Looks exactly like what it is, a spectacularly bad idea.
| Original Score: 1/5
If the crick in my neck is any indication, I watched Kenny Ortega's Newsies like a dog hears a new sound. Most probably, my eyebrow was also arched.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
People need heroes and uplifting tales, I suppose, but why alter history to give them to the masses?
| Original Score: 2.5/5
It looks like its own rehearsal -- an early one at that.
Its intentions seem fairly modest, and so are its achievements. It's a modestly enjoyable diversion.
Although the material does indeed involve young protagonists, no effort is made to show their lives in a way today's kids can identify with. This movie must seem as odd to them as a foreign film.
There are only about six songs, so the viewer is generally thinking straight drama when a character or group of characters starts acting funny and with a jolt the viewer realizes they are going into a song.
| Original Score: high +1 out of -4..+4
If there were 10 other musicals in the past few years for comparison, I'm not sure where Newsies would place. But as it is, this is the only game in town - and it's quite entertaining most of the way.
| Original Score: 3/4
This is primarily a children's movie and I have a hard time working up much rancor against a movie as campily perverse as this one is. I sat through the whole thing in open-mouthed wonder.
| Original Score: 2/5
| Original Score: 3/5