3481 items by Peter Travers

  • 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
  • Bad Influence

    Bad Influence | MOVIE REVIEW

    Alex (Rob Lowe) is urging his new pal Michael (James Spader) to vitalize a boring yuppie life. At the office, Michael is stepped on by an ambitious colleague. At home, he's dominated by a rich fiancée. Alex...

    March 9, 1990 11:20 AM ET
  • Coupe de Ville

    Coupe de Ville | MOVIE REVIEW

    It's 1963 -- a film Cliché for a more innocent time -- and the three Libner brothers are at one another's throats. Yes, it's a comedy. Air-force bully Marvin (Daniel Stern), college man Buddy (Arye Gross) and...

    March 9, 1990 10:50 AM ET
  • The Handmaid's Tale

    The Handmaid's Tale | MOVIE REVIEW

    Picture two beautiful women in bed with one man. The first woman -- fully clothed -- moves her legs apart. The second woman -- red gown hitched up -- lies between the other's thighs. The man --...

    March 9, 1990 10:45 AM ET
  • House Party

    House Party | MOVIE REVIEW

    Young, unheralded film talents were as plentiful as snow boots in Park City, Utah, during the ten-day Sundance United States Film Festival, which ended on January 28th. Still, the Hudlin brothers, from East St. Louis, Illinois (they...

    March 9, 1990 10:40 AM ET
  • The Hunt for Red October

    The Hunt for Red October | MOVIE REVIEW

    This just in: some audience members at the film version of Tom Clancy's best-selling submarine saga The Hunt for Red October have been spotted listing in their seats, their eyes dull and glazed. The experts are confounded....

    March 2, 1990 11:10 AM ET
  • Too Beautiful for You

    Too Beautiful for You | MOVIE REVIEW

    This cheerfully perverse french film -- a bonbon spiked with wit and malice -- starts by asking us to accept a preposterous notion: that businessman Bernard, played by the great Gerard Depardieu, would leave his gorgeous, leggy...

    March 2, 1990 10:45 AM ET
  • Cinema Paradiso

    Cinema Paradiso | MOVIE REVIEW

    There's magic, romance and fun in Italy's entry for the Best Foreign Film Oscar, which has already received the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes. This is only the second feature for writer-director Giuseppe Tornatore, known for documentaries...

    February 23, 1990 5:55 PM ET