Peter Travers

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For 2,714 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 3.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Travers' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Requiem for a Dream
Lowest review score: 0 A Little Bit of Heaven
Score distribution:
2714 movie reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Throbs with action, suspense and a seductive rhythm all its own.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Through haunting home movies, Mina's diaries and interviews with Mike, a raw, riveting portrait emerges of what a child sees in his parents' relationship and what lies beneath.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The film sneaks up on you, quiet-like, until its implications accumulate. And then it crushes you.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Mud
    In the hands of Nichols, Mud emerges as a thing of bruised beauty. There's magic in it.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Witherspoon has nailed it before, notably in "Election," but her portrayal of June is astounding in its vitality and richness.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    McGrath's script is faithful: fierce when it needs to be and devilishly funny.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Everything in this movie is so ripe and voluptuous that watching it doesn't seem enough, you want to take a bite out of it.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Watson and Everett, both superb, bring ferocity and feeling to their roles. But the one you won't forget is Wilkinson (In the Bedroom) in a towering performance of grace and grit that deserves to put him on Oscar's shortlist. Good show.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    A crafty calling card brimming with beauty and terror. Eggers pulls us into the supernatural with subtle cunning and meticulous attention to detail.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Without pushing or showing off, Miller creates a breezy comedy that pulls you up short. Buoyed by faultless actors who mesh beautifully, Maggie's Plan tickles you with laughs that can — suddenly or even days later — choke you up with emotion.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Rudolph, a comic force on "SNL," can speak volumes with the tilt of an eyebrow. She and Krasinski, of "The Office," are absolutely extraordinary. Ditto the film, which sneaks up and floors you.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Eastwood, working from a script that Jason Hall adapted from Kyle's 2012 memoir, fuses the explosive and the sorrowful as only he can. That's why his film takes a piece out of you.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The sad fact is that racial injustice is timelier than ever. Righteous fury is in the air. And that fervor to stand up and be counted is all over Selma.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The movie comes at you in a whoosh, like a volcano of creative ideas in full eruption.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Director Tim Burton finally hooks the one that got away: a script that challenges and deepens his visionary talent.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    It's a movie as timely as it is thrilling to watch.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Jolie has an army of craftsmen in her corner, notably camera poet Roger Deakins (No Country for Old Men). But it's her vision that gives Unbroken a spirit that soars. In honoring Louis' endurance, she does herself proud.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The action, from lightsaber duels to X-wing dogfights with TIE Fighters, is explosive and buoyed by John Williams' exultant score. And the movie is also funny as hell. Abrams knows how to build a laugh and fill the emotional spaces between words.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    It'll knock you on you ass from laughing when you're not rubbing your eyes in disbelief.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    War Horse gets to you. It's one from the heart.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams give two of the most explosive and emotionally naked performances you will see anywhere. Just know you're in for a workout.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Rehab movies nearly always make me cringe, as if the audience needs to take medicine, as if hope needs to be force fed. Short Term 12, an exceptional film in every way, breaks the mold.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Adams, her face a reflection of conflicting emotions, is simply stellar in an Oscar-buzzed performance of amazing grit and grace. Without her, Arrival might be too cerebral to warm up to. With her, the film gets inside your head and emerges as something intimate and epic, a linguistics odyssey through space and time. It's the stuff that dreams are made of.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Eating can be one dangerous business. Don't take another bite till you see Robert Kenner's Food, Inc., an essential, indelible documentary that is scarier than anything in the last five Saw horror shows.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Just watch the magnificent Manville, in a raw and riveting award-class performance that exposes a grieving heart under siege. Her last scene is quietly devastating. So is this intimate miracle of a movie.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Bana is magnificent in the role.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    An Education is remarkable for the traps it doesn't fall into. Jenny, for all her naive impulses, isn't a victim.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Ascher's unique and unforgettable film is a tribute to movie love. I couldn't have liked it more.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    A whole summer of fireworks packed into one movie. It doesn't just go to 11, it starts there.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    A visual marvel that cuts a direct path to the heart.

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