. Mission accomplished.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Bridges has a fine time playing with himself, so to speak. Add Garrett Hedlund as Flynn's son Sam, the rebel who zaps himself into the server to find his lost dad, and director Joseph Kosinski has a recipe for adventure that should delight gamers. Non-techies are on their own.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    As in "Lost in Translation," Coppola keeps an eye out for the broken places. That's when Somewhere is really something.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Wells is a wonder with actors - Cooper and Jones earn top honors - and a filmmaker with an instinct for the emotions that bleed between the lines. This haunting movie hits you hard and right where you live.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Shot hand-held with a poet's eye by Rodrigo Prieto, the film is relentless but as riveting as the world a remarkable actor lets us see through Uxbal's eyes. Bravo, Bardem.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Araki constructs the hot-blooded Kaboom as a high-wire act without a safety net. Go with it.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Cedar Rapids had me smiling at hello.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Fukunaga, son of a Japanese father and a Swedish mother, is a filmmaker to watch. He has reanimated a classic for a new generation, letting Jane Eyre resonate with terror and tenderness.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    It's a wet dream for anyone who's ever dreamed of getting an edge on the information highway. The worst side effect is that you won't believe a word of the damn thing in the morning. Fair exchange.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    This is rock-solid entertainment. McConaughey, a cunning mesmerizer in the courtroom, steers this Lincoln into what could be a hell-raising franchise. More, please. Soon.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Rogen is a nonstop hoot, but it's the byplay between Frost and Pegg that roots the laughs in characters we care about. That's right: characters. No anal probes.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    The performances are uniformly terrific, finding the specific details that create a universal truth.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Working from a tight script by Ben Ripley, Jones creates scary, hairy, high-octane tension. Disbelief? Suspended, until the logic lapses kick in later. It's a small price to pay for a ride that starts at wild and accelerates from there.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    An emotional powerhouse.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    The film pivots on McAvoy's powerfully implosive performance as a man trying to grow beyond his own prejudices. His scenes with Wright, under Redford's nuanced guidance, give this film its timely resonance and its grieving heart.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Hemsworth, an Aussie actor with a vocal command to match his heaving brawn, doesn't just play the role, he owns it. I'm expecting both sexes will feel his impact.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    The Beaver, directed by Jodie Foster from a script by fearless first-timer Kyle Killen, is operating on a plane far above multiplex formula. This flawed but heartfelt movie has the power to sneak up and floor you.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Moralists, beware. Hobo looks like a garish cartoon puked up by a filmmaker overstuffed with cheap thrills and celluloid scuzz. What's not to like?
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Kristen Wiig is an indisputable goddess of comedy. And this rowdy fem-friendship movie she stars in and wrote with Annie Mumolo is infused with the Wiig brand of wicked mischief.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Ferrell delivers a performance of implosive intensity that rings true in every detail.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    As played by the spectacular Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Hesher is the id run rampant.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    McGregor goes bone-deep in a performance of shining subtlety. And a never-better Plummer is simply stupendous, refusing any call to sentiment as he shows us Hal's resonant lunge at life. Mills works the same way. Beginners is one from the bruised heart.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Ayoade, the British comic making a remarkable feature debut with his adaptation of Joe Dunthorne's 2008 novel, blends mirth and malice with deadpan brilliance.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Blazing performance will burn in your memory. Same goes for the film.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    This movie, a true beauty, will put a spell on you.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Page One is a vital, indispensable hell-raiser.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    This movie will get under your skin.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Another Earth offers imagination and provocation to spare.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    What makes Crazy Stupid Love a cut above is actors who let pain seep into the laughs. Here's a comedy you really can take to heart.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    The movie rises and, at times, even soars. This is all - and I do mean all - thanks to what human actors in league with computer technology can now achieve to bring the apes to life. No more guys squeezed into monkey suits and talking in posh accents. Performance-capture makes all the difference.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Amigo is combustible filmmaking, something that stays with you long after the final credits. In an entertainment universe of escapism and short attention spans, Amigo is a rousing antidote and a cause for celebration.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Warrior aspires to myth. It's Cain and Abel battling it out in the face of a decidedly ungodly father before humanity goes down for the count. Strong stuff.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Peckinpah rubbed our noses in the bloodlust. Lurie invites objectivity. He gets strong, complex performances from actors who won't be painted into corners.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Nichols throws curveballs, but his film is unique and unforgettable.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Estevez keeps his touch light, with a minimum of pedantry. The Way is really a gift from this son to his father. Sheen, gradually revealing a man painfully getting reacquainted with long buried feelings, who gives the film its bruised heart.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Margin Call is an explosive drama that speaks lucidly and scarily to the times we live in.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Even when the film trips on its tall ambitions, you can't shake it off.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    The Muppets slaps a smile on your face you won't want to wipe off.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    The luminous Michelle Williams goes bone-deep here. Monroe's beauty was one of a kind. No one, not even Williams, can act it. What Williams does, with fierce artistry and feeling, is illuminate Monroe's insights and insecurities about herself at the height of her fame.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Michael Fassbender delivers a bold and brilliantly immersive performance as a sex addict in Shame. He is so raw and riveting you won't be able to take your eyes off him.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    In this tale of stunted development, Theron is a comic force of nature, giving her character considerable density and humanity despite her monstrous aspects.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Damon is extraordinary. He's heartfelt performance has a tough core of intelligence and wit.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    As directed with grit and grace by Rodrigo García, this quietly devastating film goes bone-deep.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Naranjo, a graduate of the American Film Institute, has a gift for staging action that defines character. The film is a harrowing experience. It cuts deep.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    A terrifically exciting, deeply unsettling survivalist epic.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    In Darkness is an agonizing experience, especially when Jews are publicly humiliated in the streets and a driving rainstorm nearly drowns those cowering in the depths. Holland means to shake you. In Darkness has the power to haunt will haunt your dreams.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Despite a gimmicky premise, Chronicle fuels its action with characters you can laugh with, understand and even take to heart.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    This is a rich subject for satire and sticking it to political bureaucracy. Screenwriter Simon Beaufoy (127 Hours) has mined Paul Torday's book for delicious nuggets about Western capitalism at war with Muslim culture.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Are we always still in high school in our heads? 21 Jump Street thinks so. And Hill and Tatum are just the crazy-ass comedy team to prove it.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    The funny, touching and vital Jeff, Who Lives at Home reaffirms your faith in Jay and Mark Duplass. Their films hit you where you live.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Best known as Ed Helms' nagging fiancée in "The Hangover," Harris is just perfect without ever looking down on Linda's faith in God and herself. Her performance earns a special kind of glory.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Adrien Brody deserves superlatives for his acting in the alternately mesmerizing and maddening Detachment.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    The film is a striking cinematic tone poem.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    No use trying to describe Bernie. It's a one-of-a-kind inspiration. You will never feel closer to a convicted killer.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    The ending isn't squishy scary or deeply satisfying. Bummer. Otherwise, Prometheus – especially in its spellbinding first hour – kicks ass so hard and often that it's impossible not to be thrilled by it.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Director Colin Trevorrow and writer Derek Connolly keep the film humming with funny and touching surprises. And Plaza is a flat-out enchantress.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    The hugely enjoyable Rock of Ages is saved by its music, a tasty brew drawn from Def Leppard, Journey, Foreigner, Bon Jovi, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison and Whitesnake. It's near impossible not to rock along.

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