Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

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For 4,548 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 Hoosiers
Lowest review score: 0 Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo
Score distribution:
4,548 movie reviews
  1. I would rather eat a golf ball than see this movie again.
  2. Inexplicably, there are people who still haven't had enough of these movies. The first was a nifty novelty. Now the appeal has worn threadbare.
  3. New Year's Eve is a dreary plod through the sands of time until finally the last grain has trickled through the hourglass of cinematic sludge. How is it possible to assemble more than two dozen stars in a movie and find nothing interesting for any of them to do?
  4. I am so very, very tired of movies like this. Does the story line strike you as original? It sounds to me like another slice off the cheesecake of dreck.
  5. This film is about violence. All violence. Wall-to-wall violence. Against many of those walls, heads are pounded again and again into a pulpy mass. If I estimated the film has 10 minutes of dialogue, that would be generous.
  6. It is depressing to reflect on the wealth of talent that conspired to make this inert and listless movie.
  7. Utterly clueless about its tone and has no idea how relentlessly it is undercutting itself. By the time we arrive at the obligatory happy ending, which is perfunctory and automatic, I felt sort of insulted. If Chandrasekhar thinks his audience will laugh at his vulgarity, why does he believe it requires a feel-good ending?
  8. V/H/S is an example of the genre at its least compelling.
  9. A film is a terrible thing to waste. For Roman Coppola to waste one on A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III is a sad sight to behold. I'll go further. For Charlie Sheen to waste a role in it is also a great pity. I stop not: For Bill Murray to occupy his time in this dreck sandwich is a calamity.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    The Condemned is nothing but a creaky façade.
  10. Part 2 seems even more like a Stallone vehicle than the first movie. I'm not even sure it's intended as a comedy. It's filled wall to wall with the kind of routine action and violence that Hollywood extrudes by the yard and shrink-wraps to order.
  11. This isn't a strict remake of Sam Raimi's hugely influential 1981 horror classic, but it does include the basic framework and some visual nods to the original. On its own, it's an irredeemable, sadistic torture chamber reveling in the bloody, cringe-inducing deaths of some of the stupidest people ever to spend a rainy night in a remote cabin in the woods.
  12. Quite simply, this is one of the worst films of 2013.
  13. Stargate is like a film school exercise. Assignment: Conceive of the weirdest plot you can think of, and reduce it as quickly as possible to action movie cliches.
  14. There’s not much difference between this nudity-packed yet remarkably dull crime drama and the ’90s-vintage, sleazy pay-cable erotic thrillers it’s referencing, if not emulating.
  15. Winter’s Tale is a good old-fashioned train wreck of a film. This is one of those deals where all the ingredients are Grade A, but the final product is a dud.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. This is a clichéd, cynical, occasionally offensive, pandering, idiotic film that redefines shameless.
  19. The Expendables 3 is proof a movie can be exceedingly loud and excruciatingly dull.
  20. Dreadful...Maybe another 200 cigarettes would have helped; coughing would be better than some of this dialogue.
  21. An ideal first movie for infants, who can enjoy the bright colors on the screen and wave their tiny hands to the music.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. An incoherent mess, a jumble of footage in search of plot, meaning, rhythm and sense.
  25. 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.
  26. Not bad so much as inexplicable. You watch in puzzlement: How did this train wreck happen?
  27. It's an arch, awkward, ill-timed, forced political comedy set in 1959 and seemingly stranded there.
  28. Josie and the Pussycats are not dumber than the Spice Girls, but they're as dumb as the Spice Girls, which is dumb enough.
  29. The film has the obnoxious tone of a boring home movie narrated by a guy shouting in your ear.

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