Newsweek's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
For 911 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 6.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 69
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 911
911 movie reviews
  1. 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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  2. Has its heart in the right place, but its funnybone is out of joint.
  3. 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?
  4. 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]
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    • 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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  5. You know a romantic comedy is in trouble when you root for the hero not to get the girl.
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It's punishingly dull for fully half of its two hours and 45 minutes.
  6. Flat, distressingly witless -- To put it bluntly -- the thrill is gone. Nobody did it better. But that was then.
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  7. 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.
  8. Downright repetitive! [30 May 1983]
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  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Everything in Rounders is right there on the surface. Watching it is about as exciting as playing poker with all the cards face up. [14 Sept 1998]
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  12. Sarah Thorp’s lazy script lurches from the lame to the ludicrous.
    • 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.
  13. A lumbering, self-important three-hour melodrama that defies credibility at every turn.
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    • 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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  14. 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.
  15. Bad, but not criminally so.
  16. 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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    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Rapidly veers towards tired 80's territory rather than offering anything new and fresh.
  17. This echo of the WWII internment of Japanese-Americans is the only new gimmick in Edward Zwick's entry in the cliche- terrorist genre.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    An empty videogame of a movie about interplanetary pest control.
  18. This is a farfetched premise, and the movie pays a price for it.
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  19. The special effects are definitely the best thing about this curiously bland disasterthon.
  20. 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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