Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

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For 4,736 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 74% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 24% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 9.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
Lowest review score: 0 Wolf Creek
Score distribution:
4,736 movie reviews
  1. Every once in a while there’s an inspired montage, or a one-liner that made me laugh out loud. But how can you have the great Christoph Waltz playing a villain in a comedy, and you get almost nothing out of it?
  2. The movie is an invaluable experiment in the theory of cinema, because it demonstrates that a shot-by-shot remake is pointless; genius apparently resides between or beneath the shots, or in chemistry that cannot be timed or counted.
  3. The photography, the dialogue, the acting, the script, the special effects and especially the props (such as a spaceship that looks like it would get a D in shop class) are all deliberately bad in the way that such films were bad when they were REALLY being made.
  4. Walks like a thriller and talks like a thriller, but it squawks like a turkey.
  5. Blindness is one of the most unpleasant, not to say unendurable, films I've ever seen.
  6. If Flashdance had spent just a little more effort getting to know the heroine of its story, and a little less time trying to rip off "Saturday Night Fever," it might have been a much better film.
  7. A deplorable film with this message: If you're a 14-year-old girl who has been brutally raped and murdered by a serial killer, you have a lot to look forward to.
  8. Did you (Garry Marshall) deliberately assemble this movie from off-the-shelf parts or did it just happen that way? The film is like a homage to the cliches and obligatory stereotypes of its genre.
  9. Bored out of my mind during this spectacle, I found my attention wandering to the subject of physics.
  10. If it can be said movies have personalities, I give you three words to sum up the basic core identity of Safe Haven: Bat. Bleep. Crazy.
  11. A film overgrown with so many directorial flourishes that the heroes need machetes to hack their way to within view of the audience.
  12. Boring, repetitive and maddening about a subject you'd think would be fairly interesting: snowboarding down a mountain.
  13. The Awakening looks great but never develops a plot with enough clarity to engage us, and the solution to the mystery is I am afraid disappointingly standard.
  14. It's got cheesy special effects, a muddy visual look, and characters who say obvious things in obvious ways.
  15. The kind of movie that would be so bad it's good, except it's not bad enough to be good enough.
  16. There's not a moment in this story arc that is not predictable.
  17. Lumbering from one expensive set piece to the next without taking the time to tell us a story that might make us care.
  18. Nobody needed to make it, nobody needs to see it, Jackson and Levy are too successful to waste time with it. It plays less like a film than like a deal.
  19. I couldn't believe a moment of it, and never identified with little David.
  20. Tells the story of a violent sociopath. Since it's about golf, that makes it a comedy.
  21. Age of Extinction is just another warmed-over, cynical, ATM machine of a movie. It’s soulless eye candy.
  22. This is a slick con, all flash and no substance. Now You See Me seems awfully sure of itself, with self-important, intrusive music, sweeping tracking shots and actors chewing up the scenery.
  23. A movie like this is harmless, I suppose, except for the celluloid that was killed in the process of its manufacture, but as an entertainment, it will send the kids tiptoeing through the multiplex to sneak into "Spider-Man 2."
  24. The kind of movie that somehow succeeds in moving very, very slowly even while proceeding at a breakneck pace. It cuts quickly back and forth between nothing and nothing.
  25. Thin and unsatisfying.
  26. This is a surprisingly cheesy disaster epic.
  27. If there's anything worse than a movie hammered together out of pieces of bad screenplays, it's a movie made from the scraps of good ones.
  28. Take Me Home Tonight must have been made with people who had a great deal of nostalgia for the 1980s, a relatively unsung decade. More power to them. The movie unfortunately gives them no dialogue expanding them into recognizable human beings.
  29. Even with Cecil B. Demented, which fails on just about every level, you've got to hand it to him (Waters): The idea for the film is kind of inspired.
  30. What Raising Arizona needs more than anything else is more velocity. Here's a movie that stretches out every moment for more than it's worth, until even the moments of inspiration seem forced.

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