Chicago Tribune's Scores

For 4,541 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:
4,541 movie reviews
  1. The whole movie, a feast of ensemble wiles and stunning hair, is juicy, funny and alive.
  2. In a league with Hollywood's top historical epics, ancient or otherwise. It's stunningly handsome film, with an equally stunning cast and engrossing story.
  3. Chow's savagely funny cinematic love letter places Hong Kong legends Yuen Wah, Leung Siu Lung and former Bond girl Yuen Qiu in well-cast pivotal parts, establishing Kung Fu Hustle not only as an endearing homage to a genre's history, but an astonishing piece of cinema in its own right.
  4. Both funny and sad, often in the same glance-averted instant. See it with someone you'd trust to stick around in an avalanche. It's one of the highlights of 2014.
  5. Such a sour, mindlessly inflated experience that seeing it may temporarily put you off historical movies.
  6. As we watch, we can sense, once again, the eye of a painter, the dreams of a poet and, tying them together, the vision of a master.
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  7. This landmark movie's madcap humor and terrifying suspense remain undiminished by time.
  8. One of the cinema's true classics.
  9. It's a nail-biter and knuckle whitener of the first rank: a super real life techno thriller that reduces the fantasies of Tom Clancy and his clones to ground zero.
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    You can't ask for a family film to do more than Toy Story 2. It's smart and playful enough to entertain adults, yet it never aims above the heads of kids.
  10. Ballast strikes me as one of the few American pictures of 2008 to say what it wants to say, visually and narratively, about a specific situation and part of the country, in a way that transcends regional specifics.
  11. What are the odds that the year's most compelling mystery would end up hanging its hat on the year's richest love story
  12. Some scholars may scowl, some lowbrows may scoff. But, like wordwise Will, these filmmakers know how to win a crowd -- from the queen down to the groundlings, from the sky above to the stage below. Bravo! [5 December 1998, Friday, p.A]
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  13. Desplechin's films are great, chaotic, unsettling fun. This one's scored, elegantly, to a mixture of standards and classics and original music by Gregoire Hetzel.
  14. This is a romance with minimal physical contact and sex--and that's part of what makes it work so well as a love story.
  15. Sumptuously exciting, glowing with expertise, seething with life, gorgeously designed and thrillingly articulated.
  16. The film is truly special, truly different -- a wondrous talky roundelay about and for people who love life.
  17. Baumbach’s achievement stings. It also has the sureness of tone and direction of a Chekhov story.
  18. An amazing celluloid poem by a filmmaker whom Ingmar Bergman called "the greatest." He very nearly was. He was also, perhaps, too pure a creator and reckless a citizen to survive unscathed.
  19. You may not like Beau Travail - which is, after all, a quintessential "critic's film" - but I think you'll have to admit it's been almost perfectly executed.
  20. A beautiful and genuinely spirit-lifting film about poverty and education.
  21. Brilliantly funny, bracingly smart and surprisingly moving. [22 June 1988]
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  22. A sweaty, vital masterpiece that's always one step ahead of its audience.
  23. Days of Heaven is the grand climax of the whole "Bonnie and Clyde"-"Badlands" tradition of outlaw-lovers-on-the-run movies. Shot by Nestor Almendros and the uncredited Haskell Wexler, it's a cinematographic masterpiece. [20 March 1998]
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  24. This is one of the screen's most rewarding explorations of the teacher/student relationship in any language.
  25. A movie I loved on first sight and, even more important, love in remembrance. Taken all in all, there's only one last thing to say about it. Go.
  26. Gripping documentary.
  27. A great, haunting film; it affects us in ways we're not used to...it is capable of both lifting our hearts and chilling us to the bone.
  28. Brando made Don Vito something we rarely see in movies: a tragicomic villain-hero, a vulnerable hood. The don is so close to a comic character -- the movie itself is so close to comedy -- that Brando's capacity to move us in the role is doubly impressive. At the end, it is the older Godfather's tenderness and sagacity we recall. [21 Mar 1997, Friday, p.A]
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  29. One of the most searing, heartbreaking and ultimately triumphant mother/daughter stories ever put on film.

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