Chicago Reader's Scores

  • Movies
For 5,064 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 4.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Beauty in Trouble
Lowest review score: 0 Showgirls
Score distribution:
5064 movie reviews
  1. Conveys little sense of a connection, as if di Florio had made it mainly because she had access to a celebrity.
  2. The result is a dull and campy 97-minute bloodbath offering little distinction between good guys and bad.
  3. This movie feels like it was made by a bank rather than a person.
  4. This movie's story must have been computer generated along with its animation.
  5. Based on a novel by Jonathan Ames, this drearily quirky mess wants to be "Secretary" for submissive males, but it's just a sitcom in a powdered wig and size 17 pumps.
  6. If you can make any sense of this you've probably been smoking whatever the animators were when they concocted it.
  7. An offensive premise and a pathetic, almost pleading desire to outrage our sensibilities with it.
  8. A horrendous effort all around.
  9. The project would have been much more palatable as a TV special; as it stands, it's just another symptom of the American cinema's addiction to facile mythmaking.
  10. Verde is too blankly amoral to sustain interest, but the film has isolated moments of haunting poetry.
  11. Contrived, sentimental, tonally bipolar, and as predictable as clockwork.
  12. This might have had some potential as a German exercise in self-examination, but as a tony BBC Films production, with the actors all speaking British-accented English (including Jersey girl Farmiga), it reeks of self-righteousness.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Even the always radiant Linney can't save this misbegotten film.
  13. A deeply stupid and offensive action comedy-romance.
  14. The drama is torpid, the astronomy lessons pedantic, and the spear-and-sandal production values flat-out cheesy. The whole thing is also historically ludicrous.
  15. A watered-down satire of the pharmaceutical industry.
  16. Though we are largely spared Leonard Nimoy's stentorian presence as a performer, we must endure his miscalculations as a director: the dialogue scenes are often hilariously turgid; the action scenes—when Nimoy can be bothered to descend from his podium and film them—are zanily maladroit.
  17. A piece of mythmaking stupidity.
  18. Ritchie may be skilled at generating controlled chaos, but his surprise-a-minute strategy ultimately holds no surprises; Snatch is even more frenetically boring than his 1999 "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels."
    • 54 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    Like many artists today, Grisham and Schumacher exploit racial tension without understanding it.
  19. A tiresome 1998 rip-off of The Hustler, with poker (in a New York Russian Mafia milieu) taking the place of pool, Matt Damon taking over for Paul Newman, and John Malkovich's scenery chewing supplanting Jackie Gleason's self-effacement.
  20. The action plot is lousy with cliched suspense scenes of back-road executions halted at the last possible instant.
  21. If misery were inherently interesting, this adaptation starring Emily Watson and Robert Carlyle as a couple plagued by alcoholism and child mortality might be too.
  22. This is mainly a narrative brain-teaser like "Memento" or "The Jacket"; merely keeping up with the game requires so much energy that the thinness of the material becomes fully apparent only toward the end.
  23. Unbearably twee mockumentary.
  24. Tends toward arch silliness more than actual humor, a formula that's tolerable enough in 15-minute tube installments but deadly dull in this 86-minute feature.
  25. I've observed this Seth Rogen comedy, and I can report that it's not very good.
  26. Easy to take but even easier to leave alone.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    As a drama this is rote, as a musical it's uninspired, and as a comedy it's adolescent; ultimately it's a mess, unsure what it wants to be.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The music could have been better in this spineless drama, which has several angles but no perspective.

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