Newsweek's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
For 898 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 60% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 37% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 6.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Memento
Lowest review score: 0 Down to You
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 898
898 movie reviews
    • 28 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Everyone in the film is either annoying or unpleasant.
    • Newsweek
    • 34 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    A "croc" of nonsense.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    The foreboding, dark camera-work is effective in setting the mood for this sinister, eye- popping, frequently ridiculous thriller.
  1. What was a ragged but often hilarious charmer has been genetically altered into a deafening and desperate mutant.
  2. I staggered out of this shameless, interminable movie feeling as if I'd been force-fed a ton of mealy, artificially sweetened baby food.
    • Newsweek
    • 28 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Save yourself from this mess.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, the strong ensemble cast is not able to hold together this often wayward and meandering story.
  3. Hampered by a silly plot and flat script.
    • Newsweek
  4. A tired, confused romantic comedy/noir thriller with all the suspense of an infomercial. Buy the poster; skip the movie.
    • Newsweek
  5. The creepy subtext of his (Sandler's) behavior is something this crude, mirthless comedy tries not to notice.
  6. If this is what Hollywood considers serious, important filmmaking, maybe the movie industry should stick to the low road.
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  7. Screenwriter Ropelewski piles one silly plot contrivance upon another, and the characters start behaving like nitwits.
  8. That this relentless barrage of psychological and physical torture is extremely well made and powerfully performed--Watts hurls herself into her physically demanding role with heroic conviction--somehow makes it worse.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    About as bad as it gets?a thrill-less "Speed" wannabe.
    • Newsweek
    • 19 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    The flick's ultimate flaw? For a movie about space travel, it's an awfully uninspired trek.
  9. All the surprises strenuously cooked up by screenwriter Patrick Smith Kelly and director Andrew ("The Fugitive") Davis can't overcome the movie's inability to make us care about any of its paper-thin characters.
  10. Like people who compulsively giggle whenever they tell you bad news, the movie runs for cover in lame, comic shtick.
    • Newsweek
    • 36 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Final destination? Video store bins.
    • Newsweek
  11. Nutty paranoid thriller.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Director Joe Johnston ("Honey, I Shrunk the Kids") turns this fantasy into a mean-spirited exercise in terror.
  12. Kids will be bored, the rest of us baffled.
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  13. As dumb as the film is, the actors escape relatively unscathed.
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  14. The crude humor in Drop Dead Gorgeous does not have a moral point to it. It's just crude.
  15. Michael Beck (of "The Warriors") shows no discernible talent for musical romanticism Olivia ("Totally Hot") Newton-John sings prettily but is totally tepid, and the ever graceful Gene Kelly deserves a medal for keeping a straight face. Robert Greenwald, the director, should look into another line of work. Perhaps opening a disco? [18 Aug 1980, p.85]
    • Newsweek
    • 18 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    After the schadenfreudian thrill of watching beautiful people humiliate themselves wears off, it has the same annihilating effect on your will to live.
  16. The folks who served up this formulaic swill seem to think comedy grants you a free pass from credibility. Our lonely hero's artificial Yuletide enthusiasm is more than odd: it's not recognizably human.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    It stinks. The movie is so inert -- and Madonna’s performance so starkly amateurish -- that it’s impossible to take it seriously as an allegory about class and gender.
    • Newsweek
  17. The dialogue is inane, the acting wooden, and Roger Christian's directing choices are a lesson in sci-fi film cliché.
  18. Hilariously incompetent.
    • Newsweek
  19. The combination of Shandling's button-down TV sensibility and Nichols's good taste produces a film whose tone is out of sync with the simple, ribald conceit and is only mildly amusing at best.

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