For 419 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 63% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 35% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kim Newman's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 King Kong
Lowest review score: 20 Piranha Part Two: The Spawning
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 19 out of 419
419 movie reviews
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    • 70 Kim Newman
    By no means a conventional horror film, yet several degrees more twisted and gruesome than the average indie relationships drama, this is likely to appeal to more adventurous cult film fans.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Kim Newman
    The Endless is a demanding, rewarding picture with moments of unusual terror and awe, offering a science fiction/horror scenario on a literally cosmic scale which boils down to a study of a complicated sibling relationship.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Kim Newman
    A bravura monster movie which just doesn’t let up, ratcheting tension with nary a word uttered on screen. It also boasts great creature design and a breakthrough performance from young Millicent Simmonds.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Kim Newman
    Burke — perhaps best-known as the grown-up version of the scary baby in the last films in the Twilight saga — is outstanding as the fragile, yet determined heroine who is terrorised beyond the bounds of sanity but has to remember that she might be doing all this to herself.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Kim Newman
    It’s an entertaining, engaging, colourful picture in its own right with decently-handled action-adventure set-pieces and sly comedy, detouring from the expected thrills and spills into body-hopping comedy drama.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Kim Newman
    An ordinary, if effective horror picture, is predictable fare with two big ticks to its benefit: a penchant for creep-out scares involving its looming spectre; and a committed, sympathetic performance from Macdonald.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Kim Newman
    If you don’t like Saw, this isn’t going to change your mind – but it’s skilful, satisfying schlock and respectful of its fanbase. And the final death is a show-stopping coup de grace.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Kim Newman
    Well-acted, it lacks the standout performances or star presences which propelled the tonally-similar Ex Machina to more than cult success. While it will play to fans of cerebral science fiction, it may be less grabby for general audiences.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Kim Newman
    Though it could do with being weirder and wilder, this high-concept mash-up — what if crooks robbed a haunted bank? — features fine work from a brace of rising stars.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Kim Newman
    A production line effort with an eye on cashflow rather than the demented work of art Hooper loosed on the world, this eighth entry is above average for its attenuated series. Gore levels are as high as expected and, naturally, the finale leaves things open for further instalments.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Kim Newman
    A worthy — if chilly and difficult — addition to the sadly extensive filmography of American mass murder. The soundtrack from Canadian singer-songwriter Maica Armata adds some much-needed heart.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 80 Kim Newman
    A little reticent in gore gimmicks for the Final Destination crowd, but considered as a middle school between Goosebumps and Clive Barker, it’s just the haunted lottery ticket.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Kim Newman
    Deliberately uncomfortable viewing, this is nevertheless a compelling exercise in gritty psycho-noir with outstanding performances and real dramatic weight. Director Ben Young is a name to watch.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Kim Newman
    Full of character-based suspense, it’s dramatic and ramped-up with tension. Existing between a Sundance and a FrightFest film, this is a challenging, horribly plausible future vision.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Kim Newman
    Given that this is the first whacky comedy to come out of the Gulf War it’s a shame the whole enterprise isn’t a lot more tasteless, but the half-funny goings-on give that the script has been tailored not to offend a military machine on the point of massive war, perhaps at the expense of unpatriotic laughs. That said, it’s a pleasant enough time-waster, and doesn’t drag on too long.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 80 Kim Newman
    One of Tom Hanks' overlooked performances because this bizarre thriller-comedy ends so strangely but there's much to like here.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Kim Newman
    Though stuck with stretches of guff and looking all too convincingly like video-era rubbish TV, Mindhorn delivers regular proper laughs and eventually wrings just enough drops of pathos to scrape by.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Kim Newman
    This is a harsh, unsentimental science fiction film, though the performances suggest small surviving flames of empathy and yearning amid the tough, practical attitudes.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Kim Newman
    More "Moonlight" than "Twilight," The Transfiguration is a defining vampire film of the mid-2010s. An acutely observed study of social/emotional deprivation, but also a gripping, disturbing horror movie. And, yes, it’s ‘realistic’.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Kim Newman
    Raw
    A classy French-Belgian horror with an unusual female perspective on monstrous taboos. Shocking but not sensationalist, this is a strong cannibal movie worth chewing over.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Kim Newman
    It is, however, creepy, suspenseful and nerve-wracking - and marks Gillespie and Kostanski as genre auteurs in the making.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Kim Newman
    Featuring excellent work from grandstanding Cox and just-lying-there Kelly, The Autopsy Of Jane Doe creates a successful feeling of mounting dread punctuated by crashing thunder and surgical viscera.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Kim Newman
    XX
    A trim, evenly-paced 80 minutes, XX is one of the more consistent contemporary horror anthologies.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Kim Newman
    Reasonably entertaining but hectic (supposed) finale for the up-and-down series.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 40 Kim Newman
    This mess isn’t likely to reboot or revive the American franchise.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Kim Newman
    This psycho-thriller showcases an awards-worthy performance from James McAvoy. Shyamalan papers over plot-holes with dry black humour and well-judged suspense, and — as always — holds back some surprises.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 20 Kim Newman
    Blood Wars is tragically bereft of the pulp verve this nonsense needs to be tolerable.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Kim Newman
    Pet
    Once past a first reel which deliberately sticks to torture porn conventions, Pet is redeemed by a series of developments that take the film into surprising story and character areas.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Kim Newman
    Abattoir gets past its clunky storytelling with a great look - dark, shadowed, with a 1940s hardboiled feel - along with some well-staged shocks and scares.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Kim Newman
    Origin of Evil doesn’t stretch the conventions of teen-appeal spookiness too far, but is solidly put together, mounted with a pleasant conviction and runs to several fine performances and some decent scares.

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