Peter Travers

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For 2,818 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 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Travers' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 The Crying Game
Lowest review score: 0 All About Steve
Score distribution:
2818 movie reviews
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    Gadgets abound, especially a Lotus sports car that transforms into a submarine. But the scene-stealer is 7'2" Richard Kiel as Jaws, a shark-eating man with steel teeth.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    Only fitfully funny, except when Ferrell is onscreen -- then you won't stop laughing.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    Audiences expecting more Bullock or more weighty import from A Time to Kill will have to adjust expectations and settle for the kick of a good yarn.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Travers
    Stylish entertainment and smartass fun when director John Dahl ("The Last Seduction") plays his strong suit (a gifted cast) instead of his weakest (a derivative plot).
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Peter Travers
    For the 148 minutes it takes "The Messenger" to deliver its message, being John Malkovich or Milla Jovovich is really no fun at all.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    By the end of the film, the cliché of everybody getting along is reduced to both sides working together in the ultimate monument to capitalism: a mall. Some message.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    Fine directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel take a detour into mumbo jumbo.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    Let's hope that Ridley Scott follows his own blueprint better in the upcoming "Alien: Covenant." The dull and derivative Life is no competition. It's DOA.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    An adventure that never met a cliche it couldn't saddle, mount and ride for a butt-numbing two hours and sixteen minutes.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    It helps that Kevin Kline excels as Ricki's ex, and Mamie Gummer, Streep's real-life daughter, imbues the fictional version with rare grit and grace. Otherwise, too many wrong notes.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    What if director Joseph Ruben didn't resort to B-movie suspense tricks? What if the fine cast wasn't saddled with a shamelessly contrived script by Wesley Strick and Bruce Robinson? Then Return to Paradise would be a better movie, that's what if.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    The filmmakers don't trust us to understand what Eddie is feeling about the Olympics without blaring a musical message from Hall and Oates on the soundtrack, "you make my dreams come true."
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    For all the bells and whistles – an electronic score by M83, a screen-busting Imax presentation and Cruise going full throttle – Oblivion feels arid and antiseptic, untouched by human hands. Bummer.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Travers
    If "Mr. Holland's Opus" made you puke, you'd better bring a bucket to this true-life weepie about the importance of teaching music in schools.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    By playing it safe, the new Precinct leaves the audience sorry and restores thirteen to its place as the unluckiest number.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    This is the kind of movie that they show on planes -- white noise that lulls you to sleep.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    Timberlake walks off with the movie. Too bad it's not worth stealing.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Travers
    Carter can't sidestep the script's cliches, so he wisely cuts to the fancy footwork whenever possible.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    Must all films about alienation be themselves alienating? Take a walk on the beach and ponder that one. There's a line between artful and arty, and Malick has crossed it.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    If "Pulp Fiction" impregnated "The Usual Suspects," the spawn would look a lot like Lucky Number Slevin. Great genes, but you keep wondering when the kid is going to grow up and find an identity of his own.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    What the movie damagingly lacks is a personality of its own.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    Pitt and Ford try to dig deeper, but the script undercuts them with preachy dialogue that might as well read, "Insert stereotype here."
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    In an effort to blend Thackeray and "Sex and the City," Vanity Fair ends up nowhere.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    Things go wrong quickly with Amazing 2. Am I the only one who hates the word Amazing to describe a movie that isn't? Just asking. If I had to pinpoint where this epic goes south, I'd start with the tonal shifts.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    No denying the relevance of the tale.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    Hunt's flat delivery is mercilessly cruel to Wilde's delicious epigrams. That sound you hear is Oscar spinning madly in his grave.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    If looks were everything, director Baz Luhrmann's epic salute to his native land would be the movie of the year. But, crikey, a padded script bloated with subplots and shameless sentimentality can wear you down.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Travers
    Yup, director Michael Lehmann, far from the glory days of "Heathers," has made a movie about a hard-on, in which he relentlessly pounds a flaccid premise.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    For a while, The Dark Half is a compelling study, in chiller guise, of an artist wrestling with his creative demons. But Stark is a real terror only in the shadows. When he emerges, all we see is Hutton — in a showy makeup job — struggling to change his wimp image.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    There's heart but not much heat in this film version of "The Echoing Grove."

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