Newsweek's Scores

  • Movies
For 895 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 6.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Croupier
Lowest review score: 0 Meet Joe Black
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 895
895 movie reviews
  1. So bland and un-lived in you want to pour Tabasco all over the screen.
  2. Richard Donner's sequel is more than eager to please -- it's desperate.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    If only the movie itself had so much spunk—Flubber bounces but it never flies.
  3. Speed Racer creates a timeless, visually seductive world suspended somewhere between the pop '60s and the sci-fi future.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Relax and enjoy the brain candy.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Provides some great laughs, but founders when it tries to tackle more serious issues. Entitled "10 Dates," it might have been a much better film.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There's something for everyone in this 70-minute special effects frolic, and lovers of the cartoon will find the movie relatively faithful to its animated predecessor.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Final destination? Video store bins.
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  4. The usually reliable director Michael Caton-Jones hasn't a clue how to freshen up such stale material.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Rapidly veers towards tired 80's territory rather than offering anything new and fresh.
  5. Unfortunately, this narf's a drag: she talks like a fortune cookie and doesn't really do anything. Still, the multicultural cast is fun, the images have a painterly beauty and there are some beguiling comic touches before the story sinks into a swamp of solemn metaphysical glop.
  6. There isn't an ounce of genuine affection on display. Fenton and Barbato already made a documentary of the same title about Alig, and their fascination with this vapid, charmless pied piper of decadence remains a mystery.
  7. Every role is miscast. Whose idea was it to have the boyishly British Bale play an illiterate Greek peasant, or the elegant Hurt a gruff-voiced country doctor? Cruz’s run of bad luck in American movies continues.
  8. There are some very funny moments, and Coughlan is a delight as Leigh Anne's best friend.
  9. Labour teeters on the edge of the amateur. Yet it's hard not to root for its moonstruck spirit, or to succumb to the panache of the pastiche.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    With the talent involved in Sphere -- director Barry Levinson, novelist Michael Crichton and actors Dustin Hoffman, Samuel L. Jackson and Sharon Stone--how could it fail? Somehow, it does.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    There is too much disconcerting and nasty violence in this light-hearted caper, but when it sticks to its romantic guns, it is often charming.
  10. Michael Beck (of "The Warriors") shows no discernible talent for musical romanticism Olivia ("Totally Hot") Newton-John sings prettily but is totally tepid, and the ever graceful Gene Kelly deserves a medal for keeping a straight face. Robert Greenwald, the director, should look into another line of work. Perhaps opening a disco? [18 Aug 1980, p.85]
    • Newsweek
    • 35 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    A disappointingly slack, hackneyed comedy.
  11. It's a gorgeous bad movie, the folly of a great visual stylist.
  12. As long as it stays focused on showbiz, Bewitched is light, frothy fun. But Ephron insists on turning Bewitched into a love story, and that's when the fun starts to seep out of the movie.
  13. Despite its bizarre intellectual project, Le Pecheur's film is seductive and shockingly sexy.
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    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Midler's performance does not stand out. She remains very much Bette Midler.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Think Batman on crystal meth.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    A "croc" of nonsense.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Couldn’t have arrived at a better time: movies have been so bad lately that audiences are positively starving for something mediocre.
  14. It's not as cool as it sounds.
    • Newsweek
    • 33 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    About as bad as it gets?a thrill-less "Speed" wannabe.
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  15. Like people who compulsively giggle whenever they tell you bad news, the movie runs for cover in lame, comic shtick.
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  16. Cameron Diaz, Christina Applegate and Selma Blair are asked to humiliate themselves many times over in The Sweetest Thing, and they do it with such game good spirits that they ought to get the actor’s equivalent of a Purple Heart.
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