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 We Live in Public
Lowest review score: 0 Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo
Score distribution:
4,734 movie reviews
  1. This is a great act of filmmaking and acting. I don't believe I would be able to see it twice.
  2. In America is not unsentimental about its new arrivals (the movie has a warm heart and frankly wants to move us), but it is perceptive about the countless ways in which it is hard to be poor and a stranger in a new land.
  3. I liked these characters precisely because they were not designed to be likable -- or, more precisely, because they were likable in spite of being exasperating, unorganized, self-destructive and impervious to good advice.
  4. Above all one of the most beautiful films ever made. Malick's purpose is not to tell a story of melodrama, but one of loss. His tone is elegiac. He evokes the loneliness and beauty of the limitless Texas prairie. [7 Dec. 1997]
  5. Mr. Turner is far more than merely an explosion of color and toned nuance for the eye. The real reason to make this a must-see of this holiday season is to wallow in the Oscar-worthy acting talent of Leigh’s veteran player Timothy Spall.
  6. The movie is funny, but it's more than funny, it's exhilarating.
  7. A powerful but quiet film, constructed of hidden thoughts and secret desires.
  8. The film works as well as it does due to the genius of Benedict Cumberbatch and the way he has inhabited Alan Turing’s persona.
  9. It is a spellbinding enigma, and one of the damnedest films Morris has ever made.
  10. The Band’s Visit has not provided any of the narrative payoffs we might have expected, but has provided something more valuable: An interlude involving two “enemies,” Arabs and Israelis, that shows them both as only ordinary people with ordinary hopes, lives and disappointments. It has also shown us two souls with rare beauty.
  11. No one is better at this kind of performance than Nicolas Cage. He's a fearless actor. He doesn't care if you think he goes over the top. If a film calls for it, he will crawl to the top hand over hand with bleeding fingernails.
  12. Ida
    Ida reaches spiritual depth through affecting performances rendered in sublime black-and-white compositions.
  13. This is one of those rare docs, like "Hoop Dreams," where life provides a better ending than the filmmakers could have hoped for. Also like "Hoop Dreams," it's not really a sports film; it's a film that uses sport as a way to see into lives, hopes and fears.
  14. Scorsese tells his story with the energy and pacing he's famous for, and with a wealth of little details that feel just right.
  15. Up in the Air takes the trust people once had in their jobs and pulls out the rug. It is a film for this time.
  16. Here is a searing film of human tragedy.
  17. The movie is bursting with life, energy, fears, frustrations and the quick laughter of a classroom hungry for relief.
  18. The Interrupters is based on a much-acclaimed article in the New York Times Magazine by Alex Kotlowitz, who followed a period of intense violence in Chicago. He joined with James to co-produce the film. It is difficult to imagine the effort, day after day for a year, of following this laborious, heroic and so often fruitless volunteer work.
  19. Kristen Dunst is pitch-perfect in the title role.
  20. Here is a rare movie that begins by telling us how it will end and is about how the hero has no idea why.
  21. A great American film.
  22. This is one of the year's best films.
  23. A movie you cannot turn away from; it is so pitiless and uncompromising, so filled with pathos and disregarded innocence, that it is a record of those things we pray to be delivered from.
  24. In its quiet, dark, claustrophobic way, this is one of the best films of the year.
  25. One of a very few films that wants to do something unexpected and challenging, and succeeds even beyond its ambitions. See this film. Then shut up about it.
  26. A great film, an intelligent film, a film shot clearly so that we know exactly who everybody is and where they are and what they’re doing and why.
  27. Deep movie emotions for me usually come not when the characters are sad, but when they are good. You will see what I mean.
  28. Hitchcock called his most familiar subject "The Innocent Man Wrongly Accused." Jarecki pumps up the pressure here by giving us a Guilty Man Accurately Accused, and that's what makes the film so ingeniously involving.
  29. Into the Abyss may be the saddest film Werner Herzog has ever made. It regards a group of miserable lives, and in finding a few faint glimmers of hope only underlines the sadness.
  30. Last Days is a definitive record of death by gradual drug exhaustion. After the chills and thrills of "Sid & Nancy" and "The Doors," here is a movie that sees how addicts usually die, not with a bang but a whimper. If the dead had it to do again, they might wish that, this time, they'd at least been conscious enough to realize what was happening.

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