Newsweek's Scores

  • Movies
For 894 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: 68
Highest review score: 100 Sideways
Lowest review score: 0 Meet Joe Black
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 894
894 movie reviews
  1. Akin's raw, powerful, multileveled movie takes us places we never expected to go.
  2. As brutally unsparing as "Platoon" was, it was ultimately warm and embracing. Kubrick's film is about as embracing as a full-metal-jacketed bullet in the gut. [29 June 1987]
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  3. It's as smart, quiveringly alert and fleet of foot as a purebred pointer on the scent of fresh game.
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  4. Hilariously odd and prodigiously inventive.
  5. A technological triumph. [19 May 1980]
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  6. The payoff comes at the end, when the myriad threads pull together with a shock like a noose tightening around your neck. Built with old-fashioned craftsmanship, Lone Star is not a movie you'll quickly forget. [8 July 1996, p.64]
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  7. 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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  8. DiCaprio is astonishing.
    • 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.
  9. By sticking resolutely to the facts of the most amazing rescue mission of all time, the movie builds tremendous suspense, even though most people will know how it came out.
  10. What sets Jerry Maguire above any other romantic comedy this year is Crowe's writing. He captures the venal, high-stakes world of pro sports with deadly wit and an ex-journalist's sense of detail.
  11. 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    All-embracing--funny and silly and tender, full of fun scares and endless sight gags.
  12. Marvin's taciturn performance--a moving demonstration of masculine grace under pressure--may be his finest.
  13. This is a one-of-a-kind action flick: a tale of triumph tinged at every moment with tragedy.
  14. At its best, Magnolia towers over most Hollywood films this year.
  15. 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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  16. There are few movies around that take such huge risks: this is high-wire filmmaking, without a net of irony.
  17. This is Depp's coming-of-age role, and he's terrific. Pacino, who's shown more flash than substance recently, reminds us how great he can be when he loses himself inside a character. The bond between these two makes the film sing.
  18. The movie's slight, anecdotal structure is deceptive; you wouldn't guess how big an emotional wallop it packs.
  19. A stunning crime drama that shares its protagonists' rabid attention to detail—and love of adrenalin.
  20. The movie belongs to Hudson as the proud, self-destructive Effie. When she's center stage, Dreamgirls transports you to movie musical heaven.
  21. Gripping from start to finish.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Takes the prize. It's a bloody hoot.
  22. What blasts off the screen like a heat wave, burning in the heart, is the sheer toe-tapping, booty-shaking joy of making music.
  23. Rabbit Hole deftly sidesteps sentimentality and still wrenches your heart.
  24. As a "Revenge of the Nerds" redux, Superbad isn't perfect. But it's super close.
  25. 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.
  26. A hugely entertaining thriller shot through with dark shards of agony and paranoia. It takes nothing away from the original while delivering pleasures all its own.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Watching Croupier is rather like watching a roulette wheel--utterly mesmerizing.

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