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 3.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 A Separation
Lowest review score: 0 Suddenly
Score distribution:
4,911 movie reviews
  1. Powerful and haunting.
  2. Gripping...compelling.
  3. As this wonderful adaptation reminds us, Dickens endures mostly because of his characters.
  4. Caine has already been cited as a likely Oscar nominee for his performance, which is clearly one of the most nuanced to date from this first-rate actor, and Fraser is funny and effective as a foil to the old pro.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The tense climax stretches the story's credibility to the breaking point, but for the most part this is noir of an exceptionally high caliber, its sequence of events revealing two complicated and compromised people.
  5. A quantum leap in ambition from "Hard Eight" and "Boogie Nights" and is, to my mind, much more interesting.
  6. To my knowledge there's no one anywhere making films with such a sharp sense of contemporary working-class life -- but for the Dardennes it's only the starting point of a spiritual and profoundly ethical odyssey.
  7. A brilliant satirical diagnosis of what's most screwed up about life in this country, especially when it comes to sexual frustration and kiddie porn.
  8. Its intelligent characterizations make it one of the best movies I've seen this year.
  9. A movie whose story may be even more innovative than the superreal solidity of the animated characters.
  10. Most fascinating about this PBS documentary is the unflinching look at the dynamics of the three generations involved.
  11. Their calm assurance -- Hallyday as a grizzled icon, Rochefort as a melancholy mensch -- is a pleasure to behold.
  12. The first Ang Lee film I've seen that I've liked without qualification.
  13. Enchanting and impressively crafted.
  14. He doesn't lose his stylistic identity either: in addition to the very Mamet-like delivery of unfinished sentences, his command of rhythm and flow remains flawless throughout.
  15. The film persuades us to think long and hard about what prison means, and Lee has shaped it like a poem that builds into an epic lament, especially in a beautiful and tragic closing that risks absurdity to achieve the sublime.
  16. The experience couldn't be more realistic, though Cameron also superimposes imagery of passengers recalling the fateful night, to haunting effect.
  17. If, like me, you've been wondering how Terry Zwigoff, the brilliant documentary filmmaker who made "Crumb," would negotiate his shift to fiction filmmaking, here's your answer: brilliantly.
  18. Magical, visually exciting, affecting even in its sincere hokeyness, and extremely provocative.
  19. I was floored by Cronenberg's mastery of the material. Fiennes gives one of his finest performances; Miranda Richardson, playing at least three characters in the protagonist's twisted vision, is no less impressive.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Aquatic joyride.
  20. The results are skillful, highly affecting, and ultimately more than a little pernicious.
  21. Utterly fresh and beguiling.
  22. The most astounding cinematic testament to flock mentality since Hitchcock's "The Birds."
  23. Carpenter displays an almost perfect understanding of the mechanics of classical suspense; his style draws equally (and intelligently) from both Howard Hawks and Alfred Hitchcock.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Absorbing, beautiful documentary.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Though still realist in approach, its aura of bitter nostalgia places it squarely among Fellini's most personal and atmospheric works.
  24. Arcand's fondness for the good old 60s can be cloying, but despite an uneven cast, he finds a tonal balance between sentimental and cynical that keeps the conversations real and heart wrenching.
  25. Sly, inventively drawn, brilliantly executed cartoon.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A marvelous sense of detail and spectacular effects--good fun all the way.

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