For 333 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 64% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kim Newman's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Big Bad Wolves
Lowest review score: 20 Underworld: Rise of the Lycans
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 12 out of 333
333 movie reviews
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Newman
    Dark, twisted and beautiful, this entwines fairy-tale fantasy with war-movie horror to startling effect.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Newman
    Gripping throughout, with an impressive central performance, this is like a Dogme 95 redo of a Chuck Norris film - by heroic effort, the good guys find and kill a bad guy. How you feel about that is something Bigelow leaves you to decide.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Newman
    Even if you’ve skipped the Dardennes’ work until now, this is a talking-point movie — and an outstanding lead performance — you need to see. It’s a rare film of unforced simplicity that will stick with you for a long time. And it’s honest right to its perfectly judged ending.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Newman
    This is a great director's greatest love story.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Newman
    Even one-scene characters are unforgettable, but Sayles really gets under the skin of his struggling-to-be-heroic leads, Sam and Pilar. Long after this summer's crop of action flicks is gone, you'll watch this for the third or fourth time and see fresh material. Outstanding.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Newman
    Even if you think you've seen this story too often, Big Bad Wolves will surprise and enthrall. A thriller which bites deep, it has a light touch which finds humanity even in the worst horrors.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Newman
    The funniest, most deliciously venomous Jane Austen movie ever made, and conclusive proof that, a) Kate Beckinsale has been seriously undervalued by the movies and, b) Whit Stillman is a major, distinctive talent.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Newman
    Of course, this is a film you have to meet half-way. If you’re willing to enter its world, it’s an immensely rewarding, amusing, wise, melancholy and involving experience.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Newman
    Von Trier is a burr under the hide for many viewers, and the unconverted won't be convinced. But it's audacious, beautiful, tactful filmmaking and perhaps the perfect match for "The Tree Of Life" on a bipolar double bill.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Newman
    The City Of Lost Children is as great a film as you thought "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" was when you were five years old.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Newman
    A well-warranted remastering of his Aussie new wave classic.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Newman
    Humane and harrowing, highly recommended. This one will stay with you.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Newman
    One of the strongest, most effective horror films of recent years — with awards-quality lead work from Essie Davis, and a brilliantly designed new monster who could well become the break-out spook archetype of the decade.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Newman
    Because it is a sequel, it's less satisfying than the more idea-driven original, but this is still top-flight kick-ass entertainment
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Newman
    If hell is in the details, Roman Polanski has captured it here in his disturbing portrait of falling into psychosis.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Newman
    On the strength of only two films, McDonagh and Gleeson are a director/star team on a par with Ford/Wayne, Fellini/Mastroianni or Scorsese/De Niro. Calvary is gripping, moving, funny and troubling, down to an uncompromising yet uncynical finish.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Newman
    A much-maligned and misunderstood classic, this is one of Kubrick's finest movies.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Newman
    An outstanding film, showcasing a great performance, at once celebrating, analysing and criticising an important writer and his major book. You'll appreciate it more if you've read "In Cold Blood" recently and have seen enough footage of the real Truman Capote to know Hoffman is underplaying.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Newman
    Among the most purely entertaining films of the year, which cuts its laughter with a dose of Celtic melancholy. It still delivers cop/action requirements - shoot-outs, revenges, daring deeds - and chances are, we'll be quoting lines from this forever.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Newman
    Overall this film is truly a triumph, its greatness being revealed in its tiny moments - the close-up of a swastika badge that introduces Neeson or the bungled defiance of Fiennes at his hanging.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Newman
    At once a devastating, curiously uplifting inhuman drama and a superbly crafted genre exercise, Let The Right One In can stand toe-to-toe with Spirit Of The Beehive, Pan's Labyrinth or Orphee. See it.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Newman
    However, as with Dead Ringers, Cronenberg approaches a touchy concept with a mixture of icy tact and cinematic daring, always informing the wilfully perverse material with a penetrating intelligence and (almost subliminally) very black wit.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Newman
    Intelligent science-fiction sometimes seems an endangered species - too much physics and there's a risk of creating something cold and remote, too many explosions and get lost in the multiplex. Looper isn't perfect, but it pulls off the full Wizard Of Oz: it has a brain, courage and a heart.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Newman
    Measured in pace, yet thoroughly gripping and completely accessible. The title soft-sells the picture, but it's among the best of this or any year. And Manville should clear some shelf space for well-deserved awards.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Newman
    And with supporting roles from the likes of Diane Keaton, Robert Duvall and Lee Strasberg, to say nothing of Roger Corman and Harry Dean Stanton in bit parts, this is nothing short of magisterial.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Newman
    A dazzling spy thriller that’s still amazing.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Newman
    A quality ghost story with an unusual backdrop and great performances.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Kim Newman
    The effects, arguably the best of the year, only add to the thrill.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Kim Newman
    A uniquely British blend of excruciating comedy of embarrassment and outright grue, not quite as disorientating in its mood shifts as Kill List but just as impressive a film.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Kim Newman
    An instant gangster classic.

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