Chicago Reader's Scores

  • Movies
For 4,911 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 3.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 I'm the One That I Want
Lowest review score: 0 Bless the Child
Score distribution:
4,911 movie reviews
  1. Atonement is that rare combo: a good movie based on a good book.
  2. The result is an instant classic. The material allows Anderson to neutralize the most irritating aspects of his work (the precociousness, the sense of white-bread privilege) and maximize the most endearing (the comic timing, the dollhouse ordering of invented worlds).
  3. Captivating, mesmerizing, spellbinding.
  4. Guy Maddin has reached a new expressive plateau with The Saddest Music in the World.
  5. A veritable salad of mixed genres and emotional textures, this exciting black-and-white cold war thriller runs more than two hours and never flags for an instant...A powerful experience, alternately corrosive with dark parodic humor, suspenseful, moving, and terrifying.
  6. An excellent introduction to the singular vision of avant-garde stage director Robert Wilson.
  7. A half-baked conspiracy subplot in the last third makes Carruth's knotty narrative even harder to follow, but this is still scary, puzzling, and different.
  8. An excellent film, still as fresh as the day it was made.
  9. The results are masterful, admirably unsentimental, and never boring, if also a little stodgy.
  10. The film represents a studied, sophisticated approach to instinctual emotions: it's carefully, calculatingly naive, and amazingly it works.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's smart, energetic filmmaking that also makes for engrossing entertainment.
  11. A hearty style of self-referential filmmaking that only adds to the persuasiveness of Lillard’s stunning performance.
  12. Koreeda was inspired by his guilt over having neglected his own parents, and the story is remarkable for the quiet, seemingly casual way he depicts the fallout of bitterness and grief.
  13. It's as slick as anything you might find on the Discovery Channel, and the snippets of 3-D computer animation are too cool for words.
  14. Powerful and haunting.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The movie's searing conclusion left me numb and overwhelmed.
  15. As this wonderful adaptation reminds us, Dickens endures mostly because of his characters.
  16. Thomsen's transformation from easygoing entrepreneur to ruthless executive is so engrossing I didn't pick up on the story's chilling Freudian subtext until very near the end.
  17. To my knowledge there's no one anywhere making films with such a sharp sense of contemporary working-class life -- but for the Dardennes it's only the starting point of a spiritual and profoundly ethical odyssey.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dworkin unobtrusively uses small moments to build an engrossing story of courage and hope most narrative films can't match.
  18. Like the first movie this is unassailable family entertainment, with a gentle fairy tale for kids and a raft of mildly satirical pop-culture references for parents.
  19. Departing from a masterful manipulation of space, Lang transforms the futuristic city of the title into a field of dreams centered on death and sexuality.
  20. A quantum leap in ambition from "Hard Eight" and "Boogie Nights" and is, to my mind, much more interesting.
  21. Perhaps the most remarkable thing here is Thornton's nuanced performance, but the film has other rare virtues: all the characters are fully and richly fleshed out (with some unexpected turns by John Ritter and singer Dwight Yoakam), and the story's construction is carefully measured.
  22. Neil LaBute delivers his most interesting and powerful film to date, though it's also his most unpleasant and disturbing.
  23. Arcand's fondness for the good old 60s can be cloying, but despite an uneven cast, he finds a tonal balance between sentimental and cynical that keeps the conversations real and heart wrenching.
  24. Ten
    The film offers a fascinating glimpse of the Iranian urban middle class, and though it eschews most of the pleasures of composition and landscape found in other Kiarostami films, it's never less than riveting.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Absorbing, beautiful documentary.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a lyrical heartbreaker that skirts most love-story cliches and is brave enough to be as inconclusive as the characters.
  25. The first Ang Lee film I've seen that I've liked without qualification.

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