Newsweek's Scores

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For 1,054 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 58% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 39% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Lowest review score: 0 Meet Joe Black
Score distribution:
1054 movie reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A surpassingly sweet, funny and picturesque movie.
  1. Most of the time these rowdy kids are refreshingly real...Stand By Me, like Wilson's film, owes some of its appeal to sheer nostalgia, an easy enough emotion to evoke. But there is more here as well: sweetness of spirit, and comedy that comes from a well-remembered vision of the way we were.[25 Aug 1986, p.63]
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  2. Never less than engaging; all that’s missing is a proper crescendo. The picture moves along briskly, even at two and a half hours, but it seems to be running on cruise control.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's the characterization of Mulan, both in voice and visuals, that makes the film a keeper.
  3. What keeps you in your seat is the acting. Keener, crisply and coolly playing against type, commands the screen. [24 August 1998, p. 58]
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  4. Luhrmann has raised the level of his game, deconstructing the Hollywood musical -- a genre all but left for dead -- and reassembling it with a potency that hasn’t been seen since “Cabaret.”
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Takes the prize. It's a bloody hoot.
  5. Crazy Heart gets to you like a good country song--not because it tells you something new, but because it tells it well. It's the singer, not the song.
  6. Their (Murray/Johansson) brief, wondrous encounter is the soul of this subtle, funny, melancholy film.
  7. In every detail - the superb soundtrack, the rich cinematography, the dinstinctively edgy editing - Rain Man reveals itself as a movie made with care, smarts, and a refreshing refusal to settle for the unexpected. [19 Dec 1988]
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  8. Junky, freaky, sadistic, masochistic, Mad Max has a perverse intelligence revving inside its pop exterior. It's a crazy collide-o-scope, a gear-stripping vision of human destiny careening toward a cosmic junkyard. [21 July 1980, p.71]
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  9. A terrific piece of work: smart, inventive and executed with state-of-the-art finesse.
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  10. Vertical Ray slows our rhythms and heightens our senses: it's a shimmering, tactile experience.
  11. Marvin's taciturn performance--a moving demonstration of masculine grace under pressure--may be his finest.
  12. As a "Revenge of the Nerds" redux, Superbad isn't perfect. But it's super close.
  13. The eroticism in Cuaron’s road movie (which broke all box-office records in Mexico) is the real deal: tactile, sexy, psychologically charged.
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  14. Puiu's is the art of the seemingly artless: he takes a story that's utterly unglamorous and mundane, and transforms it into something mythic.
  15. The superbly acted Spider is muted in comparison: it’s a quiet nightmare, painted in hospital greens and rust browns.
  16. Brutal and precision-made, Thief is a high-tech crime movie that closes in on its subject with such relentless purpose that it approaches abstraction. Nothing enters Mann's frame that is not designed to be there: the expertise he honors in his criminal hero is mirrored by his own meticulous craftsmanship. He gets the job done--and blows you away while doing it. [30 Mar 1981, p.82]
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  17. It happens to be one of the most wildly (and disturbingly) inventive animated films I've seen.
  18. Indoors, it's Jane Austen. Outdoors, this red-blooded, exuberantly romantic version of Pride and Prejudice plays more like Emily Brontë. Purists may object, but most will find this love story irresistible.
  19. Scherfig and her wonderful cast slyly transmute the quotidian into the magical. It’s like watching flowers bloom in a concrete garden.
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Brilliantly strange, often funny and ultimately heartbreaking film.
  20. This shamefully underpromoted, gloriously silly romp made me laugh harder than any other movie this summer. Make that this year.
  21. This is a one-of-a-kind action flick: a tale of triumph tinged at every moment with tragedy.
  22. A wicked delight. Adapted by playwright Patrick Marber from Zoe Heller's acclaimed novel, it's at once a comedy of cluelessness and class, a melodrama of two women in the grips of wildly inappropriate obsessions, and a "Fatal Attraction"-style thriller.
  23. Director Carl Franklin is a talent to watch: he gets subtle, textured performances from his fine cast; he knows how to let a scene breathe; how to create dread without strong-arming the audience. And on the subjects of racism and crime and the way the rural and inner-city experiences are linked, this modest film noir has a lot to say between the lines of its action plot.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Splendiferous.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dr. Dolittle is a zoo-and a blast. [6 July 1998, p. 67]
  24. Filled with delicious backstage drama, and superb actors reveling in the opportunity to play their 19th-century counterparts.

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