Newsweek's Scores

  • Movies
For 894 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 Bloody Sunday
Lowest review score: 0 Meet Joe Black
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 894
894 movie reviews
  1. This powerful, precision-made movie offers hope as well -- an act of kindness from a German officer that saves the pianist’s life, the music that sustains his soul.
  2. Peirce's taut, sure-footed first film sidesteps sensationalism without sacrificing any of the story's wonder and horror
  3. Has an almost perfect-pitch grasp of those messy, idealistic, vibrant times, when everyone was trying to reinvent himself from the ground up.
  4. It's as smart, quiveringly alert and fleet of foot as a purebred pointer on the scent of fresh game.
  5. Reveals a chilling reality: how hard it is to tell a simple truth when big business doesn't want it told.
  6. It starts quietly, introducing its splendid gallery of fowl, rats and humans, then builds and builds until it achieves full comic liftoff.
  7. Scherfig and her wonderful cast slyly transmute the quotidian into the magical. It’s like watching flowers bloom in a concrete garden.
  8. Blackly funny, unafraid to shift emotional gears from farce to horror, peppered with spectacular action.
  9. The beauty of this extremely clever movie, directed with fleet, robust theatricality by John Madden, is how deftly it manages to work on multiple levels.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Hilarious, affectionate spoof.
  10. The eroticism in Cuaron’s road movie (which broke all box-office records in Mexico) is the real deal: tactile, sexy, psychologically charged.
  11. This is humanism in drag: Almodovar's passionate redefinition of family values.
  12. This is Depp's coming-of-age role, and he's terrific. Pacino, who's shown more flash than substance recently, reminds us how great he can be when he loses himself inside a character. The bond between these two makes the film sing.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With her Doc Martens and her spiky, fire-engine hair, Franka Potente makes a perfect Lola. Like the film itself, her tough, flashy exterior cloaks a warm emotional center.
  13. A demonstration of bravura acting.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For diehard fans, X-Men is full of in jokes and sly references -- For everybody else, there's the thrill of the unknown.
  14. The true allure of Titanic is its invitation to swoon at a scale of epic moviemaking that is all but obsolete.
  15. Movie purists will tell you that a heavy reliance on voice-over is a sin (“show, don’t tell”), but when the words are this funny, to hell with purity.
  16. Never less than engaging; all that’s missing is a proper crescendo. The picture moves along briskly, even at two and a half hours, but it seems to be running on cruise control.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A surpassingly sweet, funny and picturesque movie.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Proyas floods the screen with cinematic and literary references ranging from Murnau and Lang to Kafka and Orwell, creating a unique yet utterly convincing world.
  17. Succeeds stunningly on its own terms.
  18. A stunning crime drama that shares its protagonists' rabid attention to detail—and love of adrenalin.
  19. Anyone who cares about ravishing filmmaking, superb acting and movies willing to dive into the mystery of unconditional love will leave this dark romance both shaken and invigorated.
  20. The result is fascinating -- a rich, strange, problematical movie full of wild tonal shifts and bravura moviemaking.
  21. Ferociously intense, furiously kinetic, it’s expressionist film noir science fiction that, like all good sci-fi, peers into the future to shed light on the present.
  22. Traffic doesn’t quite come to a full emotional boil at the end. Soderbergh is too knowing to offer easy solutions. But what a journey it takes us on: disturbing, exciting, completely absorbing.
  23. At its best, Magnolia towers over most Hollywood films this year.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A marvelous comedy from deep in left field -- immaculately written, unexpectedly touching and pure of heart.
  24. A delightful surprise... Jewison does his best work in decades. [21 Dec 1987]

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