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
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 895
895 movie reviews
  1. The wonder of Invictus is that it actually went down this way.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's gory stuff, but it's also a visually arresting blitzkrieg with action so bare-knuckled you'll leave the theater spitting out teeth.
  2. A wonderfully taut cat-and-mouse thriller.
  3. It’s sad to see such stunning work self-destruct. You walk out haunted by the movie that might have been.
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  4. Every bit as tasteless, irreverent, silly and smart as the Comedy Central cartoon that catapulted creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone into the Hollywood catbird seat.
  5. It's a deliciously outrageous premise, and director Barry Levinson and writers David Mamet and Hilary Henkin know just how to spin it, savaging Washington and Hollywood with merciless wit. It's a hoot.
  6. Explores both prepubescent and teen sexuality with an honesty that may make some people uncomfortable, which is a sign of its potency, and a badge of honor.
  7. Penn's eye for landscapes is stunning, and his affection for outsider lifestyles is tangible. Hirsch, who carries the film on his increasingly emaciated shoulders, performs heroically, but there's an edge missing. The ideal casting would have been the young Sean Penn.
  8. With honesty, charm and an uncanny sympathy for all its characters, the film takes us deep inside the awkward and exhilarating experience of first love.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Brilliantly strange, often funny and ultimately heartbreaking film.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Manages to maintain its humor and energy until the final scene.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although the film is clumsy and overheated at times, it is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful films of the year. Set in turn-of-the-century London and Venice, its rich colors and opulent textures will linger long after the plot has been forgotten.
  9. Director Jay Roach ("Austin Powers") has a keen sense of comic timing, and the script keeps finding clever new ways to mortify our poor hero.
  10. As anthropology, it's fascinating, and everything about the production is first class. But the human drama at the heart of this movie is stillborn.
  11. To blends sentimentality, shoot-outs and cool humor into a bewitchingly entertaining brew.
  12. As he did in “The English Patient,” Minghella artfully weds movie-movie romanticism with a dark historical vision. The man knows how to cast a spell.
  13. (Douglas) is a superb (and underused) comic actor, one who knows that the secret of being funny is never begging for a laugh.
  14. The movie itself, like these guys, is defiantly old school -- confident, relaxed, professional.
  15. It’s too bad that at the very end L.I.E. settles for an easy, melodramatic resolution; it flies in the face of everything that makes this perceptive, original movie so special.
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  16. Smart, informative and lively polemic.
  17. As eye-popping as anything Pixar has done. But Cars inspires more admiration than elation. It dazzles even as it disappoints. This time around, John Lasseter and his codirector, the late Joe Ranft, seem more interested in dispensing Life Lessons than showing us a roaring good time.
  18. There’s not a whisper of melodrama or sentimentality in the way Moretti tells his tale, guiding us through the stages of grief with calm, devastating lucidity.
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  19. Comic electricity.
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  20. Lehmann isn't in perfect control - the movie gets off to a flat-footed start, and the conclusion is chaotic - but when Heathers hits its stride, it reaches wild and original comic heights. [2 April 1989]
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  21. Director Sam Raimi, working from David Koepp's screenplay, wisely anchors his big action-adventure flick on Maguire's modest but beguiling persona.
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  22. Ray
    It's hobbled by the too-familiar conventions of the musical biopic: with so many chapters of Charles's life to cover, Hackford's movie never finds a rhythm, a groove, to settle into. It wins its battles without winning the war.
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  23. Singleton's powerhouse movie has the impact of a stun gun. [15 July 1991]
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  24. With an arsenal of cool f/x at their disposal, the Wachowskis have come up with a dizzyingly enjoyable junk movie that has just enough on its mind to keep the pleasure from being a guilty one.
  25. Writer-director Ray has a no-fuss style that is quietly, thoroughly gripping.
  26. A wicked delight. Adapted by playwright Patrick Marber from Zoe Heller's acclaimed novel, it's at once a comedy of cluelessness and class, a melodrama of two women in the grips of wildly inappropriate obsessions, and a "Fatal Attraction"-style thriller.

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