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Newsies Reviews

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Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm
January 24, 2016
...manages some acrobatic dance numbers, but they seem oddly confined by the camera's frame.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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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
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
May 20, 2013
Bale and Menken are literally what make the movie sing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
May 20, 2013
There`s a boyish exuberance about Newsies that is hard to resist.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
May 20, 2013
Stop the presses! Newsies is the best live-action movie musical since Little Shop of Horrors.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
May 20, 2013
An old-fashioned musical that is better when its characters sing and dance than when they talk.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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
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
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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
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
December 15, 2010
Kids go on strike in gritty, historical musical.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

TV Guide
March 9, 2009
Making his directorial bow, choreographer Kenny Ortega strains valiantly to breathe life into this misguided musical.
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.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
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.
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
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