For 596 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 62% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 36% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kim Newman's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Repulsion (re-release)
Lowest review score: 20 Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 24 out of 596
596 movie reviews
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    • 60 Kim Newman
    Though some of the interludes are surprisingly effective – Cong Cong’s playground romance is genuinely sweet – the downtime between disasters is mostly here to let the audience breathe. The draw of the film is its huge set-pieces, which easily best recent Hollywood essays in disaster such as Deepwater Horizon.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Kim Newman
    There’s quite a bit to admire in Motherless Brooklyn, but mostly in detail work — the hats, the cars, the join-the-dots conspiracy theory — but it doesn’t really catch fire as either a private-eye mystery or a study in Tourette syndrome savantry.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Kim Newman
    While the film stumbles and meanders, however, there’s no denying that it delivers enough set-pieces for three regular horror films.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Kim Newman
    Showing more enthusiasm than aptitude, this earns ‘could do better if it tried’ on its report card — but it’s a strange enough genre mix to be vaguely worth a look.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Kim Newman
    A drama of upper-middle-class menace that can’t quite bring itself to be a full-on slasher movie, this has a few too many clichés but offers some creepiness and decent performances.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Kim Newman
    A soft-spoken yet chilling domestic horror film that tells its slightly overfamiliar tale effectively, with strong performances, quietly disturbing atmosphere, one or two friendly clichés, and good, old- fashioned scares.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Kim Newman
    This isn’t an atrocity on the level of, say, Rob Zombie’s Halloween — but it is a horror designed to test your patience rather than your nerves.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Kim Newman
    The real nun in the movie is the heroine, played by a spirited Taissa Farmiga, and the dramatic weight falls on her able shoulders.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Kim Newman
    Suspenseful and thought-provoking, The Cured is a serious, engaged horror movie. More upsetting than scary, it ratchets up the tension unsettlingly. There’s life in zombies yet.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Kim Newman
    Burke — perhaps best-known as the grown-up version of the scary baby in the last films in the Twilight saga — is outstanding as the fragile, yet determined heroine who is terrorised beyond the bounds of sanity but has to remember that she might be doing all this to herself.
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    • 60 Kim Newman
    An ordinary, if effective horror picture, is predictable fare with two big ticks to its benefit: a penchant for creep-out scares involving its looming spectre; and a committed, sympathetic performance from Macdonald.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Kim Newman
    If you don’t like Saw, this isn’t going to change your mind – but it’s skilful, satisfying schlock and respectful of its fanbase. And the final death is a show-stopping coup de grace.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Kim Newman
    Though it could do with being weirder and wilder, this high-concept mash-up — what if crooks robbed a haunted bank? — features fine work from a brace of rising stars.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Kim Newman
    A production line effort with an eye on cashflow rather than the demented work of art Hooper loosed on the world, this eighth entry is above average for its attenuated series. Gore levels are as high as expected and, naturally, the finale leaves things open for further instalments.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Kim Newman
    A worthy — if chilly and difficult — addition to the sadly extensive filmography of American mass murder. The soundtrack from Canadian singer-songwriter Maica Armata adds some much-needed heart.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Kim Newman
    Given that this is the first whacky comedy to come out of the Gulf War it’s a shame the whole enterprise isn’t a lot more tasteless, but the half-funny goings-on give that the script has been tailored not to offend a military machine on the point of massive war, perhaps at the expense of unpatriotic laughs. That said, it’s a pleasant enough time-waster, and doesn’t drag on too long.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Kim Newman
    Though stuck with stretches of guff and looking all too convincingly like video-era rubbish TV, Mindhorn delivers regular proper laughs and eventually wrings just enough drops of pathos to scrape by.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Kim Newman
    Reasonably entertaining but hectic (supposed) finale for the up-and-down series.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 40 Kim Newman
    This mess isn’t likely to reboot or revive the American franchise.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Kim Newman
    Abattoir gets past its clunky storytelling with a great look - dark, shadowed, with a 1940s hardboiled feel - along with some well-staged shocks and scares.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Kim Newman
    Grotesque rather than scary and severely underplotted – but certainly strong meat.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Kim Newman
    Nothing is taken seriously, and there’s a nice mix of old groaner jokes delivered with a visible wince and genuine, sneakily erudite wit.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Kim Newman
    A solid haunting-possession movie with good character work and unusual local colour, this works in a few surprises, sufficient scares and a nicely barbed punchline.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Kim Newman
    A decent, mid-list spy thriller, suspended somewhere between le Carré and Bond but with a budgetary austerity in keeping with UK government spending cuts that keeps it out of the real high-stakes game.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 40 Kim Newman
    Big sci-fi ideas done on a budget doesn't quite translate into a compelling thriller.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Kim Newman
    Spectacular and well-acted, this suffers from much the same problem as the situation it depicts — too many people on the mountain and too many threads to follow so that affecting individual stories get lost in the snow.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Kim Newman
    Hardly groundbreaking but this high-school actioner ghosts by on its charm and sense of fun.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Kim Newman
    It feels a little like ‘a very special episode of The Walking Dead’ and might be a tad low-key for its field, but Schwarzenegger and Breslin are good and the payoff is affecting.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Kim Newman
    Smart, fun, mid-list horror with Scream overtones
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Kim Newman
    Like too much filmed space opera, this is wonderfully imaginative when it comes to costume, art direction, special effects, spaceships and incidental alien creatures but stuck with old-hat character types and a resolutely unspecial storyline. It’s frequently entertaining, but as much for its terrible moments as its inspired touches.

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