Chicago Reader's Scores

  • Movies
For 4,913 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 4.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Beauty in Trouble
Lowest review score: 0 Evita
Score distribution:
4913 movie reviews
  1. More concerned with attitude than character and too moralistic to be much fun.
  2. This caper movie starts off as enjoyable guff before turning strictly formulaic and winding up as unenjoyable guff.
  3. This Spanish comedy showcases a gallery of popular actresses, but writer-director Manuel Gomez Pereira gives them nothing to work with aside from tiresome romantic complications.
  4. The thin story covering her acquisition of one wave after another while narrowly escaping death time and again is strictly for player one.
  5. A lot of uninteresting and unpleasant people torture, abuse, and fire guns at a lot of other uninteresting and unpleasant people, in a repulsive, interminable would-be crime thriller.
  6. The story--written by Brian Helgeland and directed by Richard Donner--was just dumb.
  7. A career low for Mark Wahlberg and director John Singleton (Boyz N the Hood), this ridiculous mean-streets adventure starts out like a Hell's Kitchen melodrama from the 30s and eventually spins off into a series of gunfights, beat downs, and trite Motown numbers.
  8. This may not be as ill considered as it sounds--some of the sharpest material in Rock's last concert special, "Never Scared," dealt with the eternal conflict between men and women--but his crowd-pleasing gags tend to clash with Rohmer's sly moral comedy.
  9. Jules Verne's novel has been flattened into a standardized Jackie Chan vehicle.
  10. A kind of idealist fantasy that seems almost hamstrung by its plot.
  11. Too much plot and too much faith in special effects and adolescent humor doom this "Babe" wannabe.
  12. A lot of effort appears to have gone into the glitzy period re-creation, but this is mainly a tearjerker.
  13. Grossly unimaginative.
  14. Allen doesn't get us to care much about any of the characters here.
  15. This interminable contest between two narcissists, stretched out over many miles and years, is supposed to have something to do with romance.
  16. But it's also Howard's and his audience's misfortune that a good time can be had by all only if nothing of substance gets said.
  17. Distributors are clearly scraping the bottom of the barrel with this flimsy exposé of presidential adviser Karl Rove.
  18. This ambiguously pitched comedy--its idea of sexy humor is a cheerleader farting--shoots for camp without bothering with satire.
  19. This asthma-inducing adventure set on K2 starts out seeming as if its corny storytelling and phony-looking settings were designed to show that it's as much about genre-movie conventions as anything else.
  20. This 1979 movie adaptation of the cult TV series is blandness raised to an epic scale. Robert Wise's bloodless direction drains all the air from the Enterprise.
  21. 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.
  22. Too slavish in its devotion to 50s sci-fi conventions to work as parody or camp, this indie comedy by "The X-Files" alumnus R.W. Goodwin sinks under the weight of its homage.
  23. If DiCillo had been going anywhere with this, I'd have gladly followed. But setting up petty ironies and pathetic references to Woody Allen seems to be his only goal.
  24. Robert Altman's busy, detailed mise-en-scene, flattened cartoon-style through space-compacting long lenses, does capture some of the frenetic atmosphere of the Fleischer cartoons, but it tends to crowd out, and neutralize, the story values.
  25. Would have proved the point if it weren't so mechanically scripted.
  26. The insultingly trendy post-postmodern tale rationalizes its own product placement by using overkill.
  27. The direction is so muted and sentimental and the pacing so soporific that only Ciarian Tanham's saturated color cinematography of the sylvan countryside breaks the monotony.
  28. The movie's notion of humor is exemplified by Bradshaw's extended nude scene, which might be termed "roughing the viewer."
  29. Like Robert Altman's "M*A*S*H" this has a banquet scene posed like The Last Supper, but the basic idea--toothless satire trimming a dull star party--reminded me more of "Ready to Wear."
  30. If I were a Christian, I'd be appalled to have this primitive and pornographic bloodbath presume to speak for me.

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