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 Best of Youth
Lowest review score: 0 Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 895
895 movie reviews
  1. A film as rich as a sauce béarnaise, as refreshing as a raspberry sorbet.
  2. I don't know how a movie this original got made today, but thank God for wonderful aberrations.
    • Newsweek
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This complex tale is told with great buoyancy and wit thanks to the splendid performances.
  3. Eastwood is at his effortless, slyboots best and the film is as preposterous as it is delightful.
  4. This powerful, precision-made movie offers hope as well -- an act of kindness from a German officer that saves the pianist’s life, the music that sustains his soul.
  5. For anyone who grew up worshiping at the shrine of Julie Christie, the notion that she could be playing a white-haired woman drifting into senility is a jolt to the system. But her radiance, beauty and talent are undiminished: she's hauntingly, heartbreakingly good.
  6. It's a deliciously outrageous premise, and director Barry Levinson and writers David Mamet and Hilary Henkin know just how to spin it, savaging Washington and Hollywood with merciless wit. It's a hoot.
  7. Anyone who cares about ravishing filmmaking, superb acting and movies willing to dive into the mystery of unconditional love will leave this dark romance both shaken and invigorated.
  8. Traffic doesn’t quite come to a full emotional boil at the end. Soderbergh is too knowing to offer easy solutions. But what a journey it takes us on: disturbing, exciting, completely absorbing.
  9. What sets Jerry Maguire above any other romantic comedy this year is Crowe's writing. He captures the venal, high-stakes world of pro sports with deadly wit and an ex-journalist's sense of detail.
  10. At its best, Magnolia towers over most Hollywood films this year.
  11. The best movie of the last 20 years about young people in love is 1989’s.
  12. Rabbit Hole deftly sidesteps sentimentality and still wrenches your heart.
  13. Think of it as an epic poem, in which Scorsese's swirling, headlong baroque camera searches paradoxically for the stillness at the meditative heart of Buddhism. [22 December 1997, p. 86]
    • Newsweek
  14. Urgent, gritty, sometimes weirdly funny, The Fighter might be considered his first feel-good movie. But Russell's too honest and acute an observer to serve up affirmation without leaving a subversive aftertaste of ambivalence and unease.
  15. It's hard to believe this is von Donnersmarck's first feature. His storytelling gifts have the novelistic richness of a seasoned master. The accelerating plot twists are more than just clever surprises; they reverberate with deep and painful ironies, creating both suspense and an emotional impact all the more powerful because it creeps up so quietly.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Proyas floods the screen with cinematic and literary references ranging from Murnau and Lang to Kafka and Orwell, creating a unique yet utterly convincing world.
  16. A languorous, funny and lovingly detailed memory film.
  17. A stunning crime drama that shares its protagonists' rabid attention to detail—and love of adrenalin.
  18. DiCaprio is astonishing.
  19. Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy are both in peak form.
  20. Summer hasn't arrived, but the funniest riff on a summer movie genre has already landed.
  21. Watching Moore battle the heavy odds may be formulaic fun, but it's genuine fun, and the formula is classic.
  22. Full of bravura moments and high-wire performances.
    • Newsweek
  23. The payoff comes at the end, when the myriad threads pull together with a shock like a noose tightening around your neck. Built with old-fashioned craftsmanship, Lone Star is not a movie you'll quickly forget. [8 July 1996, p.64]
    • Newsweek
  24. By sticking resolutely to the facts of the most amazing rescue mission of all time, the movie builds tremendous suspense, even though most people will know how it came out.
  25. A great horror movie is like a good shrink--and a lot cheaper, too. It purges us through petrification. That horror movie, thankfully, has arrived. It's called The Orphanage," and it is seriously scary.
  26. The beauty of this extremely clever movie, directed with fleet, robust theatricality by John Madden, is how deftly it manages to work on multiple levels.
  27. It has the feel of a classic coming-of-age story. It's the sleeper of the summer.
  28. Tropic Thunder is the funniest movie of the summer--so funny, in fact, that you start laughing before the film itself has begun.

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