Newsweek's Scores

  • Movies
For 894 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 Barton Fink
Lowest review score: 0 Meet Joe Black
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 894
894 movie reviews
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Portman gives a superb, understated performance as a teen who gets whiplash from watching her mother's mood swings.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The dedication of the Canadian team strains belief at times, and for good reason.
  1. Ultimately, Quills descends into overwrought melodrama. But at its bright and bawdy best, it bubbles with subversive wit.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It has a timely resonance. While it doesn't have that transcendent quality of Majidi's earlier work -- the implied bleakness from across the border puts a slightly darker hue on the proceedings -- it does tell a story worth telling.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A lightly entertaining, though not hilarious, film parody of comic book heroes.
  2. Funny, sentimental, cheerfully bawdy story of a wedding reunion that stirs up a hornet's nest of old loves, lusts and jealousies.
  3. Impersonal Hollywood filmmaking at its most paradoxical. It keeps you glued to your seat, and leaves no aftertaste whatsoever.
  4. It's worth the price of admission just to hear Vilanch bouncing ideas off of a revved-up Robin Williams.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With a strong soundtrack and a little humor, In Too Deep remains good entertainment.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    At the heart of all Morris's films -- from "The Thin Blue Line" to "Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control" -- is a fundamental belief in the unreliability of truth.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A warm-hearted romp that will leave you smiling -- and strutting.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The true strength of the film lies in its vast ensemble of actors.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This remake is like a live-action cartoon: all brio and no brains.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Condon's obvious attempts to draw parallels between Whale's life and his work tend to be heavy-handed, and detract from an otherwise intriguing film.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    You won't be able to resist the film's ribaldry and cynicism.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Refreshingly, the movie doesn't treat you like a moron who needs to be told which woman to root for. If Ben has to choose, why shouldn't you?
  5. Ron Howard's version is--no surprise--a funny, audience-friendly entertainment that's ultimately less scathing satire than conventional Hollywood romantic comedy outfitted in trendy new clothes.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Pollock can be clunky and TV-movie-ish. Still, Harris gives a fiery, convincing performance.
  6. Ultimately achieves that lump in the throat that is the romantic comedy's promised land.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Thomas is supported in his first directorial endeavor by a truly spectacular cast.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The script is lame...but U-571 works, thanks to the jittery handheld-camera work, the great, visceral sound editing and a few sneaky plot twists.
  7. Director Payne, who adapted Tom Perrotta's novel with Jim Taylor, has an authentically dire view of human behavior, which he expresses in crisp, edgy and sometimes startlingly raunchy style.
  8. 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.
  9. It’s a movie for movie lovers -- playful, hip and light as a feather.
  10. The scary fun of the movie is embodied in a brilliantly filmed and edited chase sequence in which Smith tries to escape the ubiquitous cyber-eyes that see every inch of his flight.
  11. Goes on too long, and much of it is hooey, but it’s hard not to have a good time.
  12. It's basically a mindless paean to goofing off, with interludes of dubious seriousness. [16 June 1986]
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Though the movie suffers from an underdeveloped plot, it does benefit from solid acting.
  13. 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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