Chicago Tribune

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 ——

The Sky's the Limit (1943)

"The movie manages to fulfill its topical patriotic duties in a way that feels fresh, urgent and honest about its time and place."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Michael Phillips

2 53%

Half of a Yellow Sun (2014)

"The best of the movie finds a way to abridge the novel and still allow the scenes to breathe."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Michael Phillips

3 76%

Get On Up (2014)

"Everything about "Get on Up," a provocatively structured and unusually rich musical biopic, is a little better, a little less formula-bound, a little sharper than the average specimen in this genre."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Michael Phillips

4 92%

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

"It's looser, scruffier and more overtly comic than the average Marvel action fantasy."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Michael Phillips

5 10%

Woo (1998)

"Pinkett Smith, who was so good in her supporting role in The Nutty Professor, is here little more than a mannequin for skimpy clothes."

Posted Jul 26, 2014

Monica Eng

6 11%

Club Paradise (1986)

"The whole, crowded thing begins to resemble a low-brow Nashville."

Posted Jul 26, 2014

Sid Smith

7 9%

Mom and Dad Save the World (1992)

"Here's a novel idea: A kids' movie with parents as heroes. That twist is the most -- some might say only -- refreshing element in Mom and Dad Save the World."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Johanna Steinmetz

8 63%

Hercules (2014)

"Ratner's sense of humor is never clever, or light, and I've hated my share of his earlier films, but not this one."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Michael Phillips

9 3%

Deuces Wild (2002)

"Maybe if the movie had left all the expensive period artifacts, and most of the hackneyed script, on the street corner and let its capable young cast loose, Deuces Wild would have offered the audience a more interesting game."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Loren King

10 61%

Lucy (2014)

"The movie devolves into a melange of digital effects and sequences of glamorous slaughter, as Lucy swaggers around, with that big brain, and slouches toward becoming a full-lipped deity."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Michael Phillips

11 79%

Happy Christmas (2014)

""Happy Christmas" leans hard on the ensemble's exploratory attempts at ad hoc dialogue, so that you find yourself providing alternative snatches of banter in your head, just to speed things up a little."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Michael Phillips

12 15%

And So It Goes (2014)

"It does not do much of anything, beyond lulling fans into a glum reverie during which they can recall better films that its Oscar-winning stars made en route to this one."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Michael Phillips

13 90%

A Most Wanted Man (2014)

"The movie is good, solid le Carre. It's chilly yet humane, and human-scaled ..."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Michael Phillips

14 53%

Magic in the Moonlight (2014)

""Magic in the Moonlight" strolls along, muttering familiar axioms about the infernal inconvenience and bedevilment of romantic attraction."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Michael Phillips

15 5%

Paranoia (2013)

"There's nothing wrong with Paranoia that a stronger director, livelier leading actors and several hundred fewer narrative conveniences wouldn't cure."

Posted Jul 23, 2014

Michael Phillips

16 26%

Gordy (1995)

"Methinks there is something else ahoof here, since no one could be dim-witted enough to swallow this cinematic goulash without taking a step back from the trough first."

Posted Jul 23, 2014

John Petrakis

17 6%

Son of the Pink Panther (1993)

"To be fair, Benigni does the best he can with the supremely unfunny material."

Posted Jul 23, 2014

John Petrakis

18 6%

A Smile Like Yours (1997)

"It's the cinematic equivalent of having a saccharine-coated tongue depressor jammed down your throat."

Posted Jul 22, 2014

Mark Caro

19 7%

Man Trouble (1992)

"A stunning disappointment considering the talent involved."

Posted Jul 18, 2014

Gene Siskel

20 7%

Man Trouble (1992)

"Rafelson, an accomplished screenwriter, seems unable, or unwilling, to give any shape to this mess."

Posted Jul 18, 2014

Johanna Steinmetz

21 40%

Wish I Was Here (2014)

"Watery at best, whiny at its worst ..."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Michael Phillips

22 18%

Sex Tape (2014)

"If "Sex Tape" ends up making money, it'll be strictly on the backs of its valiant performers, who surely sensed the weakness of the script and decided to go at it like a job, like turning an acting trick, finesse and pacing be damned."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Michael Phillips

23 99%

Boyhood (2014)

"In completing this simple, beautiful project Linklater took his time. And he rewards ours."

Posted Jul 16, 2014

Michael Phillips

24 18%

Rustler's Rhapsody (1985)

"Even on the mechanical level in which it was made, the number of jokes that don't work far outnumber the ones that do."

Posted Jul 15, 2014

Gene Siskel

25 10%

My Boyfriend's Back (1993)

"The movie is full of nonsensical plot twists, embarrassingly broad performances and unappealing characters."

