Chicago Tribune's Scores

For 4,397 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 Wind That Shakes the Barley
Lowest review score: 0 A Good Old Fashioned Orgy
Score distribution:
4,397 movie reviews
  1. Falls flat on its face.
  2. A mind-numbing, bloody, ridiculous experience.
  3. An almost terminally sappy youth romance.
  4. In this bizarre tale of man among the apes and a psychiatrist among madmen -- an over-emotional hybrid of "Gorillas in the Mist" and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" -- style buries substance.
  5. Kollek's fondness for whimsical plot turns adds still more random elements to a movie that at times seems edited by a blindfolded monkey.
  6. This was a mission that should have been aborted long ago.
  7. Not without its humorous moments, but they are too few and far between.
  8. How is it possible that actors as expert as Close and Depardieu can wind up together in a mostly brainless big-budget stinker?
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    Absurdly unrealistic at times.
  9. Nostalgia has no real point to make here. All that Famuyiwa can hope to accomplish is to tell his story well. In this area he is less than competent.
  10. This is one of those would-be blockbusters that wants to have it both ways: It includes enough political commentary to have pretensions of seriousness, yet it's engineered to satisfy the explosion cravings of Schwarzenegger action fans, if any are left.
  11. One more movie comedy about how love can turn you into an idiot. And its major flaw, among many others, is that the idiocy takes over the movie.
  12. Isn't much more creative than your average gross-out comedy.
  13. An oppressively cute Manhattan time-travel romantic comedy that’s lost in time, space and cliches.
  14. Packed with gratuitous dumb moments -- which is too bad, given that the premise has promise.
  15. (Kids) are likely to reject Grizzly Falls as though it were a piece of chewed-over bear fat.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    Too bad the movie concentrates on the male point of view because it kicks to life when Zellweger is on screen.
  16. All the obligatory plot elements are there. Love and loss, anger and forgiveness, illness and death. But they never flow together to make a coherent story. Instead, they just pop up whenever the script is in trouble. Which is all the time.
  17. I can only hope that this film was a lot of fun to make. That way, someone will have enjoyed the experience.
  18. A grotesque slumgullion of kung fu, studio schlock and pseudo-Dumas swashbuckling that leaves you longing for Doug Fairbanks --or even Don Ameche and The Ritz Brothers.
  19. So nonsensical you don't understand why anyone would actually make it.
  20. Although Where's Marlowe abounds with many supposedly clever ideas, it's about as badly made as anything you'll see anywhere on television.
  21. We've since seen plenty of self-satisfied smart alecks, and Freddy, as written and played, brings nothing new to the party.
  22. When a movie is structured around the unveiling of secrets, you ought to care what the answers are. But writer-director Adam Brooks (Almost You), never offers any compelling reason to do so.
  23. That it is a pseudo-hip filmmaking fantasy doesn't make it any less pretentious, or any less a turnoff.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    Children's films can be thrilling affairs for parents and kids. Unfortunately, this film is not likely to thrill either group.
  24. A lame duck.
  25. Falls prey to a boatload of screenwriting cliches that sink it faster than a leaky freighter.
  26. Accomplishes something I would have thought impossible. It made me appreciate its 1994 predecessor, "The Flintstones."
  27. Meets the low standards of a mediocre TV movie.

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