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 6.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 The People vs. Larry Flynt
Lowest review score: 0 Meet Joe Black
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 894
894 movie reviews
  1. Cameron Diaz, Christina Applegate and Selma Blair are asked to humiliate themselves many times over in The Sweetest Thing, and they do it with such game good spirits that they ought to get the actor’s equivalent of a Purple Heart.
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  2. You know a romantic comedy is in trouble when you root for the hero not to get the girl.
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  3. As adroit and charming as Witherspoon is--and she gives it her all--she cannot rise above the embarrassingly broad, witless material.
  4. 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.
  5. Sarah Thorp’s lazy script lurches from the lame to the ludicrous.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It's punishingly dull for fully half of its two hours and 45 minutes.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    An empty videogame of a movie about interplanetary pest control.
    • 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Downright repetitive! [30 May 1983]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The film suffers dearly because of the two underwritten, emotionally unavailable characters at the film's center and when all is revealed at an amateur dance contest, the music — and the modicum of tension the movie has created — dies.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It's just a standard, mediocre horror flick that wants to be taken seriously. The creators missed the point entirely: even teenagers know that there's no audience for this type of film anymore.
  8. The special effects are definitely the best thing about this curiously bland disasterthon.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    If only the movie itself had so much spunk—Flubber bounces but it never flies.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Once the film devolves into teary hospital scenes and courtroom shtik, you might pine for Thelma and Louise's daring road to oblivion. [20 Feb 1995, Pg.72]
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  9. 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.
  10. Trying for a tone somewhere between an art film, an absurdist comedy, a horror movie and an old Saturday-matinee serial, he's made a handsome, cripplingly self-conscious thriller that's devoid of any real thrills. [3 Feb. 1992, p.65]
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    • 19 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    The flick's ultimate flaw? For a movie about space travel, it's an awfully uninspired trek.
  11. Hampered by a silly plot and flat script.
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  12. Like people who compulsively giggle whenever they tell you bad news, the movie runs for cover in lame, comic shtick.
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  13. What was a ragged but often hilarious charmer has been genetically altered into a deafening and desperate mutant.
  14. Kids will be bored, the rest of us baffled.
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    • 36 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Final destination? Video store bins.
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  15. Nutty paranoid thriller.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Everyone in the film is either annoying or unpleasant.
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    • 33 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    About as bad as it gets?a thrill-less "Speed" wannabe.
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  16. A tired, confused romantic comedy/noir thriller with all the suspense of an infomercial. Buy the poster; skip the movie.
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  17. I staggered out of this shameless, interminable movie feeling as if I'd been force-fed a ton of mealy, artificially sweetened baby food.
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    • 28 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Save yourself from this mess.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    The foreboding, dark camera-work is effective in setting the mood for this sinister, eye- popping, frequently ridiculous thriller.

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