Peter Travers

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For 3,004 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 2.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Travers' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 12 Years a Slave
Lowest review score: 0 One for the Money
Score distribution:
3004 movie reviews
    • 62 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.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    Liu creates an unforgettable film experience that will knock the wind out of you.
    • 75 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.
    • 82 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Peter Travers
    Light-hearted is the sweet spot for this would-be romp, yet the filmmakers keep trapping its stars in stunts that don’t play to their strengths and the dead weight that McKinnon has to lift in this lumbering spy farce would sink a lesser talent.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Travers
    What a shame that this well-meaning look at the absurdity of gay conversion camps — it won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance this year — lacks the teeth to make its points stick.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    The result is chaotic, but never lacking in energy – and the cast is up for anything.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Travers
    What the film does so movingly as a portrait is show the isolation that comes with creative success.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Travers
    The Equalizer 2 feels uneven and off balance. But not Washington. Despite his trashy trappings, there’s no one cooler to watch in action.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    The last part of the movie, which brings the whole cast together on “Super Trouper,” is almost worth the price of admission. Millions will happily get drunk on the film’s infectious high spirits. For the rest of us, who can’t get with the program, Here We Go Again will go down as more of a threat than a promise.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Travers
    Unfortunately, it’s those same feelings that stick in the memory when López Estrada overdoes the melodrama and lets the plot fire off in too many directions. No worries. Diggs and Casal will keep you riveted.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Travers
    The practical effects, meaning the real stuff the computer never touched, make all the difference when you’re asking audiences to see the characters as human instead pawns in a digital game.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Travers
    Joaquin Phoenix and director Gus Van Sant raise the bar when they use roguish humor and bruising pain to color outside the box.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Travers
    Bo Burnham’s story about a 14-year-old misfit is one of the funniest, saddest and most heartfelt teen movies ever.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    It’s the sort true-story premise would be a fascinating starting point for a movie … if said film had more than a nodding acquaintance with the truth.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Travers
    Oakland-based rapper Boots Riley scores a knockout debut as a director with Sorry to Bother You, a no-mercy satire that gets up in your face, breaks all the rules – and then invents new rules so it can break them too.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Travers
    Though Macdonald offers the sight and sound of Whitney in interviews and home movies, she is never heard grappling with the grave issues the film raises.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    You don't just watch it as much as you absorb it until the film's ebb and flow become a part of you.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Travers
    For starters, the follow-up to 2016's Sicario is not in the same essential-viewing category as the original – that's what happens when you remove inspired director Denis Villeneuve from the equation.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    The thrill of the film is watching Ant-Man and the Wasp team up and raise hell together. Rudd is a winning combination of sass and sincerity. And it's a kick to watch Lilly break out and let her star shine.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    Damsel won't work for everyone. It's too quirky for that. But it goes its merrily deranged way with prankish enthusiasm and a genuine sense of the absurd.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    It's hard to pinpoint exactly when this random, scattershot, overreaching movie stops spinning its wheels and starts flying on a cumulative power that floors you. But when it happens – kapow! By the end we’re looking at Elvis, America and ourselves with new eyes and wondering, once again, if the truth really can set us free.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Travers
    This sequel has the perfunctory vibe that comes from filmmakers who cynically believe the public will buy anything T. Rex-related, no matter how shoddy the goods or warmed-over the plot.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Travers
    John Travolta, trying earnestly to act his way through a ton of lousy makeup and an even heavier slab of bad screenwriting, plays mafioso John Gotti in this chaotic biopic that jumps all over the place but still fails to manifest a pulse.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Travers
    Tag
    As a movie, Tag is all over the place, with gags too hit-and-miss to cohere into anything truly memorable. But the partytime atmosphere – as if "Dodgeball" mated with "Game Night" – might be just what you're looking for on a hot summer night. With these actors, there’s no downside to watching them let it rip.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Travers
    At least it looks super fly. It's too bad that Director X (born Julien Christian Lutz), the Canadian short-form film master for the likes of Rihanna, Drake and Nicki Minaj, stumbles when he has to stretch a scene past video length.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    This follow-up is every bit the start-to-finish sensation as the original, and you'll be happy to know that Bird's subversive spirit is alive and thriving.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Travers
    A hack would have turned Frank and Sam into overnight sensations. Instead, the writer-director recognizes the compromises that reality forces on dreams – and this soft breeze of a movie emerges as a scrappy surprise that's hard to shrug off.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Travers
    In these troubled times, it's a good feeling to see a funny, touching and vital doc that is both timely and timeless.

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