Newsweek's Scores

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For 901 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: 69
Highest review score: 100 Letters from Iwo Jima
Lowest review score: 0 Meet Joe Black
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 901
901 movie reviews
  1. As long as it stays focused on showbiz, Bewitched is light, frothy fun. But Ephron insists on turning Bewitched into a love story, and that's when the fun starts to seep out of the movie.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If the film has a problem, it's that the Farrelly brothers, co-writers and directors, seem content to bunt for long stretches between home runs.
  2. As Good as It Gets works: by the end you'll no doubt be won over by its cranky hero. But for those of us who cherish the quirkily unformulaic Brooks of old, it's a tainted victory.
  3. This may be a less than ideal “Earnest,” but it still has delights, not least of all Anna Massey’s Miss Prism, Cecily’s dotty tutor, and Tom Wilkinson’s Dr. Chasuble, her clergyman admirer.
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  4. A topical thriller that manages to be watchable despite director Alan J. Pakula's best efforts to take all the fun out of it.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Beautifully appointed, fairly bursting with splendid sets and divine costumes, but it ultimately fails to capture the essence of Wilde's airy wit.
  5. Slightly soggy.
  6. Doubt stirs up a lot of stormy theatrical weather, but the stolid transfer from stage to screen does Shanley's play no favors.
  7. These actresses are always worth seeing in just about anything, as is Tuscany. Together they are able to make up for the meandering plot and lack of dramatic oomph.
  8. When George’s fortunes start to go from bad to worse, so does the movie.
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    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    In the end, it's just another novice-teacher-takes-on-inner-city-kids-and-nobody's-life-will-ever-be-the-same film
  9. Self-conscious to the point of suffocation.
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  10. The storytelling is cheesy, but action fans won't want to miss the debut of the Next Big Thing in martial arts.
  11. Inside this numbingly formulaic action comedy there's a small, quirky movie not screaming hard enough to get out--the kind of movie that director and co-writer Ron Shelton (“Bull Durham,” “Tin Cup”) could have had some real fun with.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Couldn’t have arrived at a better time: movies have been so bad lately that audiences are positively starving for something mediocre.
  12. There are pleasures to be had in the handsome, heroic The Last Samurai. But they' all on the surface.
  13. But the tale has been squeezed to fit the mold of director John Hughes, which for long stretches makes it feel as much like the third "Home Alone" as the second "Dalmations."
  14. Resoundingly so-so.
  15. In the end, artifice overwhelms art. Apt Pupil is too serious to work as a genre movie, and too contrived to be taken seriously. [12 October 1998]
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  16. It's sometimes hard to tell the characters from the candelabra. This lavish screen version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical is so chockablock with decorative detail the human figures are often competing with the decor for attention.
  17. Harron sets the stage expertly, but her lack of a point of view ultimately enervates the movie. [6 May 1996, p. 78]
    • Newsweek
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    A slick but surprisingly empty genre movie that builds to a not particularly shocking shock.
  18. The storytelling seems occasionally disjointed, but more important, for all the special-effects wizardry, that touch of film magic never surfaces.
  19. The great '30s comedies had edge, bite and relentless forward momentum. Leatherheads is laid-back, amiable and terminally tepid.
  20. I don't want to sound like a party pooper (or deny that there is something wickedly funny about seeing these middle-age adolescents beating the crap out of a playground full of little bullying kids) but there's something depressing about the never-ending celebration of eternal adolescence in recent American comedies.
  21. In Lost Highway, reality has become a dream. But Lynch has forgotten how boring it is listening to someone else's dream.
  22. Slick and violent and reasonably tense, Ransom holds your attention without being the least bit interesting. [11Nov1996 Pg. 74]
    • Newsweek
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Too bad the film ultimately fails to explore [provocative questions], falling instead to cliches.
  23. Ultimately, Huckabees doesn't work. But it sure does stimulate. This is just the kind of "failure" we could use plenty more of.
  24. Why does this chronicle of a passionate life refuse to catch fire? For all of Taymor’s flashy embellishments -- surreal dream sequences, constructivist collages come to life -- it trudges through the Kahlo chronology with the dutiful step of a conventional Hollywood biopic.

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