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 The Truman Show
Lowest review score: 0 Meet Joe Black
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 895
895 movie reviews
  1. Nair’s stereotype-shattering movie -- like the polymorphous culture it illuminates -- borrows from Bollywood, Hollywood and cinema verite, and comes up with something exuberantly its own.
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  2. There are few movies around that take such huge risks: this is high-wire filmmaking, without a net of irony.
  3. It's like a spectacular roadside accident: you can't turn away.
  4. A premise this preposterous must be carried off with unflappable comic conviction, and Cusack is just the right man for the job.
  5. The movie crackles with the serio-comic tension of thin-skinned New Yorkers thrown together in a crisis.
  6. 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.
  7. The beauty and scale of Miyazaki's vision shines through.
  8. The movie's slight, anecdotal structure is deceptive; you wouldn't guess how big an emotional wallop it packs.
  9. What this version offers is the chance to watch Russell Crowe and Christian Bale—two of the more charismatic, macho leading men around--duke it out psychologically, while another fine but less well-known intensity artist, Ben Foster, steals
  10. This is a movie that sticks its political neck out, that throbs with dread, paranoia and outrage, that doesn't coddle the audience by neatly tying things up.
  11. A stunning crime drama that shares its protagonists' rabid attention to detail—and love of adrenalin.
  12. The movie belongs to Hudson as the proud, self-destructive Effie. When she's center stage, Dreamgirls transports you to movie musical heaven.
  13. This movie is about giving us a privileged glimpse of the Stones in action. It's a record of an astonishing musical chemistry that has been evolving, with no signs of calcification, for nearly five decades. As a bonus, there are delicious guest appearances by Buddy Guy and Jack White.
  14. Gripping from start to finish.
  15. Slides gracefully between comedy and pathos (it aims for tragedy, but doesn't quite get there).
  16. Has a flavor all its own-sweet, whimsical, homegrown. A quirky romantic for the 21st century, July finds humor and magic in places where no one has looked before.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Takes the prize. It's a bloody hoot.
  17. [Stillman] has a keen sense of group dynamics and a fine comic ear.
  18. What blasts off the screen like a heat wave, burning in the heart, is the sheer toe-tapping, booty-shaking joy of making music.
  19. Rabbit Hole deftly sidesteps sentimentality and still wrenches your heart.
  20. When this historical adventure kicks in, it's thrilling in the way old-fashioned epics used to be, but its romanticism has a fierce, violent physicality that gives it a distinctively modern stamp.
  21. There's a great story here, but it feels like American Gangster hasn't been mined for all its riches.
  22. As a "Revenge of the Nerds" redux, Superbad isn't perfect. But it's super close.
  23. 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.
  24. Damon's Ripley is considerably different from the charming sociopath in Patricia Highsmith's novel or the smooth lothario played by Alain Delon in the 1960 French thriller "Purple Noon."
  25. 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.
  26. Narnia, brightly lit and kid-friendly, has an appealingly old-fashioned feel to it. Adamson, codirector of "Shrek," wisely doesn't try to hip-ify the tale, leaving its curious blend of medieval pageantry, Christian fable and children's bedtime story intact.
  27. A dizzying mixture of the sophisticated and the naive, the deft and the clumsy, Bulworth is overstuffed, excessive, erratic -- and essential.
  28. What holds the movie together is the fiercely self-contained commitment of Day-Lewis's performance and the palpable chemistry between him and Watson.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Watching Croupier is rather like watching a roulette wheel--utterly mesmerizing.

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