Chicago Tribune's Scores

For 4,441 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 3.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 From Up on Poppy Hill
Lowest review score: 0 Fun Size
Score distribution:
4,441 movie reviews
  1. It's just a matter of holding your nose until the whole thing is over.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    There is nothing to redeem this movie, and no real reason to see it.
  2. Its jokes aren't funny. Its sloppy direction comes courtesy of Jordan Brady, who made "The Third Wheel," another reportedly failed comedy gathering cobwebs at Miramax.
  3. Verhoeven does not explore the dark side, but merely exploits it, and that makes all the difference in the world.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    From my vantage point, it doesn't include a single laugh.
  4. Most of the humor is aimed at 14-year-olds.
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  5. For all its promise of lively trailer-park humor, Joe Dirt digs, then lies in its own grave, killed by blah characters, lame jokes and cliches you can see coming a mile away.
  6. The first half hour of Hot Chick, before the switch, plays like soft-core porno from the '60s. The rest plays like a bad "Saturday Night Live" sketch stretched to the breaking point.
  7. Its humor stems precisely from our enjoying its lead character's rotten behavior.
  8. The political movie satire from hell.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 14 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Insipid, ineffective, inept and insulting to our intelligence.
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  9. Custom-designed for 13 year-olds, laden with broad sight gags, gross sound effects and a bowlful of potty jokes.
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  10. Some movies are a joy. Some are a chore. And some are sheer torture. A good example of the latter is Virus. [17 January 1999, Metro Chicago, p.8]
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  11. X
    Could be the most overblown and confusing example of anime yet, as it piles one pretentious story element on top of another.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Unintentional comedy that will bore even the 15-year-olds at which it is undoubtedly aimed.
  12. It's hard to believe how bad this movie is.
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    • 23 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Spends its first three-quarters confronting us with one of the most dislikable characters in recent memory.
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  13. But in the end everything comes down to Lawrence, who has yet to develop a truly distinct comedic sensibility.
  14. The sad truth is, I can say nothing to recommend this film.
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  15. A big techno-dud.
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  16. Technically it does not qualify as one of the worst American-made movies ever. It only feels that way. The movie's offenses are too numerous to catalog.
  17. It has a lack of ambition and energy that is almost total: It's the most this movie can do to roll over and ask for a little more lotion on its back. [22 July 1987]
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  18. Such a low-class, low-laughs rip-off that it makes "There's Something About Mary" resemble a Noel Coward comedy of manners. [23 April 1999, Friday, p.A]
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  19. A staggeringly bad picture: a shallow, cliche-ridden mess that keeps blowing up on screen.
  20. Tom Lazarus and Rick Ramage should be ashamed to have written such nonsense.
  21. Mind-numbing sequel to "Pokemon the First Movie."
    • 20 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    So derivative and crass that it's far more entertaining to try to think of the dozens of films it's ripping off than it is to take any of it at face value.
  22. Just Married is what industry people refer to as "January Junk," cinematic flotsam that gets tossed ashore once they have cleared the shelves of Oscar contenders.
  23. There may be better ways to waste your time than seeing this movie.
  24. You have to have faith that kids will recognize a bad movie when it's foisted on them -- and they don't get much worse than The New Guy.

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