Chicago Tribune's Scores

For 4,471 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 3.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 The Leopard (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 Fun Size
Score distribution:
4,471 movie reviews
  1. Ultimately, Stateside ends up a diluted, scattered drama--less than the sum of its parts, but with an impressive cameo list.
  2. Might be justified as "mindless fun" if it weren't for the acute lack of fun in its 93 minutes.
  3. 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.
  4. Worst of all, though, is the movie's moral maneuvering.
  5. Tries hard to be sweet but plays like "Pollyanna" with fleas.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Even as slapstick, it's a major snoozefest.
  9. 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.
  10. Anytime Jaa isn't on screen, The Protector sputters.
  11. 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.
  12. A remake for schlemiels, or at least easy marks when it comes to formulaic Hollywood comedy. But the film's peculiar sluggishness and nagging hypocrisy probably won't get in the way of its popularity.
  13. Director Burr Steers milks them dry, like an overeager farmer at milking time, which is a paradox since this is the wettest picture of 2010, what with the sea spray and Efron's tear ducts and the general metaphysical mist.
  14. It's reductive, insanely violent slapstick, but that's the phenomenon in a nutshell.
  15. The choicest dialogue in Burlesque provokes the sort of laughter that other, intentionally funny films only dream of generating.
  16. 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.
  17. Their (The Brothers Strause) effects are pretty good, on a fairly limited budget. And that's about all you can say for Skyline.
  18. The pathos really are shameless, arriving with killing regularity and false humility.
  19. The sole memorable scene involving a little Focker in Little Fockers, though memorable doesn't mean amusing, involves Ben Stiller's male-nurse character administering a needle full of adrenaline to his dyspeptic and unhappily aroused father-in-law Jack Byrnes, played by Robert De Niro.
  20. It is, for what it is, a work of considerable care and craft. And it's completely soulless.
  21. Take Me Home Tonight, believe me, you've already seen.
  22. On the whole, I'd rather be on Pluto, which isn't even a planet.
  23. An exhaustingly pushy, phallocentric and witlessly smutty spoof of early '80s medieval fantasies such as "Krull" and "The Beastmaster."
  24. Hanna presents the problem of the well-made diversion that is, at its core, repellent.
  25. The wastrel Sparrow ends up both overexploited and underpowered in this fourth outing.
  26. Hangover II is more like a spitball meeting, a series of ideas that might, in theory, be good enough for a sequel, than it is an actual movie.
  27. Just another self-absorbed teen chronicle, with the added twist of a little time travel and a surprise ending.
  28. Maybe this review is more about me than about Conan O'Brien, but I really couldn't get past the odor of self-congratulation emanating from nearly every scene in Conan O'Brien Can't Stop.
  29. A work of ineffable soullessness and persistent moral idiocy.
  30. The events of the movie may be a little bit true, or a lot, but hardly any of it plays that way.

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