Peter Travers

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For 27 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 77% higher than the average critic
  • 7% same as the average critic
  • 16% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Travers' Scores

Average review score: 78
Highest review score: 100 The Underground Railroad
Lowest review score: 30 American Rust: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
27 tv reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Polish up another Emmy for Jean Smart who goes funnier, fiercer and deeper in her second season as a Vegas stand-up on a road tour with a young comedy writer (Hannah Einbinder) she loves to torture as they dish out mirth and malice no other sitcom can match.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Colin Firth burns with intensity in this nail-biting true-crime series that keeps you guessing if a bisexual novelist, politician, former marine and frequent liar pushed his wife (Toni Collette) to her death down the family staircase or whether she fell by accident.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    Even when it flies off the rails fudging facts about the mob and movie-making, this flawed but fascinating series about the creation of ‘The Godfather’—an enduring screen classic even after 50 years—is still an offer no movie fan can refuse.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    True-crime thrillers rarely hit as hard as this streaming series that stars a superb Andrew Garfield as a Mormon detective investigating a double murder that indicts a fundamentalist sect within the church. Believe this: It will take a piece out of you.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Engrave an Emmy for Julia Roberts. She comes out blazing in this riveting series about loud and proud Martha Mitchell, the wife of Nixon Attorney General John Mitchell (Sean Penn) who found herself discredited as a delusional drunk for speaking the truth about Watergate.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 45 Peter Travers
    Despite risible dialogue and a disturbing swing toward cheap theatrics, this weak but watchable legal thriller still puts a human face on the MeToo movement thanks to committed, compelling performances from Sienna Miller and Michelle Dockery.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Michael Mann, who directed the sensational pilot episode of this fact-based, eight-part series about an American reporter (a terrific Ansel Elgort) covering the crime beat in Tokyo, shows you how thrilling action can be when a world-class talent is calling the shots.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Travers
    Thanks to the astounding Elle Fanning, this series about the Massachusetts girl who did jail time for texting her boyfriend to kill himself moves past the true-crime clichés and persuades us to open our hearts to this troubled teen in all her flawed humanity.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Take my word, dear reader, this second helping of the smash Netflix series still smolders. Despite a drag in the midsection and the no-show of season-one sex magnet Regé-Jean Page, the dishy Shondaland cosplay brims over with eye-popping spectacle and ravishing romance.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Travers
    This cautionary tale about the flameout of the $47 billion workplace startup WeWork feels like a terrific two-hour movie trapped in a gallingly repetitive eight-hour miniseries, but Jared Leto and Anne Hathaway dazzle as the founding couple who come to believe their own lies.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    As an Irish amnesiac eluding a cabal of killers in the Australian outback, Jamie Dornan is so good you’ll follow him anywhere, which is what gives this relentlessly funny, ferocious, thrill-a-minute series the staying power to haunt your dreams.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    Start engraving a Best Actress Emmy for Amanda Seyfried who is sensational as Theranos founder and fraudster Elizabeth Holmes in a true-crime story that is more than compulsively watchable, it’s a cautionary fable that really stings.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    It dawdles getting started, but the next-to-last season of this groundbreaking comedy series about a female comic breaking the testosterone ceiling of standup in 1960 returns to peak form as an on-fire Rachel Brosnahan catches Mrs. Maisel in the exhilarating act of inventing herself.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Travers
    Julian Fellowes delivers must-see TV with an all-star, Americanized spin on his beloved “Downton Abbey’ and creates a glittering feast for the eyes and ears. Is the series more playful than profound, more froth than substance? Maybe. It's also perfectly irresistible.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Propelled by the best ensemble cast you’ll find anywhere—Nicholas Braun and Matthew Macfadyen are a dream team of lacerating laughs— Season 3 is the funniest, fiercest ‘Succession’ yet. It’s a perverse pleasure to ogle the rich abusing their ill-gotten privileges.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Travers
    The laughs are fewer but sharper in this pandemic season of a dramedy series that takes on too much (bless it) but allows MVP’s Aniston, Witherspoon, Carell and the sensationally soulless Crudup to create an irresistible chaos that’s a pleasure to watch.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Peter Travers
    This gender-flipped Mare of Easttown benefits from a solid Jeff Daniels as a police chief stalking a killer in a dying, Pennsylvania steel town, but even this terrific actor is not enough to save a dry, dreary, humorless series that stalls when it most needs to accelerate.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Having scored the most Emmy nominations ever for a freshman sitcom, this soccer series tops itself with a second season that spins comic gold from the best ensemble cast on television, with Jason Sudeikis deepening an exuberant goodtime into an enduring comedy classic.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    An irresistible original musical romcom that gleefully mocks the thing it loves. Cecily Strong and Keegan-Michael Key lead a cast of Broadway luminaries (shoutouts to Aaron Tveit, Ariana DeBose, Ann Harada and Marin Short) in a series that throws so many woke and witty curveballs that even musical haters will be laughing too hard to resist.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Travers
    The old magic isn’t back yet in a woke reboot that forgets a guilty conscience is no substitute for a guilty pleasure. But when these privileged teens get their digital knives out the result is wicked, compulsively watchable fun and deliciously addictive.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    As Loki, the aptly-named god of mischief, Tom Hiddleston returns in the role he was born to play. He and Owen Wilson, a deadpan delight as Agent Mobius, are Marvel's new dream team in a series that has it all. In a word, wow!
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    What's on screen can be bloated, rambling and exasperating. But Stephen King’s eight-hour streaming version of his favorite among his own scary novels can—thanks to a great cast led by Julianne Moore and Clive Owen—pull you up short with the beauty and terror of marriage.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Peter Travers
    The best and most addictive season yet. All 10 episodes of the royal drama are a binge-watcher's dream. Olivia Colman is the shining jewel in ‘The Crown,” but Emmy love, please, for Emma Corrin as Lady Di and a knockout Gillian Anderson as Margaret Thatcher.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Travers
    This new Shondaland smash, her first for Netflix, is set in 1813 London and features color-blind casting, a mega-sexy star in Rege-Jean Page and enough ravishing romance to take your mind off the latest Covid surge. Get ready to swoon.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Spectacular entertainment. As Avengers sidekicks who’ve graduated to the star spot, Mackie and Stan prove they can get laughs while grounding their characters in genuine emotion. Streaming deepens their impact without skimping on Marvel’s cinematic dazzle.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    A brilliant, bitterly funny Kate Winslet digs deep as a small-town, Pennsylvania detective in HBO’s compulsively watchable crime series that is full of twists you won’t see coming. Emmy attention must be paid.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Director Barry Jenkins adapts Colson Whitehead's Pulitzer-winning 2016 novel about slavery and the continuing myth that it's been eradicated into an indelible and indispensable 10-episode masterpiece that raises series TV to the level of art.

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