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 3.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 The Interrupters
Lowest review score: 0 The Quiet
Score distribution:
4,911 movie reviews
  1. As if to justify a serious discussion of this comedy before dissing it, some reviewers have pointed out that it evokes Casablanca. Maybe that's why the plot seems imposed on the characters.
  2. Offers the same crudely effective variation on the hatred and fear of hillbillies in "Deliverance."
  3. None of the characters or ideas is allowed to develop beyond its cardboard profile.
  4. Michael Tolkin and Bruce Joel Rubin's straightforward script and Mimi Leder's toneless direction make this attempt so boring that the titles counting down the months, weeks, and finally hours to impact are best used to gauge how soon the movie will be over.
  5. Wolfgang Petersen and writer Andrew Marlowe, apparently afraid to really make fun of any American icons, challenge us to take the story straight no matter what, but the only thing this ponderous movie has going for it is its unintentional humor.
  6. A promotional tool that establishes its superfluousness simply by existing, this clumsy, smirking movie has a bitter soul.
  7. Ugly Americans in Paris have run-ins with the native werewolf culture in this horror-for-laughs story, in which the characters' stupidity and the deadpan acting are out of sync--instead of being campy or clever, the plot and performances are just unconvincing.
  8. Bloody gangsta crap.
  9. This 1998 sequel seems almost deliberately designed to disappoint--our enjoyment is supposed to lie in making fun of the obvious red herrings, contrived opportunities to show cleavage, melodramatic dialogue, gullible characters, and inevitable to-be-continued ending.
  10. Despite the cast -- Kevin Bacon, Matt Dillon, Neve Campbell, Denise Richards, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Theresa Russell, Robert Wagner, and Bill Murray -- I found it preposterous.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    This silly, contrived video--plays like a student work.
  11. Every joke is stretched to the breaking point, and no one seems to be having any fun.
  12. Alas, the plot eventually takes over, and it's exceptionally ugly and unpleasant.
  13. The shticky dialogue undercuts the solid genre plotting, which undercuts the humor.
  14. Virtually unendurable.
  15. The serious Catholic themes that made the original film genuinely disturbing have been flattened out into a cartoonish backstory.
  16. Only in the last third, when he gets down to the business of telling a story, does The Brown Bunny become a porn movie -- though not in the sense you'd expect.
  17. Distributors are clearly scraping the bottom of the barrel with this flimsy exposé of presidential adviser Karl Rove.
  18. It's clear that writer Akiva Goldsman and director Joel Schumacher are bereft of ideas and using the MTV clutter as a cover-up.
  19. There is hardly any point in discussing the direction of a picture like this, in which almost every shot has been predetermined by the requirements of the special effects, yet director Richard Marquand fluffs the two or three real opportunities he has, rendering the long-delayed character climaxes with a chilly indifference.
  20. Saw
    Sicko horror film from Australia, whose sadism is topped only by its absurdity.
  21. This insufferable romance-adventure includes vague comedy as well as unintentional humor, and its target audience seems to be preadolescents who won't notice the calculated enthusiasm with which it sidesteps sexuality.
  22. Grossly unimaginative.
  23. A major washout.
  24. Moving in fits and starts, mawkish in its sincerity, and at times disjointed in its lumpy structure.
  25. I can think of only one bit of Tin Cup that's beautiful, imaginative, and different, and it lasts for only a few seconds: a speech delivered by Russo, before her character is transformed into the standard-issue cheerleader, is broken into fragments by jump cuts.
  26. The witty title aside, this is a miserably dull exercise in stingy-Jew humor and post-Jarmusch nonreaction.
  27. Directors Gerard Ungerman and Audrey Brohy don't provide much analysis, instead telling the familiar stories of the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.
  28. A career low for Mark Wahlberg and director John Singleton (Boyz N the Hood), this ridiculous mean-streets adventure starts out like a Hell's Kitchen melodrama from the 30s and eventually spins off into a series of gunfights, beat downs, and trite Motown numbers.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    This is supposedly a big-budget production, though on several occasions the scientist hero (Edward Burns) seems to be walking in place before a rear-projection screen.

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