Newsweek's Scores

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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 6.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Lowest review score: 0 Down to You
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 901
901 movie reviews
  1. Ready to Wear is all appetizers: the main course never arrives. Still, the critical savagery puzzles me. Altman's movie may be indefensible, but it's not unenjoyable. The fun of it is entirely superficial, like skimming a gossip column.
  2. As well-crafted and sensitive as it is, the movie remains one step removed from inspiration.
  3. Nightmarish scenes are intercut with interviews with the real men. These could be more probing, and the film's urgency can tilt toward shrillness, but nobody else has made the disaster of Guantánamo so painfully vivid.
  4. Richard Donner's sequel is more than eager to please -- it's desperate.
  5. Pitched too broadly to get very deeply under your skin. Still, there are some smarts at work here, and it will make you laugh.
  6. Shortbus tends to work better in its first, comic half, than in its second, more serious stretch, where the characters' trials and tribulations flirt with soap opera. The actors, formidable with their clothes off, aren't always as expressive fully dressed.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    That's the real problem with Fahrenheit 9/11: not the message, but the method… Moore’s default mode is overkill: he even notes that on the night before the attacks Bush slept on "fine French linen." Surely scratchy muslin wouldn't have stopped the evildoers.
  7. Maverick moviemaker James Toback has latched on to the most fascinating cultural phenomenon of the American moment.
  8. Jones even manages to save this somewhat tiring film.
  9. This fragile, precious chamber piece, co-written with Susan Minot, rarely seems worthy of the high style lavished upon it. [24 Jun 1996 Pg.83]
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  10. Gangs is a dream project Scorsese has wanted to make for 30 years. You have to honor its mad ambition. But sadly, it feels like a dream too long deferred.
  11. Uneven but spunkily energetic movie.
  12. The Reader can feel stilted and abstract: the film's only flesh-and-blood characters spend half the movie separated. But its emotional impact sneaks up on you. The Reader asks tough questions, and, to its credit, provides no easy answers.
  13. Nair and Witherspoon pull back from the ferocity of Thackeray's portrait: they're afraid we won't find Becky Sharp likable enough. Yes, she's the most brilliant, bold and vibrant creature in this social panorama, but she should also be chilling.
  14. When the satire stays focused on Streep or her snooty Brit assistant (Emily Blunt), "Prada" is malicious fun. But the central story about how smart, idealistic Anne Hathaway, as Miranda's drably dressed new assistant, loses her soul in pursuit of success and great shoes is dramatically anorexic.
  15. Andy Tennant's flimsy but generally likeable comedy is tailor-made for Smith's cheerfully suave comic style, and the movie goes out of its way to avoid any hint of sleaziness.
  16. Peaks early, then descends into portentous nonsense.
  17. Those who haven’t seen “Lock, Stock” will probably get a bigger kick out of Snatch than those who have. The second time around, what seemed spontaneous can sometimes feel strained.
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Depp attacks his role with relish, stamping his boot heels and recounting improbable erotic adventures in a wonderful Castilian lisp. Unfortunately, Depp's the only one flying over this cuckoo's nest. [24 Apr 1995, p.64]
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  18. In trying to appeal to a wide audience, quirky material has been forced to fit a formula that can't really contain it.
  19. What charm, quirkiness and warmth the movie possesses is due largely to them (Cage and Leoni).
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  20. It's an expertly made film that, scene by scene, holds your attention. But both emotionally and intellectually, it doesn't add up.
  21. I Am Legend can't seem to make up its mind just what kind of movie it wants to be.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    May be formulaic...but many good recipes are.
  22. This material is charged enough without piling on the melodrama and the lip-smacking violence. The movie too often sacrifices reportage for razzle-dazzle.
  23. The most incendiary movie to come out of Hollywood in a long time. It's a mess, but one worth fighting about.
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  24. Damon's Ripley is considerably different from the charming sociopath in Patricia Highsmith's novel or the smooth lothario played by Alain Delon in the 1960 French thriller "Purple Noon."
  25. 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.
  26. A movie of arresting pieces that don't harmonize into a satisfying whole.
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