Chicago Tribune's Scores

For 4,558 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 Short Cuts
Lowest review score: 0 A Good Old Fashioned Orgy
Score distribution:
4,558 movie reviews
  1. Worth your time and money? Fuhgeddaboutit.
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  2. Jason X conjures up more giggles than scares, assuming you make it through the first 15 minutes.
  3. Maybe this review is more about me than about Conan O'Brien, but I really couldn't get past the odor of self-congratulation emanating from nearly every scene in Conan O'Brien Can't Stop.
  4. It's a murky, empty-headed dive into the depths of the Antarctic and the heart of monster movie cliches that leaves you praying for most of the cast to get killed off fast, to put them (and us) out of our misery.
  5. If "American Beauty" were a bland comedy, it would be Joe Somebody.
  6. Falling Down is an intellectually sloppy, rebellious working-man adventure film that is little more than a set piece for Michael Douglas playing out a revenge-of-the-nerds fantasy. [26 Feb 1993, p.C]
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  7. As scary and minor-chord heavy as FearDotCom can be, there's no big payoff, no logical resolution.
  8. A huge waste of talent (Witherspoon's) and time (ours), a supernatural romantic comedy that is neither romantic, comedic, super or natural.
  9. The difference between Head of State and a good comedy is like the difference between Chris Rock and a real actor.
  10. Certain scenes in When in Rome signify nothing less than the death of screen slapstick, but I’m hoping it’s one of those fake-out movie deaths where it’s not really dead, not forever.
  11. It's a glossy, well-mounted, slickly done but almost stuporously predictable affair, both formula-bound and utterly illogical.
  12. 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.
  13. Offers the most onscreen explosions in recent memory. It's almost pornography for arsonists.
  14. The appeal of the film version, such as it is, relates almost entirely to eye-for-an-eye, severed-limb-for-a-limb vengeance, two hours and 41 minutes of it, with just enough solemnity to make anyone who thought "The Dark Knight" was a little gassy think twice about which superhero myth THEY'RE calling gassy.
  15. Feels about 150 years out of date.
  16. 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.
  17. This material is offensive. The film may end with a straight-faced reassurance that "no actual Torah scrolls were destroyed or damaged in the making of this motion picture," but it's perfectly willing to exploit the Holocaust for cheap, weak thrills.
  18. So filled with illogical twists and ridiculous turns, that eventually it evokes unintentional laughs.
  19. For me, the mechanics or even the (excellent) designs are not enough. Jeunet's archness keeps conventional empathy or engagement at bay, and by design maintains a tone of artificiality.
  20. With Clockstoppers, Frakes hobbles along with a high-concept film that doesn't live up to its potential.
  21. Knight and Day may well suffice for audiences desperate for the bankable paradox known as the predictable surprise, and willing to overlook a galumphing mediocrity in order to concentrate on matters of dentistry.
  22. This is a fantasy grab bag in which nearly anything can happen.
  23. Fairly well done but deadly dull futuristic thriller.
  24. Only Biel and Greer lift it above the level of bleh.
  25. Black delivers the best line (“Do you want me to get naked and start the revolution?”), and Lithgow scores a giggle for calling his ex-wife “coyote ugly” to her face, but neither of them can disguise this lemon.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    Presumably, this movie was designed to be a fun romp, and in that it fails.
  26. Even with a new leading man and a more family-friendly rating, some things never change: The Mask still stars Industrial Light & Magic.
    • 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.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    Gruesome and supremely disjointed foray into the world of hired assassins.
  27. I wish the movie made emotional sense, because it’s all about getting in touch with whatever’s holding you back, but it doesn’t.

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