Chicago Tribune's Scores

For 4,660 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 3.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Lowest review score: 0 Did You Hear About the Morgans?
Score distribution:
4660 movie reviews
  1. The self-taught man behind the griddle, his wife, Eve, and their five seen-it-all kids emerge as the ensemble of the year.
  2. It's a magical film which manages to transport and rivet us in the same highly-imaginitive, breezily playful way "Amelie" did.
  3. Pure magic, a three-act movie fantasy that transports us -- as the best films do -- to a world of its own, a place of ambiguous joy and delirious terror.
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  4. Heaven Knows What, will not appeal to the majority of casual moviegoers. Likewise, I have no doubts regarding the film's remarkable achievement.
  5. May be the best and saddest film of the year so far.
  6. Extraordinary.
  7. It put a smile on my face that never left for 117 minutes.
  8. Jafar Panahi of Iran is one of his country's great filmmakers, and Offside is his best movie to date.
  9. Kubrick's contributions are his wit and his eye. The wit, too much at times, is as biting as in "Dr. Strangelove," and the production, while of another order, is as spectacular as in "2001." [11 Feb 1972]
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  10. It's a movie that's so personal, naked and vulnerable that you can understand why some of its humor seems rough, some of its visuals excessive. But Crooklyn has a quality not as obvious in any Lee film since "Do the Right Thing": the sense of a whole world opening, rich and real, before your eyes. [13 May 1994, p.A]
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  11. Moskowitz may soon find himself in the same boat as many of the artists he is analyzing, because Stone Reader is going to be one tough act to follow.
  12. All the "Star Wars" movies will continue to entertain us for many years to come. They were grand fun, and this last one's a corker.
  13. A timeless romantic thriller that steeps us in one of those great artificial movie worlds that become more overpowering than reality itself.
  14. The wondrous cinematography is by Gokhan Tiryaki. It is not an easy picture. Not many masterpieces are.
  15. It works from a specific place and lets audiences relate to that place, and the people in it, like trusted intimates.
  16. This is one of the real finds of 2008.
  17. This is an amazing movie, released at a frightening time and made under remarkable circumstances.
  18. A gem made by a filmmaker who loves life, and knows how to capture its ebb and flow and sweet complication.
  19. 25th Hour struck me as one of the best movies of 2002, but it's also a film that will strike some of its audience as ethically dubious or threatening.
  20. A hard-core movie with a soft, light-hearted center and an edge like a knife.
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Most important, several elements -- the film's tough, new ending; a sly, fleeting dissolve of a unicorn, not in the original; and a brilliant, trompe d'oeil flicker of life in a shot of a still photograph -- bring Deckard's existential dilemma into focus. [11 Sept 1992]
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  21. No
    No succeeds, wonderfully, because it knows how to sell itself. It is cool, witty, technically dazzling in a low-key and convincing way.
  22. I loved this movie madly, and so will many of you.
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  23. Georgia, written with rare honesty and economy by Leigh's mother, Barbara Turner, and very sensitively directed by Ulu Grosbard, is a tough-minded look at show business and families. [10 Jan 1996]
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  24. Though much of Naked Lunch is flip, hip and hilariously funny, it never wanders far from a profoundly melancholic undertone - Cronenberg's unshakable sense of loneliness, isolation and anxiety. [10 Jan 1992]
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  25. Day-Lewis... the role of a lifetime.
  26. 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.
  27. Like most Godard, it can be watched repeatedly, always yielding new secrets and beauties. Most profound of all, perhaps, are those incredible black-and-white images of Paris.
  28. Moviegoers should be almost as entranced by the teeming, glorious landscapes and dark, bloody battlegrounds of Two Towers: astonishing midpoint of an epic movie fantasy journey for the ages.
  29. "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-.

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