Chicago Tribune's Scores

For 4,530 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 3.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Mystic River
Lowest review score: 0 UHF
Score distribution:
4,530 movie reviews
  1. It's tantalizing, delectable and randy, a movie of melting eroticism and toothsome humor.
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  2. A brash romantic comedy that has a serious purpose at its core.
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  3. This is a terrific movie: jolting, savage, horrifically funny, nightmarishly exciting but also brainy and compassionate.
  4. Takes a simple story and molds it into something eloquent and menacing.
  5. With humor, honesty and awe, Feuerzeig's portrait may love Daniel Johnston, but it won't give his parents much hope.
  6. Two suggestions as you watch it: Never take anything for granted, and keep your hand on your wallet as you leave the theater.
  7. It's a movie of uncommon eloquence and elegance, acted by a truly gifted cast.
  8. There's a zest and brilliance in Neil Jordan's racy heist thriller The Good Thief that makes it almost intoxicating to watch.
  9. An off-center but exceptional boxing film I prefer in every aspect, especially one: It feels like it comes from real life as well as the movies.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    As Nirvana's Kurt Cobain acknowledges in the opening quote, without the Pixies there would be no "Smells Like Teen Spirit."
  10. Has some of the wit, sass and sexual candor of an "Annie Hall." But it covers the same kind of territory with more bite and bile.
  11. Haneke’s vision is gripping. The craftsmanship, classically shaped narrative and icy visual beauty cannot be denied.
  12. A good and eloquent Wyoming-set love story with a great performance at its heart.
  13. With 20 additional minutes of screen time, the director's cut of Richard Kelly's genre-splicing "Donnie Darko" offers new viewers a second chance to discover his mind-bending masterwork.
  14. It's a lot. But if you're at all inclined, it's just right.
  15. Young Goethe in Love wants only to engage an audience with a capital-R Romantic ideal of Goethe's first love. It does so very well. And it was well worth the effort.
  16. This is a true New York movie, though in its ear and eye for atmospheric beauty it feels more French.
  17. Had this ambitious head trip come to pass, it might've made Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" look like "Go, Dog. Go!"
  18. It's a brutally convincing movie about two hell-bent young Turkish-German lovers dancing on the edge of destruction in a Hamburg underworld of drugs and casual sex. Yet it's also compassionate and even tender.
  19. Chabrol's final picture was designed with Depardieu in mind. It's a small work. Yet it's so pleasurably well-made, so obviously the work of major talents in a comfortable groove, why carp about the scale or ambition of the project?
  20. Belongs to that brand of sweeping, conflict-era drama epitomized by "Saving Private Ryan," "Gone with the Wind" and TV miniseries "North and South."
  21. Dafoe manages to draw us into the mystery, anguish and joy of the holy life. This is anything but another one of those boring biblical costume epics. There is genuine challenge and hope in this movie. [12 Aug 1988, p.A]
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  22. A breezy diary from a pair of first-time farmers, as well as a wry rebuke to a nation devoted to eating cheaply but not necessarily well, King Corn makes its points without much finger-wagging.
  23. Just as Zhao uses his comic gifts to create an affecting human, so Dong's performance as Wu is a triumph of honesty and tact.
  24. A picture about America with the blinders off, a film about heroism that makes you chuckle and feel sad - and a film about childhood that lets us reenter that lost world and see the grass, sky and sunlight the way they once looked, in the golden hours.
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  25. iIt's a film for art- and foreign-movie devotees. But it's also a movie for audiences who simply want to get turned on.
  26. The oddly beautiful documentary made by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Gray is subtler and richer than its blunt title suggests.
  27. The acting's so true, and Bahrani's so observant, you find yourself caring about everyone onscreen.
  28. It's a strange, fascinating exercise in what Joel Coen once described as "tone management," job No. 1 for any director.
  29. A beautiful, almost defiant film on an unusual subject: love among the elderly.
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