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
    • 31 Metascore
    • 40 Kim Newman
    A few old favourites – like the inconveniently wonky torch and the probably-not-quite-killed maniac – deliver the required jolts, but early promise dwindles to hokum.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Newman
    Intelligent science-fiction sometimes seems an endangered species - too much physics and there's a risk of creating something cold and remote, too many explosions and get lost in the multiplex. Looper isn't perfect, but it pulls off the full Wizard Of Oz: it has a brain, courage and a heart.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Kim Newman
    Ingenious and wonderfully detailed, though better in its imaginative horror than its slightly too-broad comic knockabout. It's not quite on the level of Coraline, but it's proper summer fun with some dark delights.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 40 Kim Newman
    It exists basically as a long showreel for Superman-to-be Henry Cavill, who gets to demonstrate a mastery of run-with-a-gun acting and flex his leading man charisma without really breaking a sweat.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Kim Newman
    Too safe to shock and too familiar to really frighten, this is an overly conventional affair.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Kim Newman
    The final act has an inevitable wavering patch when the film is obliged to tut-tut about the shallowness of the stripping, drinking, bantering, carousing and whooping it has previously enjoyed, but this is terrific entertainment with a sideline in wry melancholia and testosterone-fuelled philosophy. Have 20 dollars.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Kim Newman
    Less confrontational than most Solondz movies, in that it refrains from violence or kink, but still unsettling and affecting.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Kim Newman
    It works as a suspense-building scare machine, given heart and depth by Olsen's performance - though it's still an effective exercise in misdirection rather than a strikingly original vision, and now it's a remake of an effective exercise in misdirection.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Kim Newman
    A rough, exhausting, exhilarating action picture with a payoff which would have delighted Sam Fuller or Howard Hawks. The Stath - an actual Olympian, remember - is on top form.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Kim Newman
    A slick thriller which takes place in a moral vacuum. It's fascinating rather than exciting, but makes for chilly thrills with two strong, charismatic lead performances, a great deal of style and amusingly repulsive, ruthless twists.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 20 Kim Newman
    Another reason to avoid films endorsed by the US military, this is sub-propaganda tosh that inadvertently plays like Hot Shots: Part Trois.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Kim Newman
    An unsuspenseful thriller with shades of "Death Wish." Nicolas Cage's return to New Orleans doesn't even have a hallucinatory iguana to recommend it.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Kim Newman
    Besides being an author, Edgar Allan Poe was one of the most vicious, merciless critics of his age. He would not have let this get past him without skewering its shortcomings with a barbed quill.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Kim Newman
    Terrific performances, especially from the menacing, lazily charismatic Henshall, and debut director Kurzel's expressionist storytelling make for an Aussie film well worth hunting down. A tough but seriously rewarding watch.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Kim Newman
    Tolerably exciting spycraft, but stuck with a see-through plot. Washington and Reynolds are watchable, but not exactly stretched by these roles.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Kim Newman
    Odd, but intriguing.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Kim Newman
    Not a complete disaster, but also not the vampire / werewolf mash we've always wanted.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Kim Newman
    More startling than an unexpected punch in the noggin, Na Hong-Jin's unusual thriller could have the highest knife count this side of Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares. A violent thrill-ride to a dark new corner of Asian cinema.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Newman
    This is a great director's greatest love story.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Kim Newman
    Guilty, with one or two mitigating circumstances.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 60 Kim Newman
    The Human Centipede gets longer (how long before it becomes The Human Millipede?) but the shocks will be familiar to anyone who enjoyed the first film. The 180 seconds or so of cuts needed to get it past the BBFC open up some plot holes but won't sweeten the pill for everyone else.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Kim Newman
    Lurie's remake doesn't bring a lot of fresh ideas to the table. The thick fug of moral ambiguity, so disconcerting in Peckinpah's film, is missing, replaced by certainties rife in modern horror. The result is a bit of yawn enlivened only by James Woods' delirious bad guy.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Kim Newman
    A few good stunts, some tolerable brooding and one nice, if silly desert chase. But not essential.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Newman
    Von Trier is a burr under the hide for many viewers, and the unconverted won't be convinced. But it's audacious, beautiful, tactful filmmaking and perhaps the perfect match for "The Tree Of Life" on a bipolar double bill.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 60 Kim Newman
    Blair Witch with moon rock. Paranormal Activity in space. Contrived, but if you can take one more variant on the formula, it's got its moments.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Kim Newman
    You might need to take a Norwegian guide along to explain various local references and identify the specific trolls, but Troll Hunter's proud cultural identity - tremble, a US remake is in the works - is its strongest suit. It's wry, spectacular fun.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Kim Newman
    A worthy, exciting, emotional addition to the venerable monkey movie marathon. Apes will rise. Sequels are likely.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Kim Newman
    Among the most purely entertaining films of the year, which cuts its laughter with a dose of Celtic melancholy. It still delivers cop/action requirements - shoot-outs, revenges, daring deeds - and chances are, we'll be quoting lines from this forever.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Kim Newman
    Like all sieges, this offers moments of choppy terror and excitement followed by dull sit-it-out-and-starve spots. Straddled between uproarious schoolboy tosh and serious historical movie, this still offers enough dismemberments, royal tantrums and portcullis-rammings to make for a lively Saturday night out.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Kim Newman
    Martin Campbell made Zorro and Bond work as contemporary heroes, but doesn't quite have the feel for poor old Hal Jordan. Green Lantern is dazzling in pieces, but we've seen too many sharper versions of the superhero origin story in the last few years. It's not Jonah Hex, but the battery runs low too quickly.

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