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. Akin perfectly captures the antic pace, eccentric personalities, and fickle fortunes of the restaurant game, and his vision of the Soul Kitchen as an all-night bacchanal is irresistible.
  2. A harrowing drama spun from the most mundane material.
  3. The experience couldn't be more realistic, though Cameron also superimposes imagery of passengers recalling the fateful night, to haunting effect.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Elegant, unabashedly theatrical, and packed with lush concert scenes and period-perfect costumes.
  4. The acting is so strong--with Spall a particular standout--that you're carried along as by a tidal wave.
  5. In the last two decades rock documentaries have become ubiquitous on TV but marginalized as cinema; this is the rare exception that earns its place on the big screen.
  6. Finkiel (a French director who apprenticed with Godard, Tavernier, and Kieslowski) plants clues throughout the film suggesting that the women might be long-lost relatives but declines to wrap things up neatly. The very uncertainty--and the fading possibility of an end to their search--is what makes the film so eerie and poignant.
  7. Something of a tour de force, this adaptation of Joe Simpson's nonfiction book about his climbing the 21,000-foot Siula Grande mountain in Peru, breaking a leg, and eventually making it back alive is remarkable simply because the story seems unfilmable.
  8. There's plenty of wit on the surface, but the pain of paralysis comes through loud and clear.
  9. What Brooks manages to do with them as they struggle mightily to connect with one another is funny, painful, beautiful, and basically truthful--a triumph for everyone involved.
  10. Despite some of the sentimentality that is also Woo's stock-in-trade, I was moved and absorbed throughout.
  11. A finely crafted entertainment that works better than most current Hollywood movies.
  12. If you come to this expecting the philosophical depth and psychological detail of Tolstoy’s work you’re sure to be disappointed, but as an actors’ romp it’s delectable.
  13. Mitchell, who also directed and wrote the screenplay, originally created this glorious rock opera for the stage with composer-lyricist Stephen Trask.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The music sounds terrific, with Young's wizened expression and rheumy eyes belied by the storming intensity of his performances. Demme has said, "If you're not a Neil Young fan, don't waste your time," and that's really all you need to know.
  14. 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).
  15. The extraordinary subject and the filmmaker's near total access make for a singular documentary.
  16. After directing three Spider-Man movies, Sam Raimi makes a masterful return to the horror genre.
  17. Inspired, elaborately plotted, and unusually satisfying variable-speed chase comedy.
  18. A densely textured moral universe that makes good on his metaphoric title-and in this case, the animals are perfectly willing to eat their young.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tsai Ming-liang's most exciting and original to date.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of Bujalski's gifts is his ability to give every part, no matter how big or small, a sense of intelligence and life that extends beyond the frame and running time, and in this his work recalls the best of both Mike Leigh and Richard Linklater.
  19. Results are classy entertainment with little to interest women viewers but very shrewdly and cleverly put together, and probably more rewarding in long-range terms if you invest in Fox or Dreamworks than if you actually see the movie.
  20. This is a remarkably gripping, suggestive, and inventive piece of storytelling that, like Kubrick's other work, is likely to grow in mystery and intensity over time.
  21. This is hilarious, deadly stuff, sparked by the cynical gusto of the two leads as well as the fascinating technical display of how TV "documentary evidence" can be digitally manufactured inside a studio.
  22. Overstays its welcome, but for mindless thrills you could do worse.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Exciting and even moving, this robust epic is filled with action, male bonding, and a terrifying sense of wilderness.
  23. Weir does manage to deliver the goods.
  24. Often seems more old-fashioned than modern.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The film never outshines its influences, but as back-to-basics action filmmaking, it's often superb.

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