Peter Travers

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For 3,143 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 Sleepless in Seattle
Lowest review score: 0 Gods of Egypt
Score distribution:
3143 movie reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Travers
    The movie hits you like a shot in the heart.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Travers
    But fantasy elements aside, this Disney movie has the one essential that makes a nature documentary fly: a thrilling sense of wonder.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Travers
    The film’s most powerful asset is Thompson (Sorry to Bother You, Thor: Ragnarok) in a performance that cuts through the script’s cliches to find the heart of a character that reflects the plight of a woman alone in a man’s world.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Travers
    The tightly-focused origin story of Ruth, played with ferocity and feeling by Gugu Mbatha-Raw, is still one hell of a heroic odyssey.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Peter Travers
    Not even the haunting images and Garfield’s haggard intensity can disguise the gaping void where the film’s soul should be. There’s no there there.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Peter Travers
    The dialogue starts at risible and descends from there.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Travers
    The movie pulls you in through the sheer immersive force of its filmmaking. In Long Day’s Journey, the search is everything with meaning as elusive and haunting as a dream.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Travers
    Still, the moments that hit hardest concern Leo’s relationship with Ahd (a very fine Eric Bernard), another male hustler who claims he’s only “gay 4 pay.”
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Peter Travers
    Alternately smarmy and achingly familiar, Little squeezes "Big" for one more run through the Hollywood grinder.
    • 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.
    • 48 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.
    • 67 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Travers
    With Denis there’s always more than meets the prism of snap judgements. Let the movie mess with your head.
    • 95 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Travers
    This breezy, funny entry keeps things light with a hilarious and heartfelt package of nonstop kid-friendly kick-ass.
    • 87 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.
    • 80 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.

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