For 260 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 61% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 36% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kim Newman's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 The Manchurian Candidate
Lowest review score: 20 Texas Chainsaw 3D
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 9 out of 260
260 movie reviews
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Newman
    Dark, twisted and beautiful, this entwines fairy-tale fantasy with war-movie horror to startling effect.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Newman
    A dazzling spy thriller that’s still amazing.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Newman
    Like "2001," "Star Wars" and "Jurassic Park," it ups the special effects stakes and gets closer to putting on screen the images you've had in your mind while reading epic sci-fi.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Newman
    A much-maligned and misunderstood classic, this is one of Kubrick's finest movies.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Newman
    Humane and harrowing, highly recommended. This one will stay with you.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Newman
    This is a great director's greatest love story.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Newman
    A well-warranted remastering of his Aussie new wave classic.
    • 63 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.
    • 91 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Kim Newman
    DiCaprio delivers a startling prettyboy-to-tough nut makeover – but he has to play it close to his chest here for the storyline to play out. Once you get past the trickery, Shutter Island offers sumptuous, enthralling, shivery gothic filmmaking with a hardboiled heart and a sly line in asylum humour. If a pot is being boiled, at least it’s an intricately-decorated pot on a spectacular fire.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Kim Newman
    Gorgeous and seductive, if pitched at Almodóvar fans and perhaps a touch long. Those drawn by Cruz’s divadom will wonder why it takes so long to get to her -- though she is wholly dazzling when it does.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Kim Newman
    Barrymore, among the most consistently admirable women in showbiz, can proudly add a Guides badge for Meritorious Directing to her many other achievements. Excellent emo chick coming-of-age drama plus broads in fetish gear battering each other on roller skates -- frankly, a film that offers something for everyone.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 80 Kim Newman
    A star rating is not much help, since von Trier’s self-conscious arrogance is calculated to split audiences into extremist factions, but Antichrist delivers enough beauty, terror and wonder to qualify as the strangest and most original horror movie of the year.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Kim Newman
    A really satisfying backstage drama, this is an exhilarating tour around a man whose talent was almost as big as his ego.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Kim Newman
    Fascinating, funny, wicked and to the point, this is an excellent film about a week every Briton over the age of 15 will remember vividly.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Kim Newman
    It's a film you might argue with, but its sparing use of on-screen violence, some extraordinarily protracted scenes and sensitive handling of thorny subject matter make it also a film you ought to see.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Kim Newman
    This gripping character study becomes more agonisingly suspenseful as it gets closer to an answer that can't be confirmed.