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 6.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Cold Mountain
Lowest review score: 0 Meet Joe Black
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 894
894 movie reviews
    • 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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  1. Zoo
    Zoo avoids any taint of exploitation, but it errs on the opposite extreme. I came away from it wanting a little less Art and a lot more simple reportage.
    • 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]
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  2. 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?
  3. I Am Legend can't seem to make up its mind just what kind of movie it wants to be.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Like Norma Desmond in "Sunset Boulevard," Indy is still big; it's just that, in the new world of movie franchises, The Crystal Skull feels smaller.
  4. W.
    Like all Stone movies, W. has energy and forward momentum--particularly in the pre-presidential sections, when Bush is in his loose-cannon phase. It's not boring, and Brolin is often remarkable.
  5. 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.
  6. "The Final Frontier" is not as witty as the last installment, nor as well made as "The Search for Spock." But it has the Trek essence in spades. [19 June 1989, p.63]
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    • 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]
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  7. 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Charming cinematic bauble.
  8. There are some very funny moments, and Coughlan is a delight as Leigh Anne's best friend.
  9. When George’s fortunes start to go from bad to worse, so does the movie.
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    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    As long as Polanski keeps his focus on character and ambiance, the film is an eerie pleasure. But he doesn't, and it degenerates into a second-rate chase movie which takes its supernatural overtones either too seriously or too lightly to be convincing.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    As preposterous as the movie gets, it's clearly reveling in its own hokiness.
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  10. A fine film; as an Ed Norton picture, it's a disappointment.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Offers easy wisdom and light-hearted fun.
  11. Enough already with the faux documentary!
  12. Labour teeters on the edge of the amateur. Yet it's hard not to root for its moonstruck spirit, or to succumb to the panache of the pastiche.
  13. It's not as cool as it sounds.
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    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    In the end, it's just another novice-teacher-takes-on-inner-city-kids-and-nobody's-life-will-ever-be-the-same film
  14. This slick, handsomely produced thriller only gets the pulse half racing.
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  15. This time out, Shyamalan the writer lets Shyamalan the director down badly.
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  16. Just because Sandler's Sonny makes little sense as an actual human being doesn't mean he won't make you laugh.
  17. Go
    John August's trickily structured script owes an all too obvious debt to "Pulp Fiction," but Liman's film is more like kiddie Tarantino.
  18. Poor Affleck. He doesn’t just have to singlehandedly save the world from nuclear destruction, he has to erase our memories of Ford and Baldwin. That’s a tall order for any actor, and Affleck, an expert at playing cocky, callow yuppies, just doesn’t have the heft.
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  19. A style so chic, studied and murky it resembles a cross between a Nike commercial and a bad Polish art film.
  20. Robbins eschews leftist diatribes for a bold cartoon version of history. It's as crowded and energetic as a big parade...and just about as subtle.
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  21. Self-conscious to the point of suffocation.
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