Newsweek's Scores

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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 JFK
Lowest review score: 0 Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 903
903 movie reviews
  1. Uneven but spunkily energetic movie.
  2. The Reader can feel stilted and abstract: the film's only flesh-and-blood characters spend half the movie separated. But its emotional impact sneaks up on you. The Reader asks tough questions, and, to its credit, provides no easy answers.
  3. Nair and Witherspoon pull back from the ferocity of Thackeray's portrait: they're afraid we won't find Becky Sharp likable enough. Yes, she's the most brilliant, bold and vibrant creature in this social panorama, but she should also be chilling.
  4. When the satire stays focused on Streep or her snooty Brit assistant (Emily Blunt), "Prada" is malicious fun. But the central story about how smart, idealistic Anne Hathaway, as Miranda's drably dressed new assistant, loses her soul in pursuit of success and great shoes is dramatically anorexic.
  5. Andy Tennant's flimsy but generally likeable comedy is tailor-made for Smith's cheerfully suave comic style, and the movie goes out of its way to avoid any hint of sleaziness.
  6. Peaks early, then descends into portentous nonsense.
  7. Those who haven’t seen “Lock, Stock” will probably get a bigger kick out of Snatch than those who have. The second time around, what seemed spontaneous can sometimes feel strained.
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Depp attacks his role with relish, stamping his boot heels and recounting improbable erotic adventures in a wonderful Castilian lisp. Unfortunately, Depp's the only one flying over this cuckoo's nest. [24 Apr 1995, p.64]
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  8. In trying to appeal to a wide audience, quirky material has been forced to fit a formula that can't really contain it.
  9. What charm, quirkiness and warmth the movie possesses is due largely to them (Cage and Leoni).
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  10. It's an expertly made film that, scene by scene, holds your attention. But both emotionally and intellectually, it doesn't add up.
  11. I Am Legend can't seem to make up its mind just what kind of movie it wants to be.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There still is enough tightly staged action and sly humor to earn this latest installment a memorable place in Bond canon.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    May be formulaic...but many good recipes are.
  12. This material is charged enough without piling on the melodrama and the lip-smacking violence. The movie too often sacrifices reportage for razzle-dazzle.
  13. The most incendiary movie to come out of Hollywood in a long time. It's a mess, but one worth fighting about.
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  14. Damon's Ripley is considerably different from the charming sociopath in Patricia Highsmith's novel or the smooth lothario played by Alain Delon in the 1960 French thriller "Purple Noon."
  15. Forman's decision to stick to the surface is probably, in the end, a wise one. Kaufman always wanted to keep us guessing, and this movie respects his wishes.
  16. A movie of arresting pieces that don't harmonize into a satisfying whole.
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  17. Frothing from two mouths, they parody film noir, megaviolent thrillers, sports allegories, ravaged-war-veteran movies, existentialist Westerns, even Busby Berkeley musicals.
  18. There's something decidedly mechanical about this intermittently gripping movie's bleak view of human nature.
  19. Hollywood rarely mounts these lavish period epics anymore. It's nice to see them try, even if the result is somewhat less than heart-stopping.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Inside Deep Throat is more scattershot than deep, but it vividly evokes the days when the "sexual revolution" was supposed to liberate the American libido.
  20. Spanglish feels hemmed in, visually monotonous. There are signs that a lot has been cut, and in trimming his film Brooks may have squeezed too tight: his movie needs breathing space.
  21. W.
    Like all Stone movies, W. has energy and forward momentum--particularly in the pre-presidential sections, when Bush is in his loose-cannon phase. It's not boring, and Brolin is often remarkable.
  22. The good news about the amiable but only partly satisfying Tin Cup is that it frees Kevin Costner from playing a monument and restores to us the loose, sparkling comic actor he used to be. [19 August 1996, p.66]
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  23. As a moral fable Click holds no surprises; as a Sandler comedy, it's unusually dark, occasionally touching and pretty funny.
  24. The film seems to want us to pin a medal to its own chest.
  25. Busier, messier and thinner than its predecessor...the studied hipness can get so pleased with itself it borders on the smug.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    We don't really need some young punk to tell us that anarchy is an untenable idea, but watching him live it is an invigorating experience.

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