Peter Travers

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For 3,202 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 2.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Travers' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Reversal of Fortune
Lowest review score: 0 Wild Orchid
Score distribution:
3202 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Getting lost in the hypnotic Half-Blood Prince is what gives the movie its haunting power.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Travers
    Stumbles and sometimes falls on its top-heavy ambitions. But there are also flashes of visual brilliance and performances, especially from Haley and Crudup, that drill deep into the novel's haunted soul.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Travers
    Bale even cedes the juiciest part to Aussie newcomer Sam Worthington, who is star material as a machine with a conscience. T4 is a mixed bag, but it's not f***ing amateur.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Travers
    W.
    Whatever you think of Dubya, he has balls. The movie doesn't.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    Sollett, hoping for a "Before Sunrise/Before Sunset" vibe, sadly settles for a soggy aftertaste.
    • 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Travers
    Questions: Did everyone involved in this botched thriller OD on speed? Does jimmy-legs director D.J. Caruso think if he slowed down the action we'd figure out how stupid the plot is?
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    The film collapses because Lee can't sew these vignettes into a seamless tapestry. He's more interested in getting even than he is in getting it right.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    The main problem with this treatise on racial politics undercover as an exercise in suspense is that the director, Neil LaBute, didn't write the script.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Travers
    For all the film's flaws, this is a war story told with passion about a band of brothers that still has the power to inspire.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Travers
    It's a major dud.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Its value is unquestionable as drama and moral provocation.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Travers
    Righteous Kill, a.k.a. The Al and Bob Show, is a cop flick with all the drama of "Law and Order: AARP." This movie defines drag-ass.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Lessin and Deal have made Trouble the Water a spellbinder you do not want to miss.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Travers
    The heart of the movie is really in Jasira's moments with her father, a mass of contradictions that Macdissi plays with comic ferocity and genuine feeling.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Appaloosa is gripping entertainment that keeps springing surprises.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    It's Knightley who makes The Duchess a royal treat.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 12 Peter Travers
    What I can't figure is why anyone would want to release this tripe in theaters just when Fanning has nearly lived it down. They ain't no friends of mine, or any other moviegoer.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Director Ron Howard has turned Peter Morgan's stage success into a grabber of a movie laced with tension, stinging wit and potent human drama.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Travers
    Bummer. The vampires have no fangs. The humans are humdrum. The special effects and makeup define cheeseball. And the movie crowds in so many characters from Stephenie Meyer’s book that Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen) is less a director than a traffic cop. But there’s a reason that Twilight has already become the movie equivalent of a bestseller: The love story has teeth.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Travers
    RocknRolla is a kickass crime drama that just doesn't know to quit while it's ahead.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Travers
    If you're gay and/or eight years old, HSM3 is the movie event of the year.
    • 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.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Travers
    An irredeemably dull tale.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Travers
    If you stay and watch the endless end credits, there's a short scene that hints a sequel is coming. That's what I call real pain.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Kearns' conflict is readable in Kinnear's every word and gesture. His performance is worth cheering.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The acting is of the highest caliber. Winger, magnificent and too long between films, is a volcano of repressed anger.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    No list of the year's best performances should be made without her (Sally Hawkins).
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Jolie is inspired casting. She plays the role like a gathering storm, moving from terror to a fierce resolve. And Eastwood, at the peak of his artful powers, tightens the screws of suspense without ever forgetting where the heart of his film lies.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Stick your neck out for this Swedish horror show. It's a winner, full of mirth and malice, plus a young romance you'll never see on the Disney Channel.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Travers
    Philip Seymour Hoffman creates a mesmerizing portrait of the artist as a young, old and middle-aged man.
