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 Atonement
Lowest review score: 0 I'm Still Here
Score distribution:
4,911 movie reviews
  1. The old surrealist created another masterpiece in this, his final film.
  2. It's scary and hilarious, with a magical, nonrealist tone, and it emphasizes physical comedy as much as disturbing, beautifully integrated metaphors.
  3. Using archly staged interviews and reconstructions that draw attention to the components of the documentary form, Morris does justice to the complexity of hot-button issues by suggesting several layers of subtext at once, portraying the articulate Leuchter as both rational and prone to rationalize.
  4. Dumont's film is unfinished in the sense that some paintings are.
  5. Tarkovsky's eerie mystic parable is given substance by the filmmaker's boldly original grasp of film language and the remarkable performances by all the principals.
  6. Warren Beatty sounds off angrily and shrewdly about politics, delivering what is possibly his best film and certainly his funniest and livliest.
  7. Some delicately interwoven and unresolved subplots help make the young character's rite of passage wholly, disturbingly compelling.
  8. Lee performs magic. He's preserved and expanded the experience of an adrenaline-pumping, uproarious night of racism-, classism-, and sexism-subverting humor.
  9. Despite some of the sentimentality that is also Woo's stock-in-trade, I was moved and absorbed throughout.
  10. Exciting not as ethnography but as storytelling, as drama, and as filmmaking.
  11. Devastating.
  12. Crichton keeps the laughs coming with infectious energy.
  13. Powerful.
  14. Classic genre movies may be a scarce commodity, but this gutsy crime thriller and female buddy movie qualifies in spades.
  15. An impressive mix of entertainment and social comment, spinning a great mystery even as it confronts an ugly world.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a lyrical heartbreaker that skirts most love-story cliches and is brave enough to be as inconclusive as the characters.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dworkin unobtrusively uses small moments to build an engrossing story of courage and hope most narrative films can't match.
  16. Warmly recommended to viewers who like their romantic comedies small-scale but life-size.
  17. The tragic tale that emerges is full of powerful lessons and impenetrable mysteries
  18. One of cinema's most absorbing fantasies.
  19. This is the scariest movie I've ever seen.
  20. 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Propulsive and highly satisfying documentary.
  21. It has all the virtues of fine stage drama: narrative economy, honest emotion, and characters so closely defined that the most pedestrian encounters between them are revelatory.
  22. A stunning achievement in epic cinema.
  23. The acting is so strong--with Spall a particular standout--that you're carried along as by a tidal wave.
  24. The results are masterful, admirably unsentimental, and never boring, if also a little stodgy.
  25. Better in certain ways than the original "Apocalypse Now," though the flaws are also magnified.
  26. Exciting and innovative feature.
  27. A wonderfully complex examination of sexual and material politics that's full of bravely provocative, gently funny, and warmly human encounters.

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