Chicago Tribune's Scores

For 4,491 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 63% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 35% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Whiplash
Lowest review score: 0 Only God Forgives
Score distribution:
4,491 movie reviews
  1. Not funny because it's not true.
  2. This is "Fight Club" without the irony or the metaphysical gaming.
  3. A huge waste of talent (Witherspoon's) and time (ours), a supernatural romantic comedy that is neither romantic, comedic, super or natural.
  4. Felitta and Reiser mean nothing but well with this project, but too many lines sound fraudulent, and Reiser, it must be said, is a hopeless ham in the reaction shot department.
  5. G
    Cherot shot G on a tight schedule, but instead of this age-old indie predicament generating a certain scrappy passion, the film just looks cheap.
  6. A contemporary teen summer romance with a modern sexual twist--though in many ways, it's just the same old malarkey.
  7. In the end, Protocols of Zion is all context--a bit here about Father Coughlin, a minute there about the Holocaust, a stint with "The Passion" and a brief shot of Levin watching the beheading of Daniel Pearl--no soul.
  8. Well, it's pretty bad, a long way from the dash and satisfactions of the earlier picture.
  9. Gere and Binoche are both terribly miscast--one far too charismatic, the other far too dowdy, which is something for Juliette Binoche. And the spelling bees? Dull. Dreary.
  10. I won't pretend there aren't moments of sweetness here--there are, aplenty. But the promise of true emotion goes bust with bad acting, cheap writing and false sentiment.
  11. The Producers on screen, as a musical, does not work. It is not very funny. It doesn't look right. It's depressing.
  12. A childish and visually repetitive movie, ham-fisted, proselytizing and overtly simplified.
  13. The Navy will no doubt like what it sees, yet a project such as this should impart some sense of the times we live in.
  14. I guess there's something progressive going on when a lesbian love story gets to be just as dreadful and tacky as most straight ones.
  15. Final Destination 3 is a gorefest that should either slake your worst appetites or drive you to the exits.
  16. A preposterous screwball psychological drama.
  17. Cursed with an honest title, Failure to Launch waves a white flag in scene after scene, declaring surrender. We give up! We do not know how to make a decent mainstream romantic comedy!
  18. The ratings board gets all twisted up about sex and skin, yet it cannot give you or your kids enough ax blades to the cranium. This week's evidence: the remake of the old Wes Craven horror item, The Hills Have Eyes, which should not be rated R. It should be rated NC-17, or ITTS-OW, which stands for Is This Thing Sadistic, Or What?
    • 27 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    There is some directorial skill here--Argento should be congratulated for a few interesting storytelling choices--but the end result feels grimy and strangely pathetic.
  19. Once the credits are done rolling it's a dour, enervated mystery, selling the old cat-and-mouse games.
  20. A mostly bland, sporadically crude, by-the-numbers romantic comedy about two gay men in love.
  21. A flashy-looking low-budget indie about drugs, love and crime in small-town Iowa. But, speaking as an ex-small-town Midwesterner, I found it hard to buy.
  22. High-minded sleaze, the film deceives you with its first 10 minutes, which are interestingly creepy.
  23. It stars Tom Hanks in his first genuinely dull screen performance.
  24. I found it bizarre and limp and all over the place and not in a good, messy, lifelike way.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    Presumably, this movie was designed to be a fun romp, and in that it fails.
  25. Squanders a decent comic premise.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    There is a great, even revolutionary movie to be made about pharmaceutical companies in America. Side Effects is definitely not it.
  26. Schreiber and Stiles are good actors, and they're actually acting, if not to any actual avail. In the silliest recasting, a comically exaggerated Mia Farrow takes over for steely Billie Whitelaw in the evil nanny role.
  27. The cast is quite good. But Peaceful Warrior, which is basically "The Karate Kid" with a bigger kid and a bigger mentor, represents a journey of predictability, rather than a destination worth the trouble.

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