Peter Travers

Peter Travers
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T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 100% Aquarela (2019) Eco-documentary on H20 in the age of climate change - from crumbling icebergs to chaotic hurricanes - is both gorgeous and terrifying. The shape of water, indeed. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2019
2.5/5 43% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) It's the human devastation that gets short shrift in a movie that turns the hot, hilarious, out-for-blood Bernadette into the thing she hates most: conventional. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
2.5/5 80% Good Boys (2019) The best and worst thing about this talk-dirty, feel-good attempt to be 'Superbad, Jr' is that it feels like it was written and directed by the 12-year-olds at its center. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
4/5 90% Blinded by the Light (2019) A no-hope British-Pakistani teen (dynamite newcomer Viveik Kalra) finds salvation in the music of Bruce Springsteen. Cornball? So what. Look for Gurinder Chadha's exuberant gift of a movie to hit you the same way. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
3/5 57% Brian Banks (2019) The true story of a football player falsely accused of sexual assault is lifted by Aldis Hodge in the title role but brought low by a flat, formulaic telling. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
1/5 22% The Kitchen (2019) McCarthy, Haddish, Moss-Oh, what a movie The Kitchen could have been. But oh what an unholy disaster it is. An early contender for worst of the year. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
2.5/5 62% Them That Follow (2019) The actors, especially the great Olivia Colman, anchor this well-intentioned but shakily executed look into a Pentecostal religion that believes snakes reflect God's will. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
3/5 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Whatever this is, it's not a movie - it's a product more deserving of a road test than a review. Johnson and Statham keep the action and laughs spinning. The problem is they keep repeating them - stunt, banter, stunt - until they wear out their welcome. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
4/5 83% The Nightingale (2019) In Jennifer Kent's pulverizing revenge tale, Aisling Franciosi delivers a tour de force as an Australian woman determined to put a stake through the heart of toxic masculinity. You won't know what hit you. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
4/5 93% Luce (2019) This provocation about race, privilege and the expectations that come with both features a star-in-the-making Kelvin Harrison Jr. and adds up to some kind of wallop-packing miracle. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
3.5/5 76% Skin (2019) Jamie Bell's awards-buzzed tour de force in this fact-based drama about a neo-Nazi overcoming his toxic upbringing makes this a movie you can't get out of your head. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
4.5/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Tarantino's all-star fantasia links Hollywood and Manson-era violence into the best and most explosive cinema we've seen all year. You can feel Tarantino's mad love for movies in all their disreputable dazzle and subversive art in every shot. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
4.5/5 91% David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) The rock & roll icon gets the beautiful, brutally honest looksee he deserves. The result is.one of the best rock docs of all time. Expect no apologies from Crosby, the lion in winter. Hear him roar. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2019
2.5/5 83% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Jesse Eisenberg steps into the dojo and gets in a few good licks at toxic masculinity before odious comparisons to Fight Club blunt the film's comic and dramatic impact. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
2/5 42% Stuber (2019) Talk about running on fumes. This buddy comedy traps two talented dudes - Kumail Nanjiani and Dave Bautista - in a car that's going nowhere so fast that Thelma and Louise would hop right on. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
2.5/5 52% The Lion King (2019) Everything money can buy, including the vocal talents of Beyonce and Donald Glover, has been poured into this photo-realistic retake on The Lion King. What's missing is heart, soul, daring and the faintest hint of originality. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
4.5/5 99% The Farewell (2019) Extraordinary on every level, Lulu Wang's The Farewell starring an award-caliber Awkwafina builds a funny, touching and vital film about what makes a family in any culture, leaving you with cathartic tears. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
4/5 83% Midsommar (2019) Another groundbreaker in horror from Hereditary's Ari Aster who mixes a modern breakup story with pagan rituals in Sweden. If you're looking for the scariest movie ever shot in blinding sunlight, the raw and riveting Midsommar is it. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
3.5/5 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) There's no endgame in sight for Spider-Man. As played by Brit wunderkind Tom Holland in a whoosh of boyish enthusiasm and lovesick angst, Spidey is flying higher than ever n a thrill ride that's bursting with laughs and real-deal surprises. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
2/5 64% Child's Play (2019) Even Aubrey Plaza and the voice of of Luke Sywalker (OK, it's Mark Hamill) as devil doll Chucky, can't save this botched reboot. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2019
4/5 98% Maiden (2019) An all-women crew knocked the sexist world on its ass by winning this 1989 yacht race. This dazzling doc from director Alex Holmes proves these female pioneers are still a cause for celebration. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2019
3.5/5 63% Yesterday (2019) Danny Boyle's light breeze of a romcom about a world without the Beatles has its heart firmly in the right place. It's the challenge to take it to the next level that's missing. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
4.5/5 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) TS4 is still flying high on visual pow, pinwheeling fun and soulful feeling. And oh that Forky! As voiced by the incomparable Tony Hale, this plastic spork is an animated character for the ages. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
4/5 93% Wild Rose (2019) This story of a Scottish single mother who dreams of country-music glory is fueled by one knockout performance from Jessie Buckley. Prepare for an emotional wipeout. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
2.5/5 22% Men in Black International (2019) In this uninspired MiB reboot, the effervescent biplay between Hemsworth and Thompson almost compensates for the vacuum where a live-wire alien invasion comedy should be. Almost being the operative word. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
