Newsweek's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
For 900 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 6.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Barton Fink
Lowest review score: 0 Down to You
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 900
900 movie reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A marvelous comedy from deep in left field -- immaculately written, unexpectedly touching and pure of heart.
  1. Peirce's taut, sure-footed first film sidesteps sensationalism without sacrificing any of the story's wonder and horror
  2. A smart and wicked delight.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An extraordinary documentary.
  3. Funny, bittersweet, its understatement yielding surprising depth charges, Broken Flowers is a triumph of close observation and telling details.
  4. It starts quietly, introducing its splendid gallery of fowl, rats and humans, then builds and builds until it achieves full comic liftoff.
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A beautifully told story of a child's innocence and faith, filmed with exquisite detail and stunning cinematography
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  5. The result is fascinating -- a rich, strange, problematical movie full of wild tonal shifts and bravura moviemaking.
  6. Lyrical, original, misshapen and deeply felt, this is one flawed beauty of a movie.
  7. There are few movies around that take such huge risks: this is high-wire filmmaking, without a net of irony.
  8. Has an almost perfect-pitch grasp of those messy, idealistic, vibrant times, when everyone was trying to reinvent himself from the ground up.
  9. What blasts off the screen like a heat wave, burning in the heart, is the sheer toe-tapping, booty-shaking joy of making music.
  10. An epic both raw and contemplative, is neither a flag-waving war movie nor a debunking.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In the hearts of losers, Zwigoff’s found a real winner.
  11. Cameron's achievement isn't only technical. He's using all the not-so-cheap thrills of a violent genre to make a movie with an antiviolence message, and the wonder of T2 is that he pulls it off without looking silly.
  12. A painfully funny movie. There’s nothing in the history of movie courtship quite like the first meeting between Pekar and his future wife and fellow depressive, Joyce Brabner.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This film has everything for the all-important female audience: feisty heroines, lots of slapstick, great clothes.
  13. Sarandon and Davis give superb, wonderfully interactive performances: funky, fierce, funny and poignant. [27 May 1991]
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  14. As writer and actress, Thompson has all the right Austen rhythms and filmmaker Ang Lee ("Eat Drink Man Woman") orchestrates with sensitivity and style.
  15. Every character--not just the kids, but the teachers as well--comes alive with a complexity worthy of Jean Renoir. The lyricism of Wild Reeds doesn't cast a smoke screen of nostalgia, it brings us closer to the experience of adolescence.
  16. Akin's raw, powerful, multileveled movie takes us places we never expected to go.
  17. The results are wondrous, wrenching and crazily funny to behold.
  18. It's as smart, quiveringly alert and fleet of foot as a purebred pointer on the scent of fresh game.
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  19. Rozema's handling of the entangled amours and social gamesmanship at Mansfield Park is delightful and the open-minded moviegoer will have a hard time resisting this stylish and stirring movie.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Using an almost seamless combination of documentary and fictional footage, Winterbottom provides a vivid picture of life during wartime -- so vivid in fact that it is often difficult to watch.
  20. A witty movie -- with a fine ear for the undertone of aimless chatter -- that never raises its voice to make hollow Gen-X proclamations.
  21. It's a swirling, fluid retelling of the tale that packs an impressive cargo of laughs, thrills and wonders into a watertight 88 minutes.
  22. This one's done right. Here's an intelligent movie with no special effects. You have to pay close attention, to listen hard to its cross-fires of dialogue.
  23. This wonderful, one-of-a-kind movie hops from Taiwan to France, from tragedy to deadpan comedy and, in its mysterious conclusion, from the worldly to the otherworldly.
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  24. Lehmann isn't in perfect control - the movie gets off to a flat-footed start, and the conclusion is chaotic - but when Heathers hits its stride, it reaches wild and original comic heights. [2 April 1989]
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