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 6.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 The Manchurian Candidate
Lowest review score: 0 Down to You
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 895
895 movie reviews
  1. In this distressingly generic spy spoof, it's not Maxwell who's clueless, but the filmmakers.
  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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Ultimately, this is a war of boorishness vs. sensitivity, and the filmmakers waffle.
  3. An adult love story that's trying for stiff-upper-lip poignancy.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Relax and enjoy the brain candy.
  4. But Die Hard WAV lacks the freshness of its two predecessors: we've had it with gassy police psychiatrists and supersmart terrorists.
  5. A good half hour too long, and badly in need of some scares, Hook is a huge party cake of a movie, with too much frosting. After the first delicious bite, sugar shock sets in.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Midler's performance does not stand out. She remains very much Bette Midler.
  6. Gorgeous but curiously weightless.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, none of this is very much fun. The cinematography is dark and depressing. The dialogue is stilted. And for some reason, director Antoine Fuqua has even ditched the Arthur/Guinevere/ Lancelot love triangle.
  7. We've seen it all before and such familiarity kills impact.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The General's Daughter purports to be a serious examination of the seedy underbelly of military life, but one has the uneasy sensation that it simply wants to show as much of it on screen as possible.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Trying too hard to grab our attention, he (Marshall) loses it. The art of the geisha prizes subtlety, stillness, grace. Why doesn't this movie?
  8. It's poppycock, but well directed: Ruben delivers two or three guaranteed jolts, which almost make up for the copout of an ending.
  9. Howard's fifth movie is a keen disappointment. Clever moments and bittersweet touches aside, it leaves you wishing a modern-day Preston Sturges had written the script. [17 Mar 1986, p.82]
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  10. Has its heart in the right place, but its funnybone is out of joint.
  11. The film's claustrophobic, color-coordinated dourness yields little illumination, and as the surging violins accompany our heroine's un-raveling mind, the movie comes queasily close to romanticizing suicide. I knew I was supposed to feel something, but what?
  12. The Wrath of Khan is a small soap opera about a man coming to terms with age and death and a son he had never acknowledged. It's really "On Golden Galaxy," and it would have made a lot more sense as a modestly produced hour of television. [7 June 1982, p.53]
    • Newsweek
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    With the talent involved in Sphere -- director Barry Levinson, novelist Michael Crichton and actors Dustin Hoffman, Samuel L. Jackson and Sharon Stone--how could it fail? Somehow, it does.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Neil LaBute’s Possession is bad, but not spectacularly bad, which is disappointing.
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  13. You know a romantic comedy is in trouble when you root for the hero not to get the girl.
    • Newsweek
    • 65 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It's punishingly dull for fully half of its two hours and 45 minutes.
  14. Flat, distressingly witless -- To put it bluntly -- the thrill is gone. Nobody did it better. But that was then.
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  15. Irreversible takes an adolescent pride in its own ugliness. “I Stand Alone" told me something about the world; this one tells me more than I want to know about the calculating mind of its maker.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Despite some funny lines and situations, this comedy falls short.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    A half-hearted comedy whose jokes are far from a knockout.
  16. Downright repetitive! [30 May 1983]
    • Newsweek
  17. 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.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    If only the movie itself had so much spunk—Flubber bounces but it never flies.
  18. The superhero genre screams for a makeover, or at least a smart deconstruction, but Hancock isn't that movie. It just ups the foolishness ante.

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