2/5 32% Shaft (2019) Tim Story's update of the blaxploitation classic is shamelessly regressive. Male dinosaurs again walk the earth with misogynistic and homophobic impunity. These are the laughs, folks. Don't be surprised if they stick in your throat. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
4.5/5 93% Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese (2019) Scorsese's unclassifiable phantasmagoria plays like a great Dylan song, darting between fact and playful fiction. It's part tour diary, part trickster handbook and totally mesmerizing. You've never seen or heard anything like it in your life. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
2.5/5 54% The Dead Don't Die (2019) The shambling, tossed-off quality of Jarmusch's zombie riff is its most appealing trait. But that's all it has besides the performances, especially by Swinton and Driver. It all adds up to an apocalyptic afterthought. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
1/5 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) Sophie Turner shows enormous potential as super-mutant Jean Grey, but this botch job doesn't just suck big time, it's the worst movie ever in the X-Men series. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
4/5 80% Late Night (2019) Thompson is acidly hilarious as the only female host on late-night. When she brings in Mindy Kaling to diversify her all-white-dude writing staff, the two stars toss the verbal grenades in Kaling's woke script like virtuosos. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
3.5/5 89% Always Be My Maybe (2019) An Asian-Asian romance is rare in Hollywood, making this romantic romp both irresistible and quietly revolutionary. No maybes about the dream team of Ali Wong and Randall Park, they're too good to miss. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
2.5/5 54% Ma (2019) In her first horror film, Octavia Spencer is a twisted treat, but this predictable Blumhouse scarefest rarely lives up to the irresistible dynamo at its center.. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
2/5 41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Its fun to watch Godzilla and pals wreak kaiju havoc, but there's no surviving a humorless script, lazy-ass directing and slumming actors who are forced to scream in terror when they're not shoveling tons of mind-numbing exposition. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
4/5 89% Rocketman (2019) The young, gay, conflicted and addicted Elton John is brought to life by an electrifying, Oscar-caliber Taron Egerton and Dexter Fletcher's dazzling cinematic inventiveness. Forget the cliches, this one you don't want to miss. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
2/5 57% Brightburn (2019) What If baby Superman broke bad? A great premise gets seriously squandered in this ridiculous superhero/horror movie mash-up. The only thing truly scary is that we might be in for a sequel. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
3.5/5 75% Halston (2019) Ignore the film's foolish framing device with Tavi Gevinson playing fashion detective and a fascinating portrait emerges of Halston as a flawed icon whose designs captured an era and still take your breath away. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
3.5/5 57% Aladdin (2019) Did Aladdin just get woke? It's an inspired choice to cast Guy Ritchie's live-action version of Disney's 1992 animated hit with persons of color. What a shame that the end result gets buried in a blanket of bland. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
4/5 97% Booksmart (2019) Olivia Wilde's smashing feature directing debut is a femcentric spin on Freaks and Geeks that makes this laugh riot the smart choice for anyone looking for a comedy that's outrageously entertaining and quietly revolutionary at the same time. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
4.5/5 90% The Souvenir (2019) Remember the name Honor Swinton Byrne. In Joanna Hogg's delicate, dazzling masterpiece, her star is born. Definitely one of the best movies so far this year. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
4.5/5 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) You can wait around and hope for a bigger, badder burst of action fireworks than John Wick 3, but you'd be kidding yourself. The wow factor is off the charts. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
56% Alien Resurrection (1997) Alien Resurrection is juiced by the fresh thinking of visionary French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet... - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
1/5 14% The Hustle (2019) Even with Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson as con artists, the setups are flat, the jokes don't land and the actors strain for laughs that never come. Be warned about this femcentric spin on Dirty Rotten Scoundrels-it's the audience that gets hustled. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
2.5/5 66% Wine Country (2019) Star Amy Poehler's directing debut about six female friends on a weekend break in Napa trips up on its journey from silly to soul-searching. No matter. Poehler seems to think that the pleasure of their company is enough. She's right. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
3.5/5 71% All Is True (2019) in a mesmerizing meditation on Shakespeare's last days, director-star Kenneth Branagh shuns the idea of the Bard as a literary rock star to find the flawed, touchingly human man inside. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
4/5 89% Non-Fiction (Doubles vies) (2019) Is the digital revolution the endgame for literacy? Olivier Assayas asks all the right questions in the form of an erotic romp. Dig in. It's a bonbon spiked with wit and malice. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
2.5/5 55% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Zac Efron gives his all and then some as serial killer Ted Bundy, but in trying to show the kinder, gentler side of Bundy that fooled nearly everyone, the movie gets tangled up in tonal shifts and missed opportunities. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
4/5 100% Knock Down the House (2019) This galvanizing, all-access Netflix doc concerns the 2018 primary campaigns of four grassroots female Democrats- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Amy Vilela, Cori Bush, and Paula Jean Swearengin-and their fighting spirit blazes through every frame. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2019
3.5/5 81% Long Shot (2019) Theron and Rogen are a sparking pair of live wires who turn an impossible relationship - she's the class to his crass, the hot to his not - into a soft-hearted political satire that's raunchy and romantic in all the right places. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2019
4/5 66% The White Crow (2019) Director Ralph Fiennes makes this hypnotic look into the young life of controversial ballet icon Rudolph Nureyev (Oleg Ivenko) a thing of bruised beauty and an exhilarating gift. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
4/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) The MCU's long goodbye to the Avengers (is it really?) comes off as truly epic and thunderously exciting. But here's the big surprise-it's also an emotional wipeout . - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019