    • 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.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 12 Peter Travers
    Misery is enduring this Rocky Horror Paris Show.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Travers
    Soul Men is a chance to salute these masters of mirth and music. Take it.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Brimming with humor and heartbreak, Slumdog Millionaire meets at the border of art and commerce and lets one flow into the other as if that were the natural order of things.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Dark secrets are unlocked, words draw more blood than punches, and Desplechin turns one family into a universe that resembles life as a startling work of art.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    It's a total triumph, brimming with humor, heart, sexual heat, political provocation and a crying need to stir things up, just like Harvey did. If there's a better movie around this year, with more bristling purpose, I sure as hell haven't seen it.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Travers
    Kramer takes on a hot, unwieldy topic in Crossing Over -- the dream that immigrants have of U.S. citizenship and the nightmare of achieving it, especially with shortcuts. I'm sure Kramer will be picked to pieces for trying something while Hollywood crap climbs the box office ladder. There are all kinds of nightmares.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    It's all a blur, except for the music. That's workin'.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    An artistic triumph.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Winslet's fierce, unerring portrayal goes beyond acting, becoming a provocation that will keep you up nights.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Simple story, beautifully told.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    You may have doubts about which side to choose, but there's no doubt about this mind-bender. It'll pin you to your seat.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    A lifetime in movies runs through this prime vintage Eastwood performance. You can't take your eyes off him. The no-frills, no-bull Gran Torino made my day.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Che
    Che looks dazzling, whether the camera is weaving through a battle or trying to bore into Che's haunted soul. Del Toro stands up to Soderbergh's relentless scrutiny. As for the movie, it's a reward to audiences eager to break from the play-it-safe pack. Game on.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    DiCaprio is in peak form, bringing layers of buried emotion to a defeated man. And the glorious Winslet defines what makes an actress great, blazing commitment to a character and the range to make every nuance felt.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    If you're thinking "yuck," you're right. I added the extra star for Zooey Deschanel, who is so delicious as his honey that you want not to say no to Yes Man.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    You watch The Wrestler (with a superb title song from Bruce Springsteen) in a state of pure exhilaration. A great actor in a great movie will do that to you.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Fierce, funny and moving, The Class graduates with honors. It's unmissable.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Travers
    The shortage of wit and the excess of goo can be summed up in Sandler's line to these children of divorce: "I'm like the stink on your feet — I'll always be there."
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Travers
    Watching the stars try to out-cutesy the mutt is one for the puke bucket.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Travers
    Tom Cruise starring in the fact-based story of a plot to kill Hitler by Nazi Col. Claus von Stauffenberg sounds like Oscar bait. It isn't. And the sooner you accept it, the more fun you'll have at this satisfying B movie.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Get ready to be knocked for a loop.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 0 Peter Travers
    The first big-studio movie released in 2009 has a damn fine chance of being the worst. Bride Wars isn't just chick-flick hell for guys, it should numb the skulls of moviegoers of all sexes and ages.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Travers
    It's the spirit that Biggie Smalls, born Christopher Wallace, put into inventing himself and his music that ignites Notorious, a biopic that sees the flaws in the man but can't help accentuating the positive.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Travers
    This crap is supposed to be the chick flick antidote to Super Bowl fever. Ha!
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Travers
    Here's a true S&M date movie. Only sadistic men and masochistic women could love it.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Travers
    Martin is a gifted physical comic. He deserves an original role tailored to his own talents. Watching something this borrowed just makes me blue.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    Confessions is no more than a painless time-waster. But the beguiling Fisher is well worth the investment.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Travers
    A decent thriller that should have been dazzling, is nothing if not topical.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Travers
    Audiences with a brain cell left have only one choice: Look for the first exit on the right.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 0 Peter Travers
    Memo to Beyoncé Knowles: You were so good as Etta James in "Cadillac Records," so why'd you go spoil everything with a rank cheeseball thriller that buries you in clichés and won't even help you dig yourself out?
    • 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.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 12 Peter Travers
    Toss this ugly-ass crap to the curb, along with the other multiplex garbage, and see a romance that gets it right. I'm talking "(500) Days of Summer."
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Travers
    Given the assault of devilishly clever plot twists that buzz-bomb your brain like a two-hour binge of quad-shot lattes, Duplicity goes down as too smart for its own good.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Travers
    Beware 2012, which works the dubious miracle of almost matching "Transformers 2" for sheer, cynical, mind-numbing, time-wasting, money-draining, soul-sucking stupidity.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Up
    Up is a breathtaking ride into the realm of pure imagination.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Travers
    The movie can be enjoyed for the hell-raising hooey it is.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    So fasten your seat belts for Gomorrah, just snubbed in the wussy Oscar race for Best Foreign Film (so you know it's dynamite).
    • 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."
