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Newsies Reviews

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
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
May 20, 2003
This film's real trouble lies in its joyless, pointless execution.
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
January 1, 2000
Its intentions seem fairly modest, and so are its achievements. It's a modestly enjoyable diversion.
January 1, 2000
It looks like its own rehearsal -- an early one at that.