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 6.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 When We Were Kings
Lowest review score: 0 Meet Joe Black
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 895
895 movie reviews
  1. Everything in Rounders is right there on the surface. Watching it is about as exciting as playing poker with all the cards face up. [14 Sept 1998]
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  2. So bland and un-lived in you want to pour Tabasco all over the screen.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Rapidly veers towards tired 80's territory rather than offering anything new and fresh.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    A half-hearted comedy whose jokes are far from a knockout.
  3. Bad, but not criminally so.
  4. This is a farfetched premise, and the movie pays a price for it.
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  5. All shots and no scenes, which is nice for a picture book but deadly for drama.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Despite some funny lines and situations, this comedy falls short.
  6. A lumbering, self-important three-hour melodrama that defies credibility at every turn.
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  7. Every role is miscast. Whose idea was it to have the boyishly British Bale play an illiterate Greek peasant, or the elegant Hurt a gruff-voiced country doctor? Cruz’s run of bad luck in American movies continues.
  8. This echo of the WWII internment of Japanese-Americans is the only new gimmick in Edward Zwick's entry in the cliche- terrorist genre.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Neil LaBute’s Possession is bad, but not spectacularly bad, which is disappointing.
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  9. Flat, distressingly witless -- To put it bluntly -- the thrill is gone. Nobody did it better. But that was then.
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  10. Cameron Diaz, Christina Applegate and Selma Blair are asked to humiliate themselves many times over in The Sweetest Thing, and they do it with such game good spirits that they ought to get the actor’s equivalent of a Purple Heart.
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  11. You know a romantic comedy is in trouble when you root for the hero not to get the girl.
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  12. As adroit and charming as Witherspoon is--and she gives it her all--she cannot rise above the embarrassingly broad, witless material.
  13. Irreversible takes an adolescent pride in its own ugliness. “I Stand Alone" told me something about the world; this one tells me more than I want to know about the calculating mind of its maker.
  14. Sarah Thorp’s lazy script lurches from the lame to the ludicrous.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It's punishingly dull for fully half of its two hours and 45 minutes.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    An empty videogame of a movie about interplanetary pest control.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    With the talent involved in Sphere -- director Barry Levinson, novelist Michael Crichton and actors Dustin Hoffman, Samuel L. Jackson and Sharon Stone--how could it fail? Somehow, it does.
  15. Screenwriter Akiva Goldsman has written quips, not characters and Joel Schumacher still seems miscast as a Bat-action director: he stages the mayhem confusingly and the comedy too broadly.
  16. Downright repetitive! [30 May 1983]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The film suffers dearly because of the two underwritten, emotionally unavailable characters at the film's center and when all is revealed at an amateur dance contest, the music — and the modicum of tension the movie has created — dies.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It's just a standard, mediocre horror flick that wants to be taken seriously. The creators missed the point entirely: even teenagers know that there's no audience for this type of film anymore.
  17. The special effects are definitely the best thing about this curiously bland disasterthon.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    If only the movie itself had so much spunk—Flubber bounces but it never flies.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Once the film devolves into teary hospital scenes and courtroom shtik, you might pine for Thelma and Louise's daring road to oblivion. [20 Feb 1995, Pg.72]
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  18. The superhero genre screams for a makeover, or at least a smart deconstruction, but Hancock isn't that movie. It just ups the foolishness ante.
  19. Trying for a tone somewhere between an art film, an absurdist comedy, a horror movie and an old Saturday-matinee serial, he's made a handsome, cripplingly self-conscious thriller that's devoid of any real thrills. [3 Feb. 1992, p.65]
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