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Travers
    It didn't grab me. Not at first. A documentary that tracks the winner of a reality show -- in this case Bravo's Project Runway -- after his victory. Huh? But Eleven Minutes busts a few fresh moves.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    I can see why Fast and Furious might be a smash as audiences look for escape from a broken economy. All those wheelies and power slides are designed to obliterate thought, not provoke it. Talk about a movie for its time.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    It's no mystery that the target audience for this G-rated bubblegum fantasy is tweens, parents of tweens and the occasional pervert. They'll be so pleased. Anything for the rest of humanity? Not so much.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The Hangover ain't art, but Phillips has shaped the hardcore hilarity into the summer party movie of all our twisted dreams.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Travers
    "WALL-E" had more charm, more soul, more everything. But there's enough merry mischief here to satisfy, even if you’re way past puberty.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Travers
    Adventureland throws a lot at us, but not enough of it sticks.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The result is raw and riveting.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Even when the drama gets overcooked, Lymelife sends off sparks.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Want to find the heart of rock & roll? You can hear it thundering in Anvil.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Travers
    The most shocking thing here is the fact that Peter Chelsom directed it. His 1995 movie, "Funny Bones," is a genuinely transgressive piece of dark comedy. I can't detect a trace of Chelsom in Hannah Montana, which means he won't have to wear a blonde wig to hide his shame.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Funny as hell.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 12 Peter Travers
    I don't know what to say about the acting, writing and directing in G.I. Joe because I couldn't find any.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Travers
    Director Burr Steers, of the terrific "Igby Goes Down," is stuck polishing clichès.
    • 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.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 0 Peter Travers
    One of the worst movies of this or any year.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    You won't know what hit you after watching Tyson. This power punch to the gut is one of the best movies of any kind this year.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Travers
    Never comes as close as spitting distance to a laugh.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    Even the great ones hit snags. With The Limits of Control, Jim Jarmsuch gets tangled up in his own deadpan.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Travers
    What I can’t figure out is how director Peter Hyams can remake a 1956 movie from the great Fritz Lang and not learn anything about suspense, pacing and storytelling in the process. This movie is beyond boring. You could stay warm for two hours by striking a match to the wooden acting.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    Playwright Stephen Belber (Match), in his directing debut, comes close to the sweet spot. He's not there yet. But he'll be worth watching next time.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Writer-director Olivier Assayas crafts a near perfect blend of humor and heartbreak, a lyrical masterwork that measures loss in terms practical and evanescent.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Travers
    Aiming for the heartfelt hilarity of "Superbad," I Love You, Beth Cooper is just super bad.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Travers
    The money shots of the living tableau are padded with jokes that feel embalmed before the actors get them out of their mouths.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Meryl Streep -- at her brilliant, beguiling best -- is the spice that does the trick for the yummy Julie & Julia.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    This baby has the stuff to end the movie summer on a note of dazzle and distinction.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Travers
    The infuriating cop–out ending reduces the premise to mush. I wanted to scream. Here goes: Arghh!
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    A different kind of love story: an honest one that takes a piece out of you.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Travers
    The film's major sin of omission: the music.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    It's the work of a major talent. Apatow scores by crafting the film equivalent of a stand-up routine that encompasses the joy, pain, anger, loneliness and aching doubt that go into making an audience laugh.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Here's the Iraq War movie for those who don't like Iraq War movies.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Jonze has filmed a fantasy as if it were absolutely real, allowing us to see the world as Max sees it, full of beauty and terror. The brilliant songs, by Karen O (of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and the Kids, enhance the film's power.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Public Enemies comes at you like Dillinger did: all of a sudden. It's movie dynamite.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    It's a first-class ride. All aboard.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Horror-movie heaven.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Travers
    Will Ferrell and Danny McBride can find the dumb fun in anything. Too bad that Land of the Lost is so much less than anything.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 0 Peter Travers
    Transformers 2 has a shot at the title Worst Movie of the Decade.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Travers
    9
    I only wish this richly imaginative movie had stayed truer to the dark heart of its visuals.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Director Stephan Elliott uncorks a rare vintage of laughs tinged with heartache.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Moon is a potent provocation that relies on ideas instead of computer tricks to stir up excitement.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Travers
    A romantic comedy so numbing it feels like Novocaine.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Travers
    If you tamp down your expectations -- those gaping plot holes are dangerous! -- there is a storm of scary fun to be had in this Scandinavian splatterfest.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Travers
    Whatever Works feels like something out of time and, worse, out of step. Hell, Allen wrote the script back in the 1970s for Zero Mostel.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    With Pfeiffer, 50, radiating uncommon beauty, grace and feeling, Frears uncovers a fragile story's grieving heart.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    You'll hoot and holler as it strips down its targets and sticks it to them, hardcore. Baron Cohen is the pure, untamed id of movie comedy.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Travers
    Daybreakers, despite the star presence of Ethan Hawke and Willem Dafoe, is a B movie, with all the disreputable low rent, lowbrow pleasures that implies. I'll take that over pompous any day.
