Newsweek's Scores

  • Movies
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For 1,398 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 57% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 40% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Lowest review score: 0 Down to You
Score distribution:
1398 movie reviews
    • 37 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    The foreboding, dark camera-work is effective in setting the mood for this sinister, eye- popping, frequently ridiculous thriller.
  1. Like people who compulsively giggle whenever they tell you bad news, the movie runs for cover in lame, comic shtick.
    • Newsweek
  2. Hilariously incompetent.
    • Newsweek
  3. A disaster: dull, predictable, at times cringe-worthy.
    • Newsweek
    • 19 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    The flick's ultimate flaw? For a movie about space travel, it's an awfully uninspired trek.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    A half-hearted comedy whose jokes are far from a knockout.
  4. All shots and no scenes, which is nice for a picture book but deadly for drama.
  5. Kids will be bored, the rest of us baffled.
    • Newsweek
  6. A lumbering, self-important three-hour melodrama that defies credibility at every turn.
    • Newsweek
    • 28 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Everyone in the film is either annoying or unpleasant.
    • Newsweek
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Rapidly veers towards tired 80's territory rather than offering anything new and fresh.
  7. So bland and un-lived in you want to pour Tabasco all over the screen.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Save yourself from this mess.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    About as bad as it gets?a thrill-less "Speed" wannabe.
    • Newsweek
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Despite some funny lines and situations, this comedy falls short.
  8. The crude humor in Drop Dead Gorgeous does not have a moral point to it. It's just crude.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    A "croc" of nonsense.
  9. Bad, but not criminally so.
  10. Matthew Lillard of "Scream," flies like his nickname and tries to bring the film some comic relief not already provided by the stultifying stupidity of the script.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It's just a standard, mediocre horror flick that wants to be taken seriously. The creators missed the point entirely: even teenagers know that there's no audience for this type of film anymore.
  11. Every once in a while a film comes along that's so inexplicably ghastly that there's just no point in making nice about it.
  12. This echo of the WWII internment of Japanese-Americans is the only new gimmick in Edward Zwick's entry in the cliche- terrorist genre.
  13. Everything in Rounders is right there on the surface. Watching it is about as exciting as playing poker with all the cards face up. [14 Sept 1998]
    • Newsweek
  14. All the surprises strenuously cooked up by screenwriter Patrick Smith Kelly and director Andrew ("The Fugitive") Davis can't overcome the movie's inability to make us care about any of its paper-thin characters.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It's punishingly dull for fully half of its two hours and 45 minutes.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    With the talent involved in Sphere -- director Barry Levinson, novelist Michael Crichton and actors Dustin Hoffman, Samuel L. Jackson and Sharon Stone--how could it fail? Somehow, it does.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    If only the movie itself had so much spunk—Flubber bounces but it never flies.
  15. The usually reliable director Michael Caton-Jones hasn't a clue how to freshen up such stale material.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    An empty videogame of a movie about interplanetary pest control.
  16. Screenwriter Akiva Goldsman has written quips, not characters and Joel Schumacher still seems miscast as a Bat-action director: he stages the mayhem confusingly and the comedy too broadly.

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