Chicago Tribune's Scores

For 4,471 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 3.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 This Is Spinal Tap (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell
Score distribution:
4,471 movie reviews
  1. Ten
    A film made by a master, with a simplicity that is really revolutionary. It's a work capable of changing the ways you look at the movies - and at life.
  2. Hugely funny, but it's also liberating-precisely because it centers its aim on that cold, closed system and blows it apart. The straight lines are shattered; the empty spaces in the images are packed full until they burst. [2 Dec 1988]
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  3. Thanks to Echer, Nettelbeck and this delicious movie, I was able to hear "Country" and the other Jarrett tunes in scene after scene - heightening moods, lyricizing action and making Hamburg seem like a wintry love song. Predictable or not, that's often as good as it gets.
  4. A brilliant, absurd collection of vignettes that, in their own idiosyncratic way, sum up the strange horror of life in the new millennium.
  5. One of the best of its streamlined, over-produced, double-clutch kind: a high-speed, slicker-than-slick car-chase movie with unexpected deposits of character and comedy.
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  6. One of the year's most thought-provoking, hard-hitting films, gutsily opening up a subject rarely done with this kind of all-out chutzpah.
  7. A love-hate poem to L.A., and when Mann takes in the streets, the freeways and LAX, he doesn't give us shiny "Lethal Weapon"-style travelogues. He shows us an L.A. that's grim, bare, a bit smoggy and ruled by street smarts. [15 Dec 1995]
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  8. A highly entertaining and visually breathtaking movie, capable at times of rocking and delighting you.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The movie world could use more stunts as entertaining and innovative as this one.
  9. I don't see how you can get away from calling Cage’s performance a great one. [10 November 1995, Friday, p.C]
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  10. This is a movie with every facet shining in place, every word charged and resonant. [23 Sept 1994]
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  11. One powerful, mesmerizing thriller, a masterful exercise in controlling an audience's attention. [19 September 1986, Friday, p.A]
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  12. Has the kind of super-cinematic qualities and bravura acting that make up for almost anything.
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  13. At its best, it's an exhilaratingly grandiose Highland fling. [24 May 1995, Tempo, p.1]
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  14. A finely written, superbly acted offbeat thriller.
  15. A humane and fantastic work, and it touches us precisely because Konchalovsky shows the reality of both the soldiers and the madhouse inmates. His movie is just what he intended: a nightmare that speaks the truth.
  16. This is a meaty, well-crafted thriller that absorbs and disturbs you from first frame to last.
  17. A beautifully acted and deeply compassionate study of ordinary people coping with the vicissitudes of life.
  18. An incredibly silly film of great humor, brilliant design and epic insanity.
  19. It's hard to watch and listen to Together without, in some sense, having your heart lifted by its music.
  20. A lovely film with a deeply humane perspective.
  21. A true original: a film that stands apart from the crowd, goes its own way and all but dares you not to like it.
  22. Though the role might seem a real stretch for an actor who just won an Oscar for his Charlton Heston turn as Maximus in "Gladiator," he and the movie ace the test.
  23. The film has undeniable power, but it's an unusual and unsettling power, a product of a collision between red-hot material and the cool serenity with which Kubrick observes and accepts it. [26 June 1987]
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  24. It's a movie imbued with a fierce intimacy -- a tone and style similar to cinema verite documentary -- but it's not a banal realism, even if the characters and settings in contemporary working-class Liege initially seem mundane.
  25. A better film about love delayed than "Sleepless in Seattle." It's funnier, more credible, more bittersweet and the characters are a whole lot brighter. Naturally, it won't be as big a hit. [18 March 1994, Friday, p.C]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Rarely does any film, animated or otherwise, immerse you in such a vivid landscape and engage your senses so strongly.
  26. I've got to admit it's a stunner.
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  27. What's remarkable as we watch Lilya's plunge (and the brief, false rays of light that illuminate it) is how real Moodysson makes her plight, how intensely he makes us empathize with Lilya.
  28. By the time the film is over, you may not feel differently about the key issues than you first did, but you will have many more facts (sound) and opinions (fury) to consider.
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