    • 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.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Travers
    There’s not a real or spontaneous minute in it.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    There is devilish fun in this look into 1990s white-collar crime. But the jokes are the kind you choke on.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Travers
    The cast got to spend a month shooting on Bora Bora. So that explains why they're in the movie. Why you'd spend good money for a ticket to watch them have all the fun and not have any fun yourself passes understanding.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    What a shame that Kelly's pacing doesn't run as fast as his imagination. Instead of sweeping you along, The Box just sits there like something unclaimed at lost and found. Damaged goods.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Miyazaki works marvels. Sit back and behold.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    In this haunting portrait of America as no country for old men or young, Hillcoat -- through the artistry of Mortensen and Smit-McPhee -- carries the fire of our shared humanity and lets it burn bright and true.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    For anyone professing true movie love, there's no resisting it.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    DiCaprio, in his most haunting and emotionally complex performance yet, is the vessel Scorsese uses to lead us through the film’s laby­rinth.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Travers
    I'd watch the vibrant Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana in anything, but The Time Traveler's Wife is pushing it.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Claireece "Precious" Jones, played by Gabourey Sidibe, 24, in an astounding debut that brims with grit and amazing grace.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Enjoying this wondrous wisp of a something is easy, describing it is hard. Luckily, Charlyne Yi is an enchantress.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Does this sound like rock heaven? It is.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Laugh you will, loud and often. In the Loop deserves to be a sleeper hit. The whole cast is stellar. And it proves that smart and funny can exist in the same movie, even in summer.
    • 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Travers
    Props to Kutcher for going to surprising, painful places. There's something haunted in his portrayal that hits hard and sticks.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    As for Lee, he clearly relates to this material and the questions of political, musical and family identity he himself raised in films as diverse as "Malcolm X," "Mo' Better Blues" and "Crooklyn."
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Moore's fireball of a movie could change your life. It had me laughing with tears in my eyes.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    Ever since "True Blood" glamoured me, Twilight seems even more sexless and toothless. I prefer my undead with a little life in them.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Travers
    For its first stingingly funny half hour, The Invention of Lying had me thinking that Ricky Gervais had finally found a way to bring his indisputable brilliance at TV comedy (The Office, Extras) to the big screen. Then the air went out of the balloon. What a shame.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Hot! Hot! Hot!
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Tone-deaf but thunderously exciting.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Travers
    Still, even Disney and a PG rating can't bury Burton's subversive wit. Like Carroll, he's a master at dressing up psychic wounds in fantasy.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Travers
    The Book of Eli isn't as exciting or funny or inspiring as it wants and needs to be, and its preachy ending is an ordeal. But Washington, a movie star who can act, is one cool dude who is worth following anywhere.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Travers
    At moments, especially in the conflicted intimacy between Marcia Gay Harden and Daniel Stern as Bliss' parents, Barrymore shows real directing chops. But in Whip It she's painting inside the box.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    An adventure in pure imagination that plays to the smart kid in all of us.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    This seriously funny movie, artfully photographed by the great Roger Deakins, is spiritual in nature, barbed in tone, and, oh, yeah, it stings like hell.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Travers
    Jammed with story threads that don’t cohere, Cirque commits the cardinal sin for a vampire movie: It’s bloodless.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Travers
    You don't have to feel guilty for lapping up this froth. Just don't expect nourishment.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Travers
    Jeez, did the "surprise" climax have to be this eye-rollingly stupid?
