Newsweek's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
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 When We Were Kings
Lowest review score: 0 Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 898
898 movie reviews
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For all its retro design, Spirit actually represents a delicate marriage of the hand and the computer.
    • Newsweek
  1. The end is predictable after the first five minutes (two, if you're smart), but the film sucks you in all the same.
  2. A fanciful, featherweight, mostly charming concoction predicated on the old romantic myth that there is one true soul mate out there for us all.
    • Newsweek
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The plot is predictable, but the frights are real.
  3. Builds dread masterfully, but don't expect solace or "fun." This is not for those who like mysteries neatly resolved.
  4. Eastwood is at his effortless, slyboots best and the film is as preposterous as it is delightful.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There's plenty of bravura camera work and two terrific supporting turns from Carla Gugino, as a terrified key witness, and Stan Shaw, as the soul-searching heavyweight champ. De Palma didn't hit the jackpot here, but he certainly didn't roll snake eyes.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Thomas is supported in his first directorial endeavor by a truly spectacular cast.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Has its flaws, but at its best it’s a fleet, fun action movie -- and certainly one of the cooler blockbusters that Hollywood will cough up this godforsaken summer.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Though the movie suffers from an underdeveloped plot, it does benefit from solid acting.
  5. Gets too earnest for its own good. But Billy Ray and Terry George’s screenplay, taken from a John Katzenbach novel, is expertly plotted.
    • Newsweek
  6. Spacek is brilliantly funny, slowly transforming Helen from a nervous 60s housewife into a liquored-up one. I could have watched her in the vibrating fat-burner, eyes closed, lazily gripping a martini glass, for hours.
  7. Ron Howard's version is--no surprise--a funny, audience-friendly entertainment that's ultimately less scathing satire than conventional Hollywood romantic comedy outfitted in trendy new clothes.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This remake is like a live-action cartoon: all brio and no brains.
  8. Though they’re full of undeniably spectacular moments, great production values and unusual ambition, a simple thing has gotten lost in these sequels: they’re not much fun.
  9. Kasdan has made a winning if overly pat first feature notable for its keen ear, its preference for character over plot and its refreshing modesty.
  10. Intelligent, deadly serious, made in a spirit of patriotism and protest, Redford's movie is more civics lesson than drama and doesn't pretend otherwise. It is what it is: a call to action.
  11. Crash has no plot to speak of. It's a cinematic tone poem of collisions and coitus.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dr. Dolittle is a zoo-and a blast. [6 July 1998, p. 67]
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Refreshingly, the movie doesn't treat you like a moron who needs to be told which woman to root for. If Ben has to choose, why shouldn't you?
  12. Ferocious and sometimes creepily funny, Bully is a raunchy suburban "Crime and Punishment."
  13. There's almost nothing you haven't seen before in this slick, preposterous, but occasionally exciting thriller. An angry Ford absorbs, and dishes out, massive punishment for a fellow his age, while Virginia Madsen is sadly wasted as his wife.
  14. It's all kept light and funny, but underlying the broad sight gags is a movie that actually has something to say about competition, fathers and sons, machismo and caffeine.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The plotting could use some finessing, but fine acting makes this film worthwhile.
  15. Ninety minutes into this massive movie the attack commences, and the spectacular images come hurtling like fireballs. This is, let's be honest, what we're here for, and what most Jerry Bruckheimer-produced movies serve up best: the poetry of destruction.
  16. Though some of the violence is nastier than it needs to be and the obligatory climactic melee, complete with choppers, skidding trucks and explosions, overstays its welcome, The Long Kiss Goodnight stays fun because it plays its heroine's split personality for laughs, not trauma.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A highly entertaining movie in a genre that is often as stiff as the Lady Gibson's boning.
  17. In one of his most impudently engaging movies, Lee's heroine has a lot of sex—on the telephone.
  18. This shamefully underpromoted, gloriously silly romp made me laugh harder than any other movie this summer. Make that this year.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Glenn Close, Bette Midler and Roger Bart (who plays one half of a gay couple slated for Stepfordizing) are hilarious, and even Nicole Kidman flashes comedic gifts not seen since "To Die For."

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