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 Absolute Wilson
Lowest review score: 0 The Quiet
Score distribution:
4,911 movie reviews
  1. Perhaps the most remarkable thing here is Thornton's nuanced performance, but the film has other rare virtues: all the characters are fully and richly fleshed out (with some unexpected turns by John Ritter and singer Dwight Yoakam), and the story's construction is carefully measured.
  2. Sumptuously hued in its emotional and visual tones, this drama is also a fairy tale, its plot contrivances beautifully justified by its minimalism.
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  3. Almost cagily creating understated drama from high-stakes reality.
  4. A scene set inside the chicken-pie-making machinery proves that the Rube Goldberg formula is infallible.
  5. What Brooks manages to do with them as they struggle mightily to connect with one another is funny, painful, beautiful, and basically truthful--a triumph for everyone involved.
  6. It may not be “The Bridges of Madison County,” but the latest Kevin Costner romance is nearly as good as they get.
  7. This remains one of Godard's most appealing and underrated films, relatively relaxed and strangely optimistic.
  8. In the last two decades rock documentaries have become ubiquitous on TV but marginalized as cinema; this is the rare exception that earns its place on the big screen.
  9. This is a powerful story and a splendid spectacle.
  10. The visuals are wild, the sound track has the audacity to underscore the subtext instead of just echoing the obvious, the comedy is irreverent and occasionally slapstick, and the metaphorical details are consistently strong.
  11. Neil LaBute delivers his most interesting and powerful film to date, though it's also his most unpleasant and disturbing.
  12. It's Tykwer's most assured picture to date, and like much of Kieslowski's best work it qualifies simultaneously as engrossing narrative and philosophical parable.
  13. Birmingham and coscreenwriter Matt Drake adapted a short story by Tom McNeal, elaborating on its plot but beautifully capturing its low-key poeticism.
  14. Inspired, elaborately plotted, and unusually satisfying variable-speed chase comedy.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Old-fashioned, beautifully crafted biopic of painter Jang Seung-up.
  15. It's easy to suspend disbelief and embrace this historically creative fiction, whose clever relationship to what's known and what's unresolved is part of what makes it so intriguing and so romantic.
  16. I'm not prone to like socially deterministic films of this kind, yet Loach is so masterful at squeezing nuance and truth out of the form that I was completely won over.
  17. 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.
  18. A genuine rarity: a sex comedy with brains.
  19. This offbeat and unpredictable comedy-thriller throws so many curveballs, one right after another, that I doubt I've had more fun at an American movie this year.
  20. It's virtually guaranteed to make us squirm.
  21. Brutally honest and brilliantly acted.
  22. Mitchell, who also directed and wrote the screenplay, originally created this glorious rock opera for the stage with composer-lyricist Stephen Trask.
  23. Departing from a masterful manipulation of space, Lang transforms the futuristic city of the title into a field of dreams centered on death and sexuality.
  24. One hell of a movie.
  25. There are even more characters of interest here than in "Nashville."
  26. Ten
    The film offers a fascinating glimpse of the Iranian urban middle class, and though it eschews most of the pleasures of composition and landscape found in other Kiarostami films, it's never less than riveting.
  27. This is better than good, it's wonderful: if facial expressions can be compared to colors, Gedeck works with an unusually broad palette, constantly surprising us, and she helps her costars shine.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The movie's searing conclusion left me numb and overwhelmed.
  28. Persuasive, intelligent, and provocative.

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