Newsweek's Scores

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For 901 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: 69
Highest review score: 100 Croupier
Lowest review score: 0 Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 901
901 movie reviews
  1. Take the movie's first words to heart: watch closely. You'll be well rewarded.
  2. The uncontestable triumph of Goblet of Fire, however, is Brendan Gleeson's Alastor (Mad-Eye) Moody, the grizzled new Defense Against the Dark Arts professor.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At its best it's a marvel: bold, exciting and full of visions.
  3. Ferocious and sometimes creepily funny, Bully is a raunchy suburban "Crime and Punishment."
  4. A Single Man's sleek surface may go against Isherwood's crisp, understated prose, yet the story's beating, wounded heart and its spiky intelligence still come through, personified in Firth's moving, eloquently internalized performance.
  5. Luke has real movie-star power. He's enormously sympathetic, but this moving, well-crafted movie, written by Shawn Slovo, mercifully doesn't turn him into a plaster saint.
  6. It’s too bad that at the very end L.I.E. settles for an easy, melodramatic resolution; it flies in the face of everything that makes this perceptive, original movie so special.
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  7. It has a surprising charm.
  8. (There's) a half dozen other deftly sketched show-biz desperadoes who make this slight but tangy sleeper such an unpretentious delight.
  9. Ultimately, one's reservations are overwhelmed by the story's urgency; it's impossible not to be shattered.
  10. The cruelly funny Margot at the Wedding shares many of the virtues of "Squid"--it's psychologically astute, sociologically dead on, refreshingly unformulaic--but it's a considerably tougher, less ingratiating movie. People who insist on likable, "sympathetic" protagonists may find it a bitter pill to swallow.
  11. Flirts throughout with cliches, and some of the more melodramatic plot devices creak at the joints. Still, the potency of this pop romantic can't be denied. [24 Aug 1987]
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  12. (Katja von Garnier's) talent makes this original film exciting and moving, a raucous ride.
  13. This is first-rate, visceral filmmaking, no question: taut, watchful, free of false histrionics, as observant of the fear in the young terrorists' eyes as the hysteria in the passenger cabin, and smart enough to know this material doesn't need to be sensationalized or sentimentalized.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Here's a surprise: of the four actors in Closer, Clive Owen is the least famous, but he delivers the most memorable performance.
  14. Red Dragon is certainly an improvement on “Hannibal.” It has something the Ridley Scott movie didn’t -- a good story -- and it will no doubt keep the franchise rolling in dough.
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  15. Day-Lewis, who imbues Jack with a ravaged, Keith Richards charisma, is once again extraordinary.
  16. In one of his most impudently engaging movies, Lee's heroine has a lot of sex—on the telephone.
  17. Malick's magnificent, frustrating epic mixes fact and legend to conjure up a reverie about Pocahontas (Q'orianka Kilcher), her love for Capt. John Smith (Colin Farrell) and her crossing from one culture to another.
  18. Powerful images hook you immediately.
    • 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.
    • Newsweek
  19. His smart, raunchy movie offers no answers (how could it?), but it poses its questions with painfully hilarious honesty.
  20. A fine, well-groomed entertainment, but the road it takes has already been well paved.
  21. This is a fleet, funny family entertainment that should tickle parents as well as tykes.
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  22. When this historical adventure kicks in, it's thrilling in the way old-fashioned epics used to be, but its romanticism has a fierce, violent physicality that gives it a distinctively modern stamp.
  23. Armageddon is as irresistible as it's indefensible.
  24. A one-of- a-kind horror movie: hilarious, a little scary and strangely poignant. Campbell’s cranky, valiant, sad-sack King is a soulfully funny creation.
  25. The first-time writer-director, Englishman Richard Kwietniowski, has adapted Gilbert Adair's novel with wit, economy and a delicate understanding that the funniest comedies are played with dead seriousness.
  26. With honesty, charm and an uncanny sympathy for all its characters, the film takes us deep inside the awkward and exhilarating experience of first love.
  27. The movie itself, like these guys, is defiantly old school -- confident, relaxed, professional.

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