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 This Is Spinal Tap
Lowest review score: 20 Reno 911!: Miami
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 24 out of 596
596 movie reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Kim Newman
    An old-fashioned literary biopic with all cliches intact and some pseudo-steamy grapplings to keep interest, if you must, up.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Kim Newman
    Overall this is an effective reminder of a minor literary masterpiece, but most folk would be better off reading the novel or checking out the 1939 movie version.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Kim Newman
    Director Dennis Hopper continues the fumbling manner of "Colors" and the forthcoming-but-disowned "Catchfire," drawing out what ought to be a 72 minute B-picture into two hours and ten minutes of sweaty silliness with three pretty stars who can't quite bring themselves to be camp enough for the material.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Kim Newman
    Yayyyy, monsters!
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Kim Newman
    The lamest of the three versions but the performances are bearable.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Kim Newman
    With this touching story about a boy learning to play chess, Zaillian cuts an impressive debut, brining out strong performances from his cast most notably the young Pomeranc who is genuinely moving a the chess genius, even when he's not talking we are able to know what he's thinking, a rarity amongst child actors.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Kim Newman
    Not quite a complete write-off, but basically a folly.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Kim Newman
    It makes for a patchy comedy that's stronger as a genre-mocker than a political satire.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Kim Newman
    "Save your last breath...to scream" reads the tagline - we advise you save it for the inevitable sigh as the credits roll on this monstrous B-Movie farce.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Kim Newman
    For the guys it's Rodriguez's best film by far and a treat for fans of good-looking girls in black-and-white, of classic film noir and of imaginative ultra-violence.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Kim Newman
    Brad Dourif shows he was always great in one of John Huston's better later films.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Kim Newman
    Despite magic moments, this is so lop-sided in conception it's really only worth seeking out as a folly.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Kim Newman
    It has some of that episodic ‘compressed miniseries’ feel which a lot of King pictures get stuck with (the book was later redone as a TV serial with Anthony Michael Hall) but still manages a lot of powerful material.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Newman
    Superlative crime yarn adapted with precision and skill from the classic James M. Cain novel.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Kim Newman
    It'll never be remembered as a Hitchcock classic by any stretch, but that is far from saying it's the mess that some regard it as. It's entertaining, and the visuals speak volumes more than the over-cooked dialogue. Worth a look.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 Kim Newman
    Despite being not officially a Bond film this is good solid, entertaining action.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Kim Newman
    The plot is one the original writers would have been proud of and with Garner, himself, appearing it gives the film a seal of approval. A rare performance from Foster who is surprisingly funny and Molina giving a good supporting performance, it's an enjoyable family film.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Kim Newman
    The major fault in Exorcist III is the house-of-cards plot that is constantly collapsing.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Kim Newman
    There is a great deal of action in Renegades, yet it still manages to be a faintly boring film.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Kim Newman
    The road-crime movie is such a formula in Hollywood that almost every debuting director turns one out, but writer-director Matthew Bright rings the changes by modeling this white trash nightmare on Red Riding Hood.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Kim Newman
    Very of its time but enjoyable for all that.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Kim Newman
    It’s funny, wonderfully performed by all, visually inventive.
    • 8 Metascore
    • 40 Kim Newman
    Lame and clunky in many places which doesn't manage to save this bizarre premise from dull absurdity.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Kim Newman
    A good-looking and entertaining British horror film.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Kim Newman
    A competent, atmospheric remake, but, considering the quality of Murnau's masterwork, is it necessary?
    • 32 Metascore
    • 60 Kim Newman
    Pretty solid gory horror.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Kim Newman
    The best thing about this is Tom Savini's superb, uncensored special effects.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Kim Newman
    A 1949 for-kids version of the King Kong story still boasting a lot of charm.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Kim Newman
    Sentimental, cliched and at times overdone but a true weepy if ever there was one.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Kim Newman
    If you thought the sweetness of The Straight Story was unprecedented in Lynch’s work, look again at this earlier true-life tale of odd, everyday heroism.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Kim Newman
    Heavy-handed but still poignant patriotism in this Hitchcock thriller.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Newman
    A dazzling spy thriller that’s still amazing.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Kim Newman
    Unfairly neglected, perfectly creepy and disturbing suburban bizarro drama.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Kim Newman
    Carnivorous lunar activities rarely come any more entertaining than this.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Kim Newman
    Pi
    Shot in grainy, high contrast black-and-white with a lot of simple but effective optical and aural tricks to suggest the workings of his unusual mind, this is one of the most intimate movies in recent memory.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Kim Newman
    It's nothing wildly original, but it is pacey and entertaining when it gets going.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 60 Kim Newman
    As an unashamed B-movie, The Crush does what it says on the tin and entertains for an hour and a half. Except you feel kind of cheated by the supposed climax, with the build up proving more disturbing. Silverstone is convincingly equal parts Lolita and Norman Bates.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Kim Newman
    Still gripping after all this time.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Kim Newman
    After the fizzle of the later Roger Moore Bonds, The Living Daylights brings in a new 007 in Timothy Dalton, who manages the Connery trick of seeming suave and tough at the same time, and tried to get away from the weak comedy in favour of proper international intrigue.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Kim Newman
    A gripping, affecting, strange movie -- but oddly, it's just like too many other gripping, affecting, strange movies we've seen recently.

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