    • 17 Metascore
    • 0 Peter Travers
    Unwatchable, unbearably unfunny farce.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Here’s a powerhouse of a documentary that makes you feel mad as hell and unwilling to take it anymore.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    A joy to behold.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    One-word reaction: bravo.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    Depending on your reaction to the cinematic outrages perpetrated by Danish director Lars von Trier (remember Dogville?), you might want to add or subtract two stars from the halfway (half-assed?) rating I just gave Antichrist.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Watching his struggle is illuminating, unnerving and unforgettable.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    The go-for-broke performances help make all this paranormal activity too much fun to care.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Its truths are personal. It means to shake you. And does.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Travers
    The boat nearly sinks from character overload, and Curtis brakes when you most want him to gun it. But there’s no denying the comic energy of the cast.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Travers
    Any resemblance between this Bad Lieutenant and the 1992 Abel Ferrara landmark is purely in the head of the dude who thought up the title.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Travers
    Gibson's acting has deepened. Too bad his comeback vehicle springs so many leaks.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Cruz exudes a sensual aura of mystery that holds you spellbound. And Almodóvar, a true poet of cinema, creates images -- horrifying and healing -- that live inside your head like a waking dream. You want to miss a movie like that? I didn’t think so.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Travers
    What have you done to The Wolfman, Hollywood? It’s got no kick to it. No fun either. And no real scares, which is more unforgivable.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Travers
    Miller's wake-up call is meant to be ours. Too little and too late? Maybe. But even in this Bourne Zone, Damon and Greengrass haven't shirked their duty to enlighten and entertain.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Eastwood's modest approach to these momentous events shames the usual Hollywood showboating. In a rare achievement, he's made a film that truly is good for the soul.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Travers
    No trite, tear-jerking cliché goes undrooled in the script by director Kirk Jones.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The film belongs to Firth. Uncanny at showing the heart crumbling under George's elegant exterior, he gives the performance of his career.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    This haunting film never pushes itself on you. It trusts you to suss out the horror that lies beneath the veneer of innocence. You'll be knocked for a loop.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Travers
    It's a bitch telling a coming-of-age story minus clichés and sappiness. So Youth in Revolt, with Michael Cera in his best performance yet, is a small miracle.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 0 Peter Travers
    Allen screws up his directing debut with a script that smothers his wit in a blanket of bland.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Travers
    There's a difference between exposing misogyny and crassly exploiting it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    While you're remembering new high-impact names, add Arnold. In only her second film, after 2006's "Red Road," she keeps the screen filled to bursting with the beauty and raw terror of life.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    Short review of three little words: Way. Too. Long.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    This one means well, a kiss-of-death review if there ever was one.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Travers
    First-time director and screenwriter Hue Rhodes shows no discernible talent for dialogue, humor and, especially, pacing.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Travers
    As for the ladies who think any kind of chick flick is preferable to football, be careful what you wish for.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Travers
    Has no vital signs at all, just crushing dull repetition that makes one noisy, violent scene play exactly like the last one.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Travers
    Valentine's Day is a date movie from hell.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    If you're like me, diluted Smith is still better than no Smith at all.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    All credit to a finely tuned Brosnan for packing so much intensity and wayward wit into his scenes with McGregor. Their verbal duels make for a dazzling game of cat-and-mouse.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    A new crime classic.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 0 Peter Travers
    Simultaneously full of itself and full of sh--, Brooklyn's Finest is a cop movie so shallow, dumb, derivative and infuriating that it feels like a parody of bad cop movies.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Travers
    A rowdy blast because the spiky young cast treats the played-out script like virgin territory. That's acting!
