Chicago Tribune's Scores

For 4,634 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 3.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 In Search of Mozart
Lowest review score: 0 Love Stinks
Score distribution:
4,634 movie reviews
  1. 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.
  2. The Favor is a sex comedy without sex-and pretty much without comedy. [29 Apr 1994]
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  3. Aiming for a piece with the raw impact of "Precious," on which he served as executive producer, he (Perry) ends up with 134 minutes of misjudged intensity.
  4. Hit & Run is pretty rancid as comedy. Worse, the chases are strictly amateur hour, all shortcut editing and no gut satisfaction.
  5. What an enormous waste of talent and money is Labyrinth. [30 Jun 1986, p.3]
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  6. In making a movie that preaches love for odd ducks, Schumacher has turned Flawless into the oddest duck of all.
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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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    If an erotic portrayal of John and Elizabeth's sexual inclinations was all director Adrian Lyne had wanted to accomplish, he might have succeeded. But he was not satisfied with that. [21 Feb 1986, p.A]
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  7. Because The Campaign tries to say something about truth vs. hogwash in election season, it's doubly sad the efforts of screenwriters Chris Henchy and Shawn Harwell come to so little.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    The Ten changes tone every few minutes, ranging from lowbrow gross-out gags to elevated language to a big, sloppy musical number.
  8. You'd have to go back to "My Stepmother Is an Alien" to find a male fantasy/nightmare this off-putting.
  9. To say this movie's premise is bonkers is putting it mildly.
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    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    Sean Anders' derivative gross-out movie Sex Drive is easier to take if you accept that the answer to every baffling plot question is "because it’s a teen sex comedy."
  10. The Good German is just stiff. When Soderbergh tries one of those patented swoop-in-on-the-diagonal moves at a key dramatic moment, the effect is comic. And at that precise moment, the story starts dying a slow, oxygen-deprived death.
  11. It sets a tone, all right. A lot of gamers (sorry, "filmgoers") may well enjoy writer-director Michael Davis' ultraviolent lark. It's not meant to be taken seriously. But films like this are worth taking seriously because they're genuinely cruddy and hollow and, yes, vile.
  12. Not even Smith's charisma can mitigate the chaos that is Hancock.
  13. On the whole, I'd rather be on Pluto, which isn't even a planet.
  14. Kalifornia is that deadliest of combinations: a pretentious B movie. It repeatedly smacks the viewer in the face and then pretends that it has some intellectual reason for doing so. [03 Sep 1993]
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    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    A sad, wasted movie.
  15. Doesn't provoke bittersweet inquiries regarding one poor actress' grisly fate. Nor does it stir up much provocation on the matter of why, as a popular audience, we're still taken with this lurid symbol of sex and dread and desire. Rather, the movie raises a much simpler question: Huh?
  16. I guess there's something progressive going on when a lesbian love story gets to be just as dreadful and tacky as most straight ones.
  17. Plays like an amateur debut effort written over a weekend during which its writer wasn't entirely sober.
  18. What's remarkable about the remake is its nastiness.
  19. The revenge in Oldboy is neither sweet nor sour; it's just drab.
  20. A rather wan version of "Jurassic Park" - a series of setups featuring humans being picked off by bigger, faster and stronger carnivores.
  21. Think about the worst movie ideas you've had in your life, the ones so embarrassing they make you wince. Now imagine this: a modernized version of Shakespeare's "Macbeth" titled Scotland, Pa.
  22. A poor man's "When Harry Met Sally."
  23. Blast is just shooting blanks. [12 February 1999, Friday, p.A]
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  24. Certainly Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's creations have suffered permanent damage thanks to Ritchie's films.
  25. Even if the movie's only goal is to preach to the choir, its fondness for hyperbole and lack of discernment is more insult than rallying cry.

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