Peter Travers

Peter Travers
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T-Meter Title | Year
1/5 19% Dolittle (2020) Robert Downey, Jr. talks to the animals and hits a career low in this object lesson in cinematic incoherence that will leave children sad and confused and adults scratching their heads.Come back, 'Cats,' we forgive you. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
3/5 74% Bad Boys for Life (2020) Having wisely kicked original director Michael Bay to the curb, Will Smith and Martin Lawrence prove that they still have enough '90s action-movie chemistry to lift this cop buddy movie above the herd. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
1/5 19% Like a Boss (2020) What we have here is a comedy on life support, with Haddish and Byrne valiantly performing futile acts of resuscitation. Sorry to report: The patient died. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
1.5/5 50% Underwater (2020) A brazen knockoff that wants to be 'Alien' at sea- instead it's just all wet. Shot three years ago, this soggy horrorshow wastes Kristen Stewart as a wannabe Ripley and provides further proof that January is the month Hollywood uses to bury its mistakes. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
4.5/5 92% Clemency (2019) With a devastating performance as a prison warden who oversees executions, the actress brings the toll of the death penalty to wrenching life. Like the movie she inhabits with every fiber of her being, Woodard is some kind of miracle. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2019
4/5 83% Just Mercy (2020) The real battle is still to be won. That's the power of Just Mercy. It demands that you bear witness. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
4.5/5 90% 1917 (2020) In one of the best war films of all time, director Sam Mendes brilliantly delivers a story of two WWI soldiers on a mission that's a stunning technical accomplishment that unfurls as one single take - and a deeply felt tale of heroism under fire. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
4.5/5 95% Little Women (2019) Guys should stop treating 'Little Women' like Kryptonite. Greta Gerwig reimagines Louisa May Alcott's classic novel for a new generation and creates a movie for the ages without clipping the wings of her own soaring wit and imagination. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
0/5 20% Cats (2019) This all-star, all-awful screen take on the smash Broadway musical easily scores as the worst movie of the year and arguably the decade. Cats shouldn't happen to a dog. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
3.5/5 52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) OK, the final episode isn't perfect. You'll nitpick it forever with your friends. But that's the point. Star Wars isn't a movie, it's family. We're that close to it. And the in-fighting about what it does right and wrong is as crucial as the love. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
3/5 38% Seberg (2020) Whatever the flaws in this wobbly tale of the FBI's persecution of actress Jean Seberg, the body-and-soul performance of Kristen Stewart is not one of them. Stewart reminds us of Seberg's once vibrant strength and defiance and stands up for her truth. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
3/5 71% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) This up-for-anything sequel to the 2017 reboot brings back the A-list cast (Jack Black is still MVP) for more in-game avatar shenanigans. It's just the ticket if you're looking for a comic blast for the holidays. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
4/5 67% Bombshell (2019) Theron, Kidman, and Robbie-all nominees for Screen Actors Guild awards-come out blazing in this tale of how the women of Fox News brought down a predatory CEO. It's explosive entertainment that means to make a difference. Listen up. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
3/5 81% A Hidden Life (2019) Malick's return to form with the true story of a WW2 pacifist still seems like a miss as his focus drifts off into gorgeous shots of mountain mists, chirping birds and babbling brooks that add up to three hours of digressive meanderings. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
4.5/5 91% Uncut Gems (2019) As a Manhattan jeweler and gambling addict caught in a vise of his own making, Adam Sandler proves he can act with the best of them, meeting every challenge the incendiary Safde brothers throw at him to give the audience the ride of its life. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
4/5 74% Richard Jewell (2019) Eastwood delivers a riveting take on this true tale of a security guard who was declared a hero for finding a bomb and then became the prime suspect . Paul Walter Hauser is perfection as Richard, as is the great Kathy Bates as his loyal mother. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
3.5/5 64% Little Joe (2019) What if you bred a plant with the power to make people "happy" - and its zombified fans would kill to protect it? You'd have Jessica Hausner's mindbending 'Little Joe'-a 'Body Snatchers' for the age of antidepressants. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2019
3/5 71% The Aeronauts (2019) Breathless adventure and fully committed performances from Redmayne and Jones as Victorian-era balloonists can't compensate for the fictions that fill this fact-based story with hot air. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
4.5/5 97% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) Though the film sizzles with an erotic heat that grows from initial repression, Sciamma is not pedaling softcore lesbian porn. Her transfixing film, about the heady experience of an impossible first love, is a timeless work of art. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
28% The Three Musketeers (1993) All this nonsense would be news to Dumas, whose grave is surely spinning as his musketeers - sucked dry of high drama and low wit - go kicking and screaming into the wonderful world of Disney. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
4/5 82% Queen & Slim (2019) Game-changing work from screenwriter Lena Waithe, director Melina Matsoukas and actors Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith turn this tale of an outlaw couple on the run in Trump's racially charged America into incendiary protest art - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
4.5/5 97% Knives Out (2019) What a kick to watch whip-smart director Rian Johnson shake the cobwebs off the whodunit genre and turn it intro terrific, twisted, all-star fun that actually does keep you guessing until the deliciously slippery end. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
4/5 90% Dark Waters (2019) Mark Ruffalo, a great actor of seemingly limitless range, brings a growing sense of moral outrage to this gripping Todd Haynes docudrama about a corporate lawyer who risks it all to take on the chemical companies he's been hired to defend. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
1.5/5 51% 21 Bridges (2019) Chadwick Boseman gets betrayed by his own cop thriller. There are 21 reasons not to see this limp, lame cop thriller - and not a single one to justify wasting your money on it. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
4/5 77% Frozen II (2019) Forget the convoluted plot. The animation bursts with wonders and it's a pleasure to re-connect with those empowered sister princesses: Elsa (Idina Menzel) and Anna (Kristen Bell). Why is the sequel never the equal? Frozen II just might break the jinx. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
