Newsweek's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
For 901 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 6.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Downfall
Lowest review score: 0 Down to You
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 901
901 movie reviews
  1. A complex, entertaining film that may have more ideas than it can handle, but certainly has real ideas.
  2. Silly as it is, The Contende has a lurid zest that keeps you hooked, and a rambunctiously good cast.
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  3. Packs an irresistible emotional punch.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Harris leavens the familiar suburban angst with dark humor, rich characterizations and a terrific cast.
  4. There’s much to argue with, but this unconventional, oddly beautiful film resonates in unexpected ways.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Twohy knows how to shoot tense, bare-knuckle action, and his towering, gunmetal gray world is a fun sandbox to play in for two hours.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    You may leave the theater with a bit of a headache, but you'll feel amply compensated by the sense of having seen a master inventor at work.
  5. A return to form after the flat "Life Aquatic," Darjeeling has a lightweight, coloring-book charm that deepens and darkens after these odd, privileged ducks are thrown off the train.
  6. 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.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There's something for everyone in this 70-minute special effects frolic, and lovers of the cartoon will find the movie relatively faithful to its animated predecessor.
  7. Builds dread masterfully, but don't expect solace or "fun." This is not for those who like mysteries neatly resolved.
  8. Impersonal Hollywood filmmaking at its most paradoxical. It keeps you glued to your seat, and leaves no aftertaste whatsoever.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Wise, humble and effortlessly funny.
  9. Columbus's Harry Potter has many delights, but the magical alchemy that the book seemed to achieve so effortlessly eludes it.
    • Newsweek
  10. Gorgeous, mesmerizing, and stunningly well acted.
    • Newsweek
  11. Holofcener gets the milieu beguilingly right, but the abrupt ending leaves you wanting more.
  12. Under the reins of Jean-Pierre Jeunet ("Delicatessen"), the Alien franchise has lost none of its taste for acid-spewing, flesh-impaling, entrail-dripping gore.
  13. The latest "Star Trek" is the most down-to-earth, and certainly the funniest, movie in the series, further evidence of the show's amazing durability. [1 Dec. 1986, p.89]
    • Newsweek
  14. There's almost nothing you haven't seen before in this slick, preposterous, but occasionally exciting thriller. An angry Ford absorbs, and dishes out, massive punishment for a fellow his age, while Virginia Madsen is sadly wasted as his wife.
  15. The movie, which ricochets between farce and poignancy, casts just enough romantic pixie dust to leave you smiling. It's certainly not the last word on the subject, but it's an amiable start.
  16. Beverly Hills Cop is no masterpiece, but it uses Murphy to maximum effect. At its best, the movie is exactly as brazen, charming and mercurial as Murphy himself, which is to say it is unimaginable without him. [3 Dec. 1984, p.81]
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  17. Crash has no plot to speak of. It's a cinematic tone poem of collisions and coitus.
  18. It's all kept light and funny, but underlying the broad sight gags is a movie that actually has something to say about competition, fathers and sons, machismo and caffeine.
  19. It's the casting of Iraq vet and non-professional Jake McLaughlin as Specialist Bonner, who fought alongside Deerfield's son in Iraq, that strikes a deeper emotional chord. His scenes with Jones, fraught with a complicated mix of bitterness, concern and guilt, are the best things in the movie.
  20. A fanciful, featherweight, mostly charming concoction predicated on the old romantic myth that there is one true soul mate out there for us all.
    • Newsweek
  21. Slides gracefully between comedy and pathos (it aims for tragedy, but doesn't quite get there).
  22. You may emerge more exhausted than elated. Nolan wants to prove that a superhero movie needn't be disposable, effects-ridden junk food, and you have to admire his ambition. But this is Batman, not "Hamlet." Call me shallow, but I wish it were a little more fun.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This achingly funny film is a string of vignettes with no real plot, so it has periods of pointlessness--come to think of it, it's all pointless. But it has "cult classic" written all over it.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Brims with youthful exhuberance, it just needs to cut to the quick a little quicker.
  23. Though the tale is told with crisp sangfroid and a wonderful twist, there's hardly a scene I haven't seen somewhere else.

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