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Travers
    The brooding RPatz doesn’t bite. But his movie does.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    A warmly hilarious movie about family members and their secret hearts.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    This dynamite thriller shivers with suspense. So if you ignore The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) because it's in Swedish with English subtitles, you probably deserve the remake Hollywood will surely screw up.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    See this darkly comic character study unburdened by preconceptions.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Travers
    Say what you will about the Runaways – they never played it safe. The movie does.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Travers
    Hot Tub Time Machine should have been better than this. It could have been poignant.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    I didn't believe a word of it.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Works enough miracles of 3-D animation to charm your socks off.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Travers
    The film is a sham, with good actors going for the paycheck and using beards and heavy makeup to hide their shame.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 0 Peter Travers
    The only tragedy you'll face is paying good money to this swill.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Travers
    Brosnan, on a roll with this film and "The Ghost Writer," vividly etches the emotional fissures in a man coming apart. The Greatest takes a piece out of you.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Travers
    Stay for the outtakes – they’re improv delights, suggesting the movie that might have been if they had just left it all to Carell and Fey.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The Secret in Their Eyes has a decent shot at wearing down resistance to subtitled films. Don't be put off. This spellbinder from Argentina will sneak up and floor you. It's that good.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Travers
    As an action fix to hold you before the summer explosions start, you could do worse than The Losers. It’s no more than an efficient time-killer.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Travers
    It's the Bay touch you feel in the way actors register as body count, characters go undeveloped, and sensation trumps feeling. A nightmare, indeed.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    The only way to react is by bringing a barf bag or a strong sense of gallows humor.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    In "Gran Torino," Eastwood took on the moral issues that screenwriter Gary Young and first-time director Daniel Barber studiously avoid. It's the difference between riveting and repellent.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The pitch-perfect performances help Holofcener stir up feelings that cut to the heart of what defines an ethical life. There's no movie around right now with a subject more pertinent. It'll hit you hard.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Travers
    What's missing in Prince of Persia is a sense that all the running, jumping, climbing and fighting is leading to something. The best video games challenge you to reach the next level. Prince of Persia is content to skim the surface.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    A long sit in the shallows, the equivalent of five half-hour episodes strung together.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Travers
    It's a fun ride. What's missing is the excitement of a new interpretation.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    It's unapologetic schmaltz, deftly directed by Gary Winick (Tadpole) as if it really meant something.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    In Mother and Child, he (Rodrigo Garcia) creates an emotional powerhouse.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Travers
    It's big, loud, ludicrous and edited into visual incomprehension. But pity the fool who lets that stand in the way of enjoying The A-Team.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Travers
    Jonah is fated to ride alone. Don't make the mistake of keeping him company.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    It strikes me that their teasing and one-upmanship are more brother and sister at play than lovers in heat. Cruise and Diaz are in it for the action rush.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Douglas never makes a false move, delivering a tour de force in human weakness.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    Before it goes off the rails into strained sermonizing, this sorta-sequel to 2008’s delightful "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" gets in big laughs.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Cyrus, the summer's best, most original and crazily inventive comedy, is potently funny and painfully real.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    There's not a timid, sympathy-begging minute in it. Even better, you leave Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work with the exhilarating feeling that the lady is just hitting her stride.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Winter's Bone is unforgettable. It means to shake you, and does.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    The filmmakers offer no commentary. We watch. And what we see is explosive, deeply moving and impossible to shake.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    A burst of pure filmmaking exhilaration that manages to pay homage to the classic 1960s TV series and still boldly go where no man, William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy included, has gone before.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    For now, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse is just one more walk on the mild sides for tweens who dream of being penetrated by cold flesh that will keep them young and cute forever.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    In this wildly ingen­ious chess game, grandmaster Nolan plants ideas in our heads that disturb and dazzle. The result is a knockout. But be warned: Inception dreams big. How cool is that?
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Travers
    Cage and Baruchel work hard to stay accessible, but the computer-generated effects come on like heavy artillery blowing away any hint of flesh and blood. The Sorcerer's Apprentice should be rated U for Untouched by Human Hands.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Travers
    "GoodFellas" Oscar winner Pesci, who hasn't appeared onscreen in a major role since 1998's "Lethal Weapon 4," is a dynamo of conflicting emotions. And Mirren, bawdy in ways that erase all memory of her award-winning role as Elizabeth II in "The Queen," is magnificent.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Travers
    It's a little early for self-parody in the career of Vin Diesel. But he's a calamitous cliché in A Man Apart.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Travers
    When Hollywood decides to remake French farce by Francis Veber, the result can be a champagne cocktail (La Cage Aux Folles spawning The Birdcage) or pâté de merde (Les Compères degenerating into Father's Day). Dinner for Schmucks, adapted from Veber's Le Dîner De Cons, falls somewhere in the middle.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Funny, touching and acutely observed film.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    Kline finds every nuance of mirth and melancholy in this wonder of a role and rides it to glory. You can't take your eyes off him.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Travers
    Some bad movies should carry a leper's bell to warn off ticket buyers. Such a contagion is Charlie St. Cloud, a load of mawkish swill starring Zac Efron (bereft of the talent he showed in "Me and Orson Welles").
    • 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.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Travers
    Sorry, no XOXO for this slick, hollow hooey.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    It's a haunting and hypnotic film.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    The actors are to die for. Bening and Moore nail every nuance of a relationship going adrift. And Ruffalo is dynamite as a man keeping himself at a distance. Kids makes its own special magic. It's irresistible

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