Peter Travers

Peter Travers
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T-Meter Title | Year
2.5/5 24% 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 34% 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 79% 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 91% Always Be My Maybe (2019) An Asian-Asian romance is rare in Hollywood, making this romantic romp both rresistible 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 56% 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 40% 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 58% 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 76% 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 89% 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 89% 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 15% 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 (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 67% 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
3.5/5 92% Disneynature: Penguins (2019) It took 16 cinematographers three years to capture the stunning images in this doc about an Adelie penguin (anthropomorphically voiced by Ed Helms) coming of age during a freezing Antarctic spring. Go for the film's thrilling sense of wonder. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
3/5 80% Fast Color (2019) Filmmaker Julia Hart sometimes trips on her ambitions in this minimalist superhero movie that takes on race and female empowerment. A stellar Gugu Mbatha-Raw, as a woman nearly undone by her psychic gifts, reminds us that not all heroes wear capes. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
2/5 55% Under the Silver Lake (2019) Writer-director David Robert Mitchell is too gifted an artist to write off for one slip up, but this L.A. noir starring Andrew Garfield as an amateur sleuth addled by sex, drugs and conspiracy theories goes nowhere, very, very slowly. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
3.5/5 96% Little Woods (2019) Featuring a dynamite turn from Tessa Thompson as a parolee looking for one last opiod score before going straight, Nia DaCosta's uneven but compelling drama tells you what's it like living down-and-out in the USA. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
1.5/5 30% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Prepare to feel cursed. This lame spinoff of the 'Conjuring' series is a lazy cash-in that plays too timid for terror and is too lazily constructed to haunt anyone's dreams. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
4/5 93% Long Day's Journey Into Night (Di qiu zui hou de ye wan) (2019) Writer-director Bi Gan, 28, takes you on a rapturous ride through the night that will knock you for a loop, especially with a sexy, violent, 50-minutes climax that now stands as the 3D Shot of the Century - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2019
3/5 61% The Public (2019) Writer-director-star Emilio Estevez turns a library occupied by homeless citizens as ground zero for our under-fire democracy. Bravo! - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2019
2/5 46% Little (2019) Alternately smarmy and crushingly familiar, 'Little' does a reverse spin on 'Big' that adds up to small comic potatoes, except for child star Marsai Martin whose talent and timing are wonders to behold. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
3.5/4 91% Sauvage / Wild (2019) French filmmaker Camille Vidal-Naquet offers a raw and riveting portrait of a gay male sex worker (the quietly devastating Félix Maritaud) and the aching tenderness he brings to his brutal profession. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
4/5 84% Her Smell (2019) Elisabeth Moss turns in a five-alarm blaze of a performance as a frontwoman who makes Courtney Love look like Mother Teresa. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
3/5 72% Teen Spirit (2019) Debuting director Max Minghella knows he's running on a formula wheel, but the luminous Elle Fanning-doing her own vocals (no Auto Tune)-is simply sensational as a young singer competing in an 'American Idol'-like TV competition. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
5/5 99% Amazing Grace (2019) The voice of Aretha Franklin is touched by God. And the glory is all there in this landmark concert film of her 1972 gospel shows, long delayed by technical problems. They say good things are worth waiting for. This shining light of a film proves it. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
4/5 82% High Life (2019) This space oddity from Rob Pattinson and the great French filmmaker Claire Denis will mess with your head and blow your mind. It's a hell of a ride. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
3.5/5 57% Pet Sematary (2019) Stephen King's scariest novel comes back to life in a killer-diller chiller that will make you jump out of your seat. It's the stuff of nightmares - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
4/5 90% Shazam! (2019) Power by a firecracker Zachary Levi and a junior-Deadpool irreverence, Shazam is an irresistible blast of comic-book kick-ass that slaps a smile on your face that just won't quit. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
4.5/5 93% Diane (2019) Mary Kay Place delivers one of the year's best performances in this shattering character study from writer-director Kent Jones in a narrative feature debut that sneaks up and floors you. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
50% Oliver & Company (1988) With its captivating characters, sprightly songs and zap-happy animation, Oliver & Company adds up to a tip-top frolic. - People Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
2.5/5 47% Dumbo (2019) 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. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
3/5 76% 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 57% 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 27% 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 94% 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