Chicago Reader's Scores

  • Movies
For 4,910 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 3.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Pépé le Moko (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 The Ladies Man
Score distribution:
4,910 movie reviews
  1. A straight exploitation story.
  2. A cringe-inducing flop.
  3. This hopelessly redundant action gross-out aspires to a form of hip vacuousness--and may achieve it.
  4. "Speed" made millions on mindless, empty thrills; this laborious sequel is just as mindless and empty but lacks the thrills.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    Like many artists today, Grisham and Schumacher exploit racial tension without understanding it.
  5. All this is supposed to be as cute as bugs and chock-full of worldly wisdom, but even with lead actors as likable and as resourceful as these, the material made me alternately want to gag and nod off.
  6. With a shamelessly cliched script by Amy Holden Jones (based on a novel by Jack Engelhard) that includes a speech plagiarized from Citizen Kane, the results are only for those who can take fare like "Valley of the Dolls" with a straight face and want to see Redford play Jay Gatsby again.
  7. The awful crank comedy "Spun" (2002) still ranks as the most dehumanizing youth picture of the decade, but this New York drama by first-time director Hunter Richards is a close second.
  8. Tautly directed by David Slade, this drama probably offers more sadism than anyone could possibly want...The characters are absurd, but if you're up for this sort of thing, then surely you can con yourself into accepting them. Personally, I'd rather have this movie obliterated from my memory.
  9. Painfully unfunny comedy.
  10. Crushingly dull teen horror flick.
  11. The writing and directing of Jonathan Darby, a British TV veteran and Hollywood executive, make the proceedings neither believable nor compelling, so what might have been another "Rosemary's Baby" isn't even a halfway decent genre exercise.
  12. Enter this diseased Lewis Carroll universe at your own risk.
  13. Holly Hunter and Sigourney Weaver, a cop and a shrink, are the main trackers, but so little is done in Ann Biderman and David Madsen's script to give them or their colleagues or even their prey interesting human dimensions that the overall ambience is chiefly pornographic.
  14. This one follows the depressing pattern of "Surviving Christmas" and "Christmas With the Kranks": enforced holiday cheer gives way to bilious hatred, then hollow forgiveness.
  15. This high-decibel shocker is an insult to intelligence and faith alike.
  16. An offensive premise and a pathetic, almost pleading desire to outrage our sensibilities with it.
  17. Francis Ford Coppola's gang film is as moony about death as "One From the Heart" was over romance; the film is unremitting in its morbid sentimentality, running its teenage characters through a masochistic gamut of beatings, killings, burnings, and suicides.
  18. What seems more problematic is the virtual exaltation of Dirty Harry vigilantism, the storm trooper mentality and behavior on Nolte's part that the film breezily takes for granted; if there's any irony about it, it's carefully designed to wash over the storm trooper types in the audience and not give offense to them--only to the rest of us.
  19. It's especially doomed by a strained script that recalls certain bottom-of-the-barrel Bob Hope vehicles of the 50s in its attempts to be brittle and self-mocking in its humor.
  20. Director Jeannot Szwarc strains hard for spectacular visual effects, though he's barely able to compose a competent close-up.
  21. Like its methane-filled outhouse that explodes right on cue, this sequel to "Daddy Day Care" (2003) smells.
  22. Almost every note in this insipid comedy is strident or false, from the child's prodigious talent for deception to the jock's chaperoning her and her classmates at a Corolle doll boutique.
  23. At its core this is just another piece of big-studio nothingness. The characters are so underwritten they barely qualify as types, and the movie is badly paced, bookended by high-ordnance action sequences but painfully static in the middle.
  24. Wretched yuletide comedy.
  25. This 2005 feature offered me my first taste of Guy Ritchie's macho-centric artiness, and I hope it's my last.
  26. I don't know if Rob Reiner is the one to blame for this atrocity, but he directed and coproduced.
  27. Thanks to writer-director Michael Patrick King, I now have a fair idea how it might feel to be stoned to death with scented candles.
  28. Unwatchable-and, thanks to its high-decibel action sequences, barely listenable-this misbegotten medieval fantasy/stoner comedy marks a new low for David Gordon Green.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    Several graphically violent scenes of women and children in jeopardy make this, ultimately, beneath contempt.

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