Peter Joseph Travers
1943/1944 (age 77–78)
|Alma mater||Manhattan College
New York University
Peter Joseph Travers (born 1943/1944) is an American film critic, journalist, and television presenter. He reviews films for ABC News and previously served as a movie critic for People and Rolling Stone. Travers also hosts the film interview program Popcorn with Peter Travers for ABC News.
Travers, the only child of Howard and Ruth Travers, is a native of Yonkers, New York. He received a B.A. degree from Manhattan College in 1965 before graduating from New York University with an M.A. in English.
According to eFilmCritic.com, Travers is the nation's most "blurbed" film critic. Travers' blurbs were being printed in newspapers as early as 1970, when he was a writer for Reader's Digest. By the mid-1970s, he was a film critic for The Herald Statesman, a Yonkers newspaper. In the 1980s, he wrote for People for four years before joining Rolling Stone in 1989. In 2020, he departed Rolling Stone and became the film critic for ABC News.
Travers hosts the New York Film Critics Series, a company that hosts live-streamed screening events and discussions, as well as the ABC News show Popcorn with Peter Travers, where he interviews actors and directors about the latest projects and their lives.
Travers married Diane Harris of White Plains, New York in 1967; the marriage ended in divorce. In 1980, Travers married Robyn Lee Reeves, an actress and graduate of Vassar College, in an Episcopalian ceremony. He has three children: Jennifer, David and Alex.
When asked to rank the best films of the 2000s decade, Travers named:
Since his career as a film critic from People to Rolling Stone, Travers marked these films the best of the year:
Peter Travers, 43, agrees: 'I couldn't stand it.'