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 Sideways
Lowest review score: 0 Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 895
895 movie reviews
  1. This is a cute, clever "Superman," without the epic audacity of Richard Donner's Supe I, one of the most underrated of movies, despite the $300 million it grossed. [20 June 1983, p.83]
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  2. "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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  3. 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]
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  4. Kansas City can be regarded as a jazz tone poem on themes of race, politics, money and the movies themselves.
  5. 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]
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  6. But if the endpoint is a homiletic given, the journey itself is more charming, and less sentimental, than you might suspect.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There still is enough tightly staged action and sly humor to earn this latest installment a memorable place in Bond canon.
  7. There is one reason, and only one, for anyone to check out Vertical Limit. The hanging-by-a-fingernail mountain-climbing sequences are spectacular.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    We don't really need some young punk to tell us that anarchy is an untenable idea, but watching him live it is an invigorating experience.
  8. There are just enough fresh, funny gags and witty throwaways to keep the 88-minute MIB2 percolating -- it fulfills its end of the bargain: a good time will be had by almost all.
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  9. Barring one dreadfully trumped-up climactic scene, they've managed to avoid the usual asylum-movie cliches.
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    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Careening wildly between fairy tale and drama it doesn't know when to call it quits.
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  10. Stone creates such a sizzling, raunchy, vital world that the cliches almost seem new.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Sort of like a Jennifer Lopez video: pretty to look at, easy on the ears, but ultimately completely vacuous and lackluster.
  11. Hollywood rarely mounts these lavish period epics anymore. It's nice to see them try, even if the result is somewhat less than heart-stopping.
  12. For those who believe that movies are a proper place to explore the riddle of sex, no holds barred, this movie is de rigueur.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    May be formulaic...but many good recipes are.
  13. Maverick moviemaker James Toback has latched on to the most fascinating cultural phenomenon of the American moment.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A film of ideas; meaty ideas about Catholicism, faith, and the true nature of jealousy, love and hate, that are rarely contemplated in today's cinema.
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  14. Jones even manages to save this somewhat tiring film.
  15. There's something decidedly mechanical about this intermittently gripping movie's bleak view of human nature.
  16. It’s sad to see such stunning work self-destruct. You walk out haunted by the movie that might have been.
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    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    In the second half the film meanders into all the danger areas one might expect: predictable plot twists, tearful separation scenes between the lovers, and even a joyful reunion in Rome.
  17. As well-crafted and sensitive as it is, the movie remains one step removed from inspiration.
  18. As anthropology, it's fascinating, and everything about the production is first class. But the human drama at the heart of this movie is stillborn.
  19. A movie of arresting pieces that don't harmonize into a satisfying whole.
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  20. Forman's decision to stick to the surface is probably, in the end, a wise one. Kaufman always wanted to keep us guessing, and this movie respects his wishes.
  21. What charm, quirkiness and warmth the movie possesses is due largely to them (Cage and Leoni).
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  22. In the antic, melancholy comedy The Royal Tenenbaums, the singular Wes Anderson (“Rushmore”) abandons his native Texas for a storybook vision of New York.
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If the film has a problem, it's that the Farrelly brothers, co-writers and directors, seem content to bunt for long stretches between home runs.

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