3481 items by Peter Travers

  • Divergent

    Divergent | MOVIE REVIEW

    At the risk of alienating young-adult hearts, the faithful but dramatically flat film version of Divergent, from Veronica Roth's 2011 bestseller, couldn't stir palpitations in shut-ins. It's that bland and lifeless. Odd for a story about rebellious...

    March 20, 2014 12:15 PM ET
  • Muppets Most Wanted

    Muppets Most Wanted | MOVIE REVIEW

    You can't hate on the Muppets. At least, I can’t. But after the delicious treat of 2011's The Muppets, with Jason Segel and Amy Adams joining Kermit, Miss Piggy and the gang, Muppets Most Wanted feels...

    March 20, 2014 12:05 PM ET
  • Nymphomaniac, Volume One

    Nymphomaniac, Volume One | MOVIE REVIEW

    I refuse to render a final verdict on the latest cinematic outrage from Danish provocateur Lars Von Trier until Volume Two drops its undies on April 4th. But I will say this for Volume One: It's a...

    March 20, 2014 12:00 PM ET
  • Veronica Mars

    Veronica Mars | MOVIE REVIEW

    Revolutions can sneak up on you. Take Veronica Mars, a 2004 TV series on UPN (now the CW) that spawned a cult (I'm a member) and then got dumped after Season Three when the ratings tanked. When...

    March 13, 2014 4:10 PM ET
  • Need for Speed

    Need for Speed | MOVIE REVIEW

    What to say about a racing movie that's stuck in idle as drama? For starters, don't race to see it. Need for Speed is based on a racing video-game franchise that has sold 150 million copies. It...

    March 13, 2014 4:05 PM ET
  • Bad Words

    Bad Words | MOVIE REVIEW

    Forget all the usual feel-good shit they're shoveling at the multiplex. Bad Words, starring Jason Bateman in a tour de force of comic wickedness, takes sinful pleasure in rubbing our noses in the toxic joys of revenge....

    March 13, 2014 4:00 PM ET
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel | MOVIE REVIEW

    The rap on Wes Anderson is that he doesn't make movies so much as build castles in the air. To Anderson haters, from Bottle Rocket and Rushmore to Fantastic Mr. Fox and Moonrise Kingdom,...

    March 6, 2014 3:50 PM ET
  • Grand Piano

    Grand Piano | MOVIE REVIEW

    This thriller set in a concert hall is a stunt, but a damn good one. Maybe risk hasn't died yet in filmmaking. Elijah Wood (yup, Frodo) gives one of his best performances as Tom Selznick, a pianist...

    March 6, 2014 3:45 PM ET
  • Non-Stop

    Non-Stop | MOVIE REVIEW

    Ok, who's kidding who? This tense, terrific thriller starring Liam Neeson as Bill Marks, a boozy U.S. air marshal coping with a terrorist on a transatlantic flight from New York to London, isn't new. It's "Taken" on...

    February 27, 2014 1:30 PM ET
  • Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me

    Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me | MOVIE REVIEW

    If you know Elaine Stritch only for her Emmy-winning role as Alec Baldwin’s trash-talking mother on 30 Rock, you’re in for a surprise and a hell of a show. This dazzling diva of stage, screen and cabaret...

    February 21, 2014 2:15 PM ET
  • The Wind Rises

    The Wind Rises | MOVIE REVIEW

    Listen up: Japan's Hayao Miyazaki, a world-class master at hand-drawn animation, is hinting that The Wind Rises may be his last full-length feature. The hell, you say. In a Hollywood world of animation flash and glitz (did...

    February 20, 2014 2:10 PM ET
  • About Last Night

    About Last Night | MOVIE REVIEW

    Of all the date movies available for Valentine's weekend, About Last Night has the edge. That edge is mostly Kevin Hart, riding the box-office crest of Ride Along and able to spark laughs even while slogging...

    February 14, 2014 10:15 AM ET
  • Endless Love

    Endless Love | MOVIE REVIEW

    Why does Hollywood continue to starve audiences longing for a good romantic tearjerker? Endless Love didn't have to be this godawful. In 1979, Scott Spencer's novel about impediments to the true love between a teen girl and...

    February 14, 2014 10:10 AM ET
  • Winter's Tale

    Winter's Tale | MOVIE REVIEW

    A kick in the ass to Valentine's Day and the very notion of a satisfying Somewhere In Time kind of romantic wallow at the movies. What happens to Mark Helprin's 1983 bestseller at the hands of Hollywood...

    February 14, 2014 10:05 AM ET
  • Robocop

    Robocop | MOVIE REVIEW

    This Robo-reboot tries fiercely to update the satirical punch and stylistic perversity Paul Verhoeven's 1987 original. It's a futile gesture. Brazilian director José Padilha (Elite Squad, Bus 174) soldiers on stolidly, but lacks the Dutch Verheoeven's abiding...

    February 14, 2014 10:00 AM ET
  • The Lego Movie

    The Lego Movie | MOVIE REVIEW

    Animated movies in 3-D are box-office bonanzas, and The Lego Movie is no exception. George Clooney's Monuments Men should prepare to be shot down. The brightly-imagined Lego Movie is also a wickedly smart and funny free-for-all,...

    February 7, 2014 5:50 PM ET
  • Vampire Academy

    Vampire Academy | MOVIE REVIEW

    Since this movie wasn't screened for critics – usually a surefire sign of disaster – I bought my ticket today with everyone else (actually, the theater was near empty) and took a chance. Why you ask? Because...

    February 7, 2014 5:45 PM ET
  • That Awkward Moment

    That Awkward Moment | MOVIE REVIEW

    Take three horny guys, all twentysomethings, mix with a plot that was old last century, and serve to an audience so desperate for dick jokes and toilet gags they might forgive a movie wired only with clichés....

    January 31, 2014 9:15 AM ET
  • Labor Day

    Labor Day | MOVIE REVIEW

    Nothing against Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin and director Jason Reitman – top talents all – but my goodwill drowned while trying to swallow this treacly cocktail of romantic swill. I mean, please. Set during the 1987 Labor...

    January 31, 2014 9:10 AM ET
  • The Monuments Men

    The Monuments Men | MOVIE REVIEW

    Leave it to George clooney to kick Hitler's ass. In The Monuments Men, he kicks hard. But not in the way you think. It's all part of the retro fun and addictive adventure in this relatively bloodless...

    January 31, 2014 9:05 AM ET