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

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  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Searching for Bobby Fischer
Lowest review score: 0 Safe Haven
Score distribution:
3202 movie reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Travers
    Her Smell is a berserker infused a mad poetry. In her third film with Perry, following "Listen Up," "Phillip and Queen of the Earth," Moss takes a character who makes Courtney Love look like Mother Teresa and exposes the shards of humanity that once vitalized and defined her music. The effect is shattering.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Travers
    You can kill the vibe of Minghella’s film with nitpicking, but Fanning rides the movie home to glory. She is simply sensational.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Travers
    Estevez leans toward sacrificing dramatic power for blatant crowdpleasing. Still, his intent is refreshingly uncynical. Clearly, the quadruple threat doesn’t think audiences will sit still for his message without sugarcoating and a feelgood ending. At worst, you can dismiss him as a naïve do-gooder. At best, you can commend him for actually believing a movie might raise public consciousness and maybe even change things. Your call.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Travers
    Leigh’s visceral staging, especially in the climactic moments — brilliantly shot by his longtime collaborator/cinematographer Dick Pope — brings home the significance of a 200-year-old bloodbath that still speaks urgently to the disenfranchised.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Travers
    With Denis there’s always more than meets the prism of snap judgements. Let the movie mess with your head.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    It’s the closest thing to witnessing a miracle — just some cameras, a crowd and a voice touched by God.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Travers
    The movie honors King by raising fresh hell for a new generation. It will make you jump out of your seat, but what matters are the provocations you take home and can’t shake. That’s the stuff of nightmares.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Travers
    This breezy, funny entry keeps things light with a hilarious and heartfelt package of nonstop kid-friendly kick-ass.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    What’s never in doubt, however, is the compassion the movie shows to its protagonist, partly based on the women in the filmmaker’s own family and embodied by a great actress at her intuitive, indelible best. In capturing what Jones calls “the rhythm of living” even in the face of death, he has turned this character study into a shattering portrait of resilience — and an essential work of art.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    This live-action re-imagining of Disney’s 1941 animated classic may be the sweetest film Tim Burton has ever made. It’s also the safest.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Travers
    Aussie director Anthony Maras, in his feature debut, brings a Hitchcockian feel for suspense and a documentarian’s eye for detail to the brutal events that transpired over three days in November 2008 when the Islamist militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba initiated an attack on the city of Mumbai.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Travers
    Us
    There are times when the film grips us with such hallucinatory terror that you may think it’s another of Adelaide’s PTSD-induced nightmares. Maybe it is. Or maybe it’s a ghastly reflection of the way we live now.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    Nguyen can stir up all the sturm and drang he wants, but Hummingbird feels as humdrum and impersonal as a blueprint.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Travers
    Clermont-Tonnerre comes from a place of defiance, and her fearless instincts surge through every frame. Each time you think you have this movie pegged, it’ll knock you for a loop.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Peter Travers
    A stuffy, soggy slog of a movie that fails to generate sparks or a lick of dramatic sense.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Travers
    Hollywood retreads of foreign films are rarely a good idea (did you see Miss Bala?), but Gloria Bell is a playful, pleasure-giving exception.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    Somewhere along the road of development hell, the movie settled for delivering standard-issue jolts for jocks.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Travers
    The film’s low-key charm and quirky humor grow on you and create a rooting interest in what happens next. It doesn’t take the Supreme Intelligence of the universe (who we always figured would resembled Annette Bening) to know it’s wise to play the long game. Captain Marvel is not just another wonder woman. She plans to build an army.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Peter Travers
    Wherever you find yourself in the Perry equation, Medea herself deserves a final high-five. Perry hints that she may come back in a younger version, not played by him. But Medea will never be the same without her creator. In A Medea Family Funeral, she hosts a memorial service that defines the term hellzapoppin. And Perry correctly and adoringly gives her the last word in which she lets all the women have for letting any damn man abuse them. Hallelujah, sister!
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Peter Travers
    What’s missing are the moments in between that actually make up a life and give it emotional resonance.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Travers
    Jordan, working from a script he conjured up with Ray Wright, is in it for suspense tinged with laughs. But with these two dynamo actresses front and center, this nail-biter keeps you riveted.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    The Hidden World is the best Dragon yet — an animated action phenom with moonstruck passion in its heart and a spirit that soars.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Travers
    Thanks to the comic tornado at its center, Isn’t It Romantic is still your best bet for a Valentine’s date at the movies. You could do worse.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Travers
    Ruben Brandt, Collector is always a feast for the eyes, but it’s the intellectual curiosity on display that raises the bar.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    Now, after a deluge of comic book epics and other CGI-filled sci-fi fantasies, the movie feels like it’s way past its sell-by date. Alita: Battle Angel looks ready to rock, but time has sucked the life out of the party.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Peter Travers
    Henson looks ready to come out firing on all cylinders, but the comic cowardice of What Men Want leaves her shooting blanks.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    Working in Spanish for the first time, the filmmaker somehow allows the interweaving threads of his plot to get tangled into a jumble even he can’t satisfactorily unravel. It’s a damn shame.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Travers
    The fans show up for this kind of movie to watch Neeson knock heads with bad guys, and Moland lets him rip. There’s no dawdling over sentiment. If you want to see a snowplow used as a weapon of mass destruction, you’ve come to the right movie.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Travers
    There’s even a new song called “Catchy Song” that you can’t get out of your head no matter how hard you try. (And you will try.) Another tune, “Super Cool,” plays over the end credits simply to extol the coolness of end credits. Lego 2 never stops, which is part of the problem. Can there really be too much of a good thing? [Pause.] Nah.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Travers
    Velvet Buzzsaw is never less than a feast for the eyes even when it reduces the plot to B-level butchery. What’s missing is the potent provocation that Gilroy seemed to be developing at the start.

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