Newsweek's Scores

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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 Naked
Lowest review score: 0 Meet Joe Black
Score distribution:
1398 movie reviews
  1. Attempting a slapstick satire of suburban paranoia and xenophobia, Dante lavishes his considerable skills on a one-note, repetitive Dana Olsen screenplay which, at best, contains enough invention for a 20-minute skit. [06 Mar 1989, p.58]
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  2. The superhero genre screams for a makeover, or at least a smart deconstruction, but Hancock isn't that movie. It just ups the foolishness ante.
  3. That this relentless barrage of psychological and physical torture is extremely well made and powerfully performed--Watts hurls herself into her physically demanding role with heroic conviction--somehow makes it worse.
  4. The folks who served up this formulaic swill seem to think comedy grants you a free pass from credibility. Our lonely hero's artificial Yuletide enthusiasm is more than odd: it's not recognizably human.
  5. Sarah Thorp’s lazy script lurches from the lame to the ludicrous.
  6. The creepy subtext of his (Sandler's) behavior is something this crude, mirthless comedy tries not to notice.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    After the schadenfreudian thrill of watching beautiful people humiliate themselves wears off, it has the same annihilating effect on your will to live.
  7. As adroit and charming as Witherspoon is--and she gives it her all--she cannot rise above the embarrassingly broad, witless material.
  8. Irreversible takes an adolescent pride in its own ugliness. “I Stand Alone" told me something about the world; this one tells me more than I want to know about the calculating mind of its maker.
  9. Flat, distressingly witless -- To put it bluntly -- the thrill is gone. Nobody did it better. But that was then.
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    • 18 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    It stinks. The movie is so inert -- and Madonna’s performance so starkly amateurish -- that it’s impossible to take it seriously as an allegory about class and gender.
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    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Neil LaBute’s Possession is bad, but not spectacularly bad, which is disappointing.
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  10. You know a romantic comedy is in trouble when you root for the hero not to get the girl.
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  11. Cameron Diaz, Christina Applegate and Selma Blair are asked to humiliate themselves many times over in The Sweetest Thing, and they do it with such game good spirits that they ought to get the actor’s equivalent of a Purple Heart.
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  12. I staggered out of this shameless, interminable movie feeling as if I'd been force-fed a ton of mealy, artificially sweetened baby food.
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  13. Every role is miscast. Whose idea was it to have the boyishly British Bale play an illiterate Greek peasant, or the elegant Hurt a gruff-voiced country doctor? Cruz’s run of bad luck in American movies continues.
  14. Nutty paranoid thriller.
  15. A tired, confused romantic comedy/noir thriller with all the suspense of an infomercial. Buy the poster; skip the movie.
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  16. If you harbor any fond feelings for the original, stay far away from this mess.
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  17. If this is what Hollywood considers serious, important filmmaking, maybe the movie industry should stick to the low road.
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  18. What was a ragged but often hilarious charmer has been genetically altered into a deafening and desperate mutant.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    A disappointingly slack, hackneyed comedy.
  19. This is a farfetched premise, and the movie pays a price for it.
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  20. The dialogue is inane, the acting wooden, and Roger Christian's directing choices are a lesson in sci-fi film cliché.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, the strong ensemble cast is not able to hold together this often wayward and meandering story.
  21. Hampered by a silly plot and flat script.
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    • 36 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Final destination? Video store bins.
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  22. The combination of Shandling's button-down TV sensibility and Nichols's good taste produces a film whose tone is out of sync with the simple, ribald conceit and is only mildly amusing at best.
  23. As dumb as the film is, the actors escape relatively unscathed.
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  24. Screenwriter Ropelewski piles one silly plot contrivance upon another, and the characters start behaving like nitwits.

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