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 Ratatouille
Lowest review score: 0 Down to You
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 895
895 movie reviews
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    A half-hearted comedy whose jokes are far from a knockout.
  1. Nutty paranoid thriller.
  2. Hampered by a silly plot and flat script.
    • Newsweek
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Offers easy wisdom and light-hearted fun.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, the strong ensemble cast is not able to hold together this often wayward and meandering story.
  3. Hilariously incompetent.
    • Newsweek
    • 28 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Save yourself from this mess.
  4. Screenwriter Akiva Goldsman has written quips, not characters and Joel Schumacher still seems miscast as a Bat-action director: he stages the mayhem confusingly and the comedy too broadly.
  5. The crude humor in Drop Dead Gorgeous does not have a moral point to it. It's just crude.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Everyone in the film is either annoying or unpleasant.
    • Newsweek
  6. I staggered out of this shameless, interminable movie feeling as if I'd been force-fed a ton of mealy, artificially sweetened baby food.
    • Newsweek
  7. Sarah Thorp’s lazy script lurches from the lame to the ludicrous.
  8. As dumb as the film is, the actors escape relatively unscathed.
    • Newsweek
  9. Screenwriter Ropelewski piles one silly plot contrivance upon another, and the characters start behaving like nitwits.
  10. Congo is basically the old African ooga-mooga movie brought into the P.C., high-tech age.
  11. Matthew Lillard of "Scream," flies like his nickname and tries to bring the film some comic relief not already provided by the stultifying stupidity of the script.
  12. The folks who served up this formulaic swill seem to think comedy grants you a free pass from credibility. Our lonely hero's artificial Yuletide enthusiasm is more than odd: it's not recognizably human.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    The flick's ultimate flaw? For a movie about space travel, it's an awfully uninspired trek.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    After the schadenfreudian thrill of watching beautiful people humiliate themselves wears off, it has the same annihilating effect on your will to live.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    It stinks. The movie is so inert -- and Madonna’s performance so starkly amateurish -- that it’s impossible to take it seriously as an allegory about class and gender.
    • Newsweek
  13. Bad, but not criminally so.
  14. If you harbor any fond feelings for the original, stay far away from this mess.
    • Newsweek
  15. A disaster: dull, predictable, at times cringe-worthy.
    • Newsweek
  16. This is an elaborate production, but all the jazzy sets and explosions in the world can't disguise the story's complete lack of urgency.
  17. The dialogue is inane, the acting wooden, and Roger Christian's directing choices are a lesson in sci-fi film cliché.

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