Newsweek's Scores

  • Movies
For 894 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 6.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 The Quiet American
Lowest review score: 0 Meet Joe Black
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 894
894 movie reviews
  1. If the film has a problem, it's a kind of excess of goodness at the expense of imaginative excitement. The real hero is the psychiatrist, played with a riffing Jewish beat by Hirsch as a counterpoint to the tight Wasp rhythms of Conrad's family. There's a feeling of therapy more than revelation, but perhaps for our multifariously sick society therapy has become revelation. This seems to have been a major point in Guest's novel, and Redford has dramatized it with integrity, honor and compassion. [22 Sept 1980, p.76]
  2. Brutal and precision-made, Thief is a high-tech crime movie that closes in on its subject with such relentless purpose that it approaches abstraction. Nothing enters Mann's frame that is not designed to be there: the expertise he honors in his criminal hero is mirrored by his own meticulous craftsmanship. He gets the job done--and blows you away while doing it. [30 Mar 1981, p.82]
  3. Every character--not just the kids, but the teachers as well--comes alive with a complexity worthy of Jean Renoir. The lyricism of Wild Reeds doesn't cast a smoke screen of nostalgia, it brings us closer to the experience of adolescence.
  4. [Stillman] has a keen sense of group dynamics and a fine comic ear.
  5. It is an intense study of the human condition, and man's relationship with God, aka the Big Kahuna.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Kaufman's new script isn't as inspired as "Malkovich." It's a precious little concoction -- the B-plus work of a madcap genius.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Has its flaws, but at its best it’s a fleet, fun action movie -- and certainly one of the cooler blockbusters that Hollywood will cough up this godforsaken summer.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Arlington Road does a nice job of keeping things speculative enough to remain interesting.
  6. Comic electricity.
  7. The comedy gets better, and more unpredictable, as it goes, and so do the performances.
  8. Lively, likable and refreshingly unsensationalistic about the drugs and sex that come with the territory, this techno-propelled mash note to the rave spirit sticks to the surface.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    She's (Zellweger) so disarming and so deeply Bridget -- gliding between mortifying slapstick and pathos -- that she's entirely won you over by the time the credits have rolled. The opening credits.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A very funny movie, full of eccentric, deadpan little moments. What's more, it resonates, and has subtle, tender and acute things to say about romance, art, class and -- why not? -- interior decorating. It's a winning tribute to the flighty Aphrodite.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An engrossing, superbly acted film that will haunt the viewer's thoughts long after the film is over.
  9. (Katja von Garnier's) talent makes this original film exciting and moving, a raucous ride.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A touching thriller, a movie that's particularly hard to resist if there are things you never said to your own dad because you didn't have the chance, the inclination or the right ham radio.
  10. Slick, gaudily suave guilty pleasure of a movie.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whether Series 7, filmed on digital video for less than $1 million, is reactive or prescient doesn’t change the fact that it’s a dead-on parody of the form.
  11. (There's) a half dozen other deftly sketched show-biz desperadoes who make this slight but tangy sleeper such an unpretentious delight.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The film is short on biographical details and the history of the music, and long on impressions of the musicians' character and motivations.
  12. Bjork gives what may be the most wrenching performance ever given by someone who has no interest in being an actor.
  13. Gets a lot of the details right. Outside Providence is a sweet, funny little movie.
  14. Fascinating but repetitious, Better Living Through Circuitry nevertheless does a good job describing the scene.
  15. Despite its bizarre intellectual project, Le Pecheur's film is seductive and shockingly sexy.
  16. Keeps you hanging on every twist and turn of its wilder-than-fiction plot.
  17. More sweet than savage, this amiable farce creates laughs with old-pro efficiency.
  18. Will be remembered as a vintage Rohmer harvest.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pure formula. But thanks to charming performances, particularly from its two stars, the winsome Stiles and a hunky Heath, it gets the recipe right, and the result is surprisingly sweet.
  19. A dizzying mixture of the sophisticated and the naive, the deft and the clumsy, Bulworth is overstuffed, excessive, erratic -- and essential.
  20. Ulee's Gold possesses an attribute that's increasingly rare in American filmmaking, independent or Hollywood: call it soul.

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