Chicago Tribune's Scores

For 4,502 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 3.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Before Sunset
Lowest review score: 0 UHF
Score distribution:
4,502 movie reviews
    • 12 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    A disjointed film that, but for brief flashes of comedic verve, should skip theatrical release and go straight to video.
  1. Once the credits are done rolling it's a dour, enervated mystery, selling the old cat-and-mouse games.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    It's a high-powered cast, but it has painfully little to work with, apart from widely varying humor.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    Sean Anders' derivative gross-out movie Sex Drive is easier to take if you accept that the answer to every baffling plot question is "because it’s a teen sex comedy."
  2. The choicest dialogue in Burlesque provokes the sort of laughter that other, intentionally funny films only dream of generating.
  3. Like its parade of predecessors, this Halloween is a gory slash-fest. It can't escape its past, and it doesn't want to.
  4. Despite honorable work from Theron, Robb and Stahl, Sleepwalking makes good on its title in a not-so-good way.
  5. Just say no.
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  6. How big a bastard can Woody Allen build a screenplay around and still generate a modicum of audience goodwill? The answer: not this big.
  7. Sluggish and preposterous, full of violence and cliches.
  8. The movie suffers from a devastating flaw for a comedy: It isn't very funny.
  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. A work of ineffable soullessness and persistent moral idiocy.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    Nobody expects every holiday film to ascend to classic status; in fact, we're happy to let most fade from memory as soon as the decorations are taken off the trees. We can, however, demand they live up to a certain level of fun, thereby allowing parents to watch along with their kids without plotting the most direct route to the exit.
  11. What isn't scary--or exciting, amusing or fun--is XXX: State of the Union, a movie so preposterous, cliché-packed and over the top that it makes the original "XXX" seem as good as the original "State of the Union."
  12. An odd little ghoul too cleaned up to survive, a bloodless vampire movie that's mostly lifeless as well.
  13. It's a serious drag to see how Ritchie has turned Holmes and Dr. Watson into a couple of garden-variety thugs.
  14. It's all neat and sweet and one-dimensional, more the moral to a story than a story.
  15. 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.
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  16. The upside is that they're likable and play well together...The downside is that they're all still communicating roughly the same message, which lies somewhere between a wink and a nudge.
  17. Ferrell may well shoulder the blame for Land of the Lost, even if he doesn't deserve it. He did, however, willingly participate in this coarse, sloppy big-screen version of the old Saturday-morning time-warp adventure.
    • 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.
  18. The best thing about star and co-writer David Spade's Dickie Roberts, Former Child Star is the end-title sequence, a big, sassy sing-along in which dozens of old TV child stars spew out defiant jokes about their old careers and fame's fickle fingers.
  19. The movie is never more than the sum of its scattershot jokes; it's sloppily put together, with scenes seemingly cut mid-dialogue.
  20. Tries hard to be sweet but plays like "Pollyanna" with fleas.
  21. It's all very "Scarface"--the De Palma remake of "Scarface," not the Hawks original. In other words, it doesn't feel modern at all. It feels about a generation late and 400 years short.
  22. It's not particularly funny or trenchant, and its portrayal of noxious high school cliques never amounts to more than was shown in "Heathers." [19 Feb 1999]
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  23. Against "Whale Rider's" well-acted, intimate story, Gordon's film feels like an endless spiral of sub-par soap-opera acting, mired in trite, predictable dialogue.
  24. The cast is quite good. But Peaceful Warrior, which is basically "The Karate Kid" with a bigger kid and a bigger mentor, represents a journey of predictability, rather than a destination worth the trouble.
  25. So nonsensical you don't understand why anyone would actually make it.

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