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 6.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Persepolis
Lowest review score: 0 Meet Joe Black
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 895
895 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It's punishingly dull for fully half of its two hours and 45 minutes.
  1. 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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  2. Flat, distressingly witless -- To put it bluntly -- the thrill is gone. Nobody did it better. But that was then.
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  3. 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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  4. This echo of the WWII internment of Japanese-Americans is the only new gimmick in Edward Zwick's entry in the cliche- terrorist genre.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Neil LaBute’s Possession is bad, but not spectacularly bad, which is disappointing.
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  5. Downright repetitive! [30 May 1983]
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    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    An empty videogame of a movie about interplanetary pest control.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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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  10. This is a farfetched premise, and the movie pays a price for it.
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  11. The creepy subtext of his (Sandler's) behavior is something this crude, mirthless comedy tries not to notice.
  12. As adroit and charming as Witherspoon is--and she gives it her all--she cannot rise above the embarrassingly broad, witless material.
  13. 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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  14. You know a romantic comedy is in trouble when you root for the hero not to get the girl.
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  15. 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.
  16. All shots and no scenes, which is nice for a picture book but deadly for drama.
  17. A tired, confused romantic comedy/noir thriller with all the suspense of an infomercial. Buy the poster; skip the movie.
    • Newsweek
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Despite some funny lines and situations, this comedy falls short.
  18. The special effects are definitely the best thing about this curiously bland disasterthon.
  19. 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.
  20. Kids will be bored, the rest of us baffled.
    • Newsweek
    • 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.
  21. 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.
  22. If this is what Hollywood considers serious, important filmmaking, maybe the movie industry should stick to the low road.
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    • 39 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Director Joe Johnston ("Honey, I Shrunk the Kids") turns this fantasy into a mean-spirited exercise in terror.

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