For 93 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 72% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 27% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 14.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Gene Siskel's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 74
Highest review score: 100 Nixon
Lowest review score: 0 Pee-wee's Big Adventure
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 73 out of 93
  2. Negative: 13 out of 93
93 movie reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Gene Siskel
    One powerful, mesmerizing thriller, a masterful exercise in controlling an audience's attention. [19 September 1986, Friday, p.A]
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Gene Siskel
    Witness" is both exciting and thoughtful.... And just as important to moviegoers, Witness is a genuinely gripping thriller. [08 Feb 1985]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Gene Siskel
    Dafoe manages to draw us into the mystery, anguish and joy of the holy life. This is anything but another one of those boring biblical costume epics. There is genuine challenge and hope in this movie. [12 Aug 1988, p.A]
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Gene Siskel
    Mad Dog and Glory was directed by John McNaughton, who wisely lets many scenes run to the point of being uncomfortable, just like his characters are with each other. Everything about this movie seems fresh. [5 Mar 1993, p.C]
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Gene Siskel
    Natural Born Killers is visually complex and thematically simple. Mixing film and video, black-and-white and color, morphing and animation, Stone breaks visual ground here for a major studio release. [26 Aug 1994, p.B]
    • 56 Metascore
    • 88 Gene Siskel
    Jack Nicholson's impressive, convoluted and moody sequel to Chinatown. [10 Aug 1990]
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Gene Siskel
    JFK
    Does JFK capture the truth? Possibly, in a poetic sense. Is it a compelling film? Most assuredly. [20 Dec 1991]
    • 48 Metascore
    • 88 Gene Siskel
    It's a sweet, oft-told story, and Murphy and Hall add a number of very sharp supporting roles-hidden by makeup-to add spice to the general level of gentleness. [1 Jul 1988, p.A]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Gene Siskel
    Ron Howard's first-rate dramatic comedy Parenthood, with Steve Martin headlining a first-rate cast in a most clever script about the joy and pain of being both a parent and a child. [4 Aug 1989, p.A]
    • 46 Metascore
    • 88 Gene Siskel
    Where the previous sequels have been mostly dour gun blasts, The Dead Pool is a thriller with wit and humor and tension. [15 Jul 1988, p.A]
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Gene Siskel
    Greenaway is a unique filmmaker in that he layers images upon one another in a single frame and doesn't require dialogue to make his films arresting. [18 Jul 1997]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Gene Siskel
    The songs are joyful, and the plant is a foul-mouthed wonder when it begins to talk. Director Frank Oz deserves credit for staging a musical in classic form, creating nothing less than one of the year's most entertaining films. [19 Dec 1986, p.A]
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Gene Siskel
    The film's strength is director Jim McBride's seemingly easy way of presenting us with a New Orleans that is more malevolent and intoxicating than the tourist trap that some think it to be.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Gene Siskel
    Ethics aside, the filmmaking by DePalma is stylish and alternates between shocking surprise and hold-your-breath quiet.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Gene Siskel
    A slightly more light-hearted version of the "Shine" story. [4 December 1998, Friday, p.A]
    • 26 Metascore
    • 75 Gene Siskel
    Not as worthless as you may have heard. [10 Sept 1993]
    • 40 Metascore
    • 75 Gene Siskel
    More of a physical achievement in moviemaking than a piece of storytelling, but I do recommend it on that basis. [15 January 1999, Friday, p.A]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Gene Siskel
    What this movie is about, and where it succeeds best, is the primordial level of fear. The characters, for the most part, and the non-fish elements in the story, are comparatively weak and not believable. [20 June 1975]
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Gene Siskel
    For a while, I resented the sexist, cruel behavior in the film, much of it revolving around the hazing of underclassmen. But gradually, I saw the movie turn into a brash expose of stupid adolescent traditions. [24 Sept 1993]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Gene Siskel
    A refreshing if obvious drama. [9 June 1989, Friday, p.A]
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Gene Siskel
    The movie does command our attention because Hines and Baryshnikov, through their dancing, manage to create very real and living and hurting characters. [22 Nov 1985]
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Gene Siskel
    This film works so well simply because every moment of it is suffused with the joy a new baby brings into the world. Save for a needlessly mean comic shot at an Arab businessman, it couldn't be more appropriate for family viewing. [8 Dec 1995, p.D]
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Gene Siskel
    Far and Away, a mildly old-fashioned romantic melodrama that has as many charming moments as embarrassing ones. Much of the charm is supplied by the earnest performances of Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. [22 May 1992]
    • 54 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]
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 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.
    • 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]
    • 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]