For 16 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 62% higher than the average critic
  • 12% same as the average critic
  • 26% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 14.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Nick Newman's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 78
Highest review score: 91 Nocturama
Lowest review score: 50 Planetarium
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
16 movie reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Nick Newman
    Logan Lucky‘s spell is light, the magic casual.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 67 Nick Newman
    A constant movement unmoored from all but the present moment (however porously “present” is defined here) pushes Nolan forward as a visual stylist and suspense-crafter — lots of portent in the images of armies and crafts, plenty of faith in his actors to look concerned or outright distressed — as it stalls out Dunkirk in most other respects.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Nick Newman
    Wright doesn’t simply apply technical precision and innovation to genre-smart storytelling — he also makes what must be exhausting work look like so much fun. And as a crime caper, heist movie, mob tale, puppy-love romance, jukebox-musical-of-sorts, Baby Driver is almost nothing but.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Nick Newman
    Alien: Covenant‘s bargain is good enough: come for the Fassbenders, stay for the nihilism and grotesquerie, and emerge with at least a few questions and curiosities on your mind.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 83 Nick Newman
    Any number of sequences find feelings both externalized and hidden intermingling within the same shot, continuing in a subsequent image that carries the impression, the feeling, without replicating the exact tenor of what has just been seen. They exist simultaneously as certain backstories and what motivations they may inspire delicately unfold.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Nick Newman
    Whether or not John Wick: Chapter 2 is superior to its counterpart matters little when the experience is worth enjoying unto itself.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Nick Newman
    In its formal inventiveness and compassion, Contemporary Color moves well past the boundaries of “concert movie.”
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Nick Newman
    Star Wars: The Force Awakens is not a great film, but it flirts with that designation far more often than this lapsed fan could have ever expected. If, on a creative level, what’s contained herein is ultimately the planting of seeds that will continue growing two, four, or forty years down the line, I suspect this franchise is in its best-ever state. How fortunate that it also stands alone as a good time at the movies.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Nick Newman
    I don’t entirely know what to do with this work which has the capacity to play as both a definitive film about spiritual vocation and a sometimes torpid melange of concept and execution — all, mind, said after one viewing as often confounded by expectation as it was made joyous by the discovery of what had Scorsese so bothered for decades.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Nick Newman
    Yourself and Yours is enjoyable the way every other Hong Sang-soo film is enjoyable: funny, relatable and emotionally honest, structurally innovative, and composed with a patient eye that favors the peaks and valleys of conversation over standard get-to-the-point construction.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Nick Newman
    The lushness of its images, how they simultaneously recall and move forward, in concert with its confidence in its pacing, as a work of both writing and editing, are a powerful thing taken in-tandem.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Nick Newman
    If the screenplay’s sense of scale can begin to feel limited by an overfamiliarity in environment, it’s suddenly made expansive with the realization of how much these places are extensions of these five people’s lives and personalities.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Newman
    Little is left after a while until, finally, Planetarium doesn’t conclude so much as come to an end, and the lasting impression is one of bitterness — a bitterness at once sweetened and worsened by memories of the genuinely great work it had promised and, at turns, even embodied.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Nick Newman
    As much as I admire Nocturama (answer: an awful lot), locating exact points of admiration proves difficult when its pleasures are so purposefully alienating and bitter.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Nick Newman
    It basks in the rightness of those who work hard to get a proper result, simultaneously disinterested in reinventing the wheel and still finding some new ways to spin it.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 67 Nick Newman
    Will it change my consideration of European-Islamic relations? No. Have I thought about its moral quandaries in the days since seeing this film? More than most others, at least. Does Les Cowboys create an itch to again see The Searchers? Absolutely — and that alone is a fairly strong end result.

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