Newsweek's Scores

  • Movies
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For 903 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: 69
Highest review score: 100 Spider-Man 2
Lowest review score: 0 Down to You
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 903
903 movie reviews
  1. A dizzying mixture of the sophisticated and the naive, the deft and the clumsy, Bulworth is overstuffed, excessive, erratic -- and essential.
  2. Comic electricity.
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  3. As brilliantly shot as it is brutally single-minded, this is a war movie shorn of all its usual accouterments: the battle is the plot.
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  4. Lively, likable and refreshingly unsensationalistic about the drugs and sex that come with the territory, this techno-propelled mash note to the rave spirit sticks to the surface.
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Wong Kar-Wai's cinematic style is unmistakable: hip, colorful and energetic and the film's frenetic pacing and exuberant camera work make the streets of Hong Kong a neon wonderland.
  5. A vital entertainment that struts confidently between comedy and drama.
  6. Schrader has never been one to coddle an audience, and this is as uncompromising a vision as he has given us.
  7. He’s (González Iñárritu) conjured up a dark, brutal vision of urban life that sticks to your skin like soot.
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  8. Intimate, moving and playful.
  9. A meditation on love, faith and science in the guise of a thriller, the movie's a tad schematic, but thoroughly gripping.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The result is a film that's really moving--and really moves.
  10. One of the things that makes Signs such a refreshing summer movie is that it goes against almost all the grains of contemporary Hollywood razzle-dazzle filmmaking -- as did “The Sixth Sense.”
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  11. It's harmless fun, but it underutilizes Murphy, who's largely reduced to doing virtuoso variations on his iconic smile.
  12. Manages to be simultaneously subversive and sweet.
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  13. Has a flavor all its own-sweet, whimsical, homegrown. A quirky romantic for the 21st century, July finds humor and magic in places where no one has looked before.
  14. The filmmakers are clearly in awe of the Chicks' fighting spirit. If you think Maines's original Bush remark was disrespectful, wait till you hear what she calls him here. Maines is not ready to make nice, and neither is this riveting documentary.
  15. 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]
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  16. The film is mostly successful in transporting the viewer to another age: the costumes, the body markings, the fierce Mayan masks, all feel right. And keeping the dialogue in subtitles was a smart move. Even better are the faces, which never fail to fascinate. But for all the anthropological research that went into the movie, what is Apocalypto trying to say?
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The summer's most compelling movie about teenagers.
  17. It’s as formulaic as "The Sum of All Fears," but it feels fresher, hipper, less inflated.
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    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A very funny movie, full of eccentric, deadpan little moments. What's more, it resonates, and has subtle, tender and acute things to say about romance, art, class and -- why not? -- interior decorating. It's a winning tribute to the flighty Aphrodite.
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  18. A clever, pleasingly sentimental tale of prehistoric times.
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  19. Leaner and meaner, "The Road Warrior" had more nonstop thrills. But Miller was right not to try to top that act: he's opted to expand the moral geography of his funk Wasteland. With crazy and beautiful Mel and Tina backed up by a raging gallery of mutant humanity, only a glutton could complain he didn't get his fill. [29 July 1985, p.58]
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  20. This is a movie that sticks its political neck out, that throbs with dread, paranoia and outrage, that doesn't coddle the audience by neatly tying things up.
  21. If we must have teen movies, let them all be as sweet and seductive as Sollett's smartly observed romance.
  22. A premise this preposterous must be carried off with unflappable comic conviction, and Cusack is just the right man for the job.
  23. Looks like a true epic...even if it is both bloody and bloody long.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Like its subject, American Movie works entirely on its own quirky terms.
  24. The juiciest battle here is Spidey vs. Spidey, or, if you prefer, superego vs. id. When Peter starts to go seriously bad, the movie becomes seriously fun.

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