Chicago Tribune's Scores

For 4,574 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 Moulin Rouge!
Lowest review score: 0 UHF
Score distribution:
4,574 movie reviews
  1. Silly, sadistic and finally a little galling, Kingsman: The Secret Service answers the question: What would Colin Firth have been like if he'd played James Bond?
  2. Contains too little of the original's campy spirit and too many whistles, bells, explosions and screams.
  3. It's a seriously withholding action comedy, stingy on the wit, charm, jokes, narrative satisfactions and animals with personalities sharp enough for the big screen, either in 2-D or 3-D.
  4. A movie just begging to go up in the flames of camp. If only somebody had brought a match.
  5. Envy is a shaggy dog-poop story that'll make you wish you could spray something at the screen to make it disappear.
  6. Broken Horses raises the question of what is cockamamie, and what is cockamamie and outlandish and ridiculous yet a perfectly swell time for those very reasons. This one's just cockamamie without the swell part.
  7. Only the architecturally refined bone structure of Kristin Scott Thomas' face rescues Keeping Mum from full-on tedium.
  8. It's a real shame that most new boxing movies try to copy the crowd-pleasing, sentiment-choked tactics of "Rocky" rather than the stark drama of "Raging Bull" or the realistic grit of "On the Waterfront" and "The Harder They Fall." Against the Ropes is only the latest sorry example. The sad thing is that, with this real-life story and subject, it could have been a contender.
  9. Cheerful but mind-numbing.
  10. Even if the movie's only goal is to preach to the choir, its fondness for hyperbole and lack of discernment is more insult than rallying cry.
  11. The Last Airbender (they couldn't use the series' "Avatar" title because another film got there first, without all the bending) is more about marshaling extras and interpolating tons of computer-generated effects and keeping the factions straight. It's a tough sit.
  12. Leans on just as many stereotypes as it tweaks.
  13. It stars Tom Hanks in his first genuinely dull screen performance.
  14. Ritchie, who shoots and cuts everything in RocknRolla like an ad for a particularly greasy brand of fragrance for men, delivers the beatings and killings in his trademark atmosphere of morally weightless flash.
  15. Might be justified as "mindless fun" if it weren't for the acute lack of fun in its 93 minutes.
  16. There’s nothing wrong with All About Steve that a rewrite couldn’t fix, as long as the rewrite involved a different writer, a different character and a different story.
  17. The Good German is just stiff. When Soderbergh tries one of those patented swoop-in-on-the-diagonal moves at a key dramatic moment, the effect is comic. And at that precise moment, the story starts dying a slow, oxygen-deprived death.
  18. Jakes' characters are points to be made, flesh and blood cautionary tales that don't particularly feel human. His dialogue, even in the mouths of Michelle and her troubled mother, sounds as if it comes straight from the pulpit.
  19. I can only hope that this film was a lot of fun to make. That way, someone will have enjoyed the experience.
  20. Reveals a flash or two of real filmmaking (mostly in a suggestively grotesque birthing sequence), enough to save it from pure lousiness.
  21. I can't think of much that might happen on a date evening that could be more annoying than this movie.
  22. Falls flat on its face.
  23. Worst of all, though, is the movie's moral maneuvering.
  24. Now that Smith has gotten these characters and jokes out of his system, here's hoping he can turn to material that doesn't require winking at the audience.
  25. Technically clever but emotionally bankrupt...it's an almost laughably opportunistic movie.
  26. It may entertain you if you don't mind senseless stories and screaming soundtracks.
  27. Outrageously vapid and overdone movie.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    The Signal combines the inconstancy of an omnibus film with the blandness of art by committee. The end result feels less like a blend of distinct styles than an opportunistic hodgepodge, a second-hand premise wedded to an attention-grabbing gimmick.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    Some of the players comport themselves better than others--Barrymore is sweetly wistful in her minor role, while Johansson, as a confident go-getter who sets out to steal her crush object rather than moon over him, is sexier than the whole cast put together.
  28. The wastrel Sparrow ends up both overexploited and underpowered in this fourth outing.

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