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. Assembled from the debris of countless worn-out images of the Deep South and is indeed beautifully photographed. But the writer-director, Deborah Kampmeier, has become inflamed by the imagery and trusts it as the material for a story, which seems grotesque and lurid.
  2. It proceeds so deliberately from one plot point to the next that we want to stand next to the camera, holding up cards upon which we have lettered clues and suggestions.
  3. In the end, I'm conflicted about the film. As an accessible family film, it delivers the goods. But it lives in the shadow of "March of the Penguins." Despite its sad scenes, it sentimentalizes.
  4. It's one of those off-balance movies that seems searching for the right tone.
  5. The movie is all the more artificial because it has been made with great, almost painful, earnestness.
  6. Amusing enough to watch and passes the time, but it's the kind of movie you're content to wait for on your friendly indie cable channel.
  7. The sex in the movie is so mild that I assumed the R rating was generated primarily by the gay theme, until I learned the R is in fact because of too many f-words.
  8. Of the two co-stars, what I can say is that I’m looking forward to their next films.
  9. The result is a tiresome exercise that circles at great length through various prefabricated stories defined by the advice each couple needs (or doesn't need).
  10. It's a muddled, sometimes-atmospheric effort.
  11. Chop off the last two or three minutes, fade to black, and you have a decent film.
  12. By the end of the movie, I frankly didn't give a damn. There's an ironic twist, but the movie hadn't paid for it and didn't deserve it. And I was struck by the complete lack of morality in Demonlover.
  13. So the screenplay is a soap operatic mess, involving distractions, loose ends, and sheer carelessness.
  14. What's lacking is a little more depth. This is a movie that covers a lot of distance in only 87 minutes.
  15. A brave and ambitious but chaotic attempt at political satire.
  16. I will say that the attempt to reinterpret the memorable closing shot of "Blood Simple" is so gauche and graceless that I involuntarily moaned in disgust. I docked the film another half-star just for that.
  17. Not very funny, and maybe couldn't have been very funny no matter what, because the pieces for comedy are not in place.
  18. There should be a special category for movies that are neither good nor bad, but simply excessive.
  19. Well, you can't fault the actors. That must mean it's the fault of the writer and director. Take is a monotonous slog through dirgeland, telling a story that seems strung out beyond all reason, with flashbacks upon flashbacks delaying interminably the underwhelming climax.
  20. If you don't already know who Bruce Campbell is, it will set you searching for other Bruce Campbell films on the theory that they can't all be like this. Start with "Evil Dead II," is my advice. Not to forget "Bubba Ho-Tep." In fact, start with them before My Name Is Bruce, which is low midrange in the Master's oeuvre.
  21. Because I had, in a sense, already seen this movie, it didn't have surprises or suspense for me, and the actors on their own aren't enough to save it.
  22. It's not technically true to say the movie cheats, but let's say it abandons the truth and depth of its earlier scenes.
  23. Great energy and creativity went into the construction, production and direction of this movie, but it doesn't have a story that does justice to the production.
  24. An occasionally entertaining, often incomprehensible and ultimately quite average 1980s-homage mismatched buddy action picture.
  25. Wrath of the Titans relentlessly wore me down with special effects so overscale compared to the characters in the film that at times the only thing to do was grin.
  26. Grass is not much as a documentary. It's a cut-and-paste job, assembling clips from old and new anti-drug films and alternating them with pro-drug footage from the Beats, the flower power era and so on.
  27. Fair Game works as a thriller for anyone who lives entirely in the present.
  28. This is an ambitious and sometimes effective but wildly uneven adventure that plays like one extended ego trip for Stiller. It feels like a movie by focus group, struggling to find a place between genuinely creative fantasy and audience-pleasing payoff moments.
  29. There is nothing wrong with the performances. All of the actors are professionals, although none have as much fun as Shelley Winters, who is the actor everyone remembers from the 1972 movie.
  30. Its moments of fascination and its good performances are mired in the morass of romance and melodrama that surrounds it.

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