Chicago Tribune's Scores

For 4,539 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 3.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Painted Fire
Lowest review score: 0 Gummo
Score distribution:
4,539 movie reviews
  1. The court scenes are rarely funny, either in the trash talk or the slapstick.
  2. Hutcherson spits his lines out as quickly as possible, which you appreciate, because the way the likable Johnson wrestles with his lines ("It looks like the liquefaction has tripled overnight!") you think, well, it's a living.
  3. Terrible but, in its squealing way, sporadically fun-terrible.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    This self-important movie can't save itself from being disheartening.
  4. It's a screen adaptation of Busch's stage play of the same name, which never really went anywhere after its 1999 Los Angeles debut -- and doesn't go anywhere here.
  5. Stumbles from cliche to cliche:
  6. About halfway through the violent, fantasy adventure Highlander, one character talks about how it was the custom during ancient times to throw babies into a pit of hungry dogs. Well, there were more than a few times during this hyperviolent film in which I felt as if I were a baby being thrown to a dog of a movie.
  7. A childish and visually repetitive movie, ham-fisted, proselytizing and overtly simplified.
  8. The film suggests Lohan probably (allegedly) should've gone after her agent the other night, not the mother of an ex-personal assistant.
  9. Madonna stayed married to director Guy Ritchie just long enough to absorb his most grating cinematic instincts - shooting in every style, in an addled, shuffle-mode, falsely glamorizing way until all is chaos. And, astonishingly, boredom.
  10. Superhero comic book movie with a script so feeble it might have been written with crayons.
  11. An overblown clunker full of bad jokes, howling cliches and by-the-numbers action sequences.
  12. A clammy little number that might've been funded by the Department of Homeland Security.
  13. Black or White may not be racist, exactly, but it patronizes its African-American characters up, down and sideways, and audiences of every ethnicity, background, hue and predilection can find something to dislike.
  14. In White Noise, Hollywood and Michael Keaton try to make a decent thriller out of ghosts in the machine but come up with lousy reception and static.
  15. Gimme Shelter suffers from an acute case of the fakes. The speeches sound like speeches, and not good ones.
  16. Lapica isn't yet enough of a writer or director (or an actor) to make the dramatic arc unpredictable in any way. It may be effective for some as therapy. It is far less so as cinematic storytelling.
  17. Aaron Russo's America: Freedom to Fascism can't even think straight, it's so mad.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    If an erotic portrayal of John and Elizabeth's sexual inclinations was all director Adrian Lyne had wanted to accomplish, he might have succeeded. But he was not satisfied with that. [21 Feb 1986, p.A]
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  18. The sequel is about nothing more profound than an awkward teenager's desire for a really cute boyfriend. [12 March 1999, Friday, p.N]
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  19. Staggers and wanders and feels far longer than its 85 minutes, and it's best considered a calling card for better things to come.
  20. It's a movie, and certain liberties are bound to be taken, but having Derek stop a moped-driving Brit on the street by pulling out some sort of identification and yelling, "CIA, I need your moped!" is not the way.
  21. An almost terminally sappy youth romance.
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  22. In this bizarre tale of man among the apes and a psychiatrist among madmen -- an over-emotional hybrid of "Gorillas in the Mist" and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" -- style buries substance.
  23. A bad, bad movie...It's loud and dumb and it wastes a good cast on a ludicrous script.
  24. Yes
    This is the kind of movie that nice people call ambitious. Let's just leave it at that.
  25. Sex Tape settles for violence when violent slapstick, a lot harder to finesse, was the implicit goal of the picture.
  26. CJ7
    CJ7 is roughly as grating as that “Flubber” remake.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    A thin, largely unfunny comedy that marries lazy filmmaking with bad timing.
  27. The poster’s the funniest thing about the project: Johnson, sporting a pair of fairy wings larger than his forearms, glaring at the camera.

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