Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

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For 4,895 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 9.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 The Secret in Their Eyes
Lowest review score: 0 Freddy Got Fingered
Score distribution:
4895 movie reviews
  1. This is one of the worst movies of the year.
  2. Dead Man is a strange, slow, unrewarding movie that provides us with more time to think about its meaning than with meaning.
  3. If you walk out after 10 or 15 minutes, you will have seen the best parts of the film.
  4. One of the dirtiest-minded mainstream releases in history. It has a low opinion of men, a lower opinion of women, and the lowest opinion of the intelligence of its audience. It is obscene, foulmouthed, scatological, creepy and perverted.
  5. It is the story of the faith in which I was raised, and it is a story told here with great reverence and extremely faithful renditions of scenes from the New Testament. But, alas, it’s not a good movie.
  6. The actors cast themselves adrift on the sinking vessel of this story and go down with the ship.
  7. It takes some doing to make a Jack Black comedy that doesn't work. But Nacho Libre does it.
  8. The events involving the big speaking competition are so labored that occasionally the twins seem to be looking back over their shoulders for the plot to catch up.
  9. The movie has good special effects and suitably gruesome characters, but it's bloodless.
  10. The Immortals is without doubt the best-looking awful movie you will ever see.
  11. Mad Money is astonishingly casual for a movie about three service workers who steal millions from a Federal Reserve Bank. There is little suspense, no true danger; their plan is simple, the complications are few, and they don't get excited much beyond some high-fives and hugs and giggles.
  12. The standards for comic book superhero movies have been established by "Superman," "The Dark Knight," "Spider-Man 2" and "Iron Man." In that company "Thor" is pitiful. Consider even the comparable villains (Lex Luthor, the Joker, Doc Ock and Obadiah Stane). Memories of all four come instantly to mind. Will you be thinking of Loki six minutes after this movie is over?
  13. Kick-Ass 2 is an uninspired retread. All too often it plays like a Comic-Con gone insane, with costumed do-gooders taking on costumed criminals in gratuitously vicious battles.
  14. This plays like a live-action cartoon where you root for nobody. Everyone seems to think that yelling their lines will make the dialogue funnier. It doesn’t.
  15. It's a shaky-cam meander through an unconvincing relationship, with detours considering the process of making the film. At 91 minutes, it seems very long.
  16. Big Daddy should be reported to the child welfare office.
  17. The first All Talking Killer picture. After the setup, it consists mostly of characters explaining their actions to one another.
  18. The kind of movie Mad magazine prays for. It is so earnest, so overwrought and so wildly implausible that it begs to be parodied.
  19. The characters are bitter and hateful, the images are nauseating, and the ending is bleak enough that when the screen fades to black it's a relief.. Videodrome, whatever its qualities, has got to be one of the least entertaining films of all time.
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  20. That Awkward Moment strives to straddle the line between breezy, bromantic comedy and “Hangover”-esque guy humor. It fails miserably on both counts.
  21. The movie doesn't know how odd it seems to cut from the bloodshed in the ring to the dialogue of the supporting players, who still think they're in a comedy.
  22. Grudge Match does not work on any level. The story is unconvincing. The comedy elements are weak... And, worst of all, the acting in most scenes — particularly those involving Sylvester Stallone and Kim Basinger — is atrocious.
  23. How could director Lawrence Kasdan and writer William Goldman be responsible for a film that goes so awesomely wrong?
  24. A forgettable movie with a forgettable title about forgettable characters I’d just as soon as forget.
  25. Here is a film so dreary and conventional that it took an act of the will to keep me in the theater.
  26. There's nothing wrong with Fast Food Fast Women that a casting director and a rewrite couldn't have fixed.
  27. Why, oh, why, was this movie necessary?
  28. The movie never takes off; it's a bright idea the filmmakers were unable to breathe life into.
  29. There is some dark humor in the movie, of the kind where you laugh that you may not gag.
  30. Opens with 15 funny minutes and then goes dead in the water.

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