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 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Lowest review score: 0 Down to You
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 895
895 movie reviews
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The plot is predictable, but the frights are real.
  1. Narnia, brightly lit and kid-friendly, has an appealingly old-fashioned feel to it. Adamson, codirector of "Shrek," wisely doesn't try to hip-ify the tale, leaving its curious blend of medieval pageantry, Christian fable and children's bedtime story intact.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A highly entertaining movie in a genre that is often as stiff as the Lady Gibson's boning.
  2. A cliffhanger with no real ending. When the lights come up, think of it as the start of a six-month intermission. For better and worse, Reloaded leaves you hungry for more.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    New York City has never looked so slick and shallow as it does in Hamlet, an innovative, contemporary adaptation.
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  3. Slick, gaudily suave guilty pleasure of a movie.
  4. The rage and sadness behind this film -- the first from Afghanistan since the Taliban's fall -- is matched by its artistry.
  5. Downey and Favreau give the movie a quirky flavor it can call its own. For that we can be grateful.
  6. This is not exactly standard children's fare, but kids (and their parents) should be smitten by its wit and wisdom.
  7. Greenaway uses the screen rather like the calligraphers of the story use the body so that the film becomes a kind of visual "pillow book;" a multi-layered series of inscriptions and reflections with almost hypnotic power.
  8. Using shadows and strikingly designed sounds, Pellington skillfully creates an atmosphere of otherworldly, invisible menace. Gere and Linney, both solid, dance around the edges of a romance.
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  9. No simple diatribe against capital punishment, it's a strong film, made stronger by two terrific performances.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Artfully ambivalent, Danny Boyle's film, twists with a junkie's logic. It does not preach; it wallows in the pain and, more daringly, in the pleasure.
  10. Thanks to fine acting and its vividly unconventional protagonist, it pumps fresh blood into a conventional formula.
  11. When it catches fire, this great-looking movie offers hilarious diversions.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although the film is clumsy and overheated at times, it is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful films of the year. Set in turn-of-the-century London and Venice, its rich colors and opulent textures will linger long after the plot has been forgotten.
  12. Smart, informative and lively polemic.
  13. Raises Hollywood's depiction of war to a new level.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pure formula. But thanks to charming performances, particularly from its two stars, the winsome Stiles and a hunky Heath, it gets the recipe right, and the result is surprisingly sweet.
  14. Mann vividly captures the nocturnal pulse of East L.A. in this taut, confined game of cat and mouse. In the homestretch the thrills get too generic and farfetched for their own good. But the first two thirds are a knockout.
  15. Frost/Nixon works even better on screen. Director Ron Howard and Morgan, adapting his own play, have both opened up the tale and, with the power of close-ups, made this duel of wits even more intimate and suspenseful.
  16. The comedy gets better, and more unpredictable, as it goes, and so do the performances.
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Altman has a sorcerer's ability to crack open scenes and invite us in to wander through them, and he keeps Vincent & Theo bristling with emotions and ideas.
  17. This movie is about giving us a privileged glimpse of the Stones in action. It's a record of an astonishing musical chemistry that has been evolving, with no signs of calcification, for nearly five decades. As a bonus, there are delicious guest appearances by Buddy Guy and Jack White.
  18. [Stillman] has a keen sense of group dynamics and a fine comic ear.
  19. In Lee's understandable eagerness to let a few rays of hope shine, the polemicist trips up the dramatist--movie conventions replace honest observation. But the passion of this raw, mournful urban epic remains, in spite of the false moves. [25 Sep 1995, p.92]
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  20. (Douglas) is a superb (and underused) comic actor, one who knows that the secret of being funny is never begging for a laugh.
  21. Explores both prepubescent and teen sexuality with an honesty that may make some people uncomfortable, which is a sign of its potency, and a badge of honor.
  22. Juxtaposes beauty and horror to fashion a savage and lyrical cinematic poem.
  23. The nutty thing is, by the end of this jolly, oddly compelling and genuinely suspenseful documentary, the ridiculousness of such notions seems open to genuine debate.

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