Chicago Tribune's Scores

For 4,839 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 3.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Balthazar (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 Pee-wee's Big Adventure
Score distribution:
4839 movie reviews
  1. The movie has no sense of temptation and no real taste for revolt-it's a good little film that knows its place. Van Peebles' direction has a by-the-numbers competence but no discernible personality.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    A documentary that will likely leave Phish diehards hankering for more, and everybody else still wondering what all the fuss is about.
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  2. The main problem is the director-star's choice to play so far beneath his intelligence for so long. Stiller lacks the physical gifts and projected sweetness of, say, Jim Carrey in "Dumb and Dumber," and unlike Peter Sellers in the "Pink Panther" movies, he can't keep a straight face.
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  3. If it gets people thinking about which light bulbs they buy and their current gas mileage and such, then it's good to have it in the world. It is, however, a panicky blur as documentaries go.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The film itself, while charming and gently funny, is entirely unexceptional.
  4. There's really no other word for what Helen Mirren is doing in certain reaction shots, out of subtle interpretive desperation: mugging. She's mugging. She is a sublimely talented performer, and this is material with fascinating implications, and I doubt there's a moviegoer in the world who doesn't like Helen Mirren. But even the best actors need a director to tell them to tone it down.
  5. I laughed here and there at She's Out of My League, but I sort of hated everything it had to say about nerds and babes and the sliding scale of self-image.
  6. The flaw in Death of a President isn't one of morality. It's one of dramatic interest.
  7. The Boxtrolls remains relentlessly busy up through its final credits, and it's clever in a nattering way. But it's virtually charmless.
  8. It's a clever premise but not one that lends itself to an hour and 42 minutes of high jinks. You get the joke quickly.
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    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Might have struck a deeper chord with fans who are still looking for the Steve Earle who exists behind the music.
  9. Next Day Air is sort of bracing, though it isn't very good: Its total lack of dramatic and comic bearings, to say nothing of a point, keeps you wondering about the next fatality, in a half-interested way.
  10. Faces the same problem of all sex-themed films, in that cinematic sex is often unsexy.
  11. For an hour or so The Equalizer glides along and works; in the second hour, plus change, it turns into a shameless slaughter contrivance with a flabby sense of pace. I did like one line: "When you pay for rain, you gotta deal with the mud too." Washington's the rain; by the end, the movie is the mud.
  12. Should please its core audience, which includes anyone who might actually want to win a date with Tad Hamilton. Others may opt to wait for another date with Kate Bosworth -- or Nathan Lane.
  13. Sometimes funny, often strained comedy.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The slogan for Red Planet could be "In space no one can hear you yawn."
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It's more that the plot is incredibly predictable, the score is manipulative and the denouement completely unsatisfying. I can sit through cliched and even offensive (to a point). Just leave me with a little bit of mystery, an iota of suspense. That’s all I ask.
  14. Scary Movie 2 had seven writers. Seven. That's one writer for every big laugh in its stealthy 82 minutes. More frightening: these jokes are worth waiting for.
  15. It's a Hitchockian "wrong man" story, but there's a twist.
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  16. Chan and Wilson's easy camaraderie remains eminently watchable, but the rough edges from last time out are missed.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    When it comes to storytelling, Zhang Yimou's 19th feature is decidedly backward-looking: A lavish period weepie set against the atrocities of the Nanking Massacre, "Flowers" abounds with well-worn movie archetypes and slathers on schmaltz.
  17. The movie doesn't really work, but the jet boots would be the envy of Iron Man, and they allow our hero, unwisely named Caine Wise, to speedskate through the air, leaving pretty little trails of light over downtown Chicago.
  18. Two gifted co-stars, Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie, and the highly imaginative thriller specialist Phillip Noyce lend some luster and credibility to another borderline-absurd scenario.
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  19. As visually stunning as it is, "DR9" is also more than two hours and contains, at best, 10 lines of dialogue, an ear-piercing Bjork score and no discernible plot.
  20. A dark comedy that blows up like an exploding cigar, leaving nothing much behind but smoke, noise and a bad taste.
  21. The result is a picture that is baldly manipulative yet weirdly sentimental, and while Considine (a fine actor) can write, he is capable also of writing dialogue you've heard before.
  22. The very strong performances in this low-budget film deserve a better narrative structure to strut their stuff.
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  23. The reason basketball is such a great spectator sport isn't because of its opportunities for razzle-dazzle editing and direction. It's because the game is kinetic enough without all that swoosh/zap/wham business.
  24. An average franchise re-launch.

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