Chicago Tribune's Scores

For 4,558 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 3.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 The Tillman Story
Lowest review score: 0 What Goes Up
Score distribution:
4,558 movie reviews
  1. A mind-numbing, bloody, ridiculous experience.
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  2. It's outrageously stereotypical and weirdly personal, so loonily exaggerated it keeps surprising you.
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  3. 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.
  4. One of those frustrating movies that takes forever to get where it's going, and once arriving, the frustration is increased because one realizes how much better it should have been.
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  5. Although Where's Marlowe abounds with many supposedly clever ideas, it's about as badly made as anything you'll see anywhere on television.
  6. Blast is just shooting blanks. [12 February 1999, Friday, p.A]
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  7. They once again trot out the same cynical, numbing formula: bullets, bonding and bravado tempered with self-congratulatory humor.
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    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    As a pocket history of the battles over Jerusalem in the ’40s, O Jerusalem is serviceable enough. But all the melodrama cheapens the real drama, and turns a war-torn region into a soap-opera stage.
  8. 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."
    • 59 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    On your deathbed you will want back the time it takes to see this one.
  9. A movie as unsubtle as its title suggests, Fear is too seriously intended to work as trash and too ungainly and ugly to register as entertainment. [15 Apr 1996]
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  10. Their (The Brothers Strause) effects are pretty good, on a fairly limited budget. And that's about all you can say for Skyline.
  11. A comedy murder mystery gone seriously astray, boasts an immensely talented cast .
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  12. Fox's cleavage is the only camera object that catches Bay's attention for more than a millisecond.
  13. The stalwart American hero of Turistas comes off as a dislikable blank in the hands of Josh Duhamel, of the TV series "Las Vegas." More relaxed is Melissa George, who co-stars as the Aussie.
  14. The overall vibe of this folly is curdled and utterly blase; it's a 118-minute foregone conclusion, finesse-free and perilously low on the simple performance pleasures we look for in any musical, of any period.
  15. Rendered bland and frustrating by its endless attempts to make the odd odder.
  16. 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.
  17. Just withers compared with many older, better movies about teen alienation and nihilism, from "Rebel Without a Cause" to "River's Edge."
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    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    It's almost always rewarding to watch an underdog triumph--what else could explain why movies exactly like this keep being made?--but Longshots is one underdog that's hard to love and harder still to champion.
  18. The movie itself is hyperactive and a jumble.
  19. Packed with gratuitous dumb moments -- which is too bad, given that the premise has promise.
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  20. It's no better, no worse and essentially no different from the jocular, clodhopping brutality of the first one.
  21. I wish The Boy Next Door were a different, zingier sort of mediocrity, but whenever it threatens to go the full Zalman King "Two Moon Junction" route, it pulls back and behaves itself and settles for a grindingly predictable series of escalations.
  22. Recycling the regressive humor of his (Sandler’s) previous films, it piles on so much sentimentality that you wonder how anyone could consider him a renegade. [25 June 1999, Friday, p.A]
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  23. A fast, slick, outlandish fiasco that starts out well and then seems to drop right off a cliff.
  24. An unabashedly bad movie full of cliches, claptrap, fairly good rock 'n' roll and stomach-turning gross-out gags.
  25. The sole memorable scene involving a little Focker in Little Fockers, though memorable doesn't mean amusing, involves Ben Stiller's male-nurse character administering a needle full of adrenaline to his dyspeptic and unhappily aroused father-in-law Jack Byrnes, played by Robert De Niro.
  26. Squanders a decent comic premise.
  27. All you want from a movie like this, really, is a little brainless fun, and it keeps holding out on you. Everyone looks fatigued. Even Cage’s toupee seems ambivalent about having signed on for a sequel.

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