Chicago Tribune's Scores

For 4,427 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 64% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 34% 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: 65
Highest review score: 100 Talk to Her
Lowest review score: 0 Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius
Score distribution:
4,427 movie reviews
  1. The Last Airbender (they couldn't use the series' "Avatar" title because another film got there first, without all the bending) is more about marshaling extras and interpolating tons of computer-generated effects and keeping the factions straight. It's a tough sit.
  2. What could have been a juicy, pulpy noir, based loosely on the real-life 1976 Mustang Ranch love triangle involving Joe and Sally Conforte and Sally's boxer paramour, instead has the dramatic consistency of rice milk.
  3. Amiable Gooding still smiles through it all, weathering the cold, physical abuse and implied racism, doing his best to make his audience believe that Snow Dogs isn't offensive mush. But he can't bring it off.
  4. A pair of decent performances does not a movie make, however, as Mazur and Giovinazzo are surrounded by fourth-tier actors (Ventresca and Steven Bauer) and spotty directing of a mediocre script.
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  5. Against the rest of his dramatically flimsy crew, Snipes' sunglasses-at-midnight strut conveys an almost lifelike sheen. Almost. He's more alive than the movie, which is dead on arrival.
  6. Worth your time and money? Fuhgeddaboutit.
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  7. Jason X conjures up more giggles than scares, assuming you make it through the first 15 minutes.
  8. If "American Beauty" were a bland comedy, it would be Joe Somebody.
  9. As scary and minor-chord heavy as FearDotCom can be, there's no big payoff, no logical resolution.
  10. Offers the most onscreen explosions in recent memory. It's almost pornography for arsonists.
  11. With Clockstoppers, Frakes hobbles along with a high-concept film that doesn't live up to its potential.
  12. Black delivers the best line (“Do you want me to get naked and start the revolution?”), and Lithgow scores a giggle for calling his ex-wife “coyote ugly” to her face, but neither of them can disguise this lemon.
  13. Neither drama nor comedy, Summer Catch is a long, slow lob of a movie that never crosses the plate.
  14. This low-budget comedy will most likely try the patience of a paying audience with its uneven pacing, wavering tone and poor production quality.
  15. Were it not for young star Amanda Bynes' energetic good nature in the face of drab dialogue and wooden stereotypes, What a Girl Wants might have been a career-ending movie violation rather than just an embarrassing fender-bender.
  16. Serves as both an homage to and shameless thief of its influences. The result: a sprawling, deformed, undisciplined piece of cinema that hobbles along on weak, genre-splicing tactics.
  17. When a movie keeps repeating its title, you know it's a stinker.
  18. Like all B-movies (or in this case, pseudo B-movies), "Skeleton" contains sparkling moments of promise and camp performance.
  19. Is it a political movie? Yes. A movie with strong ideas and issues? Yes. But propaganda with its heart in the right place is still propaganda, and seldom easy to watch.
  20. Ultimately, Stateside ends up a diluted, scattered drama--less than the sum of its parts, but with an impressive cameo list.
  21. Might be justified as "mindless fun" if it weren't for the acute lack of fun in its 93 minutes.
  22. Jakes' characters are points to be made, flesh and blood cautionary tales that don't particularly feel human. His dialogue, even in the mouths of Michelle and her troubled mother, sounds as if it comes straight from the pulpit.
  23. Worst of all, though, is the movie's moral maneuvering.
  24. Tries hard to be sweet but plays like "Pollyanna" with fleas.
  25. Against "Whale Rider's" well-acted, intimate story, Gordon's film feels like an endless spiral of sub-par soap-opera acting, mired in trite, predictable dialogue.
  26. If "Mean Girls" was Lohan's debutante ball, "Herbie" sits her back at the kiddie table. She's matured, and no longer fits in the Disney mold.
  27. Even as slapstick, it's a major snoozefest.
  28. Though The Kid & I falters as both a comedy and an After School Special, it works as a rather touching episode of "This is Your Life," with a parade of cameos from Arnold's career that'll coax a sniffle or two from his family.
  29. Anytime Jaa isn't on screen, The Protector sputters.
  30. Sometimes, you can use a smaller devil to catch the Devil, the movie suggests. But in this case, the entire movie goes to hell in record time.

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