Chicago Tribune's Scores

For 4,530 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 Mystic River
Lowest review score: 0 UHF
Score distribution:
4,530 movie reviews
  1. Isn't much more creative than your average gross-out comedy.
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  2. That it is a pseudo-hip filmmaking fantasy doesn't make it any less pretentious, or any less a turnoff.
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  3. I found it bizarre and limp and all over the place and not in a good, messy, lifelike way.
  4. An exhaustingly pushy, phallocentric and witlessly smutty spoof of early '80s medieval fantasies such as "Krull" and "The Beastmaster."
  5. Scott treats the material as if it were grist for a 30-second spot or a rowdy music video.
  6. If the writers had the guts (and the jokes) to fashion a bittersweet comedy with a fully earned happy ending, Unaccompanied Minors probably wouldn't have been made. As is, it's a prefab slapstick-'n'-pathos stew that doesn't taste like anything.
  7. A dull, amateurish mixture of the sentimental and the obvious.
  8. Felitta and Reiser mean nothing but well with this project, but too many lines sound fraudulent, and Reiser, it must be said, is a hopeless ham in the reaction shot department.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    There is some directorial skill here--Argento should be congratulated for a few interesting storytelling choices--but the end result feels grimy and strangely pathetic.
  9. Numbingly gory when it isn’t just plain numbing.
  10. We have to take the sexual tension on faith, as with everything in this formulaic glob of a script.
  11. 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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  12. Hanna presents the problem of the well-made diversion that is, at its core, repellent.
  13. Not funny because it's not true.
  14. This clunky remake can't rise from the ashes, nor would you want it to.
  15. The scenery's nice. But once you've said the scenery's nice, you're no longer talking about a movie worth talking about.
  16. Kollek's fondness for whimsical plot turns adds still more random elements to a movie that at times seems edited by a blindfolded monkey.
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  17. On the whole, I'd rather be on Pluto, which isn't even a planet.
  18. Davis, in particular, manages to create a fully dimensional character in the midst of a highly polemical screenplay.
  19. How is it possible that actors as expert as Close and Depardieu can wind up together in a mostly brainless big-budget stinker?
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  20. A good-natured but trivial Manhattan romantic comedy.
  21. 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.
  22. After the insufferably dense mermaid mythology of "Lady in the Water," Shyamalan clearly wanted to keep things simple. He whizzed straight past "simple" to simplistic.
  23. Seven Pounds has a heart as big as all outdoors. Unfortunately it's made out of high-fructose bull.
  24. In making a movie that preaches love for odd ducks, Schumacher has turned Flawless into the oddest duck of all.
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  25. This is one of those would-be blockbusters that wants to have it both ways: It includes enough political commentary to have pretensions of seriousness, yet it's engineered to satisfy the explosion cravings of Schwarzenegger action fans, if any are left.
    • 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.
  26. The most excellent and lamentable tragedy Romeo and Juliet has been turned into a film that is lamentable without the "excellent" part.
  27. Not even Smith's charisma can mitigate the chaos that is Hancock.
  28. Freshman Orientation is not incompetently made. Nor is it badly acted. But there’s not a fresh idea in it, and everyone on screen seems to be in a different comedy.

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