Newsies Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun
May 20, 2013
Newsies is a live-action musical, but it's only barely alive. Call it Snoozies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Variety Staff
Variety
December 11, 2008
The writers have created cardboard cutouts instead of flesh-and-blood characters.
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
January 19, 2002
People need heroes and uplifting tales, I suppose, but why alter history to give them to the masses?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
July 26, 2002
Looks exactly like what it is, a spectacularly bad idea.
| Original Score: 1/5
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
June 24, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
It looks like its own rehearsal -- an early one at that.
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Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times
May 20, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
July 2, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
May 28, 2005
Overdone, splashy period Disney musical.
| Original Score: 2/5
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
September 18, 2003
Pretty much "sucksies."
| Original Score: 1/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
June 19, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
July 8, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Its intentions seem fairly modest, and so are its achievements. It's a modestly enjoyable diversion.
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
March 4, 2002
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
This film's real trouble lies in its joyless, pointless execution.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
August 21, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
The movie stands as a textbook demonstration of why they don't -- and probably shouldn't -- make 'em like they used to.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
May 20, 2013
Though the cast is large, no interesting or even moderately well-rounded personalities emerge from it, and no compelling relationships emerge between the characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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