Peter Travers

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For 2,771 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 61% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 36% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Travers' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 The Apostle
Lowest review score: 0 Getaway
Score distribution:
2771 movie reviews
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Travers
    You won't forget the way Carrey transcends mere impersonation to find the roots of Andy's torment.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    What's your take on Edward Snowden: A patriot deserving of a presidential pardon? A traitor deserving of execution, as Trump believes? Something in between? In Snowden the movie, in which a fiercely committed Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays the title role, Oliver Stone removes all doubt. He's Saint Edward.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    There's no denying the ambition in A Hologram for the King, but a struggle does not add up to a satisfying movie — or even a reasonable facsimile of the beauty and terror Eggers evokes on the page.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    You long for things to go bump in the night, but the movie muffles every risk in a blanket of bland.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    Clooney and company work it too hard this time. You can tell they're huffing and puffing to stay afloat. But all I hear is: glug glug glug.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    Josh Lucas plays Haskins with a no-bull vigor that comes in handy when the script saddles him with all-bull platitudes.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    Wood, whose mostly mute turn is defined by his black suit and glasses, can only stare in stupefaction at Schreiber's jittery mix of broad laughs and sentiment. Audiences will share the feeling.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Peter Travers
    Self-importance sinks this one like a stone.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Travers
    Too crude for the kids and not crude enough for connoisseurs of the "Something About Mary" school of hair jism and balls caught in zippers, Osmosis Jones seems doomed to fall between the cracks.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    Some may enjoy the slapstick, which plays like "Harold & Kumar Go to Old Peking," but this bloodless Coen crib job is simply not my cup of noodles.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    Less like "Shrek," meaning hilarious and heartfelt, and more like "Shark Tale," meaning manic and exhausting, Madagascar will keep kids distracted without transporting them to wonderland.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    What doesn't spark is the love story. Morton still seems soggy from her "Minority Report" role as a drenched pre-cog. Who wants romance in a future where glum is the word?
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    Director Tony Goldwyn tries for the lyrical melancholy he brought to "A Walk on the Moon," but as Michael waits for days on Jenna's porch getting drenched (as irritating a scene as any in recent cinema), only the most rabid chick-flick fan will fail to notice that it's the movie that's all wet.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    It's fun to see Sean Penn portray a playboy, like Bogart in "Casablanca," who hides his true heart behind a layer of cynicism.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    Ledger's comic flair is a big plus in a film that is fanatically busy and fatally sexless.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    Ritchie is all about the whooshing and headbanging, leaving no space between Holmes' words to savor their meaning. Downey is irresistible. The movie, not so much.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Peter Travers
    This new take on horror is more of the bloody same.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Peter Travers
    Built on a slender, one-joke whimsy -- and a tough one to buy into, at that.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Travers
    The humor is slight, but the actors make the blarney go down easy.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    The movie is so soggy and anonymous, I had to remind myself that the Farrelly brothers, Peter and Bobby, directed it. It's sad to watch the kingpins of gross-out try to dial down to cute. Swung at and missed.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    Towne doesn't weave all the elements as deftly as before, and his political observations seem secondhand.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    A dash of Tarantino might have juiced up Walter Salles' wrongheadedly well-mannered take on Jack Kerouac's 1957 Beat Generation landmark. Kerouac's semi-autobiographical novel comes to the screen looking good but feeling shallow.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    With Del Toro's name in the credits, standard chills aren't enough. We want imagination to run riot.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    Paltrow looks glam even in death, which only supports the notion, raised by Plath’s daughter Frieda Hughes, that the movie would be about a "Sylvia Suicide Doll." Good call.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    The questions is: Can the minions carry a movie all by their mischievous mini-selves? 'Fraid not. This origin story, while being utterly harmless and far from despicable, wears out its welcome way too soon.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    Sugar Ray Leonard helped with the motion-capture, and it shows. Good stuff. But the tear-jerking in Real Steel is as shameless as its product placement. We're being hustled.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    The too-blunt comedy defangs the film. As does the irritating voiceover from the Rolling Stone reporter, played Scoot McNary, which breaks a cardinal rule of filmmaking: show, don't tell.

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