Chicago Tribune's Scores

For 4,475 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 3.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Lowest review score: 0 Left Behind
Score distribution:
4,475 movie reviews
  1. One hopes that this is Hollywood's last go-round with Swept Away. Watching this fiasco, I kept having nightmares about a possible cartoon version, co-starring Cruella de Vil and Shrek.
  2. The Devil Inside joins a long, woozy-camera parade of found-footage scare pictures, among them "The Blair Witch Project," the "Paranormal Activity" films and certain wedding videos that won't go away.
  3. 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.
  4. The preposterous 88 Minutes is a serial killer movie starring Al Pacino's festival of hair.
  5. Boring and banal, overwrought and undercooked, Hudson Hawk is beyond bad. [24 May 1991]
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  6. There’s nothing wrong with All About Steve that a rewrite couldn’t fix, as long as the rewrite involved a different writer, a different character and a different story.
  7. You watch the movie in a dumbfounded stupor. Why on earth was it made? [26 March 1999, Friday, p.A]
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  8. The film suggests Lohan probably (allegedly) should've gone after her agent the other night, not the mother of an ex-personal assistant.
  9. So filled with illogical twists and ridiculous turns, that eventually it evokes unintentional laughs.
  10. A pair of decent performances does not a movie make, however, as Mazur and Giovinazzo are surrounded by fourth-tier actors (Ventresca and Steven Bauer) and spotty directing of a mediocre script.
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  11. It's hard not to feel angry that you've spent almost two hours watching this moronic exercise.
  12. As scary and minor-chord heavy as FearDotCom can be, there's no big payoff, no logical resolution.
  13. 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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  14. The film's crude humor and violence -- cartoonish, but still violent -- should offend parents of younger kids. Yet its ultra-broad, pratfall-filled comedy will satisfy only the most indiscriminate teens.
  15. Just a schlock romance pumped with testosterone.
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  16. Resembles an old Nine Inch Nails video. Missing from the mix are any characters with whom you'd want to spend one minute around a campfire.
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    • 15 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    Shallow and repetitive.
  17. Unimaginatively recycles all the teens-in-the-woods gorefest conventions.
  18. Some movies should never have been made, and high on that list is the addled new remake of Rollerball.
  19. The sad truth is, I can say nothing to recommend this film.
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    • 14 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Insipid, ineffective, inept and insulting to our intelligence.
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  20. The direction is on auto-drive, the dialogue lacks wit and the story logic is non-existent. [03 Nov 1995]
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  21. Bad decision after bad decision occurs over 93 minutes.
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  22. Cage is going for manly, if conflicted, family-guy confidence in this role, but somehow it comes off as nuttier than the events surrounding him.
  23. Not only is Slackers painfully bad, but it's also about as morally unpleasant as a teen sex comedy can be.
    • 12 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    A disjointed film that, but for brief flashes of comedic verve, should skip theatrical release and go straight to video.
  24. Most of the humor is aimed at 14-year-olds.
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  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. It's just a matter of holding your nose until the whole thing is over.

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