Chicago Reader's Scores

  • Movies
For 4,913 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 4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Away from Her
Lowest review score: 0 Miss March
Score distribution:
4913 movie reviews
  1. The plot somehow manages to be both hackneyed and convoluted.
  2. Formula thriller that exploits homosexuality better than murder-mystery clues.
  3. Like its methane-filled outhouse that explodes right on cue, this sequel to "Daddy Day Care" (2003) smells.
  4. The earnestness of some of the drama in the only deceptively unsophisticated narrative may be more shocking than any of the gross-outs.
  5. Prinze and Stiles regularly talk to the camera, but that doesn't make their characters self-aware.
  6. The grasping novelty of the visuals doesn't rival the uncharismatic leads or the hopelessly, unironically banal plot.
  7. Aside from the waste of a talented cast, the only thing that really caught my attention was the tomblike silence of the audience--at least until the bong jokes started.
  8. Very, very stupid.
  9. Imagine combining bad imitations of the "Ace Ventura" and "Austin Powers" movies and you'll have a rough idea of this feeble Dana Carvey farce.
  10. The performances are convincing, and director Gene Rhee does a good job of outlining the messiness of human affections here, showing how we don't always know what we really want or how to get it.
  11. For every jab at hypocrisy in law enforcement or in the media's crime coverage...there's a scene's worth of uninflected scatology or misogyny.
  12. But the most stimulating, satisfying aspect of this action fantasy is the theme music.
  13. The recut American version is truly awful, but a good 75 percent of the awfulness is attributable to Miramax, the film's distributor.
  14. This gross sex farce actually has a point, though about half the population won't like what it is.
  15. Seems like a miscalculation on multiple levels.
  16. This excruciating sequel tries to squeeze a few more bucks from the "Spy Kids" espionage formula.
  17. Brain-dead adaptation of a popular video game.
  18. The current vogue for all things vampiric is ripe for a satirical drubbing, but this repulsive comedy is part of the problem, not the solution.
  19. The meanest and least inspired kids U know.
  20. First-time directors Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski must have written the script for this comedy when they were about 12--and not changed a word.
  21. The hokey dialogue and witless physical gags keep everything painful and hectoring.
  22. Nothing's quite so painful as failed comedy, and this atrocity is equivalent to a compound fracture.
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    • 0 Critic Score
    Revolting exploitation feature.

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