Chicago Tribune's Scores

For 4,588 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 Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony
Lowest review score: 0 Fun Size
Score distribution:
4,588 movie reviews
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    From my vantage point, it doesn't include a single laugh.
  1. An almost mystifyingly bad movie.
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    • 19 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    What's remarkable is how absolutely every character in the film is a movie cliche.
  2. The kind of fascinatingly bad film only a really gifted and fearless moviemaker could make: a 92-minute long raggedy-raunchy vision of sex, transit and alienation in which Gallo focuses on himself so obsessively, it's as if he'd become his own stalker.
  3. It's the neediest movie of 2011, and one of the phoniest.
  4. Newbie director Richards shoots all the women like slabs of meat, and his self-seriousness throughout London--some of it tries to be funny, a lot of it is funny by accident--borders on the delusional.
  5. In Harlem Nights, Eddie Murphy continues his one-man war against the female gender. Those women he doesn't kill outright are punched, maimed and slugged with garbage cans. But apparently they deserve it-there isn't a single female character in the film who isn't a prostitute. [17 Nov 1989, p.A]
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  6. The first starring vehicle for shock comic Andrew Dice Clay, The Adventures of Ford Fairlane, turns out to be the kind of detective spoof worn out 30 years ago by Bob Hope and Jerry Lewis, though refitted with salty language, graphic violence and an attitude toward women that makes the Marquis de Sade look like Phil Donahue. [11 Jul 1990, p.18]
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  7. If only they didn't cannibalize their source material so much, then take an extreme rule reversal just before the end credits, they might have achieved something original, rather than just a fan-fiction derivation of George A. Romero's canon.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    There are flashes of grim humor interspersed with the murders, but not enough wit to elevate this movie beyond its primary identity: grisly revenge fantasy.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    With a weak script, utterly unsympathetic characters and a nonsensical plot, it can barely keep plodding along.
  8. There may be better ways to waste your time than seeing this movie.
  9. If you are misguided or otherwise unfortunate enough to see Forces of Nature, you will find yourself the next day with but one image, one memory, in your head: Sandra Bullock's teeth. [19 March 1999, Friday, p.A]
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  10. Tom Lazarus and Rick Ramage should be ashamed to have written such nonsense.
  11. 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.
  12. For years I've criticized Murphy for not working with the best directors or powerful female co-stars. But he does that here, and his movie is still a clunker. Relatives are listed in the credits; maybe he needs to stop trying to completely control the films he makes. Either that or it's time for another stand-up concert film. [27 Oct 1995, p.B]
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  13. A sincere but clumsy attempt to capture the pain of a man trying to cope with loss and divorce through the ages. [06 May 1994]
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  14. The usual bad movie sometimes gives a few chuckles, amuses audiences by making them feel superior. But young director Leonard makes a different kind of bomb. Fascinated with technology, Leonard makes cutting-edge techno-turkeys, with wildly elaborate visuals and ridiculous plots. [4 Aug 1995, pg. I]
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  15. 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.
  16. It's just a matter of holding your nose until the whole thing is over.
    • 14 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Insipid, ineffective, inept and insulting to our intelligence.
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  17. A fatally compromised, half-realized execution. [ 10 Jul 1992]
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  18. That this bit of pustulence is based on a video game of the same name is no surprise. It explains the thin plot, characters and abundant gunplay.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Sadly, the concept of dialogue is totally lost on the makers of Venom, a laughably bad example of teen-scream movies.
    • 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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  19. This latest version is le pits.
  20. X
    Could be the most overblown and confusing example of anime yet, as it piles one pretentious story element on top of another.
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  21. Not-funniest comedy of the year so far.
  22. Although Banderas occasionally shows flashes of style, individual elements too often go together like grits in a puff pastry.
  23. A big techno-dud.
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