Chicago Reader's Scores

  • Movies
For 4,910 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 3.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Before Sunset
Lowest review score: 0 Evita
Score distribution:
4,910 movie reviews
  1. The movie is hugely compelling on a moral and emotional level - I was completely hooked - yet it also revealed to me in numerous small and concrete ways what it's like to live in a contemporary theocracy.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Makes a powerful statement about the plight of unwanted children. But it also incorporates elements of melodrama, film noir, and even the fairy tale that engage our empathy and confirm the Dardennes' great compassion.
  2. As with the earlier movie, this one turns in on its own morality like a Möbius strip, endorsing kindness by practicing slaughter, and pulls us along for the ride. Detractors will call its reasoning ridiculous, and they'll be right - though I doubt that will bother Goldthwait, who makes a living being ridiculous.
  3. "The whole universe depends on everything fitting together just right," declares Hushpuppy, the fierce, nappy-headed girl at the center of this extraordinary southern gothic.
  4. Buñuel conjures with Freudian imagery, outrageous humor, and a quiet, lyrical camera style to create one of his most complex and complete works, a film that continues to disturb and transfix.
  5. A film so rich in ideas it hardly knows where to turn. Transcendent themes of love and death are fused with a pop-culture sensibility and played out against a midwestern background, which is breathtaking both in its sweep and in its banality.
  6. The style is so eclectic that it may take some getting used to, but Van Sant, working from his own story for the first time, brings such lyrical focus to his characters and his poetry that almost everything works.
  7. This may not have gotten much publicity, but it's a lot more engaging than most movies that have; Forster alone makes it unforgettable.
  8. A hearty style of self-referential filmmaking that only adds to the persuasiveness of Lillard’s stunning performance.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Chereau's film is both an observant portrait of class-bound London by a foreigner and an empathetic look at sexual passion that completely avoids cheap prurience.
  9. A cunning and hilarious update of the giant-insect movies of the 1950s.
  10. Thoroughly researched, unobtrusively upholstered, this beautifully assured entertainment about Victorian England is a string of delights.
  11. 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.
  12. A compellingly watchable, suspenseful, and often funny treatment of a grim subject--the hatred that can build up in a long-term marriage--that also becomes an indirect commentary on yuppie materialism.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Beautiful, absorbing, and touching, this film is a mind-expanding experience not to be missed.
  13. Finkiel (a French director who apprenticed with Godard, Tavernier, and Kieslowski) plants clues throughout the film suggesting that the women might be long-lost relatives but declines to wrap things up neatly. The very uncertainty--and the fading possibility of an end to their search--is what makes the film so eerie and poignant.
    • 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.
  14. Few things are more enthralling than unrequited love, as demonstrated by this drama.
  15. Nicely acted and inflected, this is a very fresh piece of work.
  16. A fascinating humanist experiment and investigation in its own right, full of warmth and humor as well as mystery.
  17. With the devout collaboration of the cast, Williams blurs the boundary between experience and storytelling as if the distinction were not only irrelevant but presumptuous.
  18. A lot more imaginative and entertaining than one might have thought possible, a feast for the eye and mind.
  19. You feel it in your nervous system before you get a chance to reflect on its meaning.
  20. This sharp, convincing, and utterly contemporary political film calls to mind some of Ken Loach's work, full of passion as well as precision.
  21. Yang seems to miss nothing as he interweaves shifting viewpoints and poignant emotional refrains.
  22. This movie restores genre elements to a level of potency that's disturbing, satisfying, and rare as hell.
  23. It's as slick as anything you might find on the Discovery Channel, and the snippets of 3-D computer animation are too cool for words.
  24. The cast as a whole is astonishing--especially Gillian Anderson as Lily and Dan Aykroyd in his finest role to date.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With tender skill, Moretti illuminates Samuel Beckett's phrase "I can't go on -- I'll go on."
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Reeks with decay and sexuality.

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