Peter Travers

Peter Travers
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 69% Hotel Mumbai (2019) In an uneasy blend of fact and fiction, the film creates entertainment out of a horrific 2008 tragedy at at hotel in India. There is solid professionalism in the way director Anthony Maras gets the job done. But to what end? - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
4/5 94% Us (2019) Nyong'o delivers one of the great performances in horror movie history, as Jordan Peele shows us a world tragically untethered to its own humanity, its empathy, its soul. If that's not a scarefest for its time, I don't know what is. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
2.5/5 47% The Hummingbird Project (2019) Whatever it takes to keep a techno hellraiser on its feet, this humdrum Hummingbird doesn't have it, despite the efforts of Eisenberg and Skarsgård to breathe some life into it. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
1.5/5 26% The Aftermath (2019) The aftermath of WW2 is a resonant topic that is totally botched here. What's left is soap opera, leaving suds that even the stellar Knightley, Skarsgård and Clarke can't rinse off their performances. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
4/5 95% The Mustang (2019) Filmmaker Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre's story of a troubled convict (an incendiary, indelible Matthias Schoenaerts) bonding with a wild mustang is a striking debut. Each time you think you have this movie pegged, it'll knock you for a loop. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
44% Twins (1988) What a concept: Cast pumped-up Arnold Schwarzenegger and pint-size Danny De Vito as twins separated at birth. Funny, huh? Sure is, hilarious even, for about five minutes. But the 102 minutes remaining are a stretch for one joke. - People Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
4/5 94% Gloria Bell (2019) Chilean director Sebastián Lelio scores with his own English-language remake of his 2013 hit and Julianne Moore and John Turturro light up the screen as two fiftysomethings finding themselves on the L.A. dance-club scene. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
2.5/5 73% Triple Frontier (2019) This Netflix action blowout gets a pass on mindless escapism, but its attempt to sell itself as something deeper is beyond redemption. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
4/5 78% Captain Marvel (2019) You could ding it for convoluted plotting and a retro style that flattens the usual Marvel fireworks. But a dynamite Brie Larson gives hell to cosmic villains and sexist trolls. And an orange feline named Goose is the best movie cat ever! - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
41% Young Guns (1988) The boys shoot, ride, flirt, get high on peyote and revel in enough self-adoring, anachronistic behavior to have all but inveterate teenyboppers swearing vengeance on the film's makers. - People Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
57% The Blob (1988) All we get is sullen Kevin Dillon subbing for Steve and a bigger, nastier lump that bloodies up its victims in stomach-churning close-ups. - People Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
2/5 13% Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral (2019) It's lights out for Madea as Tyler Perry ends the drag reign of his most beloved comic creation. This is the 11th and final film in the Madea franchise, and it's a slack, formless, monotonous mess. And yet Madea still gets in her licks. Your call. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2019
2/5 32% Mapplethorpe (2019) A conventional biopic of renegade photographer Robert Mapplethorpe (a stranded Matt Smith) is a contradiction in terms, the pallid result feeling like an outline for a movie that no one actually made. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
3.5/5 55% Greta (2019) Jordan squeezes the plot for every ounce of campy, disreputable fun. It could have been so much more. But Huppert pulls out all the funny-scary stops playing cat to Moretz's mouse. You can't take your eyes off these two dynamos. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
5% Cocktail (1988) As if realizing that his star hasn't smiled for 15 minutes, Donaldson tacks on a goody-goody ending that would shame the Care Bears. How to sum up what went wrong? Cruise has a line in the movie: "Flat beer from rusty pipes." - People Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
4.5/5 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Dazzling animation, light-on-its-feet humor and a ton of heart bring the 'Dragon' trilogy to a thrilling end. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
4/5 82% Ruben Brandt, Collector (2019) Milorad Krstic's ingenious animated film about a psychologist fighting characters from 13 famous paintings is a transporting cinematic marvel. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
2.5/5 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Screenwriter James Cameron and director Robert Rodriquez's long-in-the-making adaptation of a popular manga feels wobbly, worked-over and way past its sell-by date. It looks ready to rock, but there's no life left in the party. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
3/5 68% Isn't It Romantic (2019) Comic tornado Rebel Wilson lifts up this meta-take on romantic comedies and makes it your best bet for a Valentine's date at the movies. Too bad about the sucker punch of a happy ending. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
2/5 46% What Men Want (2019) Taraji P. Henson comes out swinging in this female-centric update of the 2000 Mel Gibson rom-com 'What Women Want,' but the cliché-ridden film can't go the distance - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
3/5 70% Cold Pursuit (2019) Call it 'Taken' on Ice, but whatever you dub Liam Neeson's snowbound, revenge thriller it is still primo movie escapism, as long as you can get past Neeson's recent remarks about his own revenge fantasy against a black rapist. It's your call. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
3.5/5 86% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Is Lego 2 as good as the original? Not really. Few things take the bloom off a creative concept like a sequel. But the movie has a knack for throwing pop-culture references at the screen with a wild abandon that's hard to resist. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
62% Pretty Woman (1990) The Roberts smile - full-lipped, a mile wide and gleaming - is the closest the movies have yet come to capturing sunshine. Such dazzle should not be taken lightly. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
3/5 64% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) 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. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
4.5/5 100% They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) In this profound documentary event, Peter Jackson creates digital miracles-in 3D yet-to revitalize archival footage of World War I until faded history comes to vivid, vital life. You won't believe your eyes. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
