83

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

By William Arnold
A rousing, eye-filling, song-and-dance period musical spectacular that - despite a certain inability to decide whether it wants to be a kids' movie or "Les Miserables" - is a surprisingly enjoyable and entertaining throwback to the great movie musical style of the '40s and '50s. [10 Apr 1992]
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
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.
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
Smooth direction, vigorous performances, competent music, spotty script, and a running time that overstays its welcome. [10 Apr 1992]
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
It's mostly entertaining, and has some strong moments, but it lacks the special magic that a musical needs, that sense of its inhabiting a parallel universe where any wonderful thing can happen at any moment, including music suddenly arising from nowhere. [10 Apr 1992]
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50

TV Guide

Sumptuous production values and fitfully impressive choreography notwithstanding, Newsies was a major misfire for Disney Studios.
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50

Austin Chronicle

This is primarily a children's movie and I have a hard time working up much rancor against a movie as campily perverse as this one is.
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50

Chicago Tribune

By Dave Kehr
As much as the film may try to peddle warmth and solidarity, it remains disturbingly cold and impersonal, limited by the formulaic writing of Bob Tzudiker and Noni White and stymied by Ortega's apparent distance from his cast. [10 Apr 1992]
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50

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Newsies' drag is its predictable script.... It's not a bad hook, but the treatment is uninspired, despite a fairly engaging turn by Bale. [08 Apr 1992]
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50

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
It has been put together with just enough efficiency to qualify as an oddball labor of love.
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38

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Newsies is like warmed-over Horatio Alger, complete with such indispensable cliches as the newsboy on crutches, the little kid, and of course the hero's best pal, who has a pretty sister.
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46 out of 100
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