Chicago Tribune's Scores

For 4,461 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 3.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Forrest Gump
Lowest review score: 0 A Good Old Fashioned Orgy
Score distribution:
4,461 movie reviews
  1. May be the best and saddest film of the year so far.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Gordon's documentary proves better than 90 percent of the manufactured stories out this summer. One can breathe a sigh of relief that it was done right and not cobbled into another bad fictional comedy.
  2. It is a wonder, marked by a sense of wondrous skepticism that has nothing to do with cynicism.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is the kind of film that doesn’t end after the credits roll, and it’s a gold-star example for what a documentary should do: inspire.
  3. It is wonderful: a rhapsodic adaptation of a memoir, a visual marvel that wraps its subject in screen romanticism without romanticizing his affliction. It left me feeling euphoric.
  4. Baumbach’s achievement stings. It also has the sureness of tone and direction of a Chekhov story.
  5. Day-Lewis... the role of a lifetime.
  6. The first great film of the year. It’s beautiful but so much more—full of subtle feeling, framed by a monstrous, eroding landscape.
  7. The result is a mixture of unified atmosphere and lived-in character study, and while Vasiliu’s role is not as indelible as that of her co-stars, Marinca’s Otilia and Ivanov’s steely abortionist are just about perfect.
  8. Green is a rare bird in American filmmaking: a humanist who knows how to tell a story.
  9. It's unlike any other war film, in any language.
  10. A gem made by a filmmaker who loves life, and knows how to capture its ebb and flow and sweet complication.
  11. A kinetic delight, Reprise comes from director Joachim Trier, born in Denmark but raised in Oslo, Norway, and it’s a highlight of the filmgoing year so far.
  12. While I may argue with the little guy's taste in musicals, it's remarkable to see any film, in any genre, blend honest sentiment with genuine wit and a visual landscape unlike any other.
  13. Sensational, grandly sinister and not for the kids, The Dark Knight elevates pulp to a very high level.
  14. This is a superb picture, sharp, open-minded, wised-up and cinematically accomplished.
  15. The film itself is perfectly poised between artistry and audacity. It's beautiful.
  16. Trouble the Water is so much better and truer and deeper and more illuminating than either of them ("Bowling for Columbine"/"Fahrenheit 9/11").
  17. It works from a specific place and lets audiences relate to that place, and the people in it, like trusted intimates.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    In its 98 minutes, film critic Godfrey Cheshire’s documentary Moving Midway records an amazing architectural feat, and that’s the least of its virtues.
  18. Ballast strikes me as one of the few American pictures of 2008 to say what it wants to say, visually and narratively, about a specific situation and part of the country, in a way that transcends regional specifics.
  19. This is one of the real finds of 2008.
  20. Desplechin's films are great, chaotic, unsettling fun. This one's scored, elegantly, to a mixture of standards and classics and original music by Gregoire Hetzel.
  21. This is one of the screen's most rewarding explorations of the teacher/student relationship in any language.
  22. It is personal filmmaking of the highest order, recognized with an Academy Award nomination for best foreign film.
  23. Even with its limitations, I find Silent Light spellbinding.
  24. Up
    Some of the comic inventions are inspired: Muntz has a pack of dogs equipped with electronic voice boxes, which means they're talking dogs, only they speak as if they've learned English from a poorly translated Berlitz guide.
  25. The characters in Gomorrah may lack an extra dramatic dimension: Garrone errs, if anything, on the side of detachment. Yet that detachment is also the key to the film's success. There's so little hooey and melodramatic head-banging here.
  26. A sweet, sharp coming-of-age romance, Adventureland is a little warmer, a little funnier and a lot more truthful than the last 20 or 30 of its ilk. Especially its Hollywood ilk.
  27. This one slice of the American experience amounts to one of the best films of the year.

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