Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

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For 4,812 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 9.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Grizzly Man
Lowest review score: 0 September Dawn
Score distribution:
4,812 movie reviews
  1. After seeing Gere and Roberts play much smarter people (even in romantic comedies), it is painful to see them dumbed down here. The screenplay is so sluggish, they're like Derby winners made to carry extra weight.
  2. Director Todd Phillips has delivered a film so different from the first two, one could even ask if this is even supposed to be a comedy. I'm not saying it's an unfunny comedy wannabe; I'm saying it plays more like a straightforward, real-world thriller with a few laughs than a hard-R slapstick farce.
  3. Never quite attains takeoff velocity.
  4. Never comes alive.
  5. That the movie is fun is undeniable. That it is bad is inarguable.
  6. Things play out in predictable fashion, and we’re more than ready to bid farewell to these people and feel grateful they don’t live on our block.
  7. Strange, how good feardotcom is, and how bad. The screenplay is a mess, and yet the visuals are so creative this is one of the rare bad films you might actually want to see.
  8. The movie's problem is that no one seemed to have any fun making it, and it's hard to have much fun watching it. It's a depressing experience.
  9. This whole movie is crazy, with all sorts of well-known folks stumbling and bumbling about in search of a character. At times Reach Me is undeniably intriguing, mostly because it’s just so weird and disconnected. Eventually, though, it just becomes tiresome.
  10. A movie with a lot of funny one-liners, but no place to go with them.
  11. There's a point at which the plot crosses an invisible line, becoming so preposterous that it's no longer moving and is just plain weird.
  12. Love is blind, and movies about that blindness can be maddening.
  13. Too cluttered and busy, but as a glimpse into the affluent culture of a country with economic extremes, it's intriguing. Occasionally it's funny and moving, too.
  14. All of this is intriguing material, but the movie doesn't do much with it.
  15. Proves to be unsatisfactory because it establishes a well-defined group of characters and shows them disrupted by the careless behavior of a tiresome young woman and two adults who allow themselves to be motivated in one way or another by her infectious libido.
  16. This is a well-made thriller traveling over awfully familiar turf.
  17. In the real world, Elle Woods would be chewed up faster than one of little Bruiser's Milk-Bones.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Somewhere in the laundry list of clichés, there is a movie here that we have already seen and forgotten.
  18. The screenplay creates a sense of foreboding and afterboding, but no actual boding.
  19. There is no entry portal in The Rules of Attraction, and I spent most of the movie feeling depressed by the shallow, selfish, greedy characters. I wanted to be at another party.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    As amiable and formfitting as Ghostbusters II can be, it's a thin, dimly conceived affair. For all its rave-up special effects, it adds little to director Ivan Reitman's original, which itself was no fountain of wit but at least had a fresh gimmick going for it. [16 Jun 1989, p.37]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
  20. It's a long, shapeless, undisciplined mess, and every once in awhile it generates a big laugh.
  21. From its juvenile double entendre title to its fascination with prison rape and homophobic humor, “Get Hard” practically announces itself as an offensive, tired and unimaginative comedy in nearly every scene. And yet I didn’t hate it because Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart had such terrific comedic chemistry.
  22. As an idea, the film is fascinating, but as an experience it grows tedious; the concerts lack closeups, the sex lacks context, and Antarctica could use a few penguins.
  23. That the new Casanova lacks such wit is fatal. Heath Ledger is a good actor but Hallstrom's film is busy and unfocused, giving us the view of Casanova's ceaseless activity but not the excitement. It's a sitcom when what is wanted is comic opera.
  24. The movie is pleasant enough, but never quite reaches critical mass as a comedy.
  25. They are, in fact, likable. That's why their comedy is so sad.
  26. The big action set pieces fizzle. And that’s not good for a fantasy adventure movie, especially when the fantasy component is frequently undercut by sub-standard special effects.
  27. Nymphomaniac Part 1 grows flat and monotonous, and comes across as just what it is: half a film.
  28. Strives hard to replicate the screwball comedy but ends up being a lot more screwball than comedy.

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