| Original Score: 2/5
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Newsies is a live-action musical, but it's only barely alive. Call it Snoozies.
| Original Score: 2/4
The writers have created cardboard cutouts instead of flesh-and-blood characters.
People need heroes and uplifting tales, I suppose, but why alter history to give them to the masses?
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Looks exactly like what it is, a spectacularly bad idea.
| Original Score: 1/5
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
It looks like its own rehearsal -- an early one at that.
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.
Overdone, splashy period Disney musical.
Pretty much "sucksies."
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.
Its intentions seem fairly modest, and so are its achievements. It's a modestly enjoyable diversion.
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.
This film's real trouble lies in its joyless, pointless execution.
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
Though the cast is large, no interesting or even moderately well-rounded personalities emerge from it, and no compelling relationships emerge between the characters.