Peter Travers

Peter Travers
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T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/5 91% I Used to Go Here (2020) Gillian Jacobs stars in this scrappy college comedy about a failed author who visits her alma mater looking for a confidence boost. Don't be fooled by filmmaker Kris Rey's playful style - her characters walk the same moral minefields as the rest of us. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2020
4/5 100% Howard (2020) A dazzling, deserved and long overdue tribute to Howard Ashman, the brilliant lyricist behind your favorite Disney tunes who was taken too soon by the Aids epidemic. This no-frills, no-bull doc makes you feel part of his extraordinary world. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
2.5/5 74% An American Pickle (2020) Did you hear the one about a Jewish immigrant who falls in a pickle barrel and wakes up 100 years later to meet his grown, great-grandson? Seth Rogen plays both roles so well that this shapeless, uneven comedy seems better than it is. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2020
2.5/5 77% Summerland (2020) A soft-centered pastoral drama that' stretches a suspension of disbelief beyond the breaking point and is never as tough-minded as you want it to be. Still, in these pandemic times, it's no crime to indulge in the cinematic equivalent of comfort food. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
3.5/5 60% Radioactive (2020) Never mind the plot curveballs-Rosamund Pike's refreshingly untamed performance as two-time Nobel-winning scientist Marie Curie does full justice to a defiantly unconventional life. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2020
4/5 73% The Rental (2020) In a knockout directing debut, Dave Franco spins a tale of two sexually volatile couples renting an AirBnB beachhouse into a diabolical, vise-tightening thriller that turns home-sharing into home invasion and fries your nerves to a frazzle. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2020
89% Married to the Mob (1988) High-spirited and hilarious, Mob supplies that special kick you get from movie comedy when laughter bubbles over into bliss. - People Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2020
3.5/5 81% The Painted Bird (2020) Hard to watch and harder to forget, this searing adaptation of Jerzy Kosiński's bestseller by Czech filmmaker Václav Marhoul spares nothing in showing the atrocities witnessed by anabandoned Jewish boy (Petr Kotlár) near the end of WW2. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2020
53% Clara's Heart (1988) Clara's Heart is just awful. - People Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2020
3/5 79% Greyhound (2020) A patriotic, proudly square tale of WW2 courage under fire that rarely rises above standard issue escapism, except for the soulful complexity Tom Hanks brings to the role of a naval commander and man of faith on the verge of losing faith in himself. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
3.5/5 92% Relic (2020) A haunted house stands in for strained mother-daughter relationships in this psychological horror film from Japanese-Ausssie director Natalie Erika James, who joins with three top actresses to mess with your head long after you turn out the lights. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
4.5/5 94% Palm Springs (2020) A near-perfect, sneakily provocative romcom that sets a never better Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti on a time loop where repetition can kill sex drives and even the will to live, but still leaves you laughing gratefully at the resilience of love. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2020
4/5 80% The Old Guard (2020) So what if this female-fronted Netflix action thriller wants to spawn a franchise so badly you can smell the desperation. Charlize Theron, Kiki Layne and director Gina Prince-Bythewood bring a character-driven fire to this tale of immortal warriors. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2020
4/5 92% The Outpost (2020) Bolstered by first-rate acting from Scott Eastwood and Caleb Landry Jones, Rod Lurie's you-are-there recounting of the Battle of Kamdesh in Afghanistan is one of best combat films ever made and a stirring tribute to heroism as a collective action. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2020
4/5 88% The Truth (La vérité) (2020) You don't want to this thrilling standoff between two French legends-Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche -who are double dynamite as a mother and daughter with different ideas of what constitutes the truth. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
5/5 98% Hamilton (2020) This "live capture" version of Lin Manuel Miranda's Broadway rap opera about our ten-dollar Founding Father is the streaming event of the year, an indisputable classic that comes just in time to cure our pandemic blues. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2020
1/5 9% Force of Nature (2020) Even without the stir ignited by casting Mel Gibson and Emile Hirsch, both with assault charges on their records, as white cops battling "Rican" villains during Hurricane Maria, this downpour of cliches and ethnic stereotyping is a total washout. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
2/5 64% Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) With Covid-19 sidelining the real Eurovision, Will Ferrell offers a mildly diverting tribute that subs a treacly love story for the nonstop, low-comic lunacy required, except for a jaja ding dong Dan Stevens as an oversexed Russian contender. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2020
57% Absolute Power (1997) Absolute Power is... fresh out of the clichés that reduce most thrillers to formula. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2020
4/5 40% Irresistible (2020) Critics are divided over Jon Stewart's election-year satire for not taking sides. But since both sides totally suck, his target is far more dangerous and insidious: our collective passivity. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2020
3.5/5 95% The Ghost of Peter Sellers (2020) Movie junkies, rejoice. Director Peter Medak has made an instructive and nightmarishly funny documentary about how actor Peter Sellers drove him crazy and nearly trashed his career. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2020
3/5 84% Mr. Jones (2020) A disordered script cobbles this stirring indictment of Stalin's evil from director Agnieszka Holland. There are flashes of epic filmmaking, but the great movie that might have been remains frustratingly out of reach. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2020
4/5 92% Babyteeth (2020) Love, death and the whole damn thing seen through the eyes of a teen played by the gifted Eliza Scanlen. Shannon Murphy's debut feature is a thing of beauty and terror that means to hit you hard - and boy, does it ever. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
2.5/5 70% 7500 (2020) Joseph Gordon-Levitt gives his all and then some as a pilot who most battle terrorists while singlehandedly landing a passenger jet. It's too bad this claustrophobic cockpit thriller quickly loses altitude. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2020
