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 6.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 The Best of Youth
Lowest review score: 0 Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 895
895 movie reviews
  1. A vital entertainment that struts confidently between comedy and drama.
  2. Schrader has never been one to coddle an audience, and this is as uncompromising a vision as he has given us.
  3. He’s (González Iñárritu) conjured up a dark, brutal vision of urban life that sticks to your skin like soot.
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  4. Intimate, moving and playful.
  5. 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.
  6. 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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  7. It's harmless fun, but it underutilizes Murphy, who's largely reduced to doing virtuoso variations on his iconic smile.
  8. Manages to be simultaneously subversive and sweet.
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  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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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  12. 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.
  13. 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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  14. A clever, pleasingly sentimental tale of prehistoric times.
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  15. 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.
  16. If we must have teen movies, let them all be as sweet and seductive as Sollett's smartly observed romance.
  17. A premise this preposterous must be carried off with unflappable comic conviction, and Cusack is just the right man for the job.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. Let the Right One In unfolds with quiet, masterly assurance.
  21. The Syrian Bride would be an out-and-out comedy were it set anywhere but in the Middle East.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pretty charming. Audiences may like it more than critics, but everyone should agree it's one of the most wickedly stylish movies of the year.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Kaufman's new script isn't as inspired as "Malkovich." It's a precious little concoction -- the B-plus work of a madcap genius.
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  22. Told from both women's points of view, this fascinating, if sometimes overwrought, tale packs a wallop.
  23. As taut and exciting as many edge-of-your-seat Hollywood escape movies.

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