Chicago Tribune's Scores

For 4,900 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 3.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 The Last Waltz (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 A Good Old Fashioned Orgy
Score distribution:
4900 movie reviews
  1. American Pie 2, which brings back the same cast for more of the same, is just another by-the-numbers, money-hungry sequel with a lot of recycled shaggy-sex jokes and gross-out gags.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It's a sweet little snack of a movie that leaves the heavier courses for some other outing.
  2. With the movie's attentions spread so thin, almost everything begins to seem peripheral - even if almost every loose end is tied together, no matter how unlikely the connection.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Hoffs' Dublin appears to consist of stock street footage and a lot of stand-in California, which makes a hash of an exterior scene in which the characters complain about the incessant rain as the sun clearly shines through the damp.
  3. A fine shoot-'em-up remake. The story is mildly gripping, and the action is fresh and entertaining.
  4. The words "Welcome foolish mortals" open Walt Disney Pictures' The Haunted Mansion, a movie based on Disneyland and Walt Disney World's classic theme park attractions. The foolish mortals, of course, would be those who pay $9 a ticket at the door.
  5. Colleen Atwood's costumes are the best a film adaptation of a popular book can buy. They rustle like nobody's business. The film itself is equal parts silk and polyester.
  6. For all its crashes and flash, this is a movie that drifts away as we watch it. Muscle cars and all, it's often a waste of gas.
  7. In between all the sentimental (i.e. corny) mumbo-jumbo is a potentially fascinating subplot.
  8. This one's likely to vex both history buffs and those who require some drama with their drama.
  9. Apted and his collaborators are so in awe of their subject they neglect to bring him to full human life.
  10. The joys of singing give the movie a hook, but when Duets aims for lyricism, it's got a tin ear.
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  11. The Raven squanders a promising scenario while half-burying Cusack's mercurial skills as a leading man with the wiles of a character actor.
  12. When the crashing chords and defiant lyrics of "Be the Rain" close things out, there's a burst of idealism and energy that redeems everything. If you see Greendale, treat the movie charitably and dig the music.
  13. The novel's interesting character of Alice, Jonathan's mother, is so cut and drained of complexity that it becomes a polite, blank waste of Sissy Spacek's talent.
  14. The animated result isn't bad. It's an adequate baby sitter. But where's the allure in telling the truth? Twentieth Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios present "Adequate"?
  15. Has the shelf life of a dented milk carton. Pop-culture movies in general age rapidly due to ever-changing slang and fashions.
  16. To say Enemy of the State is senseless is an understatement. This is a movie where logic is the enemy.
  17. What it gains in fun, the film loses in credibility, as the production number itself more closely resembles a high-priced Las Vegas extravaganza than a quickly organized charity event.
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  18. In a movie built around two characters, Pitt does not hold up his 50 percent.
  19. Drably shot, unimaginatively written and shallowly acted, it's a poor example of the "daffy, goofy, sex-crazed guys" occupational comedies that flourished throughout the job-obsessed '80s. [19 Feb 1999]
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  20. A broadly played, by-the-numbers comedy that pits your consummate classic nut case against your quintessential screwed-up shrink. [17 May 1991]
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  21. The slapstick is crudely executed. And the movie never makes up its mind regarding how nasty the ghost of Kate is going to play her revenge tactics.
  22. With her low voice, jumpsuits, cleavage and Segway, Miles (Harmon) is all satire all the time, and we love her for that.
  23. It's not a ridiculous degree of complexity per se, but screenwriter Matt Cook mistakes solemnity for gravity, and a high body count for dramatic urgency. The cast is terrific, unfortunately.
  24. Griffin may well get there, but he's not there yet.
  25. After seeing No Reservations you'll be hungry for a really top-flight meal. And, to go with it, a better film.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Ultimately, this talking dog don't hunt.
  26. It's a perfectly competent film, but the title quantity is the one thing this dry and earnest movie hasn't got.
  27. Ashes of Time Redux remains a hermetic and rather frustrating work, dotted by lonely, windblown figures dwarfed by the sand dunes of western China.

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