3481 items by Peter Travers

  • Robocop 2

    Robocop 2 | MOVIE REVIEW

    It's difficult to imagine a summer film programmed more cynically than this repugnant sequel. Three years ago, director Paul Verhoeven made something vividly satirical and scary with the futuristic tale of Alex J. Murphy (Peter Weller), a...

    June 22, 1990 12:04 PM ET
  • Dick Tracy

    Dick Tracy | MOVIE REVIEW

    After all the hype, the movie of Dick Tracy turns out to be a great big beautiful bore. Many viewers (myself excluded) felt the same thing about Batman, last year's box-office biggie, with which Tracy shares more...

    June 15, 1990 12:00 AM ET
  • How to Make Love to a Negro Without Getting Tired

    How to Make Love to a Negro Without Getting Tired | MOVIE REVIEW

    Despite the teaser title, this is not a racist porn film. Haw to Make Love is based on an acclaimed semi-autobiographical novel by Dany Laferrière, a Haitian journalist who immigrated to Montreal in 1978. Laferrière -- like...

    June 8, 1990 2:05 PM ET
  • Total Recall

    Total Recall | MOVIE REVIEW

    Early in this jolting, jumbo-budgeted ($62 million) futuristic thriller, Arnold Schwarzenegger jams a nasty pair of pliers up his nose and yanks out a brain implant that looks like a metal golf ball. That Ah-nold, he sure...

    June 1, 1990 2:35 PM ET
  • Alligator Eyes

    Alligator Eyes | MOVIE REVIEW

    Though this thriller never lives up to its potential, it gets off to a scorching start. Three New York friends drive south for a vacation. Robbie (Roger Kabler) has just split up with his girl, while Lance...

    June 1, 1990 11:30 AM ET
  • Back to the Future Part III

    Back to the Future Part III | MOVIE REVIEW

    It looked like a dream deal. Instead of just one sequel to Back to the Future -- the smash 1985 fantasy that raked in $358 million -- how about two sequels, shot back to back and released...

    May 25, 1990 1:55 PM ET
  • Jesus of Montreal

    Jesus of Montreal | MOVIE REVIEW

    Nominated for an Oscar this year as Best Foreign Film, this Canadian gem, from writer-director Denys Arcand (The Decline of the American Empire), is a sharply perceptive satire of modern Christianity. Father Leclerc (Gilles Pelletier), a Catholic...

    May 25, 1990 1:05 PM ET
  • Cadillac Man

    Cadillac Man | MOVIE REVIEW

    Another exhibit to prove the dire state of film humor is this hostage comedy – how's that for a contradiction in terms? – about a jealous husband who threatens to blow up a luxury-car showroom in Queens....

    May 18, 1990 1:30 PM ET
  • Bird on a Wire

    Bird on a Wire | MOVIE REVIEW

    If Mel Gibson and Goldie Hawn can keep this conspicuously stupid action farce aloft at the box office for more than a few weeks, they probably deserve their inflated star salaries. It took three writers (David Seltzer,...

    May 18, 1990 1:20 PM ET
  • Strapless

    Strapless | MOVIE REVIEW

    Two Vibrant American Sisters share a flat in England: It sounds like the premise for a frothy farce. But in the hands of British writer-director David Hare (Wetherby), it becomes a moral fable of resonant complexity. The...

    May 18, 1990 12:40 PM ET
  • White Hunter, Black Heart

    White Hunter, Black Heart | MOVIE REVIEW

    It's a shock at first to see the usually stoic Clint Eastwood sporting a scarf and a huge grin while calling people "Dear." But this provocative and entertaining film, directed by and starring Eastwood, is all about...

    May 16, 1990 12:00 AM ET
  • Class of 1999

    Class of 1999 | MOVIE REVIEW

    This SCI-FI swill is the brain-child of director Mark L. Lester (Class of 1984), who says it's really about "kids and the future of urban public education." No, it's not. It's about kids and teachers kicking ass...

    May 11, 1990 12:55 PM ET
  • Longtime Companion

    Longtime Companion | MOVIE REVIEW

    Funny, Touching and Vital, Longtime Companion is the best American movie so far this year. It is also, astonishingly, the first major feature to detail the gay community's battle against the AIDS epidemic. The disease has been...

    May 11, 1990 12:45 PM ET
  • 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