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 3.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 A Separation
Lowest review score: 0 Bad Boys
Score distribution:
4,911 movie reviews
  1. This is absorbing throughout--not just a history lesson but, as always with Rohmer, a story about individuals
  2. A finely crafted entertainment that works better than most current Hollywood movies.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tsai Ming-liang's most exciting and original to date.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Yuya Yagira, winner of the best actor award at Cannes this year, is superb as the protective eldest child; he and his other nonprofessional costars are quietly heartbreaking.
  3. Gast does a nice job of building the suspense leading up to the fight, fleshing out the story with some good color commentary by a handful of people (filmed by director Taylor Hackford, who wisely convinced Gast that these reminiscences and remarks would fill in some historical gaps).
  4. An excellent film, still as fresh as the day it was made.
  5. The film is both wise and tender in its treatment of relationships -- between birds, between people, and between birds and people.
  6. The story unfolds at such length and over so many years that politics tend to fade into the wallpaper, leaving an exceptionally rich family story.
  7. It's by far the least controlled of Penn's films, but the pieces work wonderfully well, propelled by what was then a very original acting style.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Arnaud Desplechin's best movie to date.
  8. So fraught with unresolved issues of class, sexuality, and spiritual need, and so carefully observed by Pawlikowski, that it opens out like the movie's West Yorkshire countryside.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A spellbinding, beautiful, enigmatic film with a mysterious, allusive two-part structure.
  9. Exhilarating.
  10. The conceit gets a little out of hand after one of the angels falls in love with the trapeze artist and decides to become human; but prior to this, Wings of Desire is one of Wenders's most stunning achievements.
  11. The hues are so muted you may remember this as a black-and-white film, but its emotions are as vivid as primary colors.
  12. Compared with the novel, the movie might seem predictable. But compared with other movies, it stands alone.
  13. Woo's third Hollywood movie, Face/Off, is the first to balance his visual imagination with the emotional intensity of his Hong Kong films.
  14. At 85 minutes the movie is beautifully focused, reaching deep into its characters as they confront terrible secrets but never sacrificing momentum as the mystery unravels.
  15. Director George Tillman Jr.'s screenplay covers an array of events in the characters' lives so replete with drama it could easily be too much, but the movie's humor is vibrant, the sorrow unexploitive, the sexuality character enhancing, and the love heartfelt--and Tillman is tremendously skilled at bridging the vast shifts in tone.
  16. The scenes are so dramatically cogent the characters' lives seem to stretch far beyond the concluding blackouts.
  17. There's plenty of wit on the surface, but the pain of paralysis comes through loud and clear.
  18. Unprecedented in its intellectual ambition, this is endlessly stimulating; it probably tries for too much, but it shames many other contemporary essays that try for too little.
  19. The extraordinary subject and the filmmaker's near total access make for a singular documentary.
  20. Writer-director Wong Kar-wai makes these five self-consciously idiosyncratic types--often seen through distorting lenses in cinematographer Christopher Doyle's somber, garish Hong Kong--fully and instantly believable.
  21. A harrowing drama spun from the most mundane material.
  22. A superior nail-biter.
  23. It's a welcome throwback to the carefully crafted family films of the studio era. The scenery is lovely, and the cast is entirely worthy of the enterprise (including the regal and athletic star).
  24. This quiet, elegiac road movie hinges on a few beautifully underplayed scenes between Daniel London and Will Oldham.
  25. Helen Mirren's flinty performance as Elizabeth II is getting all the attention, but equally impressive is Peter Morgan's insightful script for this UK drama, which quietly teases out the social, political, and historical implications of the 1997 death of Diana, Princess of Wales.
  26. The outrages of pedophile priests have generated screaming headlines but relatively little understanding of the Catholic culture that permitted and concealed such crimes, which makes this informed documentary by Amy Berg all the more valuable.

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