Chicago Tribune's Scores

For 4,427 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 3.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 The Fallen Idol (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius
Score distribution:
4,427 movie reviews
  1. Superhero comic book movie with a script so feeble it might have been written with crayons.
  2. An overblown clunker full of bad jokes, howling cliches and by-the-numbers action sequences.
  3. Just withers compared with many older, better movies about teen alienation and nihilism, from "Rebel Without a Cause" to "River's Edge."
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  4. Just a schlock romance pumped with testosterone.
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  5. Tries mightily to give these warmed-over cliches the proper seasoning, but in the end, these leftovers fail to satisfy. [12 March 1999, Friday, p.L]
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  6. 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.
  7. The idea may sound like fun, but the movie isn't. It's a travesty of a picture that's a disgrace to the memory of the great film from which it's remade. [5 February 1999, Friday, po.A]
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    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    A cutesy, heavy-handed morality tale that contains nary a believable moment.
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  8. Lacks the meanness of so many recent gross-out comedies. With the sparkling Diaz leading the way, the lame humor is much more palatable.
  9. This movie is phony, phony, phony -- from its Disneyland version of the Deep South to its pious lessons about the values of simple rural living.
  10. Like an obnoxious uncle desparately trying to amuse the young'uns with poo-poo humor and dum-dum pratfalls.
  11. Some actors steal scenes. Tom Green just gives them a bad odor. This self-infatuated goofball is far from the only thing wrong with the clumsy comedy.
  12. It's outrageously stereotypical and weirdly personal, so loonily exaggerated it keeps surprising you.
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  13. Often ridiculous, mostly poorly written and, surprisingly poorly acted too. No matter how many flashy scenes the filmmakers shoot, the bad lines just keep dripping down. [21 Aug 1998]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 24 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    The folks who made this movie apparently had nothing inside their heads, either.
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  14. This movie is just not cool or hip or in any way extreme. Sitting through Grind is a real grind.
  15. Technically clever but emotionally bankrupt...it's an almost laughably opportunistic movie.
  16. The difference between Head of State and a good comedy is like the difference between Chris Rock and a real actor.
    • 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.
  17. What we get, while rarely boring, is a succession of senseless scenes bathed in formula-thriller blue light, full of blazing Uzis, exploding helicopters and sentimental male bonding.
  18. The movie is never more than the sum of its scattershot jokes; it's sloppily put together, with scenes seemingly cut mid-dialogue.
  19. Outrageously vapid and overdone movie.
  20. Leans on just as many stereotypes as it tweaks.
  21. A good-natured but trivial Manhattan romantic comedy.
  22. I can't think of much that might happen on a date evening that could be more annoying than this movie.
  23. 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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  24. A dull, amateurish mixture of the sentimental and the obvious.
  25. The crass sentimentality of American Wedding increasingly fits Norman Mailer's definition: "the emotional promiscuity of the basically unemotional." The jokes are unemotional, uncouth and mostly unfunny.
  26. With such a bang-up cast, this setup could at least elicit some tears, but in its 107 minutes, nary a one welled up in my eyes.
  27. Rendered bland and frustrating by its endless attempts to make the odd odder.

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