Newsweek's Scores

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For 1,054 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 58% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 39% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Downfall
Lowest review score: 0 Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2
Score distribution:
1054 movie reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Like its subject, American Movie works entirely on its own quirky terms.
  1. 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.
  2. Let the Right One In unfolds with quiet, masterly assurance.
  3. 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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  4. Told from both women's points of view, this fascinating, if sometimes overwrought, tale packs a wallop.
  5. As taut and exciting as many edge-of-your-seat Hollywood escape movies.
  6. Hunter never exploits the material for cheap thrills -- his camera keeps a sober, clear eyed detachment. Detail by appalling detail, he creates a vivid, stunted world where banality and horror intermingle. "I cried when that guy died in Brian's Song," one of the girls says. "You'd figure I'd at least be able to cry for someone I hung around with." Some may gag on this daring, disturbing movie; few will be able to shake it off. [01 June 1987, p.69]
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  7. While Whale Rider is a doozy of a female-empowerment fantasy, it’s mercifully free of any feminist smugness.
  8. How you feel about Milk may depend on whether you've seen Rob Epstein's great, Oscar-winning 1984 documentary "The Times of Harvey Milk." Van Sant's movie lacks that film's shattering emotional impact. (Rage is not a color in the director's palette.) For those coming to Milk's story for the first time, however, this will be a rousing experience.
  9. Ulee's Gold possesses an attribute that's increasingly rare in American filmmaking, independent or Hollywood: call it soul.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hilariously unhinged, but also desperate and confused.
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  10. A delirious example of grrrl power, Hong Kong style.
  11. 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's gory stuff, but it's also a visually arresting blitzkrieg with action so bare-knuckled you'll leave the theater spitting out teeth.
  12. A smooth mixture of satire and sentiment that owes an obvious debt to "The Apartment," not to mention "Jerry Maguire."
  13. Hamer, a meticulous observer himself, is a minimalist with heart.
  14. Keeps you hanging on every twist and turn of its wilder-than-fiction plot.
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  15. Defies all laws of gravity in its pursuit of thrills and laughs—and it's so disarmingly eager to please that only a stone-faced kung fu purist could object.
  16. Lucas manages to turn the audience's familiarity to his advantage: like a jigsaw puzzle whose final form has always been known, the fun is in discovering how the last pieces fit.
  17. It is an intense study of the human condition, and man's relationship with God, aka the Big Kahuna.
    • Newsweek
  18. Written with an acute ear by Barbara Turner (Leigh's mother) and directed by Ulu Grosbard, it's a resonant, grittily specific film.
  19. Gets a lot of the details right. Outside Providence is a sweet, funny little movie.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The film delivers the warm fuzzies without apology, and you find yourself giving in.
  20. Unfaithful shows what a powerful, sexy, smart filmmaker Lyne can be. It’s a shame he substitutes the mechanics of suspense for the real suspense of what goes on between a man and a woman, a husband and a wife.
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  21. Suspended between the brutally graphic and flights of lyrical fancy, Pan's Labyrinth unfolds with the confidence of a classical fable, one that paradoxically feels both timeless and startlingly new.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A stunning glimpse at acting -- and life -- in the raw.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The film is short on biographical details and the history of the music, and long on impressions of the musicians' character and motivations.

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