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 About Schmidt
Lowest review score: 0 Meet Joe Black
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 894
894 movie reviews
  1. Screenwriter Ropelewski piles one silly plot contrivance upon another, and the characters start behaving like nitwits.
  2. If this is what Hollywood considers serious, important filmmaking, maybe the movie industry should stick to the low road.
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  3. All the surprises strenuously cooked up by screenwriter Patrick Smith Kelly and director Andrew ("The Fugitive") Davis can't overcome the movie's inability to make us care about any of its paper-thin characters.
  4. The creepy subtext of his (Sandler's) behavior is something this crude, mirthless comedy tries not to notice.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    A "croc" of nonsense.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, the strong ensemble cast is not able to hold together this often wayward and meandering story.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Director Joe Johnston ("Honey, I Shrunk the Kids") turns this fantasy into a mean-spirited exercise in terror.
  5. That this relentless barrage of psychological and physical torture is extremely well made and powerfully performed--Watts hurls herself into her physically demanding role with heroic conviction--somehow makes it worse.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    A disappointingly slack, hackneyed comedy.
  6. The combination of Shandling's button-down TV sensibility and Nichols's good taste produces a film whose tone is out of sync with the simple, ribald conceit and is only mildly amusing at best.
  7. As dumb as the film is, the actors escape relatively unscathed.
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    • 18 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    It stinks. The movie is so inert -- and Madonna’s performance so starkly amateurish -- that it’s impossible to take it seriously as an allegory about class and gender.
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  8. The dialogue is inane, the acting wooden, and Roger Christian's directing choices are a lesson in sci-fi film cliché.
  9. Matthew Lillard of "Scream," flies like his nickname and tries to bring the film some comic relief not already provided by the stultifying stupidity of the script.
  10. The crude humor in Drop Dead Gorgeous does not have a moral point to it. It's just crude.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    After the schadenfreudian thrill of watching beautiful people humiliate themselves wears off, it has the same annihilating effect on your will to live.
  11. The folks who served up this formulaic swill seem to think comedy grants you a free pass from credibility. Our lonely hero's artificial Yuletide enthusiasm is more than odd: it's not recognizably human.
  12. Hilariously incompetent.
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  13. Rent the devastating "The Boys of St. Vincent" to see how slick and hollow Sleepers is, how little it reveals about the real nature and effect of child abuse. [28 October 1996, p. 74]
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  14. The usually reliable director Michael Caton-Jones hasn't a clue how to freshen up such stale material.
  15. Michael Beck (of "The Warriors") shows no discernible talent for musical romanticism Olivia ("Totally Hot") Newton-John sings prettily but is totally tepid, and the ever graceful Gene Kelly deserves a medal for keeping a straight face. Robert Greenwald, the director, should look into another line of work. Perhaps opening a disco? [18 Aug 1980, p.85]
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  16. A disaster: dull, predictable, at times cringe-worthy.
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  17. Every once in a while a film comes along that's so inexplicably ghastly that there's just no point in making nice about it.
  18. If you harbor any fond feelings for the original, stay far away from this mess.
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