Chicago Tribune's Scores

For 4,460 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 Badlands
Lowest review score: 0 I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell
Score distribution:
4,460 movie reviews
  1. It all comes together as formidably detailed and easy-breathing craftsmanship.
  2. Not since Robert Altman took on “Popeye” a generation ago, and lost, has a major director addressed such a well-loved, all-ages title. This time everything works, from tip to tail.
  3. The stories we hear in 24 City belong to its specific place, but they are universal.
  4. A tart, brilliantly acted fable of life’s little cosmic difficulties, a Coen brothers comedy with a darker philosophical outlook than “No Country for Old Men” but with a script rich in verbal wit.
  5. The Sun sheds only so much literal light on its chosen subject; it's a film of shadows and silence, the calm before and after the storm. But everything you see and hear carries weight and an eerie poetic undercurrent.
  6. Some films aren't revelations, exactly, but they burrow so deeply into old truths about love and loss and the mess and thrill of life, they seem new anyway. A Single Man is one such film, one of the best of 2009
  7. It's not for all tastes; it requires some patience. The more your own job involves absurd, time-consuming bits of minutiae, the more familiar (and amusing) it'll seem.
  8. Extraordinary.
  9. What are the odds that the year's most compelling mystery would end up hanging its hat on the year's richest love story
  10. One of the most searing, heartbreaking and ultimately triumphant mother/daughter stories ever put on film.
  11. Exceptionally clever, hilariously gloomy and bitingly subversive.
  12. Chow's savagely funny cinematic love letter places Hong Kong legends Yuen Wah, Leung Siu Lung and former Bond girl Yuen Qiu in well-cast pivotal parts, establishing Kung Fu Hustle not only as an endearing homage to a genre's history, but an astonishing piece of cinema in its own right.
  13. A sweaty, vital masterpiece that's always one step ahead of its audience.
  14. "All right" doesn't begin to describe it. The Kids Are All Right is wonderful. Here is a film that respects and enjoys all of its characters, the give-and-take and recklessness and wisdom of any functioning family unit, conventional or un-.
  15. It's an uncompromising drama, not easy to watch. And it is one of the year's highlights.
  16. It takes something like a miracle to unlock the magic in his exquisite aggravations, the essence of the human comedy. This film is indeed something like a miracle.
  17. It is enraging yet nuanced, an elusive combination for any documentary.
  18. Extremely moving, exceedingly droll, flawlessly voice-acted.
  19. Incendies is no mere riff on a Greek mainstay. It is its own entity, delicate and fierce. Already I've risked making it sound like homework. It's not; it's an enthralling drama of survival.
  20. The cave exists to provoke awe in mere mortals. The camera pauses at one point to take in a stalagmite reaching up to touch, nearly, a stalactite and the inevitable association is with Michelangelo's Adam and the hand of God.
  21. Whether Kundun is a perfect movie or not, it's an important and beautiful one. Scorsese's movie takes us into a world we've rarely seen with this kind of sympathy or detail: a magical-looking society built on Buddhism and centuries of art and tradition.
  22. Moneyball is the perfect sports movie for these cash-strapped times of efficiency maximization.
  23. It's one of the year's most pleasurable American movies.
  24. This is one of the finest achievements of the year, and while it's easy to lose your way in the labyrinth, I don't think Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is most interesting for its narrative pretzels. Rather, it's about what this sort of life does to the average human soul.
  25. In both theatrical environments and open-air ones, with Wenders paying close attention to the geometrics as well as the psychology of the movement, Pina is the best possible tribute to Bausch, and to adventurous image-making.
  26. The film is a singular achievement, a piece of realist cinema with the pull of a suspense thriller.
  27. The wondrous cinematography is by Gokhan Tiryaki. It is not an easy picture. Not many masterpieces are.
  28. An indelible portrait of an American family at its most blithely macabre.
  29. The Master is brilliantly, wholly itself for a little more than half of its 137 minutes. Then it chases its own tail a bit and settles for being merely a fascinating metaphoric father-son relationship reaching endgame. It may not all "work," but most of it's remarkable.
  30. Flight is exciting - terrific, really - because in addition to the sophisticated storytelling techniques by which it keeps us hooked, it doesn't drag audience sympathies around by the nose, telling us what to think or how to judge the reckless, charismatic protagonist played by Denzel Washington.

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