4/5 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Under Marielle Heller's transfixing direction, that consummate actor Tom Hanks succeeds triumphantly at moving past imitation to find Mister Rogers' nurturing soul. It's a damn-near irresistible movie that speaks from the heart. Let it in. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
2.5/5 52% Charlie's Angels (2019) Does the fact that this unwanted update of the Charlie's Angels franchise is less awful than expected make it worth seeing? Hardly. But at least director Elizabeth Banks and her woke angels make this salvage operation go down easy. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
4/5 83% Waves (2019) The emotional typhoon unleashed in this family drama is the work of Trey Edward Shults, a major young filmmaker who draws astounding performances from Kelvin Harrison, Jr., Sterling K. Brown and an unforgettable Taylor Russell. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
4/5 81% The Report (2019) In what's shaping up as the year of Adam Driver, the 'Marriage Story' star continues his hot streak with a smart, compelling thriller about the Senate investigator who nailed the government for bypassing the law to torture Al Qaeda detainees. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
4/5 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Vroom! Damon and Bale bring engine-roaring life to this true tale of two racing legends hired by Henry Ford II to build a hot, fast car that can beat Ferrari at Le Mans and pit American crass against Italian class. Fasten your seat belts. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
1.5/5 43% Midway (2019) Roland Emmerich's take on an epic WW2 naval battle dive bombs on screen by thinking plastering the latest in digital effects over the same war-time movie tropes constitutes a movie. It does not. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
4/5 93% Honey Boy (2019) In a dazzling high-wire act as actor and screenwriter, LaBeouf lets loose on his own life as a child star and his relationship with his loose-cannon dad, a role he plays himself in a live-wire performance that jumps off the screen.. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
3/5 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) The sequel to Stanley Kubrick's 'The Shining' relies way too much on borrowed inspiration and eventually runs out of steam. But this flawed hybrid of Kubrick and Stephen King still has the stuff to keep you up nights. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
4.5/5 95% Marriage Story (2019) How does a small tale of a broken marriage emerge as a major triumph and one of the very best movies of the year? When it's the best film yet from Baumbach with career highs from Driver and Johansson. It'll take a piece out of you. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
4/5 62% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) In filming Jonathan Lethem's novel about a New York gumshoe with Tourette syndrome, writer-producer-director-star Edward Norton shows a few signs of artistic struggle, but nonetheless delivers an ardent and ambitious triumph. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
5/5 96% The Irishman (2019) Prepare for fireworks. With this unmissable crime epic, you'll be watching Scorsese at the peak of his powers directing acting giants De Niro, Pacino and Pesci and creating the movie event of the year. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
2/5 52% Black and Blue (2019) This bargain-basement 'Training Day' doesn't deserve Naomie Harris - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
3/5 68% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) This party-vibe sequel to 2009's 'Zombieland" isn't much of a movie but it sure is irresistible escapism and heaps of fun. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
1/5 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) In this melted, wannabe 'Frozen', Angelina Jolie and her cheekbones return to an inert franchise to glare at Michelle Pfeiffer. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
4/5 91% The Lighthouse (2019) Two primal performances from Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson carry Robert Eggers' second film to glory. Stunningly shot in black and white in the boxy format common in the silent era, The Lighthouse seeps into your bones with a power that won't let go. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
3.5/5 80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) You'll laugh, you'll cry - sometimes at the same time. But love or hate Jojo Rabbit, Taika Waititi's hit-and-miss Nazi dramedy is damn near impossible to shake. Our suggestion: Stick with Waititi, he's worth following anywhere. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
1.5/5 26% Gemini Man (2019) In this high-tech downgrade for the great Ang Lee, all the digital fx it takes for Will Smith to mix it up with a "Fresh Prince" version of himself does not compensate for a dull plot, achingly familiar characters and dialogue that's no fun at all. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
3/5 71% The King (2019) Chalamet and especially Pattinson do their best to energize and contemporize Aussie director David Michôd's amalgam of Shakespeare's Prince Hal history plays without all that, you know, Shakespeare poetry and purpose. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
4.5/5 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Let's just say it: the South Korean auteur Bong Joon Ho is some kind of genius and he tops himself with 'Parasite'-it's explosive filmmaking on every level and one of the cinema high points of 2019 . You won't know what hit you. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
3.5/5 97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Eddie Murphy's back - front-and-center and full force - in a comedy that pays tribute to the rude-crude-untamed humor of Rudy Ray Moore. Murphy is raw again and I'm delirious. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
4.5/5 97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Antonio Banderas gives the performance of his career playing Pedro Almodovar, the director who discovered him. 'Pain and Glory,' suffused with memory and regret, is one of Almodovar's greatest films and a moving tribute to both their talents. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
4.5/5 69% Joker (2019) Forget the overhyped controversy, Joker is simply stupendous as entertainment and provocation, with a gut-punch performance by Phoenix that puts a horrifically human face on an iconic comic-book villain. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
2.5/5 81% Abominable (2019) The first major co-production between DreamWorks and China's Pearl Studio is a warm and fuzzy animated guide book they could have titled How to Train Your Yeti. It's good family fun as far it goes. It also could have gone further - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
3.5/5 83% Judy (2019) Renée Zellweger performs miracles playing Judy Garland: singing her heart out, baring her bruised soul and acting with a ferocity that ultimately rises to a state of grace. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
86% Madonna: Truth or Dare (1991) You may not leave Truth or Dare loving Madonna, but you'll respect her as a force of nature. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019