Newsies (1992)

A major box-office flop, Newsies, is a big budget musical from Walt Disney that chronicles the great newspaper boy strike of 1899, a protest of the low wages paid to them by publishing giant Joseph Pulitzer.

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 15, 2002
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Critic Score: 40% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

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Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun

Newsies is a live-action musical, but it's only barely alive. Call it Snoozies.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

Stop the presses! Newsies is the best live-action movie musical since Little Shop of Horrors.

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Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

There`s a boyish exuberance about Newsies that is hard to resist.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

Bale and Menken are literally what make the movie sing.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

An old-fashioned musical that is better when its characters sing and dance than when they talk.

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
Martin Bishop
Believe it or not, I'm actually a fan of modern movie musicals. But I had never seen this one, and only finally caved out of sheer curiosity to see… More
Nelson Pickens
An extremely odd and bizarre musical that still doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me. Why Christian Bale was in this is beyond me.
Michael S
I really enjoyed it.
danny d
really the last good musical before a huge death period for musicals in hollywood. great dancing and fun.
Jason Spencer
A good musical. It's a good movie and I didn't think there was anything wrong with it.

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