3488 items by Peter Travers

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II | MOVIE REVIEW

    The sequel to 1990's $100 million smash is amiably asinine. Let it go at that. The half-shell heroes are part of a hype juggernaut. This review merely marks the acting debut of rapper Vanilla Ice for the...

    March 22, 1991 12:50 PM ET
  • Defending Your Life

    Defending Your Life | MOVIE REVIEW

    Leave it to Albert Brooks to make dying both stressful and funny. In this brilliantly inventive comic fantasy, the writer-director plays Daniel Miller, a divorced L.A. advertising executive. Driving his BMW convertible while singing along to a...

    March 22, 1991 12:10 PM ET
  • True Colors

    True Colors | MOVIE REVIEW

    John Cusack and James Spader prove their mettle as actors by investing this stupefyingly naive and predictable melodrama with genuine conviction. Both play law students at the University of Virginia. The script, by the usually astute Kevin...

    March 15, 1991 12:55 PM ET
  • Guilty By Suspicion

    Guilty By Suspicion | MOVIE REVIEW

    The blacklist era of the fifties, when the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) wrecked reputations and lives by ferreting out alleged Commies within the film industry, is a terrific movie subject. But Hollywood keeps screwing it up....

    March 15, 1991 12:20 PM ET
  • Class Action

    Class Action | MOVIE REVIEW

    Playing Father and Daughter lawyers on different sides of a hot-potato case, Gene Hackman and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio give passionate, riveting performances that almost make you forget you're watching a glorified soap opera. Hackman is Jedediah Tucker...

    March 15, 1991 11:55 AM ET
  • Paris is Burning

    Paris is Burning | MOVIE REVIEW

    If all you know about "Voguing" comes from Madonna, this spirited and heartbreaking documentary from first-time filmmaker Jennie Livingston will be an eyeopener. Livingston has been at work on the film since 1985, when she first encountered...

    March 13, 1991 12:25 PM ET
  • New Jack City

    New Jack City | MOVIE REVIEW

    First-time feature director Mario Van Peebles puts a Nineties twist on the blaxploiatation pictures of the Seventies, such as Superfly, Shaft and Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (directed by his father, Melvin), in this slam-bang crime drama....

    March 8, 1991 12:30 PM ET
  • La Femme Nikita

    La Femme Nikita | MOVIE REVIEW

    Very Little in this French thriller makes sense, but it's all savagely engrossing because of the performance of Anne Parillaud in the title role. She's a spellbinder. Writer-director Luc Besson introduces Nikita, a sociopathic punk junkie, in...

    March 8, 1991 12:20 PM ET
  • The Hard Way

    The Hard Way | MOVIE REVIEW

    Boosted by live-wire performances from James Woods as John Moss, a hard-ass New York cop, and Michael J. Fox as Nick Lang, a diminutive Hollywood star with a Gargantuan ego, this action comedy is often smart, sassy...

    March 8, 1991 11:50 AM ET
  • Closet Land

    Closet Land | MOVIE REVIEW

    You could choke on the hard-sell integrity of this two-character drama. Tackling the political oppression of artistic freedom – in her feature-directing debut, writer Radha Bharadwaj goes out on a limb and opposes it – the story...

    March 6, 1991 11:50 AM ET
  • The Doors

    The Doors | MOVIE REVIEW

    Jim Morrison, the lead singer and lyricist of the Doors, was equal parts poet, provocateur and snake-oil salesman. You might say the same of Oliver Stone, the writer-director (Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July) who...

    March 1, 1991 11:45 AM ET
  • Meet the Applegates

    Meet the Applegates | MOVIE REVIEW

    Even top directors have off days. Take David Lynch (Dune), Francis Coppola (One From the Heart) and Martin Scorsese (New York, New York). Their movie mishaps are dreadful but not dull because you can feel a vigorous...

    February 28, 1991 11:10 AM ET
  • Scenes from a Mall

    Scenes from a Mall | MOVIE REVIEW

    The teaming up of Woody Allen, Bette Midler and director Paul Mazursky would lead you to expect an embarrassment of riches. But this marital comedy is only an embarrassment, a sad case of great talents colliding rather...

    February 22, 1991 11:55 AM ET
  • Superstar: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol

    Superstar: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol | MOVIE REVIEW

    It's hard to criticize Chuck Workman's documentary about Andy Warhol for sticking to the surface since nothing fascinated Warhol more than surfaces. There's fun and occasional excitement in seeing Workman's speed-edited collages of the pop culture that...

    February 22, 1991 11:35 AM ET
  • He Said, She Said

    He Said, She Said | MOVIE REVIEW

    Diverting performances from Elizabeth Perkins and Kevin Bacon keep this gimmicky battle of the sexes from sinking to the cringe level, but it's nip and tuck all the way. First-time screenwriter Brian Hohlfeld developed the idea with...

    February 22, 1991 10:50 AM ET
  • He Said, She Said

    He Said, She Said | MOVIE REVIEW

    Diverting performances from Elizabeth Perkins and Kevin Bacon keep this gimmicky battle of the sexes from sinking to the cringe level, but it's nip and tuck all the way. First-time screenwriter Brian Hohlfeld developed the idea with...

    February 22, 1991 12:00 AM ET
  • The Silence of the Lambs

    The Silence of the Lambs | MOVIE REVIEW

    The superbly crafted suspense thriller that director Jonathan Demme has made from Thomas Harris's taut best-selling novel The Silence of the Lambs slams you like a sudden blast of bone-chilling, pulse-pounding terror. Clarice Starling, played with heartfelt...

    February 14, 1991 11:25 AM ET
  • Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead

    Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead | MOVIE REVIEW

    The word games in Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead have a collegiate cheekiness. The Czech-born British playwright was only in his twenties when he wrote R&G in 1964. In making Rosencrantz and Guildenstern – two...

    February 8, 1991 5:35 PM ET
  • Sleeping with the Enemy

    Sleeping with the Enemy | MOVIE REVIEW

    Julia Roberts, a beauty who can also act, is one of the best things in recent movies. By my count she hasn't made a really good movie yet, though watching her wait tables in Mystic Pizza, die...

    February 8, 1991 11:40 AM ET
  • L.A. Story

    L.A. Story | MOVIE REVIEW

    Valentine's Day is upon us, time again to recoil from the hard-sell merchandising of love, sweet love. Witness six new movies about relationships. All of them are comedies, which says a lot about sex in the Nineties....

    February 8, 1991 10:45 AM ET