Chicago Tribune's Scores

For 5,141 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 2.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Killer of Sheep
Lowest review score: 0 Friday the 13th
Score distribution:
5141 movie reviews
  1. The animated result isn't bad. It's an adequate baby sitter. But where's the allure in telling the truth? Twentieth Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios present "Adequate"?
  2. Has the shelf life of a dented milk carton. Pop-culture movies in general age rapidly due to ever-changing slang and fashions.
  3. To say Enemy of the State is senseless is an understatement. This is a movie where logic is the enemy.
  4. What it gains in fun, the film loses in credibility, as the production number itself more closely resembles a high-priced Las Vegas extravaganza than a quickly organized charity event.
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  5. In a movie built around two characters, Pitt does not hold up his 50 percent.
  6. Drably shot, unimaginatively written and shallowly acted, it's a poor example of the "daffy, goofy, sex-crazed guys" occupational comedies that flourished throughout the job-obsessed '80s. [19 Feb 1999]
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  7. A broadly played, by-the-numbers comedy that pits your consummate classic nut case against your quintessential screwed-up shrink. [17 May 1991]
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  8. The slapstick is crudely executed. And the movie never makes up its mind regarding how nasty the ghost of Kate is going to play her revenge tactics.
  9. With her low voice, jumpsuits, cleavage and Segway, Miles (Harmon) is all satire all the time, and we love her for that.
  10. It's not a ridiculous degree of complexity per se, but screenwriter Matt Cook mistakes solemnity for gravity, and a high body count for dramatic urgency. The cast is terrific, unfortunately.
  11. Griffin may well get there, but he's not there yet.
  12. After seeing No Reservations you'll be hungry for a really top-flight meal. And, to go with it, a better film.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Ultimately, this talking dog don't hunt.
  13. It's a perfectly competent film, but the title quantity is the one thing this dry and earnest movie hasn't got.
  14. Ashes of Time Redux remains a hermetic and rather frustrating work, dotted by lonely, windblown figures dwarfed by the sand dunes of western China.
  15. The movie expresses honest concern for the plight of so many newcomers to America, legal or illegal. What it lacks is moment-to-moment credibility.
  16. I found nothing likable or funny about either of these characters, who both deserve a pie in the face. (One of them even gets it.)
  17. Kline took on Douglas Fairbanks in Richard Attenborough's "Chaplin" and Cole Porter in Irwin Winkler's "De-Lovely"; he's the go-to biopic ace for roles requiring some fizz, a certain droll elevation and hair parted and slicked-back just so.
  18. It's ridiculous but fun, as it careens from Havana to Berlin and icy, terrorist-ridden Russia played by Iceland, and a spit-ton of medium-grade digital effects. But the second hour gets to be a real drag, and not the racing kind.
  19. A sweet, effective installment, an often bright and efficient repository for the slapstick laughs and cutesy sentiments so beloved by this age group.
  20. The movie's own brand of charm has its subset of smarm.
  21. Aubrey Plaza is so deadpan she's undeadpan, and not just in her new zombie movie.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    In her (Audrey Tautou) latest film, a quest for romantic and religious fulfillment called God Is Great, I'm Not, she stretches her range to encompass one more personality trait: annoying.
  22. Fast-moving shocker, but it's a dull shocker, so morally dead that it deadens you to watch it. After a while you couldn't care less if anyone is slaughtered or raped -- including the heroines.
  23. I hope Green one day finds a way to bridge the style and rhythm of his early pictures (the ones that didn't make money) and the bumper-car approach of The Sitter.
  24. The generic bulk of Divergent hits its marks and moves on.
  25. Rife with wrong people in major jobs, which leads to a movie that lacks the requisite verve to make to it sparkle.
  26. Striving for low-key character comedy, Diminished Capacity ends up diminishing its returns.
  27. They graduated but didn't really grow up. Most of the less than lovable troupe from the first movie are back, including Steve Guttenberg, and so is the low level of comedy. This time, at least, director Jerry Paris from the old Dick Van Dyke show is on hand to improve the timing and pace. [05 Apr 1985, p.C]
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    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Cocaine Cowboys would be a great one-hour television piece. Unfortunately, it's a two-hour long documentary that recalls, in scrupulous, unnecessary detail, the rise and fall of Miami's role as the cocaine capital of America.

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