Newsweek's Scores

  • Movies
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 6.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Hoop Dreams
Lowest review score: 0 Down to You
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 895
895 movie reviews
  1. Red Dragon is certainly an improvement on “Hannibal.” It has something the Ridley Scott movie didn’t -- a good story -- and it will no doubt keep the franchise rolling in dough.
    • Newsweek
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The summer's most compelling movie about teenagers.
  2. Screenwriters Heather Hach and Leslie Dixon have devised some lovely and hilarious variations on Rodgers’s irresistible premise.
  3. A clever, pleasingly sentimental tale of prehistoric times.
    • Newsweek
  4. Seabiscuit may be too airbrushed for its own good, but in the end nothing can stop this story from putting a lump in your throat.
  5. While Whale Rider is a doozy of a female-empowerment fantasy, it’s mercifully free of any feminist smugness.
  6. A hilarious, rousing musical comedy set at a summer camp where NOBODY plays sports and EVERYBODY worships Stephen Sondheim.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tamara Jenkins, a first-time writer-director, films the proceedings with such a quirky eye the movie looks like a retro postcard.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The plot is predictable, but the frights are real.
  7. A delirious example of grrrl power, Hong Kong style.
  8. A one-of- a-kind horror movie: hilarious, a little scary and strangely poignant. Campbell’s cranky, valiant, sad-sack King is a soulfully funny creation.
  9. 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.
  10. Zwigoff doesn't hype up the gags, and his deliberately deadpan style gives even farfetched jokes an edge of reality.
  11. When it catches fire, this great-looking movie offers hilarious diversions.
  12. Novelist Andre Dubus's plotting may be too much for a two-hour movie. But the story's details feel fresh. The vivid clarity of the images, the compressed fury of the tale, are impossible to get out of your head.
  13. The rage and sadness behind this film -- the first from Afghanistan since the Taliban's fall -- is matched by its artistry.
  14. Hamer, a meticulous observer himself, is a minimalist with heart.
  15. The first-time writer-director, Englishman Richard Kwietniowski, has adapted Gilbert Adair's novel with wit, economy and a delicate understanding that the funniest comedies are played with dead seriousness.
  16. His smart, raunchy movie offers no answers (how could it?), but it poses its questions with painfully hilarious honesty.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The masterful Duvall skillfully illuminates the paradoxes of a very complex man; he also elicits honest performances from his cast. The zealous churchgoers seem more like real people than actors.
    • 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."
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The result is a film that's really moving--and really moves.
  17. Smart, informative and lively polemic.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Glenn Close, Bette Midler and Roger Bart (who plays one half of a gay couple slated for Stepfordizing) are hilarious, and even Nicole Kidman flashes comedic gifts not seen since "To Die For."
  18. This hothouse tale of grief, sex and betrayal is told with a cool detachment that renders it commendably unsentimental--and slightly remote.
  19. It's harmless fun, but it underutilizes Murphy, who's largely reduced to doing virtuoso variations on his iconic smile.
  20. Woody Allen is back in sharp comic form, though it's likely that his abrasive black comedy Deconstructing Harry will alienate as many people as it tickles.
  21. This true story, deftly embellished by writer Jeremy Brock and directed at a bracing English trot by John Madden, is a splendid showcase for its three superb leads. [28 July, 1997, p. 69]
    • Newsweek
  22. Mann vividly captures the nocturnal pulse of East L.A. in this taut, confined game of cat and mouse. In the homestretch the thrills get too generic and farfetched for their own good. But the first two thirds are a knockout.
  23. It's like a spectacular roadside accident: you can't turn away.

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