Chicago Tribune's Scores

For 4,475 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 Something Wild
Lowest review score: 0 Pee-wee's Big Adventure
Score distribution:
4,475 movie reviews
  1. Yogi Bear gives cheap hackwork a bad name. Which is a shame, because hackwork made this industry.
  2. What's remarkable about the remake is its nastiness.
  3. Offers only one point of interest beyond the breasts of its second female lead: Aniston's barely disguised disdain for her material.
  4. This movie is crushingly ordinary in every way, which with Rand I wouldn't have thought possible.
  5. As if by deliberate and vaguely sadistic design, Hoodwinked Too! Hood Vs. Evil leeches the fun clean out of the first "Hoodwinked" (2005).
  6. It's the neediest movie of 2011, and one of the phoniest.
  7. It's miscast, barely functional in terms of technique, stupid and unnecessary. Other than that….
  8. This latest version is le pits.
  9. Certainly Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's creations have suffered permanent damage thanks to Ritchie's films.
  10. The Devil Inside joins a long, woozy-camera parade of found-footage scare pictures, among them "The Blair Witch Project," the "Paranormal Activity" films and certain wedding videos that won't go away.
  11. Pure, witless discombobulation.
  12. In A Thousand Words the camera stays about two inches from Murphy's hyperactive face, and you start to see the strain and desperation in the actor's eyes.
  13. The aftereffects of watching Lockout include an inability to focus or to complete a simple declarative sentence without an ill-timed cutaway in the middle.
  14. Dominated by Adam Sandler's D-minus Bela Lugosi impression, the 3-D animated feature Hotel Transylvania illustrates the difference between engaging a young movie audience and agitating it, with snark and noise and everything but the funny.
  15. Revenge is a dish best served cold, as some Albanian dramatist once said, but Taken 2 isn't good-cold, as in steely and purposeful; it's cold as in "lost the scent."
  16. If it weren't for Kate Lyn Sheil, who has a couple of scenes as a blase Brooklyn waitress inexplicably ending up in the protagonist's bed, 'The Comedy' might well have qualified as the worst film of 2012.
  17. Arkin in particular can barely hide his lack of enthusiasm for the material. Some of the looks he shoots his co-stars appear to contain a secret code of some kind, deciphered as: 'Well, at least I'm in 'Argo.'"
  18. Superman IV is a pathetic appendage to the series, a dull, shoddy film that makes the minimal 1950s TV series seem rife with production values by comparison. [27 July 1987, p.10C]
    • Chicago Tribune
  19. The film may as well be titled "Stephenie Meyer's Waiting Around."
  20. Vincent & Theo is a by-the-numbers art biography that barely succeeds in recapping the best-known events in the life of its subject, Vincent van Gogh. There is something almost chilling in the degree of the director's evident disengagement from his material and the complete lack of craft with which he has filmed it.
  21. In scenes such as hundreds of Natives being slaughtered by U.S. troops behind Gatling guns, we have Tonto and the Lone Ranger acting like a couple of comic-relief ninnies, screwing around aimlessly for laughs on a handcar. It's as if the movie were having a nervous breakdown. At one point the masked man gets his head dragged through horse manure. Watching The Lone Ranger, you know the feeling.
  22. Big problem straight off: tone. The violence isn't slapsticky; it's just violent.
  23. Given the grosses of the original, a sequel to Teen Wolf was inevitable-and it was inevitable, too, that the sequel would lose the quality of innocence and unconscious artfulness that made the first film work. The material has been broken down, analyzed and reassembled with scientific precision; what was instinctive in the original has become self-conscious and calculated in the followup, and the spirit is gone.
  24. Playing the title role as well as the Dream role, real-life Elvis tribute artist Blake Rayne is more convincing when he's singing than when he isn't. But he has little to explore beyond bashful smiles.
  25. It's hard not to feel angry that you've spent almost two hours watching this moronic exercise.
  26. Not only is Slackers painfully bad, but it's also about as morally unpleasant as a teen sex comedy can be.
  27. So excruciatingly awful, the word "dumb" could sue for slander.
  28. A lamebrained attempt at horror that is just a derivative pastiche of ideas lifted from other bad films.
  29. Phantoms may have sold like hotcakes as a book. But this movie version is a grotesque fiasco, a confoundingly senseless story told with unexciting visuals, cliched dialogue and ear-bashing sounds... Watching it is a truly hellish experience. [23 Jan 1998]
    • Chicago Tribune
  30. Johnson Family Vacation is simply a bad trip.

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