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 3.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 (500) Days of Summer
Lowest review score: 0 The Long Kiss Goodnight
Score distribution:
4911 movie reviews
  1. Misshapen and obfuscating biopic.
  2. Enter this diseased Lewis Carroll universe at your own risk.
  3. Even the action sequences are poorly executed, with lots of choppy editing meant to conceal the fakery.
  4. Wretched yuletide comedy.
  5. Nothing to see here, keep moving.
  6. Frenetic and self-conscious to the point of tedium.
  7. Comes to life only when it reprises elements from the original movie.
  8. This is a new form of obscenity that might be called suicide porn. It's not just the voyeuristic surveillance that's obscene, but the use of suicide footage as counterpoint to other stories as they're told. Steel shows no special insight into the subject, though even that couldn't justify such hideousness.
  9. If you haven't lived until you've seen Laurence Fishburne and Sam Neill duke it out in a vat full of red paint, here's your chance; personally, my idea of hell would be having to see this stinker again.
  10. Considering the 32 writers (including Tom S. Parker, Jim Jennewein, and Steven E. de Souza) who worked on this live-action adaptation of the 60s Hanna-Barbera cartoon series about a Stone Age family, one might have expected a few funny lines here and there, but this is mirthless (and worthless) from top to bottom.
    • 1 Metascore
    • 0 Critic Score
    Revolting exploitation feature.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 0 Critic Score
    More interested in standard thriller effects than in giving us human beings to contend with. The audience I saw this with seemed to want to feel insulted, and this piece of crap delivered.
  11. If you haven't lived until you've heard Geena Davis say "Suck my dick," New Line probably deserves your money.
  12. More than anything Chuck and Larry shows just how flaccid American movie comedy has become now that "Saturday Night Live" has replaced vaudeville as our comedy college.
  13. This derivative concept movie is tiresomely slick as well as shamefully sloppy, and someone should issue a restraining order requiring writer-director Darren Stein to stay at least 100 yards away from irony.
  14. Has exactly the same premise (Repo! The Genetic Opera).
  15. I can't remember when I last hated an art-house movie as much as this one...Other reviewers have praised the film's alleged quirky humor, but I was repelled by the two heartless creeps who set the story in motion and baffled by the protagonist's fascination with them.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 0 Critic Score
    Monstrously offensive movie.
  16. In what I saw, Madonna in the title role tries bravely not to buckle under the weight of Stone and Parker's sense of Stalinist monumentality and fails honorably, while the Lloyd Webber music goes on being nonmusical.
  17. Brain-dead adaptation of a popular video game.
  18. To judge from this agonizing documentary, sniveling man-child Joaquin Phoenix was put on earth to make us appreciate Crispin Glover for the level-headed fellow he is.
  19. The meanest and least inspired kids U know.
  20. The ethnic humor that gave May's movie its charge is replaced by crass mean-spiritedness. If I were in movie hell, I'd rather see "Good Luck Chuck" again than return to this atrocity.
  21. Soulless, hyperbolic actioner.
  22. Glowna presents this smoky German feature as an elegy for lost youth, but it's so tumescent with male self-pity that I couldn't wait for it to end.
  23. By now the hypocrisy of simultaneously condemning and exploiting the audience's sadism has become so commonplace in American movies it hardly seems noteworthy.
  24. This ends on an uplifting and philosophical note, equating moral blindness with the literal sort, which you'll probably appreciate if you haven't already slit your wrists.
  25. Van Sant's doomed and misguided experiment.
  26. Nothing's quite so painful as failed comedy, and this atrocity is equivalent to a compound fracture.
  27. With its pathetic characters, questionable logic, and wall-to-wall Beethoven, the movie is a serious contender for this year's Golden Turkey award.

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