Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

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For 4,719 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 9.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 In the Family
Lowest review score: 0 White House Down
Score distribution:
4,719 movie reviews
  1. It is one of those rare movies that is not just about a story, or some characters, but about a whole universe of feeling.
  2. Sophie's Choice is a fine, absorbing, wonderfully acted, heartbreaking movie.
  3. It is flawlessly crafted, intelligently constructed, strongly acted and spellbinding.
  4. The story of herself (Varda), a woman whose life has consisted of moving through the world with the tools of her trade, finding what is worth treasuring.
  5. Here is one of the most entertaining films in many a moon, a film that charms because of its story, its performances and because of the sly way it plays with being silent and black and white.
  6. The film is extraordinarily beautiful. Bertolucci is one of the great painters of the screen.
  7. An amazing film. It is deep, rich, human. It is not about rich and poor, but about old and new. It is about the ancient war between tradition and feeling.
  8. It’s one of the best movies of the year and one of the truest portrayals I’ve ever seen about troubled teens and the people who dedicate their lives to trying to help them.
  9. This is a wonderful film. There isn't a thing that I would change.
  10. Working from a script by Paul Webb and aided by stark, beautiful, sometimes startlingly realistic cinematography by Bradford Young, DuVernay has delivered a powerful and moving portrait of Martin Luther King Jr.
  11. It is about the actual lives of refugees, who lack the luxury of opinions because they are preoccupied with staying alive in a world that has no place for them.
  12. As for myself, as Leticia rejoined Hank in the last shot of the movie, I was thinking about her as deeply and urgently as about any movie character I can remember.
  13. [A] stunning “documentary of the imagination."
  14. I have seen Waking Life three times now. I want to see it again -- not to master it, or even to remember it better, -- but simply to experience all of these ideas, all of this passion, the very act of trying to figure things out.
  15. No finer film has ever been made about organized crime - not even "The Godfather."
  16. You would imagine a film like this would be greeted with rapture in France, but no. The leading French film magazine, "Cahiers du Cinema," has long scorned the filmmakers of this older generation as makers of mere "quality," and interprets Tavernier's work as an attack on the New Wave generation which replaced them.
  17. It is intriguing to wonder what Scorsese saw in the Hong Kong movie that inspired him to make the second remake of his career (after "Cape Fear"). I think he instantly recognized that this story, at a buried level, brought two sides of his art and psyche into equal focus.
  18. The Year of Living Dangerously is a wonderfully complex film about personalities more than events, and we really share the feeling of living in that place, at that time.
  19. American Hustle is the best time I’ve had at the movies all year, a movie so perfectly executed, such wall-to-wall fun, so filled with the joy of expert filmmaking on every level I can’t imagine anyone who loves movies not loving THIS movie.
  20. The only other film I've seen with this boldness of vision is Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey," and it lacked Malick's fierce evocation of human feeling.
  21. At a time when too many movies focus every scene on a $20 million star, an Altman film is like a party with no boring guests.
  22. Perhaps I have made the movie sound too serious... So let me just say that Down and Out in Beverly Hills made me laugh longer and louder than any film I've seen in a long time.
  23. Here is the best American movie of the year so far.
  24. Joss Whedon’s take on Shakespeare’s classic tale is swanky, sexy and sophisticated, as bracing as a dry martini poured from a silver shaker on a summer night.
  25. Scarface is one of those special movies, like "The Godfather," that is willing to take a flawed, evil man and allow him to be human.
  26. This is a masterful and heartbreaking film, and it does honor to the memory of the victims.
  27. Nothing Cruise has done will prepare you for what he does in Born on the Fourth of July. His performance is so good that the movie lives through it. Stone is able to make his statement with Cruise's face and voice and doesn't need to put everything into the dialogue.
  28. They are all so very articulate, which is refreshing in a time when literate and evocative speech has been devalued in the movies.
  29. The Big Easy is one of the richest American films of the year. It also happens to be a great thriller.
  30. What a lovely film this is, so gentle and whimsical, so simple and profound.

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