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 6.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Sideways
Lowest review score: 0 Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 895
895 movie reviews
  1. Howl's Moving Castle has the logic of a dream: behind every door lie multiple realities, one more astonishing than the next.
  2. It's a passionate, serious, impeccably crafted movie tackling a subject Clooney cares about deeply: the duty of journalism to speak truth to power. It also happens to be the most compelling American movie of the year so far.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A gripping, utterly unexpected noir, glinting with bits of poetry and a hard, deadpan humor.
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  3. This indie, a sweet, tart and smart satire about a family of losers in a world obsessed with winning, is an authentic crowd pleaser. There's been no more satisfying American comedy this year.
  4. Ferociously intense, furiously kinetic, it’s expressionist film noir science fiction that, like all good sci-fi, peers into the future to shed light on the present.
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  5. Frost/Nixon works even better on screen. Director Ron Howard and Morgan, adapting his own play, have both opened up the tale and, with the power of close-ups, made this duel of wits even more intimate and suspenseful.
  6. Jacquet's movie is as visually ravishing as "Winged Migration," and more gripping.
  7. While Whale Rider is a doozy of a female-empowerment fantasy, it’s mercifully free of any feminist smugness.
  8. Ultimately, one's reservations are overwhelmed by the story's urgency; it's impossible not to be shattered.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It has a timely resonance. While it doesn't have that transcendent quality of Majidi's earlier work -- the implied bleakness from across the border puts a slightly darker hue on the proceedings -- it does tell a story worth telling.
  9. Cusack is a master at playing smart, frazzled, self-flagellating hipsters, and the movie, propelled by his arias of angst, lets him strut his best stuff.
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  10. A demonstration of bravura acting.
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  11. Funny, bittersweet, its understatement yielding surprising depth charges, Broken Flowers is a triumph of close observation and telling details.
  12. An epic both raw and contemplative, is neither a flag-waving war movie nor a debunking.
  13. Courtney Love's performance as stripper Althea Leasure is an amazement. Funny, unfettered and almost scarily alive in front of a camera, she's the definition of a "natural."
  14. This wonderful, one-of-a-kind movie hops from Taiwan to France, from tragedy to deadpan comedy and, in its mysterious conclusion, from the worldly to the otherworldly.
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  15. Urgent, gritty, sometimes weirdly funny, The Fighter might be considered his first feel-good movie. But Russell's too honest and acute an observer to serve up affirmation without leaving a subversive aftertaste of ambivalence and unease.
  16. Downey and Favreau give the movie a quirky flavor it can call its own. For that we can be grateful.
  17. It's a swirling, fluid retelling of the tale that packs an impressive cargo of laughs, thrills and wonders into a watertight 88 minutes.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The result is a film of rare restraint and surprising power.
  18. Schrader has never been one to coddle an audience, and this is as uncompromising a vision as he has given us.
  19. A terrific piece of work: smart, inventive and executed with state-of-the-art finesse.
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  20. Told from both women's points of view, this fascinating, if sometimes overwrought, tale packs a wallop.
  21. Where the original gave you something to chew on, the sequel is more interested in chewing on you.
  22. Like most of this refreshingly subtle film, it's not what you expect, and it's not something you've seen before.
  23. Akin's raw, powerful, multileveled movie takes us places we never expected to go.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A very funny movie, full of eccentric, deadpan little moments. What's more, it resonates, and has subtle, tender and acute things to say about romance, art, class and -- why not? -- interior decorating. It's a winning tribute to the flighty Aphrodite.
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  24. As brutally unsparing as "Platoon" was, it was ultimately warm and embracing. Kubrick's film is about as embracing as a full-metal-jacketed bullet in the gut. [29 June 1987]
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  25. Steven Knight’s smart, if overly plotted, script delivers social insights tautly wrapped in genre thrills.
  26. Juxtaposes beauty and horror to fashion a savage and lyrical cinematic poem.

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