Newsweek's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
For 895 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 6.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 The Manchurian Candidate
Lowest review score: 0 Down to You
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 895
895 movie reviews
  1. 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.
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    • 19 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    The flick's ultimate flaw? For a movie about space travel, it's an awfully uninspired trek.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
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  4. 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.
  5. Kids will be bored, the rest of us baffled.
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  6. As dumb as the film is, the actors escape relatively unscathed.
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  7. The crude humor in Drop Dead Gorgeous does not have a moral point to it. It's just crude.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
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  10. The dialogue is inane, the acting wooden, and Roger Christian's directing choices are a lesson in sci-fi film cliché.
  11. Hilariously incompetent.
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  12. 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.
  13. The usually reliable director Michael Caton-Jones hasn't a clue how to freshen up such stale material.
  14. Rent the devastating "The Boys of St. Vincent" to see how slick and hollow Sleepers is, how little it reveals about the real nature and effect of child abuse. [28 October 1996, p. 74]
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  15. Matthew Lillard of "Scream," flies like his nickname and tries to bring the film some comic relief not already provided by the stultifying stupidity of the script.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    A disappointingly slack, hackneyed comedy.
  16. Every once in a while a film comes along that's so inexplicably ghastly that there's just no point in making nice about it.
  17. If you harbor any fond feelings for the original, stay far away from this mess.
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  18. A disaster: dull, predictable, at times cringe-worthy.
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