3448 items by Peter Travers

  • Without You I'm Nothing

    Without You I'm Nothing | MOVIE REVIEW

    Sandra Bernhard says that her smash one-woman show Without You I'm Nothing — it ran for six months off-Broadway in 1988 — has been opened up and "elevated" for the cinema. Don't be too scared off. It's...

    May 11, 1990 12:00 AM ET
  • Last Exit to Brooklyn

    Last Exit to Brooklyn | MOVIE REVIEW

    Wearing your art on your sleeve can be a dangerous business. Director Uli Edel's film version of Hubert Selby Jr.'s 1964 cult novel, Last Exit to Brooklyn, is shamelessly eager to pummel its audience with profundity. Edel...

    May 4, 1990 1:15 PM ET
  • Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!

    Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! | MOVIE REVIEW

    Spain's Hell-Raising Pedro Almodóvar has fashioned a passionate and boldly hilarious follow-up to his 1988 smash, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. The writer-director again uses sex and violence to grab our attention and then...

    May 4, 1990 12:40 PM ET
  • Wild Orchid

    Wild Orchid | MOVIE REVIEW

    The oddest thing about this limp exercise in erotica – aside from the scary way mumps-cheeked Mickey Rourke is beginning to resemble Murder, She Wrote's Angela Lansbury – is that some people consider the sex scenes hot...

    April 27, 1990 12:30 PM ET
  • Q & A


    In his blistering script for Q&A, writer-director Sidney Lumet includes a prefatory note about the ethnic slurs regularly spewed out by New York City police detectives and members of the judiciary: "It is important to keep in...

    April 27, 1990 12:00 AM ET
  • Chattahoochee

    Chattahoochee | MOVIE REVIEW

    Integrity Oozes from every frame of this fact-based film about human suffering, but it bored me breathless. The star is Britisher Gary Oldman – riveting in the right role (Sid and Nancy) and gratingly intense when weak...

    April 20, 1990 1:00 PM ET
  • Monsieur Hire

    Monsieur Hire | MOVIE REVIEW

    Everything about this alluringly tainted French mystery is geared to make us doubt our first impressions. An agitated man (André Wilms) photographs a young girl's corpse. His emotional state suggests a personal involvement, but the man is...

    April 20, 1990 12:00 PM ET
  • Miami Blues

    Miami Blues | MOVIE REVIEW

    Adapted from the late Charles Willeford's sardonic 1984 crime novel, this thriller is so gritty it could chafe your eyeballs. Alec Baldwin plays Junior Frenger, a merry sadist who blows into Miami from San Quentin and starts...

    April 20, 1990 11:55 AM ET
  • Vital Signs

    Vital Signs | MOVIE REVIEW

    It's all here: Arthritic writing, atrocious direction, career-crushing performances. Critics are always bitching about having to endure bad movies without finding one bad enough to really enjoy. Well, this is it. I clocked a laugh a minute,...

    April 13, 1990 12:20 PM ET
  • Mama, There's a Man in Your Bed

    Mama, There's a Man in Your Bed | MOVIE REVIEW

    Crude and misleading, the title barely hints at the joys of this effervescent, beautifully acted French romance. I must admit, however, that a one-sentence plot summary of the film is equally crude and misleading: Wealthy executive dumps...

    April 13, 1990 10:30 AM ET
  • The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover

    The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover | MOVIE REVIEW

    This No-Mercy Assault On The mind and senses from British writer-director Peter Greenaway (The Draughtsman's Contract) boasts a full menu: swearing, screwing, stealing, cooking, eating, drinking, burping, choking, vomiting, defecating, punching, kicking and killing. Oh, yes, there's...

    April 6, 1990 11:35 AM ET
  • Cry-Baby

    Cry-Baby | MOVIE REVIEW

    You could say that underground filmmaker John Waters, Baltimore's sickest puppy, has sold out. Cry-Baby, his eleventh film, is an $8 million teen musical and, yikes, it's got a PG-13 rating. You could say that Waters already...

    April 6, 1990 11:35 AM ET
  • I Love You To Death

    I Love You To Death | MOVIE REVIEW

    Something pulls you up short right at the start of this bizarre comedy: The impish glint in Tracey Ullman's eye is missing. Ullman plays Rosalie Boca, a frumpy housewife and mother of two who helps her husband,...

    April 6, 1990 12:00 AM ET
  • The Laserman

    The Laserman | MOVIE REVIEW

    Misuse of science is an odd subject for a screwball thriller, unless you factor in writer-director-actor Peter Wang. A laser specialist with a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania, the Chinese-born Wang changed vocations when he learned...

    March 31, 1990 10:25 AM ET
  • Santa Sangre

    Santa Sangre | MOVIE REVIEW

    The parade of perversity marches on with this eye-popping oddity from Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky, who set gorges rising on the cult circuit back in 1971 with El Topo. Fenix, the central character in Santa Sangre (Holy...

    March 30, 1990 11:40 AM ET
  • How to Get Ahead in Advertising

    How to Get Ahead in Advertising | MOVIE REVIEW

    Steve Martin communed with his nose in Roxanne, Michael Caine lectured his severed fingers in The Hand, and in the upcoming Me and Him Griffin Dunne chats up his penis. But not until this vigorous, cheerfully outrageous...

    March 29, 1990 12:00 AM ET
  • Pretty Woman

    Pretty Woman | MOVIE REVIEW

    Years from now, Hollywood historians may try to pinpoint the precise moment when Julia Roberts became a star. Forget her sexy entrance in Mystic Pizza or her Oscar-nominated martyr act in Steel Magnolias. It's here, about...

    March 23, 1990 12:25 PM ET
  • Lord of the Flies

    Lord of the Flies | MOVIE REVIEW

    William Golding's 'Lord of the Flies' is a celebrated book with an off-putting reputation. The novel isn't read, it's taught -- drummed into the heads of students since it was published in 1954. Writing about a group...

    March 16, 1990 11:25 AM ET
  • Love at Large

    Love at Large | MOVIE REVIEW

    The impossibly glamorous Miss Dolan, played with slinky panache by Anne Archer, is enjoying a tête-à-tête with private detective Harry Dobbs (an unusually lively Tom Berenger) at a nightclub where people customarily do impossibly glamorous things. Miss...

    March 9, 1990 6:10 PM ET
  • Joe Versus the Volcano

    Joe Versus the Volcano | MOVIE REVIEW

    Nothing too weird here. Tom Hanks is just a working stiff named Joe whose doctor (Robert Stack) tells him he has a short time to live. Hearing the news, Joe accepts an offer from a businessman (Lloyd...

    March 9, 1990 11:50 AM ET