Chicago Tribune's Scores

For 4,516 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 United 93
Lowest review score: 0 A Good Old Fashioned Orgy
Score distribution:
4,516 movie reviews
  1. The new film works. It's rousing.
  2. Ron Howard's first-rate dramatic comedy Parenthood, with Steve Martin headlining a first-rate cast in a most clever script about the joy and pain of being both a parent and a child. [4 Aug 1989, p.A]
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  3. For some of us, Anderson's LA lamentation is a siren song, and there's no more ardent and poetic chronicler of California mythology.
  4. Matt Damon narrates, and I do wish the narration didn't end on such a generalized, throw-the-bums-out note, over footage of the Statue of Liberty.
  5. In relation to the well-made and sensitive confines of "The Messenger," Rampart required a more unruly visual approach. Beginning and ending with Harrelson, this sophomore effort is full of malignant life.
  6. This film--one of the best and most memorable documentaries of the year so far--brings that truth-teller to us once again.
  7. It is a fine little old-school thriller.
  8. Once again, as love dies and illusions crumble, this natural actress (Isabelle Huppert) shines with human fire. [26 March 1999, Friday, p.B]
  9. It's a movie imbued with a fierce intimacy -- a tone and style similar to cinema verite documentary -- but it's not a banal realism, even if the characters and settings in contemporary working-class Liege initially seem mundane.
  10. It feels fresh and unpredictable, as quietly strange as the remarkable musical score from first-time feature film composer Mica Levi.
  11. 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.
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  12. One of those welcome visitors, a movie that turns out to be much more than we expected.
  13. The movie scrambles our responses and covers so much ground, with such zest, that its two and a half hours race past like a firestorm.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Perhaps the most startling part is the realization that, in the turn-off-your-brain season of summer, you've just experienced an uncommonly serious-minded movie that's brave enough to engage our deepest emotions on issues of death, madness, illusion and forgiveness. That's the biggest thrill of them all.
  14. Infusion of comedy elements keeps the story light, without dragging it into the cartoonish.
  15. An old nightmare, made shiny new.
  16. Amuses and unnerves in equal measure.
  17. A smart, funny and hip adventure film in a summer of car wrecks and explosions. [4 July 1997]
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  18. It's a film objet d'art to contemplate and treasure.
  19. Honest, poignant and very funny, full of memorable, moving moments.
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  20. This magnificent pair are the heart of Techine's film, and the sense of frayed, aging beauty and handsomeness they now carry helps project the picture's main theme: the imperishability of true love.
  21. One of the most remarkable English-language feature debuts of recent years.
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  22. Ten
    A film made by a master, with a simplicity that is really revolutionary. It's a work capable of changing the ways you look at the movies - and at life.
  23. While the protracted third act doesn't kill the two-hour, 23-minute picture, "Casino Royale" remains the best of the recent Bonds, with Skyfall just a notch below it.
  24. Everything about Kung Fu Panda is a little better, a little sharper, a little funnier than the animated run of the mill.
  25. Delivers the perfect union - a vivid, sublime parody and valentine to the superhero genre.
  26. Overall, Baadasssss! succeeds marvelously at evoking the passion and frantic energy behind "Sweetback" and putting it all in the context of its politically charged era.
  27. A contemporary Russian movie that you could honestly call revolutionary, more for its style than its politics.
  28. The splendid new documentary Crumb, a sympathetic yet woundingly candid portrait, catches the artist with much the same skill. [26 May 1995]
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  29. A movie with surprises, some of which you should discover for yourself. But its main surprises may be the power of Collette's performance and the beautifully controlled mood and atmosphere Brooks creates.

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