Chicago Tribune's Scores

For 4,487 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 3.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 The Aviator
Lowest review score: 0 Fun Size
Score distribution:
4,487 movie reviews
    • 12 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    A disjointed film that, but for brief flashes of comedic verve, should skip theatrical release and go straight to video.
  1. What we get, while rarely boring, is a succession of senseless scenes bathed in formula-thriller blue light, full of blazing Uzis, exploding helicopters and sentimental male bonding.
  2. The movie is never more than the sum of its scattershot jokes; it's sloppily put together, with scenes seemingly cut mid-dialogue.
  3. Outrageously vapid and overdone movie.
  4. Leans on just as many stereotypes as it tweaks.
  5. A good-natured but trivial Manhattan romantic comedy.
  6. I can't think of much that might happen on a date evening that could be more annoying than this movie.
  7. It's not particularly funny or trenchant, and its portrayal of noxious high school cliques never amounts to more than was shown in "Heathers." [19 Feb 1999]
    • Chicago Tribune
  8. A dull, amateurish mixture of the sentimental and the obvious.
  9. The crass sentimentality of American Wedding increasingly fits Norman Mailer's definition: "the emotional promiscuity of the basically unemotional." The jokes are unemotional, uncouth and mostly unfunny.
  10. With such a bang-up cast, this setup could at least elicit some tears, but in its 107 minutes, nary a one welled up in my eyes.
  11. Rendered bland and frustrating by its endless attempts to make the odd odder.
  12. It's a screen adaptation of Busch's stage play of the same name, which never really went anywhere after its 1999 Los Angeles debut -- and doesn't go anywhere here.
  13. Although a literal movie adaptation of Seuss' 1957 classic "The Cat in the Hat" might have run 20 minutes, is it too much to ask that the filmed material preserve the author's sensibility?
  14. It may entertain you if you don't mind senseless stories and screaming soundtracks.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    It's a juicy premise, but the enactment is so dumbed-down -- by turns preposterous and predictable -- that you couldn't possibly fault your jaded children for yawning and rolling their eyes.
  15. It's a real shame that most new boxing movies try to copy the crowd-pleasing, sentiment-choked tactics of "Rocky" rather than the stark drama of "Raging Bull" or the realistic grit of "On the Waterfront" and "The Harder They Fall." Against the Ropes is only the latest sorry example. The sad thing is that, with this real-life story and subject, it could have been a contender.
  16. The upside is that they're likable and play well together...The downside is that they're all still communicating roughly the same message, which lies somewhere between a wink and a nudge.
  17. It's a movie, and certain liberties are bound to be taken, but having Derek stop a moped-driving Brit on the street by pulling out some sort of identification and yelling, "CIA, I need your moped!" is not the way.
  18. Despite a big budget, lots of technical flair and a good cast headed by Sarah Polley and Ving Rhames, it's mostly a bloody mess.
  19. It's one of those movies where talented filmmakers waste time with stale, phony material.
  20. Envy is a shaggy dog-poop story that'll make you wish you could spray something at the screen to make it disappear.
  21. Stiller, a DodgeBall producer, is revealing an unfortunate craving for the cheese of his childhood.
  22. Some film premises are so outlandish, so thinly worked out and so deep-down ridiculous that they wind up sinking the show -- and White Chicks collapses under a real doozy.
  23. Of all the teen performers out there, Duff has to be the blandest (especially since the Olsens hit the skids).
  24. Sweet-tempered but superficial.
  25. It's a murky, empty-headed dive into the depths of the Antarctic and the heart of monster movie cliches that leaves you praying for most of the cast to get killed off fast, to put them (and us) out of our misery.
    • 15 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    Shallow and repetitive.
  26. Led by a trio of dumb, dumber and dumbest, Without a Paddle is a testosterone comedy that might just as well be titled "Without a Brain Cell."
  27. Even if the movie's only goal is to preach to the choir, its fondness for hyperbole and lack of discernment is more insult than rallying cry.

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