Peter Travers

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For 3,171 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 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Travers' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 The Lion King
Lowest review score: 0 Joe Versus the Volcano
Score distribution:
3171 movie reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Travers
    It’s a tough, achingly tender film that refuses to trade in false hopes or cheap sentiment. That truth is what makes Beautiful Boy hard to take and impossible to forget.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Concentrate on the abundant factors that make First Man unmissable and unforgettable. There have been astronaut movies before, good (Apollo 13) and better (The Right Stuff). But few have been as much a triumph of the imagination fueled, not by FX but by indelible feeling, as this one.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Travers
    It is impossible to over-praise Stenberg’s incandescent performance, a gathering storm that grows in ferocity and feeling with each scene.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 20 Peter Travers
    This year gave us the best and most imaginative Marvel film in "Black Panther." Now we have the worst.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    You get pulled into a force field, thanks to Cooper’s behind-the-camera chops and Gaga’s sound and fury. By the time the end credits roll, you realize that, in fact, two stars have been born.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Travers
    Green sometimes hits his points too hard, letting his fierce human drama drift into polemic. But there’s no denying the righteous indignation that fuels Monsters and Men, a powerhouse that couldn’t be more timely or necessary.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Sometimes a movie arrives that charms its way into your heart — and The Old Man & the Gun is just such an unassuming, exuberant gift.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 20 Peter Travers
    No matter how much money this clunker makes, this is a movie that never should have happened.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Travers
    It’s delicious — sweet, tart, surprisingly moving and funny as hell.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Travers
    The something extra comes with watching Black and Blanchett match wits, especially the former; he radiates his signature comic moxie with glimmers of the dramatic chops he demonstrated in movies like "Bernie" (2011) and this year’s "Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot."
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Travers
    This is the firebrand Colette that Knightley plays with every fiber of her being. She’s something to see.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 0 Peter Travers
    How do you rate a cinematic black hole that doesn’t deserve a single star? Do you simply give it five eyerolls? Better question: How does a movie, with all the talent in the world going for it, become a such a blithering botch job?
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Travers
    Audiard recently won the Silver Lion as Best Director at the Venice Film Festival. Watch The Sisters Brothers and you’ll have no trouble understanding why.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    One of Moore’s best and most incisively funny films — right up there with "Roger & Me" (1989), "Bowling for Columbine" (2002) and "Sicko" (2007) — his latest goes way past taking potshots at the Donald, though it does that with piercing intelligence and wounding wit.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Travers
    Until an ending that flies ruinously off the rails, A Simple Favor is raunchy fun that offers an unexpected take on the twists and turns of female friendship.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Peter Travers
    Even Dinklage and Fanning can’t give this failed experiment a heartbeat. You won’t wish for the end of world while watching I Think We’re Alone Now, just the end of the movie.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Travers
    Thompson never disappoints, nailing every nuance of a judge who lets the world in at the cost of losing her own judgment. This is acting of the highest order.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 20 Peter Travers
    Even if male stars from Neeson to Bruce Willis have been riding the same gravy train for decades, Garner has the talent to make us expect more. She needed support from the filmmakers. But what did she get? A lazy facsimile of the revenge movie she so richly deserved. There’s no reason audiences should accept it.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Travers
    Instead of following biopic blueprints, Hawke directs Blaze like a Foley song: artful, all over the place and possessed of enough blunt truth and aching tenderness to pull you up short.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Travers
    Kudos to Wilson (how has she not won an Emmy for her brilliant work on The Affair?), who builds what seems at first like a peripheral character into the defiant soul of the movie.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Peter Travers
    There’s a simple reason why it’s hard to imagine why anyone, much less everybody, would willingly spend time with Frank and Lindsay in this agonizing endurance test of a movie. They’re no damn fun.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 0 Peter Travers
    Maybe its gargantuan god-awfulness is not a exactly a sin against cinema. But throw away your money on a ticket and you’re in for two hours of certain hell.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 30 Peter Travers
    Blue Iguana makes the freshly minted Oscar winner (for his totally worthy performance in Three Billboards) work way too hard to cut through the film’s blatant stupidity and buffet of clichés.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Travers
    Searching is a technical marvel with a beating heart at its core, which makes all the difference.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Travers
    Papillon pushes too hard with diminishing returns. Though Hunnam and Malek give it everything they’ve got, they’re denied the chance to make their characters as indelible as McQueen and Hoffman did.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Travers
    Juliet, Naked is annoyingly hit and miss. But when Annie and Tucker connect with the gob-smacked Duncan, the movie substitutes the hard sell for grace notes and wins us over.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Liu creates an unforgettable film experience that will knock the wind out of you.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Travers
    Close plays this ignored, pushed-aside woman like a gathering storm, drawing us into the mind and heart of a heroine who’s not going to take it any more. The actress has received six acting nominations without ever winning an Oscar. The Wife, a funny and fierce showcase for her prodigious talents, might just end the drought. You can’t take your eyes off her.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Travers
    It’s the war between the bonds of family vs. the pull of wealth — a global theme across wide borders and cultures — that gives the film heft. But even when the script drifts into moralizing, it’s the emotions that hold sway.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Spike Lee is coming at you with his greatest and most galvanizing movie in years. BlacKkKlansman is right up there with "Do the Right Thing" and "Malcolm X" in the Spike’s Joint pantheon of game-changers.

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