Chicago Tribune's Scores

For 4,348 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 4.3 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 Shadow Hours
Score distribution:
4,348 movie reviews
  1. (The film is) one of the most anguished, intense and weirdly brilliant of the year.
  2. Wonderful spirit, humanity and humor.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Tells an inspiring story, unknown or forgotten by many, while bringing the past to life and illuminating issues that persist today.
  3. A film that uses beautiful tableaux and convincingly raw actors to build to a climax of shatteringly understated poignancy and power.
  4. It's sensuality with a stinger, and Fat Girl is an adolescent sex drama that takes no prisoners.
  5. Another of those excellent foreign films that sometimes slip though cracks, considered too strange or eccentric for domestic tastes. Strange it is, but delightfully so
  6. The beauty of The Ballad of Ramblin' Jack lies in its ability to transform itself into a sad tale of loss, regret and missed opportunities while it also remains a solid documentary about a once-influential artist seeking his place in the sun.
  7. Like a Bach toccata or a frosty drink on a sunlit veranda, a first-class movie spy thriller can offer one of life's cooler, more elegant treats. The Tailor of Panama fits that category.
  8. Announces the arrival of an undeniable talent (Meshkini) that has come of age.
  9. The concerts are hypnotic, the music is swell, and the entire package moves along at just the right pace.
  10. A mad, resplendent peacock of a film, a cinematographic riot of color and sensuality that evokes its era -- the swinging mid-'60s -- as much as any movie made during those giddy years.
  11. A noir with a smile, and after all these years, its deft mixture of darkness and light still makes us smile.
  12. Intoxicatingly well-crafted entertainment about hunting down your enemy.
  13. Argentinean filmmaker Lucrecia Martel takes fundamental risks with form and style, and it pays off brilliantly.
  14. The beauties of Shower lie in its human observation, in its funny interplay, candor, lusty acting and hearty simplicity - and also in its warm imagery and the fascinating symbolic use it makes of water.
  15. A wonderful, heart-breaking movie.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Shares the characters' off-kilter yet human qualities.
  16. A harsh, spellbinding tale.
  17. His movie isn't a surgical attack at this problem and that; it's a cluster bomb intended to reap destruction, make a mess and jolt all who see it to react.
  18. Generates genuine tension because it's propelled by actual human feeling, which, these days, turns out to be a surprisingly thrilling prospect. [11 Dec 1998]
  19. An often-wondrous comedy, just as rich and surprising as "L.A. Confidential" but considerably less dark.
  20. What really makes Alias Betty stand out, even from good recent French ensemble films like "Eight Women" and "Venus Beauty Institute," is that ingenious, Rendell-derived story. To kidnap an old phrase, it's a corker.
  21. May be a bit sentimental for some, but I found its patient examination of how the forces of optimism can be overwhelmed by a wave of cruelty to be both moving and wise.
  22. An adventure movie of extraordinary simplicity and power.
  23. With his usual consummate visual skills and his flair for the nauseatingly audacious, David Cronenberg’s written (spottily) and directed (stunningly) a movie that often makes you feel as if you'd lost contact with reality: a twisted, nightmarish tale of futuristic reality games and a couple on the run. [23 April 1999, Friday, p.D]
  24. One of those welcome visitors, a movie that turns out to be much more than we expected.
  25. O
    A sign of O's effectiveness is that it works regardless of whether you know Shakespeare's play.
  26. Panahi's simplicity accentuates the movie's power: its sense of life caught unobserved.
  27. Ends up working like a charm.
  28. Violence may provide entertainment value in more crass or commercially minded projects, but in the unflinching world of Affliction, it leads only to the ruination of your soul. [5 February 1999, Friday, p.D]

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