Chicago Tribune's Scores

For 4,530 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 Mystic River
Lowest review score: 0 UHF
Score distribution:
4,530 movie reviews
  1. The idea may sound like fun, but the movie isn't. It's a travesty of a picture that's a disgrace to the memory of the great film from which it's remade. [5 February 1999, Friday, po.A]
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  2. Hanna presents the problem of the well-made diversion that is, at its core, repellent.
  3. Not funny because it's not true.
  4. This clunky remake can't rise from the ashes, nor would you want it to.
  5. The scenery's nice. But once you've said the scenery's nice, you're no longer talking about a movie worth talking about.
  6. Kollek's fondness for whimsical plot turns adds still more random elements to a movie that at times seems edited by a blindfolded monkey.
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  7. On the whole, I'd rather be on Pluto, which isn't even a planet.
  8. Davis, in particular, manages to create a fully dimensional character in the midst of a highly polemical screenplay.
  9. How is it possible that actors as expert as Close and Depardieu can wind up together in a mostly brainless big-budget stinker?
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  10. A good-natured but trivial Manhattan romantic comedy.
  11. One hopes that this is Hollywood's last go-round with Swept Away. Watching this fiasco, I kept having nightmares about a possible cartoon version, co-starring Cruella de Vil and Shrek.
  12. After the insufferably dense mermaid mythology of "Lady in the Water," Shyamalan clearly wanted to keep things simple. He whizzed straight past "simple" to simplistic.
  13. Seven Pounds has a heart as big as all outdoors. Unfortunately it's made out of high-fructose bull.
  14. In making a movie that preaches love for odd ducks, Schumacher has turned Flawless into the oddest duck of all.
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  15. This is one of those would-be blockbusters that wants to have it both ways: It includes enough political commentary to have pretensions of seriousness, yet it's engineered to satisfy the explosion cravings of Schwarzenegger action fans, if any are left.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    Horror movies don't have to make sense in the real world, but when you have to help their internal logic along this much, it's pretty much a cue for heckling -- or checking your watch.
  16. The most excellent and lamentable tragedy Romeo and Juliet has been turned into a film that is lamentable without the "excellent" part.
  17. Not even Smith's charisma can mitigate the chaos that is Hancock.
  18. Freshman Orientation is not incompetently made. Nor is it badly acted. But there’s not a fresh idea in it, and everyone on screen seems to be in a different comedy.
  19. The revenge in Oldboy is neither sweet nor sour; it's just drab.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    If you are at all squeamish about incest and/or prefer sex scenes without violent undertones, you should avoid this movie.
  20. There's really just not a lot here. I'm sure Racer's story will entertain the very wee ones -- but so do keys.
  21. When Jason Sudeikis and Ed Helms appear in the same movie there's a significant threat of clean-cut sameness. Mediocre material makes them like two halves of the same comic actor: Ed Jason Helms-Sudeikis.
  22. 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.
  23. Dempsey's pleasant enough, but he hasn't yet learned how to play against a mediocre script's obviousness. Monaghan has, which is gratifying.
  24. A coming-of-ager that nearly slaughters you by minute 30 with the relentlessness of its protagonist's voiceovers.
  25. 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.
  26. Calling Dredd 3D a movie is sort of a lie. It's a premise, and there are levels to reach, and always there's another grimy hallway to stalk, and then you turn right or left, and then kill some more.
  27. Levinson has written and directed in many genres. But rarely has he made a film as indecisive and diffident as Man of the Year.
  28. Stiller, a DodgeBall producer, is revealing an unfortunate craving for the cheese of his childhood.

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