Chicago Tribune's Scores

For 4,441 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: 65
Highest review score: 100 As Good as It Gets
Lowest review score: 0 A Good Old Fashioned Orgy
Score distribution:
4,441 movie reviews
  1. Strangely unmoving. So what went wrong?
  2. What we have here is a much less radical movie than writer Hughes probably believes he has created. Yes, he's given us an individualistic girl, but she swoons like a robot after the first reasonably human WASP or WASC asks her for a date. [2 Feb 1986]
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  3. Recycling the regressive humor of his (Sandler’s) previous films, it piles on so much sentimentality that you wonder how anyone could consider him a renegade. [25 June 1999, Friday, p.A]
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  4. Let's just say that not revealing this film's idiotic intricacies would be like not divulging that the fish is rotten lest the news spoil the surprise of food poisoning. [28 May 1999, Friday, p.A]
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  5. A fast, slick, outlandish fiasco that starts out well and then seems to drop right off a cliff.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    If the filmmakers wanted to talk so much, they should have just gotten together for a long, anecdote-filled, wine-soaked Spanish dinner party and amused themselves.
  6. Scott treats the material as if it were grist for a 30-second spot or a rowdy music video.
  7. Give David Arquette credit. He shares nearly all his screen time in See Spot Run with a clever canine and a cute kid and still manages to pull off his usual nutty-slapstick routine with gusto.
  8. 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.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    Horror movies don't have to make sense in the real world, but when you have to help their internal logic along this much, it's pretty much a cue for heckling -- or checking your watch.
  9. The actors had little to work with in this passe social satire, but sharper performances might have saved Marci from total humorless ruin.
  10. In the end you don't believe what you're watching, and you don't care. This party is a drag.
  11. A comedy murder mystery gone seriously astray, boasts an immensely talented cast .
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  12. So filled with illogical twists and ridiculous turns, that eventually it evokes unintentional laughs.
  13. A gaudy yet grim science-fiction horror movie of such surpassing silliness, humorless intensity and stylistic overkill that watching it may actually put you in a state of paranoia.
  14. Stumbles from cliche to cliche:
  15. Contains too little of the original's campy spirit and too many whistles, bells, explosions and screams.
  16. Some movies should never have been made, and high on that list is the addled new remake of Rollerball.
  17. Though I would agree it's original -- it's the first aboveground romance movie I've seen in which the heroine is repeatedly spanked, verbally tormented and tied to a chair by her lover--- it's not an experience I much enjoyed.
  18. Turturro is the one thing that's right with the movie. Perhaps the weakest thing about the new "Deeds" is its utter lack of a strong viewpoint and real emotion.
  19. The movie plays like a very expanded version of what would make -- and likely has made -- a cute TV newsmagazine segment.
  20. Blast is just shooting blanks. [12 February 1999, Friday, p.A]
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  21. An odd little ghoul too cleaned up to survive, a bloodless vampire movie that's mostly lifeless as well.
  22. One hopes that this is Hollywood's last go-round with Swept Away. Watching this fiasco, I kept having nightmares about a possible cartoon version, co-starring Cruella de Vil and Shrek.
  23. One of those frustrating movies that takes forever to get where it's going, and once arriving, the frustration is increased because one realizes how much better it should have been.
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  24. It's a movie that puts Samuel Jackson in kilts, Robert Carlyle in a red Jaguar, and the audience -- if they have any sense at all -- out in the lobby, looking for another picture.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    Usually what you're laughing at is ugliness, and that leaves a foul taste long before the 85 minutes have expired.
  25. There's almost no reason to see the movie, unless you have no qualms about wasting your time.
  26. An unabashedly bad movie full of cliches, claptrap, fairly good rock 'n' roll and stomach-turning gross-out gags.
  27. Just say no.
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