3.5/5 88% Arctic (2019) Mads Mikkelsen's virtuoso performance as a downed pilot trying to survive in the harshest of environments is the warm heart of this ice-cold killer of a movie. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
10/100 19% Serenity (2019) What an infuriating mess the makers of Serenity have unloaded on an unsuspecting public. It's still only January, but this batshit bonkers trip through the subconscious has already earned a place among the year's worst movies. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
4/5 76% Never Look Away (2019) The German Oscar nominee for best foreign-language film is a triumphant return form to filmmaker Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, a treatise on love and war and the limitless reach of art that, even when it trips up, is never less than exhilarating. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
4/5 93% Stan & Ollie (2019) Baird seems to have an instinctive grasp that the best course of action would be to trust his performers. Well played, sir. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
76% Bad Lieutenant (1992) It's a powerhouse performance in a film of jabbing intensity and wit. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
54% The Object of My Affection (1998) Aniston, a friend in need of a solid movie script... finally gets one courtesy of Tony-winning playwright Wendy Wasserstein. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
3.5/5 73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) Call it "The Notorious RBG: The Early Years" as a terrific Felicity Jones finds the fire and fury in the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg as she takes on her lifelong battle against gender discrimination. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
3.5/5 73% Destroyer (2018) Nicole Kidman, playing a burned-out LAPD cop, proves she's as actress who knows how to stay the course, no matter how twisty, tangled or down and dirty it gets. She's dynamite. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
2.5/5 44% Second Act (2018) When the contrivances get too much in this 'Working Girl' for millennials, just watch take-charge, live-wire Jenny from the block deliver miles of smiles. Sometimes star power is its own reward. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
2/5 32% Welcome to Marwen (2018) This true story from director Zemeckis, about a hate-crime victim trying to heal himself through puppet art, isn't hack work; there are ideas buried beneath its high-gloss surface and relentless uplift. But good luck trying to dig them out. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
4/5 66% Vice (2018) Adam McKay's flamethrowing take on Dick Cheney, played by a shockingly brilliant Christian Bale, polarizes by being ferociously funny one minute, bleakly sorrowful the next, and ready to indict the past in the name of our scarily uncertain future. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
4.5/5 92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) Pawel Pawlikowski's savagely sexy spellbinder burns with a fever that won't quit. Joanna Kulig is a shining new star who rips across the screen like a comet. Forget the frosty title, there's enough sizzling carnality here to the singe the screen. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
3/5 78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) An industrial-strength sugarplum with compensations from Emily Blunt and Lin-Manual Miranda, whose performing magic can leave you feeling deliriously happy. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
2.5/5 65% Aquaman (2018) Not even an up-for-anything Jason Momoa can save Aquaman from being a joke. Still, the fun is a relief after all the recent DCEU superhero gloom. Any fish epic that finds time to show us an octopus playing bongos gets a pass in our book. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
4/5 89% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) Lebanese filmmaker Nadine Labaki brings an undeniable emotional pull to this harrowing portrait of a poverty-stricken child's fight to survive in the slums of Beirut. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
3.5/5 70% The Mule (2018) It's the detours on Eastwood's road movie- the stops along the way that show an old man dealing with the dim possibilities of change near the end of his life - that reveal this drug-mule-in-winter drama as a deeply personal reckoning. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
4/5 90% Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes (2018) A shocking, well-researched and richly observant documentary from Alexis Bloom about the climate of lies and systemic sexual abuse that allowed the bad behavior of Fox News chief Roger Ailes to flourish until his victims said Time's Up. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
3/5 62% Bird Box (2018) Sandra Bullock commands the screen in this only fitfully scary, post-apocalyptic sci-fi/horrorshow in which invading aliens can only kill you if you look at them. So keep your eyes wide shut. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
4.5/5 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Who'd have thought that animation could turn a whole army of interdimensional webslingers into something fresh, funny, fierce and revolutionary? With a mixed-race hero at its core, this is the greatest Spider-Man epic of them all-and the coolest. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
4.5/5 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Barry Jenkins creates one of the year's 10 best films by celebrating black love and a human connection that can raise you up and move you to tears. Regina King's performance should finally get her the Oscar she's deserved for years. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
3.5/5 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Even when the pace of the film falters, these two performers hold you in thrall. That's royalty. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
51% Willow (1988) At the heart of this overproduced jumble you can still hear the faint beat of the simple story Lucas conceived about 15 years ago while researching Star Wars. - People Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
3.5/4 81% Ben is Back (2018) Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges pour their hearts and souls into the unflinching and unforgettable addiction drama about a mother who can't quite trust the son she loves. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
4.5/5 59% Vox Lux (2018) In Brady Corbet's knockout second feature, Natalie Portman delivers an all-stops-out-you've-never seen-her-like-this tour de force as a swaggering rock diva who takes no prisoners. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
3.5/4 78% Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) Here's the holiday musical you're looking for - if, say, you like a splash of gore and a parade of flesh-eating zombies between musical numbers. Eat your heart out, Mary Poppins! - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018