Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

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For 4,734 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 9.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 High Hopes
Lowest review score: 0 Chaos
Score distribution:
4,734 movie reviews
  1. Everybody knew to wait for the outtakes during the closing credits, because you'd see him miss a fire escape or land wrong in the truck going under the bridge. Now the outtakes involve his use of the English language.
  2. The dialogue and exposition scenes in G.I. Joe are like something out of a Saturday morning cartoon from the 1980s, but the PG-13 violence is a little intense for the 7-year-old boys (and girls) who might love this stuff.
  3. Joe Dirt is so obviously a construction that it is impossible to find anything human about him; he is a concept, not a person.
  4. Everything about this film feels forced, clunky and overwrought.
  5. It's a nine days' wonder, a geek show designed to win a weekend or two at the box office and then fade from memory.
  6. Here’s proof two females can make a bickering-opposites-action-comedy that’s just as lousy and sour as any clunker starring two guys.
  7. The movie makes two mistakes: (1) It isn't very funny, and (2) it makes the crucial error of taking its story seriously and angling for a happy ending.
  8. A march through the swamp of recycled ugly duckling stories, with occasional pauses in the marsh of sitcom cliches and the bog of Idiot Plots.
  9. The film is a gloomy special-effects extravaganza filled with grotesque images, generating fear and despair.
  10. There must be humor here somewhere.
  11. A first draft for a movie that could have been extraordinary.
  12. It's unnecessary in the sense that there is no good reason to go and actually see it.
  13. A long slog through perplexities and complexities.
  14. It is not faulty logic that derails The Hills have Eyes, however, but faulty drama. The movie is a one-trick pony.
  15. Newsies is like warmed-over Horatio Alger, complete with such indispensable cliches as the newsboy on crutches, the little kid, and of course the hero's best pal, who has a pretty sister.
  16. Is it a hard-R road trip comedy that makes no apologies for politically incorrect humor — or a sweet family film with a message about tolerance and acceptance? It’s both, I suppose. And neither element is particularly convincing or particularly funny.
  17. Bootmen is the story of a young dancer and his friends who revisit the cliches of countless other dance movies in order to bring forth a dance performance of clanging unloveliness.
  18. So unsuccessful in so many different ways that maybe the whole project was doomed.
  19. It knows the words but not the music; while the Farrelly brothers got away with murder, The Sweetest Thing commits suicide.
  20. None of the action is coherent; shots and shells are fired, people and killed or not, explosions rend the air, SUVs spin aloft (the same one more than once, I think), and there is no sense of strategy.
  21. Another one of those road comedies where Southern roots are supposed to make boring people seem colorful. If these characters were from Minneapolis or Denver, no way anyone would make a film about them.
  22. There's no chemistry between Deeds and Babe, but then how could there be, considering that their characters have no existence, except as the puppets in scenes of plot manipulation.
  23. The movie stars Jim Carrey, who is in his pleasant mode. It would have helped if he were in his manic mode, although it's hard to get a rise out of a penguin.
  24. The movie is a paid holiday for its director, Harold Becker. I say this because I know what Becker is capable of.
  25. Plays like a collision between leftover bits and pieces of Marvel superhero stories. It can't decide what tone to strike.
  26. Would it have been that much more difficult to make a movie in which Tom and Sarah were plausible, reasonably articulate newlyweds with the humor on their honeymoon growing out of situations we could believe? Apparently.
  27. If you're a fan of extreme skateboarding, motorcycling and motocross, this is the movie for you. If not, not. And even if you are, what's in the film other than what you might have seen on TV? Yes, it's in 3D, which adds nothing and dims the picture.
  28. To the degree that you will want to see this movie, it will be because of the surprise, and so I will say no more, except to say that the "solution," when it comes, solves little - unless there is really little to solve, which is also a possibility.
  29. A movie that filled me with an urgent desire to see Sarah Silverman in a different movie. I liked everything about it except the writing, the direction, the editing and the lack of a parent or adult guardian.
  30. House of D is the kind of movie that particularly makes me cringe, because it has such a shameless desire to please; like Uriah Heep, it bows and scrapes and wipes its sweaty palm on its trouser leg, and also like Uriah Heep, it privately thinks it is superior.

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