4/5 99% Miss Juneteenth (2020) Talk about timely! This stirring mother-daughter drama uses the date that marks the end of slavery and the beauty pageant that still bears its name to celebrate young black women with their own ideas about beauty and independence. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2020
1/5 38% Exit Plan (Selvmords turisten) (2020) Not even the indisputable charisma of 'Game of Thrones' star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau will get you through this Danish downer about a hotel for suicides. Even if you're watching at home, you'll be running for the exits. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2020
98% My Left Foot (1989) It's the kind of role that showoff stars leap at. Luckily for the film and us, an actor got there first. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
100% Henry V (1989) Branagh has made a hotblooded, lively and moving Henry V that speaks pertinently to a new generation. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
1.5/5 9% Artemis Fowl (2020) This failed Harry Potter wannabe replaces the naughty fun of Eoin Colfer's YA novels about a 12-yer-old criminal mastermind with a dramatically inert and emotionally empty film facsimile. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
5/5 92% Da 5 Bloods (2020) Spike Lee's game-changing Vietnam epic lobs a grenade at systemic racism that speaks to black history from slavery to George Floyd. Lee has made more than a soul-stirring film for our time. He's made one for the ages. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2020
1/5 70% Becky (2020) Stunt casting Kevin James as a neo-Nazi falls flat like everything else in this ultra-violent, ultra-stupid smarm-bomb that deserves to take a few lumps before shuffling off to the digital boneyard. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2020
4/5 73% The King of Staten Island (2020) It's the world world according to Pete Davidson as the 'SNL' star and director Judd Apatow mine details from Davidson's real-life to create a comic knockout with an emotional punch you do not see coming. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2020
3.5/5 89% You Don't Nomi (2020) How to rehabilitate Paul Verhoeven's oft-malaigned Showgirls? Jeffrey McHale's feature debut doc is a raucous hoot that also generates a grudging appreciation for the 1995 trashathon that really might be so bad it's good. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
4/5 87% Shirley (2020) With Elisabeth Moss brilliantly playing horror author Shirley Jackson like a volcano on the verge of eruption, this teasing, spellbinding psychodrama from Josephine Decker preps us to expect the unexpected. Fasten your seatbelts. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2020
2.5/5 69% The High Note (2020) Though Tracee Ellis Ross is killer good acting and singing the role of a pop superstar who makes life hell for her personal assistant (Dakota Johnson), this fitfully entertaining diva dramedy hits too many wrong notes to go the distance. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2020
4.5/5 92% The Vast of Night (2020) Andrew Patterson's soaringly creative, sci-fi mindbender isn't limited by its low-fi budget. What makes it one of the best (and most unclassifiable) movies of the year is the hypnotic way it keeps re-inventing itself from scene to scene. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2020
2.5/5 76% Military Wives (2020) Though deeply reliant on formula and wrapped in a blanket of bland, this crowdpleaser about a choir of solders wives squeaks past the rough spots thanks to the acting alchemy of Kristin Scott Thomas and Sharon Horgan - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2020
0/5 25% Inheritance (2020) A blithering botch job of a thriller that begs the question: "Come on, are you effing kidding me?" If this is an inheritance, leave us out of the will, please. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2020
4/5 65% The Lovebirds (2020) Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani generate big laughs and a sense of genuine connection as a New Orleans couple on the skids who find out what they really mean to each other when psychos try to kill them. The knockabout result is inspired lunacy. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2020
98% Paris Is Burning (1991) If all you know about Voguing comes from Madonna, this spirited and heartbreaking documentary from first-time filmmaker Jennie Livingston will be an eyeopener. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2020
2/5 39% Proximity (2020) This low-budget tale of alien abduction is an in-and-out impressive calling card for debuting feature writer and director Eric Demeusy. who gets the look right but slips up on bringing depth to the script and getting past his Spielberg fixation. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2020
1.5/5 36% Blood and Money (2020) It's man vs. nature, himself, clichés, and a horrible script in this anemic thriller that pits a worthy Tom Berenger against some genuinely god-awful storytelling. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2020
2.5/5 41% Capone (2020) 'Fantastic Four' filmmaker Josh Trank's ambitious attempt to tell part of his own story through the last days of notorious mobster Al Capone doesn't add up, except for Tom Hardy's go-for-broke performance in the title role. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
2.5/4 76% Una (2017) Una is a film of seismic shocks built to make an audience squirm. Mission accomplished. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
4.5/5 99% Saint Frances (2020) What looks like a throwaway about a precocious kid and her nanny is actually one of the best and gutsiest movies you'll find anywhere these pandemic days-a fun-time trailblazer that retains its rough edges to that last. It's some kind of miracle. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
3/5 64% Hope Gap (2020) Indelible and infuriating in equal measure, filmmaker William Nicholson's anatomy of his parents' own broken marriage rides high on superb performances from Annette Bening and Bill Nighy and raw emotions that cut deep, - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2020
3.5/5 81% How to Build a Girl (2020) Coky Giedroyc's femcentric film about a teen rock critic who learns to grow past her own cosmetically-applied cynicism is never as wicked, winning and bruisingly comic as it needs to be. But lead actress Beanie Feldstein is all that and more. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2020
3/5 47% Arkansas (2020) If narrative drive is your thing, steer clear of Clark Duke's trifling whatzit about drug-dealing deadbeats, but pandemic-weary audiences might just revel in a southern-fried, comic randomness that becomes the film's saving grace. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2020
4/5 91% Blue Story (2020) If you want a blast of pure nitro in your pandemic viewing, start streaming this standout first feature from rapper-director-actor Andrew Onwubolu, a.k.a. Rapman, who uses hip-hop beats to bring mythic weight to this British youth-gang drama - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2020
43% Committed (2000) It's a one-joke premise that ultimately wears thin, but [Lisa] Krueger works some playful variations on a theme. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020