Chicago Tribune

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 7%

Man Trouble (1992)

"A stunning disappointment considering the talent involved."

Posted Jul 18, 2014

Gene Siskel

2 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

3 40%

Wish I Was Here (2014)

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

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Michael Phillips

4 20%

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

5 99%

Boyhood (2014)

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

Posted Jul 16, 2014

Michael Phillips

6 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

7 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

8 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

9 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

10 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

11 11%

Dangerously Close (1986)

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

Posted Jul 15, 2014

Gene Siskel

12 15%

Dead Man on Campus (1998)

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

Posted Jul 15, 2014

Monica Eng

13 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

14 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

15 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

16 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

17 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

18 100%

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

19 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

20 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

21 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

22 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

23 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

24 23%

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

25 29%

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

26 17%

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

27 90%

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

28 22%

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

29 ——

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

30 69%

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

31 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

32 ——

Cinemanovels (2014)

"The actors make up for the relative thinness of the material. Smith navigates the emotional terrain with great skill."

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Michael Phillips

33 54%

Jersey Boys (2014)

"Full of genial showbiz cliches and mobbed-up sweeties, it's an easy movie to take."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Michael Phillips

34 24%

Think Like a Man Too (2014)

"The way this comedy has been edited by Peter S. Elliot, presumably at the urging of director Tim Story, the shots barely hold themselves for two or three seconds before slam-cutting away to a pushy reaction shot."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Michael Phillips

35 11%

Batman & Robin (1997)

"The movie has its entertaining flashes, but there's too much bat-jive and bat-hokum."

Posted Jun 18, 2014

Michael Wilmington

36 11%

Batman & Robin (1997)

"A sniggering, exhausting, overproduced extravaganza that has virtually all of the humanity pounded out of it in the name of an endless parade of stunt sequences."

Posted Jun 18, 2014

Gene Siskel

37 12%

Striptease (1996)

"The Striptease script... is at a loss for any kind of drama between Moore's dances. Not for a second do we care about her as a mother, wife or working woman. "

Posted Jun 18, 2014

Gene Siskel

38 12%

Striptease (1996)

"The result is a perversely odd concoction: a comedy that has fun with everything but stripping -- which, post-Showgirls, would seem to wear the biggest bull's-eye."

Posted Jun 18, 2014

Mark Caro

39 20%

I Love Trouble (1994)

"Again and again, the I Love Trouble script takes us deeper and deeper into the machinations of a high-tech company when what we want to see is Nolte and Roberts outfox each other."

Posted Jun 17, 2014

Gene Siskel

40 19%

Once Upon a Forest (1993)

"The characters are not memorable; the songs are lame and the drawing style is pedestrian."

Posted Jun 17, 2014

Gene Siskel

41 19%

Once Upon a Forest (1993)

"It contains a dire message: Man is destroying nature and progress is evil. It is hard to know what small children, the film's intended audience, are supposed to do with this idea. Nag their parents about recycling? Work it out in nightmares?"

Posted Jun 17, 2014

Johanna Steinmetz

42 0%

Only the Strong (1993)

"The cinematography is jarring and dizzying at times; the acting mediocre."

Posted Jun 17, 2014

Steve Rhodes

43 54%

The Doors (1991)

"Hysteria, however skillfully maintained, should never be mistaken for art -- a caution that applies equally to Stone and his subject."

Posted Jun 17, 2014

Dave Kehr

44 54%

The Doors (1991)

"Both a vibrant tribute to rock cult figure Jim Morrison and to the decade in which he flourished."

Posted Jun 17, 2014

Gene Siskel

45 29%

3 Ninjas (1992)

"A miserable ripoff of The Karate Kid."

Posted Jun 16, 2014

Gene Siskel

46 98%

Let The Fire Burn (2013)

"Director Jason Osder's grieving account of the deadly police assault on the MOVE collective's fortified Philadelphia row house works small, continuous miracles with a variety of existing footage."

Posted Jun 13, 2014

Michael Phillips

47 75%

Jews Of Egypt (2014)

"In terms of technique Ramses' documentary indulges in some pretty cheesy tactics - freeze-frames, monologue-length accounts when abridged versions of the same information would suffice, a naggingly repetitive musical score."

Posted Jun 13, 2014

Michael Phillips

48 84%

Night Moves (2014)

"You may not buy the third-act developments, but Reichardt and her actors see to it that you believe in how these people got to that third act in the first place."

Posted Jun 13, 2014

Michael Phillips

49 87%

Obvious Child (2014)

"Moment to moment, you believe what's happening in Robespierre's film, which is funny and rueful in roughly equal measure without being despairing in the slightest."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Michael Phillips

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