Chicago Tribune's Scores

For 4,459 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 Forrest Gump
Lowest review score: 0 A Good Old Fashioned Orgy
Score distribution:
4,459 movie reviews
  1. Nothing is harder and more elusive than successful slapstick onscreen. Nothing.
  2. It's not so important to follow plot twists--I couldn't--but the emotional thrust Kelly and Scott want to drive home is plain: Once Domino is asked to use guns and knives and nunchucks for a purpose outside the law, she's alarmed, appalled, aghast.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    This is a comic book movie, its outcome as predictable as it is satisfying, which is part of its charm. [25 May 1988, p.7]
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  3. Stolen Summer is no disaster, though. It's merely one more misfire fortunate enough to attract actors like Bonnie Hunt and Aidan Quinn, who almost make it work.
  4. Faces the same problem of all sex-themed films, in that cinematic sex is often unsexy.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    Director Paul McGuigan ("Lucky Number Slevin") has never been keen on plot logic, and that might be fine here if he offered anything other than Peter Sova's lush images of Hong Kong.
  5. The same bland vision of teendom that's become inescapable on the small and big screens.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Filling his movie with bright colors and giddy energy, Branagh has made a labor of love in which the labor is all too apparent.
  6. The film is actually fairly well made, with a brisk tempo pace, a professional look and enough competently staged action.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Someone should have told Steve Martin that, prodigiously talented though he is, his over-the-top caricature of a displaced mobster could not sustain an entire movie, particularly one as scattershot as My Blue Heaven. [20 Aug 1990, p.2]
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  7. Though Stealth's strengths are obvious -- high-tech marvels and a good cast -- so are its flaws. At its worst moments, a mad robot seems to have taken over the movie, too.
  8. By embracing a static plot, making Gerardo a depressed Robotron and Mexico City a ghost town, Hernandez only succeeds in alienating us, even while focusing on the most universal of themes: Breaking up is hard to do.
  9. At what point might animators be arrested for doing work so ugly it causes aesthetic blindness in millions of younglings?
  10. Jumper, the film, goes everywhere and nowhere.
  11. Easygoing but surprisingly likable comedy.
  12. The best thing about this self-mocking affair, which runs a leisurely two-plus hours and affords plenty of time for an insane body count, is Antonio Banderas' manic gusto in the role of a gabby mercenary.
  13. Fox's cleavage is the only camera object that catches Bay's attention for more than a millisecond.
  14. Throws its obvious predecessor, "Waiting to Exhale," into relief, making that 1995 syrupy revenge fantasy look positively Shakespearean next to the moronic Two Can Play That Game.
  15. Knows when to take itself seriously and when to laugh at itself -- even if its audience isn't laughing along at every gag.
  16. Surprises with its intensity and grip.
  17. Mrs. Winterbourne doesn't amount to much. But it's such a professional job, done with such glow and verve -- and the people making it seem to be having such an infectiously good time -- that it's hard to resist. Good comedies are easy to love anyway. [19 Apr 1996, p.C]
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  18. One of the best of its streamlined, over-produced, double-clutch kind: a high-speed, slicker-than-slick car-chase movie with unexpected deposits of character and comedy.
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  19. It's a movie of elegant surfaces, great background music (by both the Mahlers), gossipy underpinnings and pretensions to romantic grandeur.
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  20. Good performances in bad movies are nothing new, but it's sad that Moore's first major cinematic outing scrapes the bottom of the melodramatic barrel.
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  21. The film may as well be titled "Stephenie Meyer's Waiting Around."
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    If you are at all squeamish about incest and/or prefer sex scenes without violent undertones, you should avoid this movie.
  22. The material may be formulaic, but the spirit of the piece is friendly.
  23. A movie that's underwritten, overdirected, overproduced and almost constantly over-the-top. But it's also, at its best, a big tongue-in-cheek extravaganza.
  24. Carpenter writes his own scripts -- here with past collaborator Larry Sulkis -- and their "Ghosts" screenplay lacks the density, character and humor of a Hollywood genre classic.
  25. Fast-moving shocker, but it's a dull shocker, so morally dead that it deadens you to watch it. After a while you couldn't care less if anyone is slaughtered or raped -- including the heroines.

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