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Certain movies engage your affections so strongly that, even if they start to fall apart, you tend to keep rooting for them. That's pretty much the case with Newsies.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
A Disney musical with an undistinguished score, fair to middling choreography, and clunky direction that still manages to be entertaining in spots because of its story.
Bale and Menken are literally what make the movie sing.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Despite Newsies' many flaws, it's bracing to see Disney attempt a PG movie about something as meaty as labor relations. Would that every strike be resolved with so little bloodshed and so many songs.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Newsies is a live-action musical, but it's only barely alive. Call it Snoozies.
| Original Score: 2/4
There`s a boyish exuberance about Newsies that is hard to resist.
Stop the presses! Newsies is the best live-action movie musical since Little Shop of Horrors.
| Original Score: 4/5
An old-fashioned musical that is better when its characters sing and dance than when they talk.
| Original Score: 3/4
Though the cast is large, no interesting or even moderately well-rounded personalities emerge from it, and no compelling relationships emerge between the characters.
Bale and the cast are energetic and fun to watch, and the story itself is fascinating history. But the songs and choreography are a disappointment.
| Original Score: 6/10
As a drama, it features potent material. But by presenting this as a musical, all hope is lost, thanks to imminently forgettable tunes and the casting of actors who can't sing.
The movie stands as a textbook demonstration of why they don't -- and probably shouldn't -- make 'em like they used to.
| Original Score: C
Kids go on strike in gritty, historical musical.
| Original Score: 3/5
Making his directorial bow, choreographer Kenny Ortega strains valiantly to breathe life into this misguided musical.
The writers have created cardboard cutouts instead of flesh-and-blood characters.
It's a bit of a throwback and a solid family film and, at the time, represented a well-intentioned leap of faith of the sort that studios rarely take.
If you have a soft spot for feisty, back-talking bambini with cute squints, backwards caps and names like Crutchy, Dutchy and Bumlets, your heart will melt.
Overdone, splashy period Disney musical.
| Original Score: 2/5
Pretty much "sucksies."
| Original Score: 1/5
This film's real trouble lies in its joyless, pointless execution.