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 Munich
Lowest review score: 0 Meet Joe Black
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 894
894 movie reviews
  1. What was a ragged but often hilarious charmer has been genetically altered into a deafening and desperate mutant.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    The foreboding, dark camera-work is effective in setting the mood for this sinister, eye- popping, frequently ridiculous thriller.
  2. So bland and un-lived in you want to pour Tabasco all over the screen.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    If only the movie itself had so much spunk—Flubber bounces but it never flies.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Final destination? Video store bins.
    • Newsweek
  3. The usually reliable director Michael Caton-Jones hasn't a clue how to freshen up such stale material.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Rapidly veers towards tired 80's territory rather than offering anything new and fresh.
  4. 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.
    • 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.
  5. 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]
    • Newsweek
    • 35 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    A disappointingly slack, hackneyed comedy.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    A "croc" of nonsense.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    About as bad as it gets?a thrill-less "Speed" wannabe.
    • Newsweek
  6. Like people who compulsively giggle whenever they tell you bad news, the movie runs for cover in lame, comic shtick.
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  7. 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.
    • Newsweek
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    A half-hearted comedy whose jokes are far from a knockout.
  8. Nutty paranoid thriller.
  9. Hampered by a silly plot and flat script.
    • Newsweek
    • 30 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, the strong ensemble cast is not able to hold together this often wayward and meandering story.
  10. Hilariously incompetent.
    • Newsweek
    • 28 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Save yourself from this mess.
  11. 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.
  12. The crude humor in Drop Dead Gorgeous does not have a moral point to it. It's just crude.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Everyone in the film is either annoying or unpleasant.
    • Newsweek
  13. I staggered out of this shameless, interminable movie feeling as if I'd been force-fed a ton of mealy, artificially sweetened baby food.
    • Newsweek
  14. Sarah Thorp’s lazy script lurches from the lame to the ludicrous.
  15. As dumb as the film is, the actors escape relatively unscathed.
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  16. Screenwriter Ropelewski piles one silly plot contrivance upon another, and the characters start behaving like nitwits.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.

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