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 Dazed and Confused
Lowest review score: 0 Bad Boys II
Score distribution:
2818 movie reviews
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    An alternately kick-ass and clumsy piece of sci-fi claptrap that puts its empty head down and gets the job done.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    Looks and flows great, dripping with the 1940s crime-thriller atmosphere that James Ellroy described in his 1987 novel. On other levels -- plot (overstuffed), suspense (muted), acting (Hilary Swank as a femme fatale? Please!), posing (Scarlett Johansson plays dress-up as a mini Lana Turner), sex (it's all before and after) -- the movie is a bust.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    The actors do what they can to keep their heads above the sudsy script. No go. It’s distressing to see a great subject go wrong in the right hands.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    Quick and the Dead plays like a crazed compilation of highlights from famous westerns. Raimi finds the right look but misses the heartbeat. You leave the film dazed instead of dazzled, as if an expert marksman had drawn his gun only to shoot himself in the foot.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Peter Travers
    Director Gregory Hoblit ("Primal Fear") is merely arranging cliches in new patterns until the surprise ending blows enough pro-military fervor up the audience's ass to make Colin Powell call a halt.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Peter Travers
    Alleged family fun.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    The result is just good enough to pass as an action flick you watch with the forgiving gaze that comes from too many beers and too little sleep.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    A cheerless exercise.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Peter Travers
    Walken is so funny, he almost makes you forget this flick is one joke stretched thinner than Calista Flockhart.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    What nearly saves the movie, besides the Rasmussen eye candy, is Paris itself, shot in shimmering black-and-white by the gifted Thierry Arbogast. Talk is cheap here, and often inane, but as a silent film, Angel-A could have been magic.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    As the film stopped counting back in years and switched to months, I panicked that it would slog on to weeks, hours and seconds before reaching its inevitable end. I was wrong. About A Lot Like Love leaving you wanting a lot less, I am right.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Peter Travers
    Distressingly shallow.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    So the sequel, A Game of Shadows, is more of the stupid same. It wouldn't matter so much if Downey and Jude Law, as the bromantic Dr. Watson, didn't look so ready to turn on the cerebral dazzle. Instead, Ritchie treats them like action goons out of his "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" basement.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    It's a kick to see the adorably sexy Barrymore back in relaxed form again after the "Duplex" debacle and that calamitous "Charlie's Angels" sequel. Right now, she's the closest thing to sunshine you'll find at the movies.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    Oddly, the published screenplay – while far from McCarthy's top-drawer – reads better than it plays. What's onscreen recalls a line from No Country: "It's a mess, ain't it, Sheriff?"
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    Would it be asking too much if the hit-and-miss jokes could maybe nudge an inch beyond the obvious?
    • Rolling Stone
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    I didn't believe a word of it.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    The Core -- with its by-the-numbers plot and performances -- isn't offensive, just unblushingly tacky and derivative.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    Broken Lizard does it with a shit-faced integrity that's worth a salute.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Peter Travers
    Shot five years ago by director Michael Ritchie. No release until now. Uh-oh. Disaster? Pretty much.
    • Rolling Stone
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    I'd see Tina Fey and Paul Rudd in anything, but this is pushing it. Admission is so slight that a breeze could flatten it.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    What should have been an affecting film becomes a rank blend of sentiment and sadism in the hands of Bruce Beresford, the Australian writer and director.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Peter Travers
    Except for Ashley Judd, who shows true grit as Vivi in her babe days, the effect is like being buried in molasses. For guys whose pain threshold is way low when it comes to the bonding of Steel Magnolias, Ya-Ya is a definite no-no.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    xXx
    It's hard to hate a movie, even one this droolingly crass, that knows how to laugh at itself.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    It's stale, like something you wrap in yesterday's newspaper.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    It's the stunning location photography of camera ace Elliot Davis that provides what the movie itself lacks: authenticity.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    Many a road to movie hell is paved with good intentions. To that list of lost causes add Being Charlie, a well-meaning study of addiction that hits too many banal beats to snap us to attention.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    How do you screw this up? You've got three leading actresses – Susan Sarandon, Naomi Watts and Elle Fanning – who are usually worth watching in anything. But 3 Generations is pushing it. Even nurturing talent can't breathe life into a script that is completely D.O.A.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    Graham, back in the porn territory she aced in “Boogie Nights,” steals the show. In the winter doldrums, you don't kick at a movie that puts a smile on your face.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Travers
    Harmless girlie trifle. Or at least it means to be.

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