Newsweek's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
For 911 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 6.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 WALL-E
Lowest review score: 0 Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 911
911 movie reviews
  1. If this is what Hollywood considers serious, important filmmaking, maybe the movie industry should stick to the low road.
    • Newsweek
  2. A paint-by-numbers old-fashioned romantic epic, Head in the Clouds is neither romantic nor epic, but it does succeed at old-fashioned.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Director Joe Johnston ("Honey, I Shrunk the Kids") turns this fantasy into a mean-spirited exercise in terror.
  3. This sweet, sometimes clunky chick flick is a likable teen romance, but not likely to arouse the giddy swoons Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey generated back in ’87.
  4. It's not just that the movie is formulaic; it's disingenuous. It relies on Roberts's smile to erase all misgivings. But all the stardust in the world can't disguise the fact that this is more package than picture.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The film has its dumb points: too many shots of churning surf and lovers nestled in beach blankets, not to mention the premise that women find incommunicative, hulking shells like Blake the height of irresistibility. But it gets you.
  5. Sometimes stunning, ultimately stupefying epic .
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    A mish-mash of special effects, tasteless comedy and pointless action.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Twohy knows how to shoot tense, bare-knuckle action, and his towering, gunmetal gray world is a fun sandbox to play in for two hours.
  6. What was a ragged but often hilarious charmer has been genetically altered into a deafening and desperate mutant.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    BASEketball feels stale and inert. Still, Parker and Stone have a nice, giddy rapport, and it's a kick to hear traces of Cartman and Kenny in their dude-speak.
  7. An adult love story that's trying for stiff-upper-lip poignancy.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    The foreboding, dark camera-work is effective in setting the mood for this sinister, eye- popping, frequently ridiculous thriller.
  8. If only the laughs were bigger, smarter and more frequent than they are.
  9. This stiff-in-the-joints movie has little feel for its setting or period, and crucial chunks seem to have been left on the cutting-room floor. Robert Rossen's Oscar-winning 1949 version has nothing to fear.
  10. So bland and un-lived in you want to pour Tabasco all over the screen.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
    • Newsweek
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. There are some very funny moments, and Coughlan is a delight as Leigh Anne's best friend.
  18. 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.

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