Chicago Reader's Scores

  • Movies
For 5,077 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 4.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Psycho
Lowest review score: 0 Orphan
Score distribution:
5077 movie reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A spellbinding, beautiful, enigmatic film with a mysterious, allusive two-part structure.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Chicago locations are well used by veteran director George Roy Hill, and the wonderful 30s movie style (lots of horizontal and vertical wipes, flipping screens, irises in and out) enhances the sense of good, harmless, nostalgic fun.
  1. It's a beautiful picture but very quietly so, and definitely not for the ADHD set.
  2. In many ways, the ultimate Billy Wilder film, replete with breathless pacing, transvestite humor, and unflinching cynicism. Most of it is hilarious, but there is something disquieting in the way Wilder dances around his sexual theme—the film never really says what it's about, which might be just as well
  3. 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.
  4. This effort often manages to duplicate the magical pantomime of the era; a lovely scene in which Bejo drapes herself in the arms of a hung jacket as if it were a human lover could have come straight out of a Marion Davies picture.
  5. Yang seems to miss nothing as he interweaves shifting viewpoints and poignant emotional refrains.
  6. Despite all the horror and anguish, the film ends on a note of serene acceptance, deep gratitude toward the dead, and wonder at the unlikely miracle of life.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Aquatic joyride.
  7. Nicely acted and inflected, this is a very fresh piece of work.
  8. It's virtually guaranteed to make us squirm.
  9. The notion that only whites can be racist barely survives this riveting 2009 documentary.
    • 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.
  10. This poses some tricky moral questions, and its troubling ambiguities rank a cut above the dubious uplift of "Schindler's List."
  11. Warren Beatty sounds off angrily and shrewdly about politics, delivering what is possibly his best film and certainly his funniest and livliest.
  12. It's an inspired pairing. Wilson is electric as he seduces Chan into a partnership in this self-consciously crafted western, whose cleverness is only part of what makes it so funny.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Arnaud Desplechin's best movie to date.
  13. Much of the film's potency derives from its personal edge -- the passion for precise period decor, the title dedicating the film to Leigh's parents (a doctor and midwife), and even the childlike classification of many characters as either good souls or villains.
  14. The scenes are so dramatically cogent the characters' lives seem to stretch far beyond the concluding blackouts.
  15. This may be the most literate of all the spectacles set in antiquity.
  16. Its great distinction lies in re-creating an age when thoughts and feelings were to be carefully considered and precisely enunciated. The best costumers, set designers, and property masters can’t conjure up the mental and emotional spaces of a simpler era; that requires a filmmaker who knows the virtue of quiet, patience, and attentiveness.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Yuya Yagira, winner of the best actor award at Cannes this year, is superb as the protective eldest child; he and his other nonprofessional costars are quietly heartbreaking.
  17. An impressive mix of entertainment and social comment, spinning a great mystery even as it confronts an ugly world.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. The best Australian feature I've seen in years.
  21. Warmly recommended to viewers who like their romantic comedies small-scale but life-size.
  22. 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.
  23. The results are skillful, highly affecting, and ultimately more than a little pernicious.

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