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
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
Kids go on strike in gritty, historical musical.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
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
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: 2.5/5
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.
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.
Newsies is a live-action musical, but it's only barely alive. Call it Snoozies.
| Original Score: 2/4
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