Chicago Reader's Scores

  • Movies
For 4,917 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 42% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 56% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire
Lowest review score: 0 The Heartbreak Kid
Score distribution:
4917 movie reviews
  1. Angry, fitfully provocative mess.
  2. This might have had some potential as a German exercise in self-examination, but as a tony BBC Films production, with the actors all speaking British-accented English (including Jersey girl Farmiga), it reeks of self-righteousness.
  3. As romantic comedies go, this is the worst drivel I've seen since Nia Vardalos's "I Hate Valentine's Day."
  4. Horrendous dialogue and horrific directing dominate this thriller.
  5. A piece of mythmaking stupidity.
  6. A nauseating, stridently phony rom-com.
  7. This atrocious comedy doesn't have an idea in its head but still screams at the top of its lungs.
  8. Disingenuously naive romantic comedy.
  9. It was like a Farrelly brothers gross-out without the laughs.
  10. Mike Reiss's witless, maudlin screenplay is like rancid leachate trickling from a Dumpster full of rotting sitcom scripts, Mary Kay sales manuals, and romance novels.
  11. Formulaic sass machine... I was writhing in my seat.
  12. A total train wreck.
  13. Insulting to audience and cast alike.
  14. The cynicism of the writer and director smacks of such self-hatred (fully acknowledged in the film's closing shot) that their disgust spills over onto all their characters (and their audience too), and inasmuch as everybody here is one kind of whore or another at virtually every moment, the fine moral distinctions this movie insists on making sometimes seem about as arcane and as loony as medieval theology about angels dancing on the heads of pins.
  15. The current vogue for all things vampiric is ripe for a satirical drubbing, but this repulsive comedy is part of the problem, not the solution.
  16. Very, very stupid.
  17. Packaged as a romantic comedy but devoid of comedy or romance, this baffling train wreck stars Sandra Bullock as a tediously kooky constructor of crossword puzzles for a Sacramento newspaper.

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