Newsweek's Scores

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For 898 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 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Lowest review score: 0 Down to You
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 898
898 movie reviews
  1. The storytelling seems occasionally disjointed, but more important, for all the special-effects wizardry, that touch of film magic never surfaces.
  2. The great '30s comedies had edge, bite and relentless forward momentum. Leatherheads is laid-back, amiable and terminally tepid.
  3. I don't want to sound like a party pooper (or deny that there is something wickedly funny about seeing these middle-age adolescents beating the crap out of a playground full of little bullying kids) but there's something depressing about the never-ending celebration of eternal adolescence in recent American comedies.
  4. In Lost Highway, reality has become a dream. But Lynch has forgotten how boring it is listening to someone else's dream.
  5. Slick and violent and reasonably tense, Ransom holds your attention without being the least bit interesting. [11Nov1996 Pg. 74]
    • Newsweek
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Too bad the film ultimately fails to explore [provocative questions], falling instead to cliches.
  6. Ultimately, Huckabees doesn't work. But it sure does stimulate. This is just the kind of "failure" we could use plenty more of.
  7. Why does this chronicle of a passionate life refuse to catch fire? For all of Taymor’s flashy embellishments -- surreal dream sequences, constructivist collages come to life -- it trudges through the Kahlo chronology with the dutiful step of a conventional Hollywood biopic.
  8. The saving grace of Con Air is its sense of its own absurdity.
  9. 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.
  10. If only the laughs were bigger, smarter and more frequent than they are.
  11. It’s not half bad, with cool locations and a great stunt leap from the top of a Hong Kong high-rise.
  12. It's not as cool as it sounds.
    • Newsweek
  13. Wanted has one good plot twist in store (though it makes little sense), and its sense of humor about its own silliness keeps the fantasy afloat for a while. But as the body count rises, so does the portentous tone, and the relentlessness of Bekmambetov's overamped style becomes oppressive.
  14. Alternately enrapturing and exhausting, brilliant and glib, this is a "Romeo and Juliet" more for the eyes than the ears. [4 Nov 1996, pg.73]
    • Newsweek
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    While the first half showcases an impressive new directorial talent, the last two quarters fail to score.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The main problem is the script, which has a few scares but little smarts.
  15. An ambitious, intense, but overdetermined exploration of the varieties of ethnic intolerance.
  16. It succeeds in bringing O'Barr's comic-book vision to life, but there's little else going on behind the graphic razzle-dazzle and the moody, ominous soundtrack.
  17. Howard redeems this lumpy fantasy. Soft-spoken and mysterious, he presides over the movie with a dangerous, feline grace.
  18. It's gorgeous. It's epic. It's spectacular. But two hours later, it also proves to be emotionally impenetrable.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The film has its dumb points: too many shots of churning surf and lovers nestled in beach blankets, not to mention the premise that women find incommunicative, hulking shells like Blake the height of irresistibility. But it gets you.
  19. This time out, Shyamalan the writer lets Shyamalan the director down badly.
    • Newsweek
  20. I might buy Babel if it had any real interest in its characters, but it's too busy moving them around its mechanistic chessboard to explore any nuances or depths.
  21. A fine film; as an Ed Norton picture, it's a disappointment.
  22. Just because Sandler's Sonny makes little sense as an actual human being doesn't mean he won't make you laugh.
  23. How do you literalize heaven? It's a problem moviemakers have struggled with forever, and Jackson hasn't solved it.
  24. The longest, grimmest and least funny of the trilogy.
  25. Congo is basically the old African ooga-mooga movie brought into the P.C., high-tech age.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Payback may not always be P.C., but it's not interested in making friends, anyway. Just killing enemies.

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