For 101 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 75% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 25% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 14.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Gene Siskel's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 A Room with a View
Lowest review score: 0 UHF
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 82 out of 101
  2. Negative: 13 out of 101
101 movie reviews
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Gene Siskel
    What is undeniably good about Rocky V is that our working-class hero returns to the grimy neighborhood from which he sprang. Seeing a more slender, "street" Rocky is a refreshing change of pace from the muscle-bound champ of Parts 3 and 4. [16 Nov 1990, p.C]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Gene Siskel
    Days of Thunder, the latest Tom Cruise movie, which is a flimsy but nonetheless compelling story of a hot-shot amateur race car driver who wants to make it in the big-time world of championship stock car racing. Good writing by Robert Towne and a host of strong supporting performances complement the on-the-track visuals of director Tony Scott in giving us a sense of the leap of faith that is required by drivers at this level. [29 Jun 1990, p.C]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 38 Metascore
    • 75 Gene Siskel
    The film works very well, providing lots of laughs, in its first half, setting up the Bill Murray character and his callousness. For a Christmas Eve special he wants to staple antlers on a mouse. [25 Nov 1988, p.A]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Gene Siskel
    As entertaining as The Goonies finally becomes--and its last hour is mostly one pleasure after another--it's a shame that Spielberg, writer Chris Columbus and director Richard Donner felt the need to take the low road in terms of language. [7 Jun 1985, p.A]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Gene Siskel
    Pump Up the Volume, an exceedingly well-written teenager-full-of-angst melodrama about a high school student who operates a pirate radio broadcast that criticizes parents and teachers while revealing the turmoil of adolescence.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Gene Siskel
    A classic play has been reduced a decent movie. It's a shame it couldn't be as good as the play; it's a small pleasure that it's as entertaining as it is. [20 Dec 1985]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Gene Siskel
    Part III has the more adult emotions of the original, and with the presence of Steenburgen it recalls the quality of her other fine time-travel romance, "Time After Time." [25 May 1990, p.C]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Gene Siskel
    Rachael Leigh Cook, as Laney, the plain Jane object of the makeover, is forced to demonstrate the biggest emotional range as a character, and she is equal to the assignment. I look forward to seeing her in her next picture. [29 Jan 1999, p.A]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Gene Siskel
    What no plot summary of Darkman can provide is how much director Raimi ("The Evil Dead") brings to the party. In addition to giving us a conflicted hero - more disturbed than Batman - Raimi fills every action sequence and even routine plot scenes with fresh images that reflect his Darkman's rage. [24 Aug. 1990]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Gene Siskel
    The film would be funnier and more provocative if it took a stronger stand on one side or the other, but Howard chooses to hedge his bets, selecting an ending that celebrates brotherhood more than the strongly hinted- at notion that American workers would do well to get off their featherbedding backs.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Gene Siskel
    F/X
    F/X turns into a dazzling series of deceptions that border on being so topsy-turvy that one almost becomes frustrated with being fooled. But the script of Robert T. Megginson and Gregory Fleeman managed to stay on the right side of credibility and good humor enough of the time so that some rather obvious plot holes can be forgiven.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Gene Siskel
    Our rooting interest is not for any macho act by Batman to save the city but for each character to achive some sort of emotional peace. That makes for a strange but refreshing action story.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 63 Gene Siskel
    Tarantino's debut directing job acknowledges the sloppiness and silences that are typically squeezed out of most crime films, but we get the point early on and the remainder is macho posturing. [23 Oct 1992]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 86 Metascore
    • 63 Gene Siskel
    As much as I admire the work of both (Roman) Polanski and (Jack) Nicholson, I found Chinatown tedious from beginning to just before the end. [15 July 1974]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Gene Siskel
    Coppola has raised the stakes, promising the definitive version of the vampire story. What he has created, however, is fresh and original yet boring, an exercise more in art direction than storytelling. [13 Nov 1992, p. C]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Gene Siskel
    Silverado is a completely successful physical attempt at reviving the western, but its script would need a complete rewrite for it to become more than just a small step in a full-scale western revival. [10 Jul 1985, p.5]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 44 Metascore
    • 63 Gene Siskel
    The stunt work and special effects are top flight; Schwarzenegger and the kid are just fine, but we can't help but want this film to stop kidding around and thrill us. [18 Jun 1993, p.C]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Gene Siskel
    The story is full of good feelings, but as one sits there it all seems so predictable that you can't help but ask the point of it all. [27 Aug 1993, p.C]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 44 Metascore
    • 63 Gene Siskel
    We know exactly where this picture is going at all times. Holding our attention, however, is a cast of fresh talent among the trainees. [03 Jun 1994]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 12 Metascore
    • 63 Gene Siskel
    Tom Cruise does with bartending pretty much what he did with a pool cue in "The Color of Money." In other words, he shows skill at a con game while being less successful with the woman in his life. [29 Jul 1988, p.A]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 36 Metascore
    • 63 Gene Siskel
    There's a movie here, and there's a gimmick. The gimmick undermines the movie and the gimmick is attached to the wrong part of the movie. Other than that, Clue offers a few big laughs early on followed by a lot of characters running around on a treadmill to nowhere. [13 Dec 1985, p.38]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Gene Siskel
    [Cage] cracks wise throughout the third act and is almost entertaining enough to make this absurdly energetic movie recommendable.

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