Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

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For 4,533 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 Crash
Lowest review score: 0 Dirty Love
Score distribution:
4,533 movie reviews
  1. What it looks like is warmed-over Tarantino mixed with a third-rate tribute to the Coen brothers with a dose of David Lynch-ian madness, two decades late to the party.
  2. It’s only mid-April, but I’m making an early reservation for The Other Woman to appear on my list of the 10 Worst Films of 2014.
  3. This is a clichéd, cynical, occasionally offensive, pandering, idiotic film that redefines shameless.
  4. The Expendables 3 is proof a movie can be exceedingly loud and excruciatingly dull.
  5. Dreadful...Maybe another 200 cigarettes would have helped; coughing would be better than some of this dialogue.
  6. An ideal first movie for infants, who can enjoy the bright colors on the screen and wave their tiny hands to the music.
  7. So bad in so many different ways that perhaps you should see it, as an example of the lowest slopes of the bell-shaped curve.
  8. A vanity production beyond all reason. I am not sure, however, than the vanity is Dylan's. I don't have any idea what to think about him.
  9. An incoherent mess, a jumble of footage in search of plot, meaning, rhythm and sense.
  10. Through superhuman effort of the will, I did not walk out of The Hot Chick, but reader, I confess I could not sit through the credits.
  11. Not bad so much as inexplicable. You watch in puzzlement: How did this train wreck happen?
  12. It's an arch, awkward, ill-timed, forced political comedy set in 1959 and seemingly stranded there.
  13. Josie and the Pussycats are not dumber than the Spice Girls, but they're as dumb as the Spice Girls, which is dumb enough.
  14. The film has the obnoxious tone of a boring home movie narrated by a guy shouting in your ear.
  15. A truly dreadful film, a lifeless, massive, lumbering exercise in failed comedy. Elaine May, the director, has mounted a multimillion-dollar expedition in search of a plot so thin that it hardly could support a five-minute TV sketch.
  16. A dead zone of comedy. The concept is exhausted, the ideas are tired, the physical gags are routine, the story is labored, the actors look like they can barely contain their doubts about the project.
  17. Awful in so many different ways.
  18. To make a film this awful, you have to have enormous ambition and confidence, and dream big dreams.
  19. Jason X sucks on the levels of storytelling, character development, suspense, special effects, originality, punctuation, neatness and aptness of thought. Only its title works.
  20. The movie is a chaotic mess, overloaded with special effects and explosions, light on continuity, sanity and coherence.
  21. It's a movie without a brain. Charlie's Angels is like the trailer for a video game movie, lacking only the video game, and the movie.
  22. One element of Sorority Boys is undeniably good, and that is the title. Pause by the poster on the way into the theater. That will be your high point.
  23. Not that the film is outrageous. That would be asking too much. It is dim-witted, unfunny, too shallow to be offensive.
  24. A comedy so listless, leisurely and unspirited that it was an act of the will for me to care about it, even while I was watching it.
  25. It goes through the motions of an action thriller, but there is a deadness at its center, a feeling that no one connected with it loved what they were doing.
  26. They're so detached they can't even successfully lip-synch their own songs.
  27. This is a dishonest, quease-inducing "comedy" that had me feeling uneasy and then unclean. Who in the world read this script and thought it was acceptable?
  28. An utterly meaningless waste of time...It is a dead zone, a film without interest, wit, imagination or even entertaining violence and special effects.
  29. The very soul of sophomorism. It is callow, gauche, obvious and awkward, and designed to appeal to those with similar qualities.
  30. The movie has three tones: overwrought, boring, laughable.

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