Chicago Tribune's Scores

For 4,348 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 4.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 A Serious Man
Lowest review score: 0 Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius
Score distribution:
4,348 movie reviews
  1. You have to have faith that kids will recognize a bad movie when it's foisted on them -- and they don't get much worse than The New Guy.
  2. A criminal waste of talent.
  3. Put together enough pointless, random details, and you get Gigli, a movie that's less incompetent than bewildering.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    It's just a watery, undeservedly smug update of the low-budget, kids-stranded-in-the-sticks bloodfests of the 1970s and '80s.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    This film should have clocked in at 90 minutes, tops, rather than almost two hours. A good, healthy scissor-snipping might have allowed some of its quirkier aspects (like the use of a stun gun and a jaw-dropping lab result) to stand out more.
  4. About as sharp an updated version of the original as is Jennifer Lopez's song of the same name a modern, Latina version of the Beatles classic.
  5. By embracing a static plot, making Gerardo a depressed Robotron and Mexico City a ghost town, Hernandez only succeeds in alienating us, even while focusing on the most universal of themes: Breaking up is hard to do.
  6. Let's make this simple: If you spend money on Soul Plane, you've been played.
  7. An almost mystifyingly bad movie.
  8. The kind of fascinatingly bad film only a really gifted and fearless moviemaker could make: a 92-minute long raggedy-raunchy vision of sex, transit and alienation in which Gallo focuses on himself so obsessively, it's as if he'd become his own stalker.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    The kind of movie that produces a particular series of questions: How the heck did this get made? Who needed a tax shelter? Who had money to burn?
    • 6 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    For the most part, The Gold Diggers is not even chuckle-producing. At best, it might warm a cockle or two or provoke a bit of a smile.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Although several of her (Breillat's) previous films were intriguing and provocative, this one seems styled more as raw material for satire on "Mad TV" or "Saturday Night Live."
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Therese's story would work better as a marionette show than on the big screen. The camera is best at picking up subtleties, and there are simply none here.
  9. Run-of-the-mill sitcom-y in its pedestrian writing and uninspired direction.
  10. Resembles an old Nine Inch Nails video. Missing from the mix are any characters with whom you'd want to spend one minute around a campfire.
  11. Aside from providing a lesson about movies with titles that provide their own bad review, Say It Isn't So gives low humor a bad name.
  12. Serves up horrendous lead acting, murky cinematography, bland atmosphere, unengaging romance, mug-crazy cameo performances, bash-on-the-head satire and ill-timed slapstick gags that look like outtakes from a Bozo the Clown show gone berserk. [20 Oct 1995]
  13. Devotees of awful filmmaking can't go wrong with this one.
  14. That this bit of pustulence is based on a video game of the same name is no surprise. It explains the thin plot, characters and abundant gunplay.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    A sad, wasted movie.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Where the original was a serious film with funny moments, this movie isn't sure if it's a drama or comedy, too incompetently rendered to be both. What it accomplishes instead is to be nothing at all. An excessive, stupid, empty-headed nothing.
  15. Bewilderingly bad.
  16. The director is first-timer Mike Bigelow. Nothing's paced or shaped for maximum payoff; the shooting and editing rhythms add only clutter and noise, and the slapstick is strictly of the skull-banging, ear-splitting variety.
  17. The movie itself has no edge. It barely has a movie.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    One redeeming feature of this picture is that it will make great fodder for those make-fun-of-the-movie TV shows.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    What's remarkable is how absolutely every character in the film is a movie cliche.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Sadly, the concept of dialogue is totally lost on the makers of Venom, a laughably bad example of teen-scream movies.
  18. It's a long slog, not because what the film says is provocative but because the technique is as slack as the writing.
  19. Could have been a funny movie. There are a few truths about food-service that McKittrick gets right but doesn't fully exploit.

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