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 3.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Killer of Sheep
Lowest review score: 0 Jawbreaker
Score distribution:
4,911 movie reviews
  1. An impressive mix of entertainment and social comment, spinning a great mystery even as it confronts an ugly world.
  2. The conceit gets a little out of hand after one of the angels falls in love with the trapeze artist and decides to become human; but prior to this, Wings of Desire is one of Wenders's most stunning achievements.
    • 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.
  3. This incredible but true story marks the first time Eastwood's signature themes have found expression in a woman's experience, and the absence of any distracting machismo only heightens his sense of helpless rage at the perpetual anguish of victims' families.
  4. The best Australian feature I've seen in years.
  5. Warmly recommended to viewers who like their romantic comedies small-scale but life-size.
  6. Better in certain ways than the original "Apocalypse Now," though the flaws are also magnified.
  7. Not to be hyperbolic, but Richard Linklater's first big-budget movie may be the Jules and Jim of bank-robber movies, thanks to its astonishing handling of period detail and its gentleness of spirit, both buoyed by a gliding lightness of touch.
  8. The results are skillful, highly affecting, and ultimately more than a little pernicious.
  9. Clint Eastwood's ambitious 1988 feature about the great Charlie Parker (Forest Whitaker) is the most serious, conscientious, and accomplished jazz biopic ever made, and almost certainly Eastwood's best picture as well.
  10. A triumph not only for its technical mastery but for its good taste.
  11. Impressive for its lean and unblemished storytelling, but even more so for its performances.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Impeccably crafted and utterly impersonal, Lasse Hallstrom's adaptation of John Irving's novel has many of the qualities Oscar is known to appreciate.
  12. Writer-director Wong Kar-wai makes these five self-consciously idiosyncratic types--often seen through distorting lenses in cinematographer Christopher Doyle's somber, garish Hong Kong--fully and instantly believable.
  13. It's by far the least controlled of Penn's films, but the pieces work wonderfully well, propelled by what was then a very original acting style.
  14. Exciting not as ethnography but as storytelling, as drama, and as filmmaking.
  15. 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.
  16. Action-adventure pictures have a lamentable tendency toward mindlessness, but Edward Zwick's epic story has numerous virtues apart from suspense and spectacle.
  17. The outrages of pedophile priests have generated screaming headlines but relatively little understanding of the Catholic culture that permitted and concealed such crimes, which makes this informed documentary by Amy Berg all the more valuable.
  18. Thoroughly researched, unobtrusively upholstered, this beautifully assured entertainment about Victorian England is a string of delights.
  19. A lot more imaginative and entertaining than one might have thought possible, a feast for the eye and mind.
  20. The old surrealist created another masterpiece in this, his final film.
  21. An astonishing tour de force--especially for Irons, whose sense of nuance is so refined that one can tell in a matter of seconds which twin he is playing in a particular scene.
  22. Richard Linklater goes Hollywood (1995) -- triumphantly and with an overall intelligence, sweetness, and romantic simplicity that reminds me of wartime weepies like The Clock.
  23. The story unfolds at such length and over so many years that politics tend to fade into the wallpaper, leaving an exceptionally rich family story.
  24. This movie restores genre elements to a level of potency that's disturbing, satisfying, and rare as hell.
  25. Beautifully structured and emotionally wrenching.
  26. Director George Tillman Jr.'s screenplay covers an array of events in the characters' lives so replete with drama it could easily be too much, but the movie's humor is vibrant, the sorrow unexploitive, the sexuality character enhancing, and the love heartfelt--and Tillman is tremendously skilled at bridging the vast shifts in tone.
  27. Crichton keeps the laughs coming with infectious energy.
  28. This may not have gotten much publicity, but it's a lot more engaging than most movies that have; Forster alone makes it unforgettable.

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