Newsweek's Scores

  • Movies
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For 900 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: 69
Highest review score: 100 JFK
Lowest review score: 0 Meet Joe Black
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 900
900 movie reviews
  1. Only near the end does the mix of melodrama, mush and message get out of hand.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A lightly entertaining, though not hilarious, film parody of comic book heroes.
  2. Ultimately achieves that lump in the throat that is the romantic comedy's promised land.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Although the film occasionally descends into mawkishness, Shyamalan is skilled at bringing the tension to excruciating heights.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Manages to maintain its humor and energy until the final scene.
  3. Director Robert Zemeckis and writer Bob Gale assume you've seen the original and are ready to swallow whatever zany time-travel notion they offer. They're not wrong. As unapologetically broad and silly as this sequel it, it's also a good deal of fun, and its relentless velocity is part of the joke. [4 Dec. 1989, p.78]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Kapur can't decide if he's making an art movie or a melodrama, an opera or a soap opera.
  4. This is a good introduction to the affable Chan persona. The comedy is broad, the inner-city Americana hilariously off-base, and the English dubbing may prove disconcerting to U.S. audiences. But the cheesiness is part of the fun.
  5. What first feels like thin skit material gets funnier and sweeter. Damon and Kinnear make a terrific team.
  6. The Madame Bovary-in-suburbia motif may sound familiar, yet the unusual mix of satire and melodrama feels fresh. Not everything works (beware the football scenes), but this adaptation of Tom Perrotta's novel is hard to shake off.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The fight scenes are dynamic, intricately choreographed, and downright exciting.
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  7. The wonder of Invictus is that it actually went down this way.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Thomas is supported in his first directorial endeavor by a truly spectacular cast.
  8. It's a marvelous premise, and Crudup's serpentine performance has a venomous grace. But Jeffrey Hatcher's screenplay too often sacrifices psychological insight for bogus theatricality.
  9. "The Search for Spock" is everything it ought to be: solemn and shlocky and rousing and heartfelt, like all good reunions. For those whose cup of tea this is, drink deep and enjoy. [11 June 1984, p.80]
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  10. What holds the movie together is the fiercely self-contained commitment of Day-Lewis's performance and the palpable chemistry between him and Watson.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The plotting could use some finessing, but fine acting makes this film worthwhile.
  11. Flaws and all, this may be Spike's most purely enjoyable movie, and his best looking
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    You won't be able to resist the film's ribaldry and cynicism.
  12. Entertaining but farfetched, Spy Game might have looked less meretricious a few months back. But the real world has sabotaged its pretense of authenticity. Enjoy it for what it is, a fleet, handsome fantasy of globe-hopping blond demigods.
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In the end, first-time writer-director Kasi Lemmon's ambitions exceed her skill, but her creativity and the breadth of her vision more than make up for her occasional missteps, luring us into a family album of secrets and lies that keeps the audience groping along with this fine ensemble cast for the truths buried in murky waters.
  13. Ultimately, Quills descends into overwrought melodrama. But at its bright and bawdy best, it bubbles with subversive wit.
  14. Director Michael Lehmann ("Heathers") nimbly keeps this airy concoction afloat.
  15. It’s a movie for movie lovers -- playful, hip and light as a feather.
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  16. A powerful and moving experience -- once it overcomes its clunky, badly written and clichéd first act.
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  17. Where the original gave you something to chew on, the sequel is more interested in chewing on you.
  18. While there are few huge laughs, the very lack of pushiness in Harold Ramis's direction comes as comic relief. [8 Aug 1983, p.55]
    • Newsweek
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Rarely have we seen black love be this sensual.
  19. It's preposterous, but never dull: Scott whips the action into a taut, tasty lather.
  20. Spacek is brilliantly funny, slowly transforming Helen from a nervous 60s housewife into a liquored-up one. I could have watched her in the vibrating fat-burner, eyes closed, lazily gripping a martini glass, for hours.

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