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 Alien
Lowest review score: 20 Movie 43
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 24 out of 596
596 movie reviews
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Newman
    Flawless, essential viewing that would earn more than its five stars if only Empire would allow it.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Newman
    Dark, twisted and beautiful, this entwines fairy-tale fantasy with war-movie horror to startling effect.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 80 Kim Newman
    A truly great documentary.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Newman
    Kurosawa is always worth a look but this is a particular classic that has influenced so much to come, it's almost essential.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Newman
    Well, even if it is essentially four hours about a selfish, silly cow, it's impeccably well made, and should be seen by anyone with even a passing interest in romance or movies.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Newman
    Epic performances in a movie that seethes with atmosphere.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Newman
    With its genuinely cute hero and appealing storyline, Dumbo's exactly right for younger children but not too milk-soppy for anyone over eight. Indispensible.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Newman
    A wonderful picture set in a world of silly heirs and sharp-eyed dolls as remote from reality and yet wholly credible as that of P. G. Wodehouse.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Newman
    Superlative crime yarn adapted with precision and skill from the classic James M. Cain novel.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Newman
    Cleverly wrought and expertly played crime thriller.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Newman
    Gripping throughout, with an impressive central performance, this is like a Dogme 95 redo of a Chuck Norris film - by heroic effort, the good guys find and kill a bad guy. How you feel about that is something Bigelow leaves you to decide.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Newman
    In 1956 audiences flocked to The Searchers precisely because it was a John Wayne western, and lapped up its mix of Injun-fightin' action, rough comic knockabout and intense, emotional storyline. Seen now, it is all that and much, much more.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Newman
    A dazzling spy thriller that’s still amazing.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Newman
    Overall this film is truly a triumph, its greatness being revealed in its tiny moments - the close-up of a swastika badge that introduces Neeson or the bungled defiance of Fiennes at his hanging.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Newman
    Absolutely brilliant. It's funnier, sadder and cooler on the big screen.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Newman
    It's a tragedy that someone else' happy ending is tacked onto his tale, but the film retains enough brilliance to make us glad it's been re-released.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Kim Newman
    Bogdanovich’s perfect recreation of the sense of time and place, and his ability to mix wit with poignancy that make this such a charming, timeless film.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Kim Newman
    A perfect backstage musical.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Kim Newman
    A touch too heavy on the Faust scenario, this is nevertheless a typically powerful effort from Stone especially strong on the nightmarish aspects of the war, as when a simple misundertsanding instantly becomes a massacre...Gripping stuff
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Newman
    Paul Newman gives one of his best performances in this prison film, where he inspires life in to his fellow inmates. Has something important to say with several memorable moments and a superb supporting cast.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Newman
    Now, it's a slower film, with a little more intellect and sentiment, but perhaps the added time to think will make you feel less overwhelmed.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Kim Newman
    While not exactly reaching Ring-levels of terror, it's certainly one for connoisseurs of the weird.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Newman
    The greatest laugh-out-loud comedy of the 80s.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Newman
    Even though he was just staring out, Kubrick instantly mastered the crime genre. A stunning film.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Newman
    Beautiful photography, a heartbreaking story, and iconic moments from beginning to end. Absolutely unmissable.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Kim Newman
    Fascinating, funny, wicked and to the point, this is an excellent film about a week every Briton over the age of 15 will remember vividly.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Newman
    If hell is in the details, Roman Polanski has captured it here in his disturbing portrait of falling into psychosis.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Newman
    And with supporting roles from the likes of Diane Keaton, Robert Duvall and Lee Strasberg, to say nothing of Roger Corman and Harry Dean Stanton in bit parts, this is nothing short of magisterial.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Newman
    Genuinely disturbing thriller classic from the master of suspense.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Newman
    None of the humans — not even scream queen Wray — can compete with Kong. But the film remains a perfect star vehicle. It prepares for its hero's entrance with hints of mystery, violence, eroticism and fantasy, then cuts loose with all the action, adventure.

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