Chicago Tribune's Scores

For 4,417 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 3.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 The Quiet American
Lowest review score: 0 UHF
Score distribution:
4,417 movie reviews
  1. So excruciatingly awful, the word "dumb" could sue for slander.
  2. A lamebrained attempt at horror that is just a derivative pastiche of ideas lifted from other bad films.
  3. Phantoms may have sold like hotcakes as a book. But this movie version is a grotesque fiasco, a confoundingly senseless story told with unexciting visuals, cliched dialogue and ear-bashing sounds... Watching it is a truly hellish experience. [23 Jan 1998]
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  4. Johnson Family Vacation is simply a bad trip.
  5. Mark my words: Mindhunters will do for psycho-thrillers what "Showgirls" did for stripper movies.
  6. The fatal flaw in David Duchovny's big-screen directorial debut, House of D, is not Robin Williams as a retarded janitor. It's David Duchovny, the man who chose to cast Robin Williams as a retarded janitor.
  7. Commenting on performances here is like critiquing the production design of a porno--it's beside the point. Briefly: Knoxville, bad choice, man. Reynolds, you make a good villain. Simpson, lovely posing. Scott, you're from Minnesota and it shows--but I bet stunt driving school was fun.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 12 Critic Score
    There are few words to describe the awfulness of this movie, but let's give it the old college try: dismal, depressing, embarrassing and utterly lacking in any artistic or social worth.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 12 Critic Score
    There's no plot here; like the MTV show that spawned it, this movie is just a progression of increasingly disgusting and/or dangerous stunts.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 12 Critic Score
    The melodramatic clumsiness of the script, and, in one scene, its gratuitous endorsement of marijuana, betrays the youth of its writer, recent UCLA graduate Shane Black. And veteran director Richard Donner, whose credits include another cartoon movie, can't seem to thread the scenes together in any meaningful way. [6 Mar 1987, p.G]
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    • 50 Metascore
    • 12 Critic Score
    Shot in the same style as “Spinal Tap,” Electric Apricot fails to wow in every way possible, but the music disappoints the most.
    • 7 Metascore
    • 12 Critic Score
    Verdict: not so hot
  8. Plays like an amateur debut effort written over a weekend during which its writer wasn't entirely sober.
  9. Plenty of comedies aren't funny, but this one is more than that. It's wholeheartedly narcissistic in its portrait of male petulance and self-pity.
  10. Stewart's insistently ironic delivery of every line becomes an irritant in a movie that is already monstrously irritating.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 0 Critic Score
    About as interesting as watching paint dry.
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  11. This movie thrusts you so close to these intoxicated idiots that you practically have to wipe off secondhand tequila, sweat and spit stains afterward.
  12. Bad decision after bad decision occurs over 93 minutes.
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  13. It was Mark Twain who famously said, "Golf is a good walk spoiled." I'm telling you that Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius is 120 minutes wasted.
  14. You live in a free country, you put up with crud like Hostel Part II. It truly is crud, though.
  15. UHF
    Viewing UHF may be injurious to your sense of humor. Rarely has a comedy tried so hard and failed so often to be funny. [21 Jul 1989, p.A]
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  16. Nothing, absolutely nothing, at either location is the slightest bit funny. [13 Sep 1985, p.C]
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  17. The most horrifying film of 2007, Bratz is based on the popular line of collagen-lipped, doe-eyed slut-ette dolls and their male companions, "the boys with a passion for fashion ... and the Bratz!" (In other words, they're bi-curious.)
  18. Nothing in this movie is properly focused; everyone keeps talking about a character whom we never meet and does not matter; the tone keeps slipping around from indolent satire to thudding sincerity, and the Challenger shuttle disaster backdrop is queasy-making at best, offensive at worst.
  19. The result just might be the most hypocritical feature in the history of film as well as the history of hypocrisy, and along with serving beer, I hope they show I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell in hell.
  20. Replete with audience-insulting writing and blatantly hateful jokes, storytelling like this makes most video game plots look like "Moby Dick."
  21. Evil isn't this boring.
  22. Rarely has the question of a documentary's artifice mattered less. I genuinely hated this picture, almost as much as I've admired Phoenix's work in everything from "Gladiator" to "Walk the Line" and even the hackneyed but affecting "Two Lovers."
  23. Snyder must have known in preproduction that his greasy collection of near-rape fantasies and violent revenge scenarios disguised as a female-empowerment fairy tale wasn't going to satisfy anyone but himself.
  24. It's not just the sound of crickets you hear watching this movie. It's the sound of dead crickets.

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