Chicago Tribune's Scores

For 4,427 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 Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Lowest review score: 0 The Devil's Rejects
Score distribution:
4,427 movie reviews
  1. Arkin in particular can barely hide his lack of enthusiasm for the material. Some of the looks he shoots his co-stars appear to contain a secret code of some kind, deciphered as: 'Well, at least I'm in 'Argo.'"
  2. 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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  3. The film may as well be titled "Stephenie Meyer's Waiting Around."
  4. 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.
  5. In scenes such as hundreds of Natives being slaughtered by U.S. troops behind Gatling guns, we have Tonto and the Lone Ranger acting like a couple of comic-relief ninnies, screwing around aimlessly for laughs on a handcar. It's as if the movie were having a nervous breakdown. At one point the masked man gets his head dragged through horse manure. Watching The Lone Ranger, you know the feeling.
  6. Big problem straight off: tone. The violence isn't slapsticky; it's just violent.
  7. Given the grosses of the original, a sequel to Teen Wolf was inevitable-and it was inevitable, too, that the sequel would lose the quality of innocence and unconscious artfulness that made the first film work. The material has been broken down, analyzed and reassembled with scientific precision; what was instinctive in the original has become self-conscious and calculated in the followup, and the spirit is gone.
  8. Playing the title role as well as the Dream role, real-life Elvis tribute artist Blake Rayne is more convincing when he's singing than when he isn't. But he has little to explore beyond bashful smiles.
  9. It's hard not to feel angry that you've spent almost two hours watching this moronic exercise.
  10. Not only is Slackers painfully bad, but it's also about as morally unpleasant as a teen sex comedy can be.
  11. So excruciatingly awful, the word "dumb" could sue for slander.
  12. A lamebrained attempt at horror that is just a derivative pastiche of ideas lifted from other bad films.
  13. 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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  14. Johnson Family Vacation is simply a bad trip.
  15. Mark my words: Mindhunters will do for psycho-thrillers what "Showgirls" did for stripper movies.
  16. 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.
  17. 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
  18. Plays like an amateur debut effort written over a weekend during which its writer wasn't entirely sober.
  19. 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.
  20. 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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  21. This movie thrusts you so close to these intoxicated idiots that you practically have to wipe off secondhand tequila, sweat and spit stains afterward.
  22. Bad decision after bad decision occurs over 93 minutes.
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  23. 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.
  24. You live in a free country, you put up with crud like Hostel Part II. It truly is crud, though.

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