Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

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For 4,552 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 75% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 23% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 9.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Ghost World
Lowest review score: 0 The Life of David Gale
Score distribution:
4,552 movie reviews
  1. This restored 35mm print, now in art theaters around the country, may be 37 years old, but it is the best foreign film of the year.
  2. A movie you cannot turn away from; it is so pitiless and uncompromising, so filled with pathos and disregarded innocence, that it is a record of those things we pray to be delivered from.
  3. What a lovely film this is, so gentle and whimsical, so simple and profound.
  4. Am I acting as an advocate in this review? Yes, I am. I believe that to be "impartial" and "balanced" on global warming means one must take a position like Gore's. There is no other view that can be defended.
  5. It brings the fantastic into our everyday lives; it delights in showing us the reaction of the man on the street to Superman's latest stunt.
  6. Unlike "Saving Private Ryan" and other dramatizations based on D-Day, Overlord is an intimate film, one that focuses closely on Tom Beddoes (Brian Stirner), who enters the British army, goes through basic training and is one of the first ashore on D-Day. (Reviewed in 2004)
  7. Bahrani, as director, not only stays out of the way of the simplicity of his story, but relies on it; less is more, and with restraint he finds a grimy eloquence.
  8. The Queen is a spellbinding story of opposed passions -- of Elizabeth's icy resolve to keep the royal family separate and aloof from the death of the divorced Diana, who was legally no longer a royal, and of Blair's correct reading of the public mood.
  9. 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.
  10. I am not British, was born 14 years before the subjects, and yet by now identify intensely with them, because some kinds of human experience -- teenage, work, marriage, illness are universal. You could make this series in any society.
  11. Kristen Dunst is pitch-perfect in the title role.
  12. Eastwood’s two-film project is one of the most visionary of all efforts to depict the reality and meaning of battle.
  13. Very nice. I like Borat very much. I think it is, as everybody has been saying, the funniest movie in years.
  14. It is refreshing to see Cruz acting in the culture and language that is her own. As it did with Sophia Loren in the 1950s, Hollywood has tried to force Cruz into a series of show-biz categories, when she is obviously most at home playing a woman like the ones she knew, grew up with, could have become.
  15. This movie is NEW from the get-go. It could be your first Bond. In fact, it was the first Bond; it was Ian Fleming's first 007 novel, and he was still discovering who the character was.
  16. A powerful but quiet film, constructed of hidden thoughts and secret desires.
  17. The performances are crucial, because all of these characters have so completely internalized their world that they make it palpable, and themselves utterly convincing.
  18. One of the greatest of all fantasy films.
  19. This is a dark, dark, dark film, focused on an obsession so complete and lonely it shuts out all other human experience. You may not savor it, but you will not stop watching it, in horror and fascination.
  20. Its most impressive accomplishment is to gather a bewildering labyrinth of facts and suspicions over a period of years, and make the journey through this maze frightening and suspenseful.
  21. It probably is unforgivably bourgeois to admire a film because of its locations, but in the case of The Last Emperor the narrative cannot be separated from the awesome presence of the Forbidden City, and from Bertolucci's astonishing use of locations, authentic costumes and thousands of extras to create the everyday reality of this strange little boy.
  22. A Bronx Tale is a very funny movie sometimes, and very touching at other times. It is filled with life and colorful characters and great lines of dialogue, and De Niro, in his debut as a director, finds the right notes as he moves from laughter to anger to tears. What's important about the film is that it's about values.
  23. One of the most remarkable and haunting documentaries ever made.
  24. In a time when our cities are wounded, movies like Grand Canyon can help to heal.
  25. An Officer and a Gentleman is the best movie about love that I've seen in a long time.
  26. As he is played by Gene Hackman in The Conversation, an expert wiretapper named Harry Caul is one of the most affecting and tragic characters in the movies.
  27. Bernardo Bertolucci's Last Tango in Paris is one of the great emotional experiences of our time.
  28. Anyone who could read Munro’s original story and think they could make a film of it, and then make a great film, deserves a certain awe.
  29. Drugstore Cowboy is one of the best films in the long tradition of American outlaw road movies - a tradition that includes "Bonnie and Clyde," "Easy Rider," "Midnight Cowboy" and "Badlands."
  30. This is, first of all, an electrifying and poignant love story....And it is also one hell of a thriller.

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