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 7.1 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. 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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  2. It happens to be one of the most wildly (and disturbingly) inventive animated films I've seen.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. This shamefully underpromoted, gloriously silly romp made me laugh harder than any other movie this summer. Make that this year.
  6. This is a one-of-a-kind action flick: a tale of triumph tinged at every moment with tragedy.
  7. 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Splendiferous.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dr. Dolittle is a zoo-and a blast. [6 July 1998, p. 67]
  8. Filled with delicious backstage drama, and superb actors reveling in the opportunity to play their 19th-century counterparts.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For diehard fans, X-Men is full of in jokes and sly references -- For everybody else, there's the thrill of the unknown.
  9. A heartbreaking comedy that is simultaneously funny and sad, raunchy and sweet, funky and elegiac. These fresh, unexpected juxtapositions are a specialty of the writer Hanif Kureishi ("My Beautiful Laundrette"), a sworn enemy of cliché.
  10. I expected to laugh; I didn't expect to be moved.
  11. Writer-director Ray has a no-fuss style that is quietly, thoroughly gripping.
  12. Moore’s stunning, subtle performance as a woman trapped in the conventions of her time encapsulates the film’s brave, double-edged beauty.
    • Newsweek
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With her Doc Martens and her spiky, fire-engine hair, Franka Potente makes a perfect Lola. Like the film itself, her tough, flashy exterior cloaks a warm emotional center.
  13. Jacquet's movie is as visually ravishing as "Winged Migration," and more gripping.
  14. The beauty of Welcome to the Dollhouse is its pokerfaced objectivity, which neither condescends to its pubescent victim nor romantically inflates her plight.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Marvelous, and surprisingly intimate.
  15. Most of the time, Demme's deliberately unstable mixture of moods and genres produces electric results. Rachel Getting Married takes a familiar subject--the raw nerves of American family life with--and draws fresh blood.
  16. Press and Blunt are major discoveries: in this sly and wonderfully atmospheric gem, they conjure up the role-playing raptures of youth with perfect poetic pitch.
  17. You have to pay close attention to follow the double-crossing intricacies of the plot, but the reward for your work is dark and dirty fun.
  18. A welcome paradox--an intelligent, rousing adventure for grown-up kids. [17 Apr 1995, p.66]
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  19. A pretty damn good summer movie.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The result is a film of rare restraint and surprising power.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Hilarious, affectionate spoof.
    • Newsweek
  20. Gripping from start to finish.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A marvelous comedy from deep in left field -- immaculately written, unexpectedly touching and pure of heart.
  21. Peirce's taut, sure-footed first film sidesteps sensationalism without sacrificing any of the story's wonder and horror

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