Newsweek's Scores

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For 984 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 59% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 38% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 5.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 WALL-E
Lowest review score: 0 Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 75 out of 984
984 movie reviews
  1. Malick's magnificent, frustrating epic mixes fact and legend to conjure up a reverie about Pocahontas (Q'orianka Kilcher), her love for Capt. John Smith (Colin Farrell) and her crossing from one culture to another.
  2. Powerful images hook you immediately.
  3. Despite pitfalls of bathos and silliness, Knightriders has a startling sweetness, warmth and humor. [13 April 1981, p.82]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A touching thriller, a movie that's particularly hard to resist if there are things you never said to your own dad because you didn't have the chance, the inclination or the right ham radio.
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  4. His smart, raunchy movie offers no answers (how could it?), but it poses its questions with painfully hilarious honesty.
  5. A fine, well-groomed entertainment, but the road it takes has already been well paved.
  6. This is a fleet, funny family entertainment that should tickle parents as well as tykes.
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  7. When this historical adventure kicks in, it's thrilling in the way old-fashioned epics used to be, but its romanticism has a fierce, violent physicality that gives it a distinctively modern stamp.
  8. Armageddon is as irresistible as it's indefensible.
  9. A one-of- a-kind horror movie: hilarious, a little scary and strangely poignant. Campbell’s cranky, valiant, sad-sack King is a soulfully funny creation.
  10. The first-time writer-director, Englishman Richard Kwietniowski, has adapted Gilbert Adair's novel with wit, economy and a delicate understanding that the funniest comedies are played with dead seriousness.
  11. With honesty, charm and an uncanny sympathy for all its characters, the film takes us deep inside the awkward and exhilarating experience of first love.
  12. The movie itself, like these guys, is defiantly old school -- confident, relaxed, professional.
  13. With Saraband, the great writer-director has stepped back into the ring for one last epic wrestle with his demons. There is, as always, no easy outcome. But no one ever fought for higher emotional and spiritual stakes.
  14. The movie crackles with the serio-comic tension of thin-skinned New Yorkers thrown together in a crisis.
  15. While the elements in this coming-of-age saga may seem familiar, Eszterhas brings a fresh, immigrant's-eye perspective to his tale.
  16. To blends sentimentality, shoot-outs and cool humor into a bewitchingly entertaining brew.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The plot is predictable, but the frights are real.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Jaws is a grisly film, often ugly as sin, which achieves precisely what it set out to accomplish - scare the hell out of you. As such, it's destined to become a classic the way all truly terrifying movies, good or bad, become classics of a kind. [23 June 1975, p.54]
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  17. 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.
  18. 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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  19. Slick, gaudily suave guilty pleasure of a movie.
  20. The rage and sadness behind this film -- the first from Afghanistan since the Taliban's fall -- is matched by its artistry.
  21. Downey and Favreau give the movie a quirky flavor it can call its own. For that we can be grateful.
  22. This is not exactly standard children's fare, but kids (and their parents) should be smitten by its wit and wisdom.
  23. 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.
  24. 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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  25. No simple diatribe against capital punishment, it's a strong film, made stronger by two terrific performances.

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