Newsweek's Scores

  • Movies
For 892 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 7.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Boyz n the Hood
Lowest review score: 0 Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 892
892 movie reviews
  1. A meticulous, spellbinding, provocative depiction of the final days of the Third Reich.
  2. Blackly funny, unafraid to shift emotional gears from farce to horror, peppered with spectacular action.
  3. By the end of this white-knuckle movie, you stand in awe at the depth of man's will to survive. Touching the Void leaves you emotionally and physically spent, and grateful it was only a movie, not a mountain, you had to endure.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Barry Sonnenfeld's bouncy, immensely likable adaptation.
  7. Exuberantly theatrical yet every inch a movie, and some numbers ("The Cell Block Tango") are so entertaining you might want to applaud.
  8. Summer hasn't arrived, but the funniest riff on a summer movie genre has already landed.
  9. Unnerving because it forces us into uncharted waters: Solondz doesn't tell us how to feel but makes us thrash out our responses for ourselves. In doing so, he has made one of the few indelible movies of the year.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A surprisingly tender, even heartbreaking, film. Like the original, it's a tragic tale of beauty and the beast.
  10. It happens to be one of the most wildly (and disturbingly) inventive animated films I've seen.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A beautifully told story of a child's innocence and faith, filmed with exquisite detail and stunning cinematography
  11. 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.
  12. Noyce uses his Hollywood craft to unfold this primal, powerful story, he has an epic feel for the harshly beautiful Australian landscape and he gets wonderfully natural performances from the three girls. His bold, lyrical images stay in your head, like an unaccountably beautiful nightmare.
  13. Howl's Moving Castle has the logic of a dream: behind every door lie multiple realities, one more astonishing than the next.
  14. It's a passionate, serious, impeccably crafted movie tackling a subject Clooney cares about deeply: the duty of journalism to speak truth to power. It also happens to be the most compelling American movie of the year so far.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A gripping, utterly unexpected noir, glinting with bits of poetry and a hard, deadpan humor.
  15. This indie, a sweet, tart and smart satire about a family of losers in a world obsessed with winning, is an authentic crowd pleaser. There's been no more satisfying American comedy this year.
  16. Ferociously intense, furiously kinetic, it’s expressionist film noir science fiction that, like all good sci-fi, peers into the future to shed light on the present.
  17. Jacquet's movie is as visually ravishing as "Winged Migration," and more gripping.
  18. A demonstration of bravura acting.
  19. Funny, bittersweet, its understatement yielding surprising depth charges, Broken Flowers is a triumph of close observation and telling details.
  20. An epic both raw and contemplative, is neither a flag-waving war movie nor a debunking.
  21. Courtney Love's performance as stripper Althea Leasure is an amazement. Funny, unfettered and almost scarily alive in front of a camera, she's the definition of a "natural."
  22. 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.
  23. Urgent, gritty, sometimes weirdly funny, The Fighter might be considered his first feel-good movie. But Russell's too honest and acute an observer to serve up affirmation without leaving a subversive aftertaste of ambivalence and unease.
  24. It's a swirling, fluid retelling of the tale that packs an impressive cargo of laughs, thrills and wonders into a watertight 88 minutes.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The result is a film of rare restraint and surprising power.
  25. A terrific piece of work: smart, inventive and executed with state-of-the-art finesse.
  26. Akin's raw, powerful, multileveled movie takes us places we never expected to go.

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