Chicago Tribune's Scores

For 4,505 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 4.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Apollo 13
Lowest review score: 0 Only God Forgives
Score distribution:
4,505 movie reviews
  1. The acting's not the problem, and it's a nice thing to find Moore playing a human-scaled human being, with a recognizable human touch. The material has a hint of it too. But only a hint.
  2. A grotesque slumgullion of kung fu, studio schlock and pseudo-Dumas swashbuckling that leaves you longing for Doug Fairbanks --or even Don Ameche and The Ritz Brothers.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 15 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    Shallow and repetitive.
  3. How much of what we see in Third Person is the novelist's invention is part of the guessing game that goes on and on. And. On.
  4. The line between cool and cold is a thin one, however. Cool isn't the word for "Thirteen"; it's just smug.
  5. The storytelling proceeds in such a halting manner, with De Niro's speeches going on and on and on, that before long you'd kill for an easy scare.
  6. Because The Campaign tries to say something about truth vs. hogwash in election season, it's doubly sad the efforts of screenwriters Chris Henchy and Shawn Harwell come to so little.
  7. It's one of those movies where talented filmmakers waste time with stale, phony material.
  8. It's rather sweet to think of Filth and Wisdom as Madonna's reconnection to her own boho Manhattan striver self a generation ago, and I did enjoy the last five minutes or so, when the movie essentially stopped and Hutz's band, Gogol Bordello, took over.
  9. It wanders and putters and follows its main characters around.
  10. Aiming for a piece with the raw impact of "Precious," on which he served as executive producer, he (Perry) ends up with 134 minutes of misjudged intensity.
  11. If actors this good cannot overcome their material, then we can only say: Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock … Max von Sydow, Zoe Caldwell, Viola Davis, Jeffrey Wright, John Goodman… thanks for your honest efforts in the service of a fundamentally dishonest weepie.
  12. A flabbergasting waste of time and talent.
  13. Most of the ingredients for a strong, tough film are there, and they have been sadly botched by a few key collaborators.
  14. Although a literal movie adaptation of Seuss' 1957 classic "The Cat in the Hat" might have run 20 minutes, is it too much to ask that the filmed material preserve the author's sensibility?
  15. It's passable.
  16. A lame duck.
  17. The movie's heart, of course, is with poor addled Mike and his kids, but 17 Again works only fitfully to make the Efron/Perry character worth a story.
  18. Of all the teen performers out there, Duff has to be the blandest (especially since the Olsens hit the skids).
  19. Well, it's pretty bad, a long way from the dash and satisfactions of the earlier picture.
  20. This low-budget comedy will most likely try the patience of a paying audience with its uneven pacing, wavering tone and poor production quality.
  21. Stranded in this charmless fantasy, Stiller is reduced to his old halting, squirming tricks.
  22. 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.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    Too bad the movie concentrates on the male point of view because it kicks to life when Zellweger is on screen.
    • Chicago Tribune
  23. 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.
  24. Formulaic romantic junk.
  25. Give David Arquette credit. He shares nearly all his screen time in See Spot Run with a clever canine and a cute kid and still manages to pull off his usual nutty-slapstick routine with gusto.
  26. 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.
  27. Final Destination 3 is a gorefest that should either slake your worst appetites or drive you to the exits.
  28. The Love Guru”does not bring out Myer's best, and aside from a deft early Bollywood parody, there’s nothing visually to help the fun along.

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