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 4.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Cookie's Fortune
Lowest review score: 0 Cradle 2 the Grave
Score distribution:
4,348 movie reviews
  1. Not so much character-driven as character-dragged--against its will.
  2. Numbingly gory when it isn’t just plain numbing.
  3. There’s nothing wrong with All About Steve that a rewrite couldn’t fix, as long as the rewrite involved a different writer, a different character and a different story.
  4. This is “True Lies” without the striptease or the Arab-maiming.
  5. The scenery's nice. But once you've said the scenery's nice, you're no longer talking about a movie worth talking about.
  6. The poster’s the funniest thing about the project: Johnson, sporting a pair of fairy wings larger than his forearms, glaring at the camera.
  7. Certain scenes in When in Rome signify nothing less than the death of screen slapstick, but I’m hoping it’s one of those fake-out movie deaths where it’s not really dead, not forever.
  8. The acting's not the problem, and it's a nice thing to find Moore playing a human-scaled human being, with a recognizable human touch. The material has a hint of it too. But only a hint.
  9. We have to take the sexual tension on faith, as with everything in this formulaic glob of a script.
  10. It may well be a hit, but me, I'm waiting for "Iron Man 2."
  11. The film is perfectly mediocre, which is heartbreaking, not heartwarming.
  12. A weak romantic comedy.
  13. As robust and clever an actor as Cox is, he can't make Jacques any less of a blowhard; Kari's wit simply doesn't come through in English, at least with this script.
  14. The tragedy is that the performance comes to nothing. Nearly everything else in the film is vile.
  15. Knight and Day may well suffice for audiences desperate for the bankable paradox known as the predictable surprise, and willing to overlook a galumphing mediocrity in order to concentrate on matters of dentistry.
  16. For me, the mechanics or even the (excellent) designs are not enough. Jeunet's archness keeps conventional empathy or engagement at bay, and by design maintains a tone of artificiality.
  17. The British intelligence operation at Bletchley Park that cracked the Enigma code is truly the stuff of great drama. But that story doesn't offer Matt LeBlanc in a wig and heels.
  18. There's nothing original about the father-son conflict that forms the core of the film, nor is there enough suspense and drama.
  19. The film's crude humor and violence -- cartoonish, but still violent -- should offend parents of younger kids. Yet its ultra-broad, pratfall-filled comedy will satisfy only the most indiscriminate teens.
  20. The situations and jokes are as predictable and as lowbrow as the endless pratfalls the boys take in their high heels.
  21. Like its parade of predecessors, this Halloween is a gory slash-fest. It can't escape its past, and it doesn't want to.
  22. The Last Airbender (they couldn't use the series' "Avatar" title because another film got there first, without all the bending) is more about marshaling extras and interpolating tons of computer-generated effects and keeping the factions straight. It's a tough sit.
  23. What could have been a juicy, pulpy noir, based loosely on the real-life 1976 Mustang Ranch love triangle involving Joe and Sally Conforte and Sally's boxer paramour, instead has the dramatic consistency of rice milk.
  24. Amiable Gooding still smiles through it all, weathering the cold, physical abuse and implied racism, doing his best to make his audience believe that Snow Dogs isn't offensive mush. But he can't bring it off.
  25. A pair of decent performances does not a movie make, however, as Mazur and Giovinazzo are surrounded by fourth-tier actors (Ventresca and Steven Bauer) and spotty directing of a mediocre script.
  26. Against the rest of his dramatically flimsy crew, Snipes' sunglasses-at-midnight strut conveys an almost lifelike sheen. Almost. He's more alive than the movie, which is dead on arrival.
  27. Worth your time and money? Fuhgeddaboutit.
  28. Jason X conjures up more giggles than scares, assuming you make it through the first 15 minutes.
  29. If "American Beauty" were a bland comedy, it would be Joe Somebody.
  30. As scary and minor-chord heavy as FearDotCom can be, there's no big payoff, no logical resolution.

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