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 The Fallen Idol (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius
Score distribution:
4,427 movie reviews
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    The storyline isn't coherent, the music stinks, the characters are one-dimensional, the dialogue is insipid and it is neither funny nor romantic.
  1. To say this movie's premise is bonkers is putting it mildly.
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  2. Largely a disappointment.
  3. Offers two or three worthwhile laughs.
  4. There is really no one to like in this film.
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  5. Even overlooking the fundamental inanity of the movie, one is left to contend with some offensive racial stereotyping.
  6. Called upon to blend the fey and the fiendish, the usually fine Cage is reduced to acting like some kind of combination of Dudley Moore and John Carradine. Throughout, though, he seems to be enjoying it; I can't imagine why. [2 June 1989, Friday, p.E]
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  7. If you are misguided or otherwise unfortunate enough to see Forces of Nature, you will find yourself the next day with but one image, one memory, in your head: Sandra Bullock's teeth. [19 March 1999, Friday, p.A]
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  8. You watch the movie in a dumbfounded stupor. Why on earth was it made? [26 March 1999, Friday, p.A]
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  9. It sounds like standard Cinderella stuff (and the script comes complete with plenty of allusions to princesses in towers), but it's played here with an emphasis on possessions and possessing that borders on the obscene… It's a pretty ugly movie. [23 Mar 1990, Friday, p.C]
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  10. A rock 'n' roll film should be funny-crazy -- not just a big, dumb promo for some over-the-hill dudes in makeup who are trying to sell today's kids on yesterday's glory by championing deliquency.
  11. Think about the worst movie ideas you've had in your life, the ones so embarrassing they make you wince. Now imagine this: a modernized version of Shakespeare's "Macbeth" titled Scotland, Pa.
  12. Boring and banal, overwrought and undercooked, Hudson Hawk is beyond bad. [24 May 1991]
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  13. A stupid, stylized road picture. [10 Sept 1993]
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  14. [Chris Elliott]'s spoof of a young seaman's apprenticeship seems desperate as he piles special effects willy-nilly atop jibes at stupid old salts. [14 Jan 1994]
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  15. The movie drags down everyone involved, regardless of their apparent talent.
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  16. Will come off as insipid, unfunny and too serious at times for its own good.
  17. It's just a matter of holding your nose until the whole thing is over.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    There is nothing to redeem this movie, and no real reason to see it.
  18. Its jokes aren't funny. Its sloppy direction comes courtesy of Jordan Brady, who made "The Third Wheel," another reportedly failed comedy gathering cobwebs at Miramax.
  19. Verhoeven does not explore the dark side, but merely exploits it, and that makes all the difference in the world. [20 Mar 1992, Friday, p.C]
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    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    From my vantage point, it doesn't include a single laugh.
  20. Most of the humor is aimed at 14-year-olds.
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  21. For all its promise of lively trailer-park humor, Joe Dirt digs, then lies in its own grave, killed by blah characters, lame jokes and cliches you can see coming a mile away.
  22. The first half hour of Hot Chick, before the switch, plays like soft-core porno from the '60s. The rest plays like a bad "Saturday Night Live" sketch stretched to the breaking point.
  23. Its humor stems precisely from our enjoying its lead character's rotten behavior.
  24. The political movie satire from hell.
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    • 14 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Insipid, ineffective, inept and insulting to our intelligence.
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  25. Custom-designed for 13 year-olds, laden with broad sight gags, gross sound effects and a bowlful of potty jokes.
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  26. Some movies are a joy. Some are a chore. And some are sheer torture. A good example of the latter is Virus. [17 January 1999, Metro Chicago, p.8]
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