Newsweek's Scores

  • Movies
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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. A haunted thriller of disturbing power.
  2. Hilariously odd and prodigiously inventive.
  3. 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.
    • Newsweek
  4. Elf
    Ferrell is a hoot. So is much of this witty holiday family entertainment, which, up until the end, when the “true spirit of Christmas” must be reaffirmed, happily favors slapstick over treacle.
  5. Fascinating but repetitious, Better Living Through Circuitry nevertheless does a good job describing the scene.
    • Newsweek
  6. Everyone will be tickled pink by this sleek Mike Nichols remake.
  7. Written with brio and staged rousingly by director Taylor Hackford, the film is good, kitschy fun -- after all, how can you hate a movie that casts litigators as the new legions of Lucifer?
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Directed by Tom Shadyac ("Ace Ventura"), it's nearly sociopathic in its quest for laughs, and busts a very big gut.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Affleck directed, stars in, and co-wrote The Town, a suspenseful, fiercely paced movie about bank robbers that is also about love, brotherhood, and the desperate need to escape a crooked life. It proves that "Gone Baby Gone," his accomplished directing debut, was no fluke.
  8. Screenwriters Heather Hach and Leslie Dixon have devised some lovely and hilarious variations on Rodgers’s irresistible premise.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Though there was little surprise by the end--how could there be?--Notorious,' a movie about the life and death of rapper Christopher Wallace (a.k.a. The Notorious B.I.G., a.k.a. Biggie Smalls, a.k.a. Biggie), still managed to stun, unsettle and move me.
  9. Mingling reality and fantasy, Forster has given us a luminous, touching meditation on life and art.
  10. It's hands down the funniest of the year, both pushing the boundaries of bad taste and exploring how those boundaries keep shifting.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The portraits are spare but right on target. And the film keeps you laughing even as you feel the pain of the characters.
  11. That's the paradox that makes this parade of folly so much fun: it feels as if everyone involved is having a high old time, and their enthusiasm is contagious.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Has its flaws, but at its best it’s a fleet, fun action movie -- and certainly one of the cooler blockbusters that Hollywood will cough up this godforsaken summer.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Troy is a fun, energizing piece of summer entertainment, even if it doesn't have the depth or the sustained intensity of "Gladiator."
  12. Though it lacks "Wallace and Gromit"'s charm, its mile-a-minute inventiveness is impressive.
  13. Though some of the violence is nastier than it needs to be and the obligatory climactic melee, complete with choppers, skidding trucks and explosions, overstays its welcome, The Long Kiss Goodnight stays fun because it plays its heroine's split personality for laughs, not trauma.
  14. A shameless crowd-pleaser.
  15. Unlike many dramas of middle-class family wreckage, which tilt toward soapoperatic revelations, The Ice Storm is told from an ironic, almost meditative distance that gives the movie its paradoxical power.
  16. The script is an odd take on the Cinderella formula, but Barrymore makes it shine with her relentless charm.
  17. The beauty and scale of Miyazaki's vision shines through.
  18. It might, however, have been a greater film if its villain were as compelling as its flawed hero. Williams is effectively creepy, but next to Pacino’s rich, multileveled portrait he seems one-note, and one we’ve seen before.
    • Newsweek
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Director Doug Liman has an impressive eye for detail and an even better ear for dialogue, producing a perceptive and delightfully funny take on the buddy movie.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A moving, complex and dreamlike tale.
  19. Take the movie's first words to heart: watch closely. You'll be well rewarded.
  20. The uncontestable triumph of Goblet of Fire, however, is Brendan Gleeson's Alastor (Mad-Eye) Moody, the grizzled new Defense Against the Dark Arts professor.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At its best it's a marvel: bold, exciting and full of visions.
  21. Ferocious and sometimes creepily funny, Bully is a raunchy suburban "Crime and Punishment."

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