Newsweek's Scores

  • Movies
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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 Before Night Falls
Lowest review score: 0 Down to You
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 898
898 movie reviews
  1. 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.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    If only the movie itself had so much spunk—Flubber bounces but it never flies.
  2. 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.
  3. 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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  4. Sarah Thorp’s lazy script lurches from the lame to the ludicrous.
    • 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.
  5. A lumbering, self-important three-hour melodrama that defies credibility at every turn.
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    • 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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  6. 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.
  7. Bad, but not criminally so.
  8. 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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    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Rapidly veers towards tired 80's territory rather than offering anything new and fresh.
  9. This echo of the WWII internment of Japanese-Americans is the only new gimmick in Edward Zwick's entry in the cliche- terrorist genre.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    An empty videogame of a movie about interplanetary pest control.
  10. This is a farfetched premise, and the movie pays a price for it.
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  11. The special effects are definitely the best thing about this curiously bland disasterthon.
  12. 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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  13. As adroit and charming as Witherspoon is--and she gives it her all--she cannot rise above the embarrassingly broad, witless material.
  14. All shots and no scenes, which is nice for a picture book but deadly for drama.
    • 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.
  15. So bland and un-lived in you want to pour Tabasco all over the screen.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Everyone in the film is either annoying or unpleasant.
    • Newsweek
    • 34 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    A "croc" of nonsense.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    The foreboding, dark camera-work is effective in setting the mood for this sinister, eye- popping, frequently ridiculous thriller.
  16. What was a ragged but often hilarious charmer has been genetically altered into a deafening and desperate mutant.
  17. I staggered out of this shameless, interminable movie feeling as if I'd been force-fed a ton of mealy, artificially sweetened baby food.
    • Newsweek
    • 28 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Save yourself from this mess.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, the strong ensemble cast is not able to hold together this often wayward and meandering story.
  18. Hampered by a silly plot and flat script.
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  19. A tired, confused romantic comedy/noir thriller with all the suspense of an infomercial. Buy the poster; skip the movie.
    • Newsweek

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