Newsies Reviews

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June 4, 2018
With Little Old New York re-created by William Sandfell, Newsies often looks wonderful, and Bale and the boys give it heart and excitement. Yet as a musical, Newsies rarely hits home.
March 19, 2018
It's extremely earnest and more than a little corny, but there's an innocence about it that makes it kinda irresistible.
January 24, 2016
...manages some acrobatic dance numbers, but they seem oddly confined by the camera's frame.
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.
May 20, 2013
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.
May 20, 2013
Bale and Menken are literally what make the movie sing.
May 20, 2013
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.
May 20, 2013
Newsies is a live-action musical, but it's only barely alive. Call it Snoozies.
May 20, 2013
There`s a boyish exuberance about Newsies that is hard to resist.
May 20, 2013
Stop the presses! Newsies is the best live-action movie musical since Little Shop of Horrors.
May 20, 2013
An old-fashioned musical that is better when its characters sing and dance than when they talk.
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.
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.
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.
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.
December 15, 2010
Kids go on strike in gritty, historical musical.
March 9, 2009
Making his directorial bow, choreographer Kenny Ortega strains valiantly to breathe life into this misguided musical.
December 11, 2008
The writers have created cardboard cutouts instead of flesh-and-blood characters.
June 10, 2008
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.
January 26, 2006
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.
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