Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

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For 4,752 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 Ballast
Lowest review score: 0 The Life of David Gale
Score distribution:
4,752 movie reviews
  1. All of the materials are in place for a film that might have pleased Orwell. But somehow they never come together.
  2. They (fans) know what they enjoy. They don't want no damn movies with damn surprises. I am always pleased when moviegoers have a good time; perhaps they will return to a theater and someday see a good movie by accident, and it will start them thinking.
  3. Beloved evokes some of the fine moments in the careers of Deneuve and Marcello Mastroianni, but it doesn't re-create them.
  4. Sure, it’s fun to see the Governator and the Italian Stallion he-manning it up together feature-length for the first time — the screen is barely big enough to contain the two of them — but the prison-break movie Escape Plan is unworthy of the momentous occasion.
  5. The movie's problem is that it loads the casting in a way that tilts the movie in the direction of a Harlequin romance.
  6. A mushy and limp musical fantasy, so insubstantial it keeps evaporating before our eyes. It's one of those rare movies in which every scene seems to be the final scene; it's all ends and no beginnings, right up to its actual end, which is a cheat.
  7. An ordinary film with ordinary characters in a story too big for it. Life has been reduced to a Lifetime movie.
  8. So determined to be clever and whimsical that it neglects to be anything else.
  9. My problem with Borstal Boy isn't so much with the facts as with the tone.
  10. Watching this film was a cheerless exercise for me. The characters are manic and idiotic, the dialogue is rat-a-tat chatter, the action is entirely at the service of the 3-D, and the movie depends on bright colors, lots of noise and a few songs in between the whiplash moments.
  11. In its mastery of its moments, Jackpot has charm, humor and poignancy. What it lacks is necessity. There's a sense in which we're always waiting for it to kick in.
  12. It looks great, it hurtles through its paces and is well-acted. The soundtrack is like elevator music if the elevator were in a death plunge. The special effects are state of the art. Its only flaw is that it's disgusting.
  13. There's a way to make a movie like The Tourist, but Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck doesn't find that way.
  14. It wants to be a movie in search of a truth, but it's more like a movie in search of itself.
  15. The picture is haunted by a story problem: It isn't about anything but itself. There's no sense of life going on in the corners of the frame.
  16. A Burning Hot Summer failed to persuade me of any reason for its existence.
  17. The movie is awfully sweet. The young actresses playing eighth-graders look their age, for once, and have an unstudied charm.
  18. The movie is that it's all surface and no substance. Not even the slightest attempt is made to suggest that the film takes its own story seriously. Everything is style. The performances seem deliberately angled as satire.
  19. I hasten to say this is not criticism of John Travolta. He succeeds in this movie by essentially acting in a movie of his own.
  20. The numerous sex scenes are so uninteresting and devoid of creativity or plot advancement, even the actors participating in said encounters seem bored.
  21. Overcrowded and overwritten, with too many shrill denunciations and dramatic surprises; we don't like the characters and, worse, they don't interest us.
  22. It makes little sense, fails as often as it succeeds, and yet is not hateful and is sometimes quite cheerfully original.
  23. The movie is probably ideal for those proverbial young girls who adore cats, and young boys, too. I can't recommend it for adults attending on their own, unless they really, really love cats.
  24. He can take a licking and keep on slicing. In the latest Halloween movie, he absorbs a blow from an ax, several knife slashes, a rock pounded on the skull, a fall down a steep hillside and being crushed against a tree by a truck. Whatever he's got, mankind needs it.
  25. [Garai and Luna] must be given credit for their presence and charisma in Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, and together with the film's general ambiance, they do a lot to make amends for the lockstep plot.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Reincarnated seems more interested in showing us countless scenes of people smoking herb than in giving us details about the making of the album it purports to be documenting. Granted, Snoop is immersing himself in a culture where this is a customary process, but it gets old and tired very quickly.
  26. The basic idea of Uncommon Valor is so interesting that it's all they can do to make a routine formula movie out of it. But they do.
  27. I believe it is as cruel and senseless as the killings in "Elephant," but while that film was chillingly objective, this one seems to be on everybody's side. It's a moral muddle.
  28. A turgid melodrama with the emotional range of a sympathy card.
  29. Compared with the sensational stunts and special effects in the Bond series, The Saint seems positively leisurely. The fight scenes go on too long and are not interesting, the villains aren't single-minded enough, and the Saint seems more like a disguise fetishist than a formidable international operative.

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