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 7.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Lowest review score: 0 Meet Joe Black
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 892
892 movie reviews
  1. Few films have shown so powerfully the slashing double edge of sports fever.
  2. Full of bravura moments and high-wire performances.
  3. Lyrical, original, misshapen and deeply felt, this is one flawed beauty of a movie.
  4. Thanks to everyone involved, the movie radiates a hundred pleasures.
  5. I expected to laugh; I didn't expect to be moved.
  6. Comedy and suspense, satire and shame are all mashed together--with breezy confidence.
  7. What keeps you in your seat is the acting. Keener, crisply and coolly playing against type, commands the screen. [24 August 1998, p. 58]
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Hilarious, affectionate spoof.
  8. Creepily beautiful, acted with relish, Barton Fink is a savagely original work. It lodges in your head like a hatchet. [26 Aug 1991]
  9. Zaillian's meaty movie, at once bleak and hopeful, speaks volumes about the maddening distance between justice and the justice system.
  10. A hauntingly beautiful tone poem.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All this is good fun -- some of which is anticipating the pained reaction from conservative Hollywood-hasslers. Director Rob Reiner has a fine smooth touch, Douglas is charismatic, Bening is scrumptious -- you want to put all these dream politicos in a doggy bag and take them home. [20 Nov 1995, p.28]
  11. This is the most personal, deeply felt film from the gifted director of "Under the Sand" and "Swimming Pool." Ozon leaches his melodrama of all sentimentality, and moves us all the more.
  12. World Trade Center celebrates the ties that bind us, the bonds that keep us going, the goodness that stands as a rebuke to the horror of that day. Perhaps, in the future, the times will call for more challenging, or polemical, or subversive visions. Right now, it feels like the 9/11 movie we need.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This complex tale is told with great buoyancy and wit thanks to the splendid performances.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Proyas floods the screen with cinematic and literary references ranging from Murnau and Lang to Kafka and Orwell, creating a unique yet utterly convincing world.
  13. Luhrmann has raised the level of his game, deconstructing the Hollywood musical -- a genre all but left for dead -- and reassembling it with a potency that hasn’t been seen since “Cabaret.”
  14. In every detail - the superb soundtrack, the rich cinematography, the dinstinctively edgy editing - Rain Man reveals itself as a movie made with care, smarts, and a refreshing refusal to settle for the unexpected. [19 Dec 1988]
  15. The result is fascinating -- a rich, strange, problematical movie full of wild tonal shifts and bravura moviemaking.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This film has everything for the all-important female audience: feisty heroines, lots of slapstick, great clothes.
    • 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.
  16. Filled with funny, gritty Tarantino lowlife gab and a respectable body count, but what is most striking is the film's gallantry and sweetness. Tarantino hits some new and touching notes with Grier and Forster.
  17. Eastwood tells his haunting, sorrowful saga with such a sure, steady hand, only a very hardened cynic could fail to be moved.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Watching Moore battle the heavy odds may be formulaic fun, but it's genuine fun, and the formula is classic.
  18. The mordant, deadpan humor that streaks through Dead Man is echt Jarmusch, but it's in the service of his most mysterious and deeply felt movie, a meditation on death and transfiguration that, by the end, has thrown off the protective veil of irony. [03 Jun 1996, Pg.75]
  19. A pretty damn good summer movie.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A welcome paradox--an intelligent, rousing adventure for grown-up kids. [17 Apr 1995, p.66]
    • 55 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mimic is undoubtedly the best mutant-cockroach horror thriller ever made. Even granting that there hasn't been much competition, this is intended as a high compliment.
  20. Deep Blue Sea gives good rush -- earning its stripes as one terrific junk movie.
  21. Eastwood is at his effortless, slyboots best and the film is as preposterous as it is delightful.

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