Chicago Reader's Scores

  • Movies
For 5,064 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 4.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Fantastic Mr. Fox
Lowest review score: 0 The Ladies Man
Score distribution:
5064 movie reviews
  1. It's a heady mix of the earnest, the grave, and the frivolous. Wizardly director Kevin Reynolds even manages to condense into a single shot, with a wisp of humor, several of the hero’s long years in a dungeon without making them any less grueling.
  2. xXx
    Director Rob Cohen supplies plenty of gore, attitude, loud music, and extreme-sports action -- in particular, a thrilling aerial drop that's followed by a crushing avalanche.
  3. In a perfect marriage of player and part, Reese Witherspoon is Elle Woods.
  4. Actor David Morse establishes himself as a truly formidable presence in this powerful first feature by Alex and Andrew Smith.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The film is especially comforting if you love old movies, as Kaurismaki does: his deadpan humor and deliberately flattened images evoke silent comedy, as usual, and his rosy depiction of proletarian camaraderie recalls the 30s and 40s work of Marcel Carné (particularly Le Jour se Leve).
  5. If it speaks with a quieter voice than many of Bogdanovich's early pictures, what it has to say seems substantially more personal and thoughtful.
  6. The maternal triangle is pretty well handled too, giving a good sense of where Lennon came by all that exuberance and melancholy.
  7. Don't expect any psychological depth here, but the cool wit and fun... are deftly maintained, and Sonnenfeld provides a bountiful supply of both fanciful beasties and ingenious visuals.
  8. If you want to know what the Warhol scene was all about, this is even better than the documentaries.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In his best film in years, Marco Bellocchio crafts a stringently moral tale that carries a hint of horror.
  9. The performances are strong (my favorite is Deborah Harry as an older waitress) and the sense of eroded as well as barely articulated lives is palpable.
  10. A funny but genuinely dark story.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A powerful indictment of the horrendous treatment of children who toil in hellish Bolivian silver mines. The filmmakers are better at fashioning haunting images than offering hard-nosed analysis, yet they never sentimentalize their young protagonists' plight.
  11. Melville's seedy characters and engrossing friendships are well preserved, thanks largely to strategic redeployment of his crisp dialogue. As revamped caper films go, this offers considerably more texture than Steven Soderbergh's "Ocean's 11."
  12. Beautiful and challenging documentary.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    You're scared witless much of the time, even if you conclude afterward that this 1973 movie was really pretty amateurish and simpleminded.
  13. Subtly profound love story.
  14. This indie drama starts off as a sexy little date movie, but once the lovers have been separated it grows steadily more complicated and mature.
  15. Franky G.'s performance as the protective yet combustible older brother is as real as it gets.
  16. Hysterically funny CGI fight sequences, which pit the chubby superhero against a series of creatures so bizarre they'd keep Hieronymus Bosch awake at night.
  17. Though it comes across as labored in spots, it also yields a good many beautiful and suggestive moments, and an overall film experience of striking originality.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The net effect of which is like a prolonged visit to an amusement park--kids will love it.
  18. The sentimentality is held in check by Caine, who rises to the occasion with a bleak, angry performance.
  19. It's good old-fashioned rural gothic that would make Flannery O'Connor proud, with tricky switcheroos that keep shaking up our assumptions about what's going on.
  20. David Mackenzie, who directed the remarkable Scottish drama "Young Adam" (2003), delivers another masterful, disturbing tale of illicit passion, erotic obsession, and sudden death set in the 1950s.
  21. Unfortunately, a conclusion stuffed with so many improbabilities that it left me gaping in disbelief. Prior to that, this is pretty much fun.
  22. "American Casino" and Michael Moore's "Capitalism: A Love Story" offered more striking images of the human wreckage, but Ferguson is more successful at nailing the perpetrators in New York and their gullible accomplices in Washington.
  23. One girl's melancholy (beautifully expressed by actress Kerry Washington) is a response to a fractured romance.
  24. A text that provokes thought more than directs it, which should fascinate new and repeat viewers for a long time.
  25. Director Ron Howard's deftness in suggesting the subjective experience of Crowe's character, who's later diagnosed with schizophrenia, makes for inspirational narrative.

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