Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

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For 4,772 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 3:10 to Yuma
Lowest review score: 0 Jupiter Ascending
Score distribution:
4,772 movie reviews
  1. 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.
  2. It's not that I don't like it. It's that I don't care.
  3. A step or two down from the first and second, but it has some very funny moments, and maybe that is all we hope for.
  4. An ungainly fit of three stories that have no business being shoehorned into the same movie.
  5. It fails to make us care, even a little, about the characters and what happens to them. There is nothing at stake.
  6. Possibly the funniest movie ever made about Catholicism. It confuses the phenomenon of stigmata with satanic possession.
  7. Saw
    An efficiently made thriller, cheerfully gruesome, and finally not quite worth the ordeal it puts us through.
  8. There is undoubtedly a movie to be made about this material -- a different movie.
  9. The movie itself isn't as interesting as the conversations you can have about it. It duplicates Thomas' miserable world so well we want to escape it as urgently as Thomas does.
  10. Essentially just a promotional film for Jordan as a product. It plays like a commercial for itself.
  11. The movie has terrific if completely unbelievable special effects. The actors had fun, I guess. You might, too, if you like goofiness like this.
  12. When the hero, his alter ego, his girlfriend and the villain all seem to lack any joy in being themselves, why should we feel joy at watching them?
  13. Educating Rita, which might have been a charming human comedy, disintegrated into a forced march through a formula relationship.
  14. Sweet, in its meandering way. It has no meanness in it, no cynicism, no desire to be anything other than what it is, an evocation of the fun of living your life as a skateboarder.
  15. Then they annoy us by trying to deny the attraction while the plot spins its wheels, pretending to be about something.
  16. In The Purge: Anarchy, unfortunately, grim and brutal is pretty much all we get.
  17. When the suffering of real children is used to enhance the image of movie stars who fall in love against the backdrop of their suffering, a certain decency is lacking. Beyond Borders wants it both ways -- glamor up front, and human misery in the background to lend it poignancy.
  18. Planes moves along quickly at a running time of 92 minutes, occasionally taking flight with some pretty nifty flight sequences. The animation is first-rate, and the Corningware colors are soothing eye candy.
  19. The movie is a first-time directorial effort by Justin Theroux, a splendid actor, son of the writer Phyllis, nephew of the novelist Paul. He might have done better to have taken on something by them.
  20. Reprising his writing/directing chores from the original, Ken Scott gives us an uneven mishmash that alternates between easy gags, shameless sentimentality and some just plain bizarre choices.
  21. There simply isn’t a whole lot of excitement being generated in this lackluster family adventure, though it tries oh so very hard.
  22. Jennifer Garner is indeed a charmer, but she's the victim of a charmless treatment in 13 Going on 30.
  23. This is Spielberg's weakest film since "1941."
  24. My two-star rating represents a compromise between admiration and horror.
  25. Too clever by half. It's the worst kind of con: It tells us it's a con, so we don't even have the consolation of being led down the garden path.
  26. It’s meant to be a soufflé-light charmer, but the bland, predictable French comedy Le Chef basically falls flat.
  27. I guess it's a tribute to The Man With Two Brains that I found myself laughing a fair amount of the time, despite my feelings about Martin.
  28. Everything is brought together at the end in a flash of revelation that is spectacularly underwhelming.
  29. Here's a case of two actors who do everything humanly possible to create characters who are sweet and believable, and are defeated by a screenplay that forces them into bizarre, implausible behavior.
  30. This movie wasn't made for me. It was made for the people who will love it, of which there may be a multitude. The stage musical has sold 30 million tickets, and I feel like the grouch at the party.

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