Newsweek's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
For 903 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 6.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 JFK
Lowest review score: 0 Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 903
903 movie reviews
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A surprisingly earnest and cautionary movie, careful to attract female viewers and not freak parents out too badly.
  1. For all its shortcomings, The Human Stain is an honorable, sometimes moving attempt, better at evoking the poignancy of Silk's autumnal affair than exploring the moral ambiguities of his deception.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Through the laughter, though, there is real empathy for the characters. It's a light-hearted movie.
    • Newsweek
  2. The demands of the historical epic form seem to hobble Jordan's imagination. He's a director who's at his best when he can follow the dark logic of his own subconscious.
    • 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.
  3. Holes in the script cause the narrative to burp at times.
  4. For all the enhanced ingenuity of the special effects in The Lost World, the element of surprise and originality (the idea of cloning dinosaurs from fossilized DNA) is no longer present. And screenwriter David Koepp (the movie is very loosely based on Michael Crichton's sequel to his novel "Jurassic Park") has come up with a pretty conventional story line.
  5. Alternately beguiling and bloated, witty and warmed over, smart and pandering. The majority is likely to swoon; the minority will squirm their way through it.
  6. Robert Zemeckis's movie is frustratingly uneven. When it's good, it's very good. And when it's not, it can be as silly and self-important as bad '50s sci-fi.
  7. 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.
  8. A schizoid action flick bogs down in lofty intentions.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Once Fletcher starts telling the truth against his will, the movie delivers some perfect laughs.
  9. Fails to rouse any passion. A potentially great subject is frittered away, though this being a Scott movie, there's style to spare.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    For all its parodic elements, this clever 'whodunit' leaves us squirming and wincing at each slash of the killer. Prepare for a surprise and beware the person enjoying the film right next to you.
  10. Barring one dreadfully trumped-up climactic scene, they've managed to avoid the usual asylum-movie cliches.
    • Newsweek
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    In the end, this Western is serviceable enough. Herod says if you're born bad, you're bad forever. The Quick was born bad, but it got better. [20 Feb 1995, p.72]
    • Newsweek
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If it all seems a bit dizzying, it is, but there's plenty to enjoy.
  11. What makes you giggle your way through much of the movie isn't the jokes--Jonathan Gems's script is surprisingly feeble, and Burton's comic timing is often flat-- but the sheer, oddball chutzpah of it all. [23 Dec 1996]
    • Newsweek
  12. This sweet, sometimes clunky chick flick is a likable teen romance, but not likely to arouse the giddy swoons Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey generated back in ’87.
  13. This scary, eye-opening documentary looks back from a post-9/11 vantage point to see how Ike’s prophecy has come horribly true.
  14. A romantic comedy for an era of diminished expectations.
  15. What keeps this movie honest is the characters, each of them a mass of conflicting instincts, virtues and vices. You know Gonzalez Inarritu comes from outside Hollywood because he doesn't divide the world into heroes and villains.
  16. Stone creates such a sizzling, raunchy, vital world that the cliches almost seem new.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Meg Ryan lends her trademark feistiness to Anastasia, and John Cusack makes Dimitri eminently likable.
  17. There is one reason, and only one, for anyone to check out Vertical Limit. The hanging-by-a-fingernail mountain-climbing sequences are spectacular.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    For Trek devotees, it's a supernova of unpredictable sci-fi thrills, though the earthbound may find this trip through the heavens a bit tiresome, especially when the movie tries too hard to wax philosophic. [18 Nov. 1994, p.88]
    • Newsweek
  18. As the proud, independent young author, Hathaway is both subdued and alluring--it's her most mature performance. The movie goes down easy, but there's a thin line here: is this an homage or a parasite?
  19. Ridiculous, and oddly unforgettable.
  20. This Man in Black is, frankly, a bit of a wuss. As a love story, Walk the Line can seduce. As a biopic, it treads awfully familiar Overcoming Adversity turf.
  21. The movie tries too hard. Too bad. This coulda been a contender.

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