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 Despicable Me
Lowest review score: 0 Blindness
Score distribution:
4917 movie reviews
  1. 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.
  2. Crichton keeps the laughs coming with infectious energy.
  3. This may not have gotten much publicity, but it's a lot more engaging than most movies that have; Forster alone makes it unforgettable.
  4. He doesn't lose his stylistic identity either: in addition to the very Mamet-like delivery of unfinished sentences, his command of rhythm and flow remains flawless throughout.
  5. The narrative, capped by a brief bad dream and the capture of a mouse, isn't always legible, but it feeds into a monumental, luminous visual style like no other.
  6. A scene set inside the chicken-pie-making machinery proves that the Rube Goldberg formula is infallible.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Chereau's film is both an observant portrait of class-bound London by a foreigner and an empathetic look at sexual passion that completely avoids cheap prurience.
  7. The movie evokes Howard Hawks (in spirit if not to the letter) with its tight focus on a snug, obsessive world of insiders and camp followers where the exchanges between buddies and sexes have a euphoric stylishness and a giddy sense of ritual.
  8. A fascinating humanist experiment and investigation in its own right, full of warmth and humor as well as mystery.
  9. The skillful Patrick Marber (Closer) adapted this gripping drama from a novel by Zoe Heller, and it's both literate and urgently plotted, with a voice-over from Dench that cuts like broken glass.
  10. A genuine rarity: a sex comedy with brains.
  11. Like the first two movies, this is loaded with computer-generated imagery, but for the first time there's a sense of dramatic proportion balancing the spectacle and the story line.
  12. Lee performs magic. He's preserved and expanded the experience of an adrenaline-pumping, uproarious night of racism-, classism-, and sexism-subverting humor.
  13. Birmingham and coscreenwriter Matt Drake adapted a short story by Tom McNeal, elaborating on its plot but beautifully capturing its low-key poeticism.
  14. Its intelligent characterizations make it one of the best movies I've seen this year.
  15. Carpenter displays an almost perfect understanding of the mechanics of classical suspense; his style draws equally (and intelligently) from both Howard Hawks and Alfred Hitchcock.
  16. This deserves to be seen and cherished for at least a couple of reasons: first for Joanne Woodward's exquisitely multilayered and nuanced performance as India Bridge, a frustrated, well-to-do WASP Kansas City housewife and mother during the 30s and 40s; and second for screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala's retention of much of the episodic, short-chapter form of the books.
  17. This is absorbing throughout--not just a history lesson but, as always with Rohmer, a story about individuals
  18. 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.
  19. Some delicately interwoven and unresolved subplots help make the young character's rite of passage wholly, disturbingly compelling.
  20. Writer-director Cary Fukunaga keeps the story lean while peppering it with realistic details.
  21. This erotically charged drama may not be quite as great as the original, but it's an amazing and beautiful work just the same.
  22. A wonderfully complex examination of sexual and material politics that's full of bravely provocative, gently funny, and warmly human encounters.
  23. Enchanting and impressively crafted.
  24. Magical, visually exciting, affecting even in its sincere hokeyness, and extremely provocative.
  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. Despite a few narrative confusions, I found it pure magic.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Old-fashioned, beautifully crafted biopic of painter Jang Seung-up.
  27. Few things are more enthralling than unrequited love, as demonstrated by this drama.
  28. The tragic tale that emerges is full of powerful lessons and impenetrable mysteries

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