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 The French Connection (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 UHF
Score distribution:
4,539 movie reviews
  1. A funny thing happened to Larry Doyle's 2007 debut novel on the way to the multiplex. It turned into its own ring of coming-of-age comedy hell.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    This film should have clocked in at 90 minutes, tops, rather than almost two hours. A good, healthy scissor-snipping might have allowed some of its quirkier aspects (like the use of a stun gun and a jaw-dropping lab result) to stand out more.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    This is the laziest kind of filmmaking.
  2. Put together enough pointless, random details, and you get Gigli, a movie that's less incompetent than bewildering.
  3. Superman IV is a pathetic appendage to the series, a dull, shoddy film that makes the minimal 1950s TV series seem rife with production values by comparison. [27 July 1987, p.10C]
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  4. It's tempting to call traveling on Juwanna Mann, except it never goes anywhere. This film fouls out.
    • 6 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    For the most part, The Gold Diggers is not even chuckle-producing. At best, it might warm a cockle or two or provoke a bit of a smile.
  5. What an enormous waste of talent and money is Labyrinth. [30 Jun 1986, p.3]
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  6. 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.
  7. A movie of good intentions and awful results.
  8. Vincent & Theo is a by-the-numbers art biography that barely succeeds in recapping the best-known events in the life of its subject, Vincent van Gogh. There is something almost chilling in the degree of the director's evident disengagement from his material and the complete lack of craft with which he has filmed it.
  9. Commits the cardinal sin of all bad IMAX films: It favors visuals over narrative, glitter over substance.
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  10. Its humor stems precisely from our enjoying its lead character's rotten behavior.
  11. A criminal waste of talent.
  12. 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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  13. Largely a disappointment.
  14. Run-of-the-mill sitcom-y in its pedestrian writing and uninspired direction.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Although several of her (Breillat's) previous films were intriguing and provocative, this one seems styled more as raw material for satire on "Mad TV" or "Saturday Night Live."
  15. What's remarkable about the remake is its nastiness.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    It's got the sex. It's got the violence. And, most important, it has an array of pot-centered jokes that might be funny to someone under the influence of an illegal substance. [30 Apr 1999]
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  16. Brooks' own timing as a director doesn't seem up to its usual snuff. Light-years stretch out between the set-up of a gag and its payoff, and for a director who has always depended on the quantity of his jokes rather than the quality, the gap is fatal. When a character is introduced as "Pizza the Hut," and then shown as a melting mass of mozzarella and tomato sauce, the result is to turn a fairly clever pun into something thuddingly obvious and vaguely nauseating. [24 Jun 1987, p.3]
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  17. If it weren't for Kate Lyn Sheil, who has a couple of scenes as a blase Brooklyn waitress inexplicably ending up in the protagonist's bed, 'The Comedy' might well have qualified as the worst film of 2012.
  18. The vocal characterizations aren't the problem here; the script and the animation are the problems, and in feature animation, you can't arrange more significant problems than those.
  19. Let's make this simple: If you spend money on Soul Plane, you've been played.
  20. As if by deliberate and vaguely sadistic design, Hoodwinked Too! Hood Vs. Evil leeches the fun clean out of the first "Hoodwinked" (2005).
  21. This one's a certifiable soul-sucker, dining out on its characters' venalities while wagging a finger at the horror, the horror.
  22. Shottas exists purely in the realm of rasta-music-video fakery.
  23. Plagued by continuity problems, ham-fisted storytelling and a problematic voiceover by Da Brat, Civil Brand feels less like a prison movie than a prison sentence.
  24. 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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  25. A soft-core sex comedy that keeps throwing out comic variations on the idea of the line between gay and straight sexuality.

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