Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

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For 5,125 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 8.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Lowest review score: 0 Wolf Creek
Score distribution:
5125 movie reviews
  1. It's so determined to be crude, vulgar and offensive that after a while I grew weary. Abbott and Costello used to knock out funnier movies on this exact intellectual plane without using a single F, S, C, P or A word.
  2. Crimson Peak is a gorgeous mediocrity.
  3. The charisma of such actors as Gandolfini, Pitt, Liotta and Jenkins depends largely on their screen presences and our memories of them in better roles.
  4. Actually two movies, one wretched, the other funny. The funny one involves the Jennifer Tilly scenes.
  5. OK, OK. They're good dancers, and well-choreographed. You can see the movie for that and be charitable about the moronic plot.
  6. It might work on video for viewers who glance up at the screen from time to time. The more attention you pay to it, the less it's there.
  7. The kind of performance Penn delivers in I Am Sam, which may look hard, is easy, compared, say, to his amazing work in Woody Allen's "Sweet and Lowdown."
  8. Lacks some of the idiocy of your average teenage rom-com. But it doesn't bring much to the party. It sort of ambles along, with two nice people at the center of a human scavenger hunt. It's not much of a film, but it sort gets you halfway there, like a Yugo.
  9. Is the film worth seeing? Depends. It breaks no new ground as horror movies go, but it does introduce an intriguing location, and it's well made technically. It's better than you expect but not as good as you hope.
  10. The mistake of The Mummy Returns is to abandon the characters, and to use the plot only as a clothesline for special effects and action sequences.
  11. Kafka, as subject or character, simply doesn't fit into the world of this film. Soderbergh does demonstrate again here that he's a gifted director, however unwise in his choice of project.
  12. There’s not a bad performance in this movie. De Niro, Keaton and Sarandon are particularly good, what a surprise. But it feels as if all the guests at “The Big Wedding” are wearing ID tags telling us their one Plot Point.
  13. It all comes down to whether you can tolerate Leon Barlow. I can't. Big Bad Love can, and is filled with characters who love and accept him, even though he is a full-time, gold-plated pain in the can.
  14. Brando doesn't so much walk through this movie as coast, in a gassy, self-indulgent performance no one else could have gotten away with.
  15. Competent formula entertainment, but doesn't make that leap into pure barminess that inspired "Anaconda."
  16. Pitch Perfect 2 strains to find some plot conflicts while balancing the line between satire and rousing musical numbers.
  17. All of the characters are treated sincerely and played in a straightforward style. It's just that we don't love them enough.
  18. It's strange about Stir Crazy. We go in with big expectations, and we laugh so much at the beginning that we're ready for the movie to launch itself as a hit. And then it all goes flat and we come out disappointed.
  19. There are a lot of logical gaps in this movie.
  20. The comedy bogs down in relentless predictability and the puzzling overuse of naughty words.
  21. The acting is actually pretty solid. These characters are never in the same room, so the performances amount to a collection of solo scenes. But these kids aren’t likable. Perhaps director Gabriadze and writer Nelson Greaves intended to create a Social Media “Scream” and a commentary on cyber-bullying, but Unfriended comes across as disdainful of millennials.
  22. There’s gratuitous nudity, lots of partying, zippy camera moves, plenty of product placement and did we mention all those celebrity cameos? It all feels more like a rerun than a fully formed, stand-alone movie.
  23. As we switched relentlessly back and forth between A and B, I found that I wasn't looking forward to either story.
  24. It is not what's there on the screen that disappoints me, but what's not there.
  25. Follows the "Lock, Stock" formula so slavishly it could be like a new arrangement of the same song.
  26. A gorgeous but plodding and borderline ludicrous period-piece weeper.
  27. I praised "Lovely & Amazing," which also features a romance between an adult woman and a teenage boy. But "Lovely & Amazing" is about events that happen in a plausible world (the adult is actually arrested). Tadpole wants only to be a low-rent "Graduate" clone.
  28. The movie cuts back and forth between two preposterous plot lines and uses the man on the ledge as a device to pump up the tension.
  29. You may be able to find parallels between these characters and those in "The Breakfast Club." On the other hand, you may decide life is too short.
  30. There may be possibilities here, but they're lost in the extraordinary boredom of a long third act devoted almost entirely to loud, pointless and repetitive action.

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