Chicago Tribune's Scores

For 4,839 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 3.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Balthazar (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 Pee-wee's Big Adventure
Score distribution:
4839 movie reviews
  1. It's meant to be open, heartwarming and real, but beneath its often attractively performed surface, the clichés are grinding as heavily as in any ''Rambo'' picture [21 Oct 1988]
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  2. So fast, sleek and riveting it almost makes you expect miracles -- which never materialize.
  3. The result is a film that feels hidebound. And nobody ever called a dance-driven movie "hidebound."
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Like the film itself, Jim Doyle is smart enough to be engaging and lovely to look at, but he's too one-dimensional to be satisfying.
  4. The acting is quite deft, if extremely broad, but screenwriter Kundo Koyama seesaws uncertainly between jokes and grief.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    As its awkward subtitle suggests, the execution is more than a little sloppy.
  5. Criminal feels like the kind of high-concept, unapologetically preposterous action movies of the heyday in the '80s and '90s. If that's your thing, it's a hoot.
  6. De Broca never develops the transforming love onscreen and ends up with an awkward and indigestible movie.
  7. Sadly, this noble effort is loving but lame.
  8. The film's big lap-dance sequence is impressive, however, if only for the sheer athleticism of Elizabeth Berkley's contortion. Later, when she pulls the same stunt in a swimming pool, we recognize the show for what it is--a male fantasy film in which the women are little more than rag dolls. [22 Sept 1995]
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    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Ambitious but clumsy, it's a movie to appreciate rather than to be engaged by.
  9. American Pie 2, which brings back the same cast for more of the same, is just another by-the-numbers, money-hungry sequel with a lot of recycled shaggy-sex jokes and gross-out gags.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It's a sweet little snack of a movie that leaves the heavier courses for some other outing.
  10. With the movie's attentions spread so thin, almost everything begins to seem peripheral - even if almost every loose end is tied together, no matter how unlikely the connection.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Hoffs' Dublin appears to consist of stock street footage and a lot of stand-in California, which makes a hash of an exterior scene in which the characters complain about the incessant rain as the sun clearly shines through the damp.
  11. A fine shoot-'em-up remake. The story is mildly gripping, and the action is fresh and entertaining.
  12. The words "Welcome foolish mortals" open Walt Disney Pictures' The Haunted Mansion, a movie based on Disneyland and Walt Disney World's classic theme park attractions. The foolish mortals, of course, would be those who pay $9 a ticket at the door.
  13. Colleen Atwood's costumes are the best a film adaptation of a popular book can buy. They rustle like nobody's business. The film itself is equal parts silk and polyester.
  14. For all its crashes and flash, this is a movie that drifts away as we watch it. Muscle cars and all, it's often a waste of gas.
  15. In between all the sentimental (i.e. corny) mumbo-jumbo is a potentially fascinating subplot.
  16. This one's likely to vex both history buffs and those who require some drama with their drama.
  17. Apted and his collaborators are so in awe of their subject they neglect to bring him to full human life.
  18. The joys of singing give the movie a hook, but when Duets aims for lyricism, it's got a tin ear.
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  19. The Raven squanders a promising scenario while half-burying Cusack's mercurial skills as a leading man with the wiles of a character actor.
  20. When the crashing chords and defiant lyrics of "Be the Rain" close things out, there's a burst of idealism and energy that redeems everything. If you see Greendale, treat the movie charitably and dig the music.
  21. The novel's interesting character of Alice, Jonathan's mother, is so cut and drained of complexity that it becomes a polite, blank waste of Sissy Spacek's talent.
  22. The animated result isn't bad. It's an adequate baby sitter. But where's the allure in telling the truth? Twentieth Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios present "Adequate"?
  23. Has the shelf life of a dented milk carton. Pop-culture movies in general age rapidly due to ever-changing slang and fashions.
  24. To say Enemy of the State is senseless is an understatement. This is a movie where logic is the enemy.
  25. What it gains in fun, the film loses in credibility, as the production number itself more closely resembles a high-priced Las Vegas extravaganza than a quickly organized charity event.
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