Newsweek's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
For 903 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 6.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Spider-Man 2
Lowest review score: 0 Down to You
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 903
903 movie reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Once Fletcher starts telling the truth against his will, the movie delivers some perfect laughs.
  1. Fails to rouse any passion. A potentially great subject is frittered away, though this being a Scott movie, there's style to spare.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    For all its parodic elements, this clever 'whodunit' leaves us squirming and wincing at each slash of the killer. Prepare for a surprise and beware the person enjoying the film right next to you.
  2. Barring one dreadfully trumped-up climactic scene, they've managed to avoid the usual asylum-movie cliches.
    • Newsweek
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    In the end, this Western is serviceable enough. Herod says if you're born bad, you're bad forever. The Quick was born bad, but it got better. [20 Feb 1995, p.72]
    • Newsweek
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If it all seems a bit dizzying, it is, but there's plenty to enjoy.
  3. What makes you giggle your way through much of the movie isn't the jokes--Jonathan Gems's script is surprisingly feeble, and Burton's comic timing is often flat-- but the sheer, oddball chutzpah of it all. [23 Dec 1996]
    • Newsweek
  4. This sweet, sometimes clunky chick flick is a likable teen romance, but not likely to arouse the giddy swoons Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey generated back in ’87.
  5. This scary, eye-opening documentary looks back from a post-9/11 vantage point to see how Ike’s prophecy has come horribly true.
  6. A romantic comedy for an era of diminished expectations.
  7. What keeps this movie honest is the characters, each of them a mass of conflicting instincts, virtues and vices. You know Gonzalez Inarritu comes from outside Hollywood because he doesn't divide the world into heroes and villains.
  8. Stone creates such a sizzling, raunchy, vital world that the cliches almost seem new.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Meg Ryan lends her trademark feistiness to Anastasia, and John Cusack makes Dimitri eminently likable.
  9. There is one reason, and only one, for anyone to check out Vertical Limit. The hanging-by-a-fingernail mountain-climbing sequences are spectacular.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    For Trek devotees, it's a supernova of unpredictable sci-fi thrills, though the earthbound may find this trip through the heavens a bit tiresome, especially when the movie tries too hard to wax philosophic. [18 Nov. 1994, p.88]
    • Newsweek
  10. As the proud, independent young author, Hathaway is both subdued and alluring--it's her most mature performance. The movie goes down easy, but there's a thin line here: is this an homage or a parasite?
  11. Ridiculous, and oddly unforgettable.
  12. This Man in Black is, frankly, a bit of a wuss. As a love story, Walk the Line can seduce. As a biopic, it treads awfully familiar Overcoming Adversity turf.
  13. The movie tries too hard. Too bad. This coulda been a contender.
  14. Ready to Wear is all appetizers: the main course never arrives. Still, the critical savagery puzzles me. Altman's movie may be indefensible, but it's not unenjoyable. The fun of it is entirely superficial, like skimming a gossip column.
  15. As well-crafted and sensitive as it is, the movie remains one step removed from inspiration.
  16. Nightmarish scenes are intercut with interviews with the real men. These could be more probing, and the film's urgency can tilt toward shrillness, but nobody else has made the disaster of Guantánamo so painfully vivid.
  17. Richard Donner's sequel is more than eager to please -- it's desperate.
  18. Pitched too broadly to get very deeply under your skin. Still, there are some smarts at work here, and it will make you laugh.
  19. Shortbus tends to work better in its first, comic half, than in its second, more serious stretch, where the characters' trials and tribulations flirt with soap opera. The actors, formidable with their clothes off, aren't always as expressive fully dressed.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    That's the real problem with Fahrenheit 9/11: not the message, but the method… Moore’s default mode is overkill: he even notes that on the night before the attacks Bush slept on "fine French linen." Surely scratchy muslin wouldn't have stopped the evildoers.
  20. Maverick moviemaker James Toback has latched on to the most fascinating cultural phenomenon of the American moment.
  21. Jones even manages to save this somewhat tiring film.
  22. This fragile, precious chamber piece, co-written with Susan Minot, rarely seems worthy of the high style lavished upon it. [24 Jun 1996 Pg.83]
    • Newsweek
  23. Gangs is a dream project Scorsese has wanted to make for 30 years. You have to honor its mad ambition. But sadly, it feels like a dream too long deferred.

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