Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
For 5,646 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 8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Overlord [re-release]
Lowest review score: 0 Slackers
Score distribution:
5646 movie reviews
  1. Not bad so much as inexplicable. You watch in puzzlement: How did this train wreck happen?
  2. Tougher, less sentimental mirror version of "Save the Last Dance."
  3. Audacious, technically masterful, challenging, sometimes moving, ceaselessly watchable. What holds it back from greatness is a failure to really engage the ideas that it introduces.
  4. Although the narration is addressed to his wife, we learn little about her, his family or his personal life; he is used primarily as a guide through the milestones of the Congo's brief two-month experiment with democracy.
  5. Now Singleton, too, dares to take a hard look at his community. His characters are a little older, and he is older, too, and less forgiving.
  6. What's special about the film is at a deeper level, down where (Tykwer) engages with the souls of his characters.
  7. Not a great movie, but it delivers what it promises to deliver, and knows that a chase scene is supposed to be about something more than special effects.
  8. Cute, crude and good-hearted movie.
  9. If you're curious about why the demonstrators are so angry, this is why they're so angry.
  10. Perhaps too laden with messages for its own good, but it has many moments of musical beauty, and it's interesting to watch Janet McTeer.
  11. So monumentally silly, yet so wondrous to look at, that only a churl could find fault.
  12. These are hard men. They could have the "Sopranos" for dinner, throw up and have them again.
  13. It's skillfully mounted and fitfully intriguing, but weaves such a tangled web that at the end I defy anyone in the audience to explain the exact loyalties and motives of the leading characters.
  14. It's not good, but it's nowhere near as bad as most recent comedies; it has real laughs, but it misses real opportunities.
  15. What makes The Anniversary Party intriguing is how close it cuts to the bone of reality--how we're teased to draw parallels between some of the characters and the actors who play them.
  16. Rousing in an old pulp science fiction sort of way, but the climactic scene transcends the rest, and stands by itself as one of the great animated action sequences.
  17. The movie has three tones: overwrought, boring, laughable.
  18. Too many characters, not enough plot, and a disconnect between the two stars' acting styles.
  19. It alternates between graphic, explicit sex scenes and murder scenes of brutal cruelty. You recoil from what's on the screen.
  20. Until the plot becomes intolerably cornball, there's charm in the story.
  21. A film of unusual visual beauty and enormous intrinsic interest.
  22. Its centerpiece is 40 minutes of redundant special effects, surrounded by a love story of stunning banality.
  23. This is an amazingly ambitious movie, not so much because of the time and space it covers (a lot), but because Potter trusts us to follow her heroine through one damn thing after another.
  24. Has the courage to work without a net, aware that when you're a teenager, your life is not a story so much as a million possible stories.
  25. There's nothing wrong with Fast Food Fast Women that a casting director and a rewrite couldn't have fixed.
  26. A surprisingly effective film.
  27. This is not your average family cartoon. Shrek is jolly and wicked, filled with sly in-jokes and yet somehow possessing a heart.
  28. The movie is all color and music, sound and motion, kinetic energy, broad strokes, operatic excess.
  29. As an inside view of the bursting of the Internet bubble, is definitive.
  30. An innocuous family feature that's too little/too late in the fast-moving world of feature animation.

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