Chicago Tribune's Scores

For 4,412 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: 65
Highest review score: 100 Safe Conduct
Lowest review score: 0 I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell
Score distribution:
4,412 movie reviews
  1. It is, for what it is, a work of considerable care and craft. And it's completely soulless.
  2. Just another self-absorbed teen chronicle, with the added twist of a little time travel and a surprise ending.
  3. I find Lars and the Real Girl adorable in the worst way, bailed out only by most every member of its excellent cast.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 12 Critic Score
    The melodramatic clumsiness of the script, and, in one scene, its gratuitous endorsement of marijuana, betrays the youth of its writer, recent UCLA graduate Shane Black. And veteran director Richard Donner, whose credits include another cartoon movie, can't seem to thread the scenes together in any meaningful way. [6 Mar 1987, p.G]
  4. It's a seriously withholding action comedy, stingy on the wit, charm, jokes, narrative satisfactions and animals with personalities sharp enough for the big screen, either in 2-D or 3-D.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 12 Critic Score
    There's no plot here; like the MTV show that spawned it, this movie is just a progression of increasingly disgusting and/or dangerous stunts.
  5. It may well be a hit, but me, I'm waiting for "Iron Man 2."
  6. Strangely unmoving. So what went wrong?
  7. Vincent & Theo is a by-the-numbers art biography that barely succeeds in recapping the best-known events in the life of its subject, Vincent van Gogh. There is something almost chilling in the degree of the director's evident disengagement from his material and the complete lack of craft with which he has filmed it.
  8. Hanna presents the problem of the well-made diversion that is, at its core, repellent.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Williams does a fine job with her role. I was pulling for her throughout her dreary journey. It's too bad it didn't get anywhere.
  9. Maybe this review is more about me than about Conan O'Brien, but I really couldn't get past the odor of self-congratulation emanating from nearly every scene in Conan O'Brien Can't Stop.
  10. Superhero comic book movie with a script so feeble it might have been written with crayons.
  11. The movie plays like a very expanded version of what would make -- and likely has made -- a cute TV newsmagazine segment.
  12. It wanders and putters and follows its main characters around.
  13. Though I would agree it's original -- it's the first aboveground romance movie I've seen in which the heroine is repeatedly spanked, verbally tormented and tied to a chair by her lover--- it's not an experience I much enjoyed.
  14. The camera bobs and weaves like a drunk, frantically. So you have hammering close-ups, combined with woozy insecurity each time more than two people are in the frame. Twenty minutes into the retelling of fugitive Valjean, his monomaniacal pursuer Javert, the torch singers Fantine and Eponine and the rest, I wanted somebody to just nail the damn camera to the ground.
  15. Staggers and wanders and feels far longer than its 85 minutes, and it's best considered a calling card for better things to come.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    The Signal combines the inconstancy of an omnibus film with the blandness of art by committee. The end result feels less like a blend of distinct styles than an opportunistic hodgepodge, a second-hand premise wedded to an attention-grabbing gimmick.
  16. The line between cool and cold is a thin one, however. Cool isn't the word for "Thirteen"; it's just smug.
  17. 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.
  18. The first "H&K" caught people off-guard with its canny idiocy and zigzagging, picaresque treasure hunt premise. By now, there's no catching anyone off-guard with these two, except by way of the most off-color and off-putting means possible.
  19. Largely a disappointment.
  20. In the end, Protocols of Zion is all context--a bit here about Father Coughlin, a minute there about the Holocaust, a stint with "The Passion" and a brief shot of Levin watching the beheading of Daniel Pearl--no soul.
  21. Rendered bland and frustrating by its endless attempts to make the odd odder.
  22. Calling Dredd 3D a movie is sort of a lie. It's a premise, and there are levels to reach, and always there's another grimy hallway to stalk, and then you turn right or left, and then kill some more.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    On your deathbed you will want back the time it takes to see this one.
  23. It lacks a sharp look and satisfyingly fleshed-out story and compensates with one numbing round of insect- or human-based peril after another.
  24. High-minded sleaze, the film deceives you with its first 10 minutes, which are interestingly creepy.
  25. 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.

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