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 Something Wild
Lowest review score: 0 Pee-wee's Big Adventure
Score distribution:
4,475 movie reviews
  1. This movie is phony, phony, phony -- from its Disneyland version of the Deep South to its pious lessons about the values of simple rural living.
  2. Revenge is a dish best served cold, as some Albanian dramatist once said, but Taken 2 isn't good-cold, as in steely and purposeful; it's cold as in "lost the scent."
  3. So many romantic comedies come and go without making the slightest impression. Elizabethtown is not one of them; I found it galling.
  4. Despite original touches, Cut Sleeve Boys is mostly a mediocre gay-themed movie plagued by tired humor and slapdash filmmaking.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    This self-important movie can't save itself from being disheartening.
  5. Like all B-movies (or in this case, pseudo B-movies), "Skeleton" contains sparkling moments of promise and camp performance.
  6. 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.
  7. Falls flat on its face.
  8. Technically clever but emotionally bankrupt...it's an almost laughably opportunistic movie.
  9. I can't think of much that might happen on a date evening that could be more annoying than this movie.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    The film is awkwardly stitched together from candy-gloss arena concert footage and somewhat grimier-looking backstage/limo/hotel room moments. There is no attempt to make it all hang together as an organic whole.
  10. Gordon, she of the Selma Diamond voice and mournful glare, is by far the most interesting aspect in a picture that might be termed unreleasably dull, if it weren't in fact in release at the moment en route to DVD.
  11. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone serves as a reminder that everything in a film has a chance to go wrong before a film begins filming. In other words: It's the script, stupid.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    This ultimately disappointing comedy starts reasonably strong, delivers a few good laughs, then rolls over and plays dead.
  12. An oppressively cute Manhattan time-travel romantic comedy that’s lost in time, space and cliches.
  13. Released in theaters five years after its 1999 Sundance Film Festival premiere, Kalem's film is too precious, too self-conscious and far too enamored with itself to ever have any kind of genuine emotional truth.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Rush Hour 3 is DOA.
  14. 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.
  15. One more movie comedy about how love can turn you into an idiot. And its major flaw, among many others, is that the idiocy takes over the movie.
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  16. A Good Old-Fashioned Orgy isn't just not funny, it's totally just not funny.
  17. Scott treats the material as if it were grist for a 30-second spot or a rowdy music video.
  18. It's all neat and sweet and one-dimensional, more the moral to a story than a story.
  19. Like an obnoxious uncle desparately trying to amuse the young'uns with poo-poo humor and dum-dum pratfalls.
  20. The difference between Head of State and a good comedy is like the difference between Chris Rock and a real actor.
  21. Nobody watches a disaster movie starring digital tornadoes expecting Oscar Wilde. But Into the Storm, directed with bland efficiency by Steven Quayle of "Final Destination 5," reminds us that unless a movie establishes certain base-line levels of human interest, it runs the not-unentertaining risk of coming out squarely in favor of its own bad weather.
  22. When Jason Sudeikis and Ed Helms appear in the same movie there's a significant threat of clean-cut sameness. Mediocre material makes them like two halves of the same comic actor: Ed Jason Helms-Sudeikis.
  23. Hangover II is more like a spitball meeting, a series of ideas that might, in theory, be good enough for a sequel, than it is an actual movie.
  24. I found it bizarre and limp and all over the place and not in a good, messy, lifelike way.
  25. The movie itself is hyperactive and a jumble.
  26. Schreiber and Stiles are good actors, and they're actually acting, if not to any actual avail. In the silliest recasting, a comically exaggerated Mia Farrow takes over for steely Billie Whitelaw in the evil nanny role.

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