Posted Jul 15, 2014

Mark Caro

26 8%

Almost Heroes (1998)

"All in the movie have been encouraged to play up the cartoonish aspects of their characters, and they deliver punch lines like a series of elbows to the rib cage."

Posted Jul 15, 2014

Mark Caro

27 16%

The Karate Kid, Part III (1986)

"About all that enlivens The Karate Kid Part III is a screamingly over-the-top performance by Thomas Ian Griffith, who plays a toxic waste magnate and karate buff who hatches a madly complex plot to humiliate Daniel and his teacher."

Posted Jul 15, 2014

Dave Kehr

28 0%

Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 (2004)

"That's the thing about children when it comes to movies: They're not that discriminating. They can be perilously easy to please, which is why it's important that their parents protect them from films like Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2."

Posted Jul 15, 2014

Ellen Fox

29 11%

Dangerously Close (1986)

"It surely does not contain any socially redeeming value."

Posted Jul 15, 2014

Gene Siskel

30 15%

Dead Man on Campus (1998)

"The material is mostly predictable, moronic and deadly dull."

Posted Jul 15, 2014

Monica Eng

31 25%

Fathers' Day (1997)

"Williams and Crystal often supply, through their ad libs, what the writers may have left out."

Posted Jul 14, 2014

Michael Wilmington

32 19%

Navy Seals (1990)

"Director Teague does stage the action sequences with logic and clarity, though there isn`t much he can do with the dramatic passages."

Posted Jul 14, 2014

Dave Kehr

33 17%

Masters of the Universe (1987)

"Everyone knows how the battles will turn out. It`s what`s between them that raises Masters Of The Universe ever so slightly above the mediocre."

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Johanna Steinmetz

34 19%

Rude Awakening (1989)

"It's far from being a professional job, but Rude Awakening probably wouldn't be as much fun if it were."

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Dave Kehr

35 19%

Rude Awakening (1989)

"Rude Awakening is utterly without merit, and its "give-peace-a-chance" message during the final credits is lame to the point of being offensive."

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Gene Siskel

36 100%

The Golden Coach (Le Carrosse d'or) (1953)

"As with all of Renoir`s films, it is impossible to define the tone of The Golden Coach, so smoothly does comedy shade into drama, joy into despair, warm optimism into cool cynicism and vice versa."

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Dave Kehr

37 91%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"The film, despite its bloat and its overfondness for scenes of massacre, feels as if it were made by actual humans."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Michael Phillips

38 14%

Howard the Duck (1986)

"In the absence of anything resembling structure, character, point of view or sense of purpose, there is no place else for this empty project to go."

Posted Jul 9, 2014

Dave Kehr

39 5%

The Avengers (1998)

"This movie -- gaudy, grandiloquent and often staggeringly silly -- is one more example of how bloated and top-heavy many "event" action movies have become."

Posted Jul 8, 2014

Michael Wilmington

40 91%

The Sopranos: Season 2 (TV, 2000)

" To reveal too many of this year's changes would be to spoil the obvious delight Chase and his fellow writers took in devising them. "

Posted Jul 8, 2014

Steve Johnson

41 11%

Father Hood (1993)

"It does suggest, ultimately, that if more wards of the state would run off to join their fathers on cross-country crime sprees, we could lick these corrupt foster-care and inattentive-dad problems."

Posted Jul 8, 2014

Steve Johnson

42 25%

Tammy (2014)

"In McCarthy, we have a performer we can trust to deliver laughs even when they barely exist on the page."

Posted Jul 1, 2014

Michael Phillips

43 31%

Deliver Us from Evil (2014)

"Derrickson made "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" nearly a decade ago, a rather better example of this genre."

Posted Jul 1, 2014

Michael Phillips

44 18%

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

"It is scattered, weightless, impossible to get hold of, and somehow, after seven years and more than 10 hours of screen time, I could not tell you what these films are about."

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Christopher Borrelli

45 91%

The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014)

"See the movie, flaws and all, simply to see where you stand in this digital river that runs through all our lives, connecting and isolating us in ways we're barely able to comprehend."

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Michael Phillips

46 24%

Third Person (2014)

"Writer-director Paul Haggis' exasperating multistory drama about how hard it is for a nice, quiet, sensitive guy to be left alone to write an exasperating multistory drama."

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Michael Phillips

47 ——

On Approval (1945)

"This impish 1944 film adaptation of the 1926 Frederick Lonsdale comedy provides spacious roles for two peerless actresses."

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Michael Phillips

48 68%

They Came Together (2014)

""They Came Together" is occasionally very funny, and moderately funny the rest of the time. In mathematical terms that adds up to pretty funny or "funny enough.""

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Michael Phillips

49 71%

A Coffee in Berlin (2014)

"As sure of itself visually in its black-and-white evocations of Berlin as its protagonist is unsure of himself and his future."

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Michael Phillips

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