Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

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For 4,889 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 Sideways
Lowest review score: 0 Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo
Score distribution:
4889 movie reviews
  1. Each character in this movie is given the dramatic opportunity to look inside himself, to question his own motives as well as the motives of others, and to try to improve his own ways of dealing with a troubled situation. Two of the characters do learn how to adjust; the third doesn't. It's not often we get characters who face those kinds of challenges on the screen, nor directors who seek them out. Ordinary People is an intelligent, perceptive, and deeply moving film.
  2. There are many documentaries angry about the human destruction of the planetary peace. This is one of the very best -- a certain Oscar nominee.
  3. Arthur Penn's Little Big Man is an endlessly entertaining attempt to spin an epic in the form of a yarn.
  4. It is a mystery, this business of life. I can't think of any under cinematic undertaking that allows us to realize that more deeply.
  5. A big, bold, audacious war movie that will annoy some, startle others and demonstrate once again that he’s (Tarantino) the real thing, a director of quixotic delights.
  6. In a time when our cities are wounded, movies like Grand Canyon can help to heal.
  7. This is a remarkable film about a strange and prophetic man. What does it tell us? Did living a virtual life destroy him?
  8. If "Henry V," the first film [Branaugh] directed and starred in, caused people to compare him to Olivier, "Dead Again" will inspire comparisons to Welles and Hitchcock - and the Olivier of Hitchcock's "Rebecca."
  9. What a courageous first feature this is, a film that sidesteps shopworn stereotypes and tells a quiet, firm, deeply humanist story about doing the right thing. It is a film that avoids any message or statement and simply shows us, with infinite sympathy, how the life of a completely original character can help us lead our own.
  10. The interesting thing is that Hiller has saved the movie without substantially changing anything in the book.
  11. Sometime miraculous films come into being, made by people you've never heard of, starring unknown faces, blindsiding you with creative genius. Beasts of the Southern Wild is one of the year's best films.
  12. Love proves she is not a rock star pretending to act, but a true actress, and Harrelson matches her with his portrait of a man who has one thing on his mind, and never changes it.
  13. Even though it is a highly stylized, stop-motion animation film featuring puppet-like human characters, it is a pinpoint-accurate encapsulation of some of the most banal AND some of the most exhilarating moments virtually all of us have experienced at some point in our lives.
  14. [Nicholson's] performance is key in keeping Chinatown from becoming just a genre crime picture--that, and a Robert Towne screenplay that evokes an older Los Angeles, a small city in a large desert.
  15. One of the most effective thrillers ever made.
  16. Watching The American President, I felt respect for the craft that went into it: the flawless re-creation of the physical world of the White House, the smart and accurate dialogue, the manipulation of the love story to tug our heartstrings.
  17. Some kind of weird masterpiece...one of the best movies of the year.
  18. What the film is really about is people who see themselves and their values as an organic whole. There are no pious displays here. No sanctimony, no preaching. Never even the word "religion." Just Johan, Esther and Marianne, all doing their best.
  19. One of those entertainments where you laugh a lot along the way, and then you end up on the edge of your seat at the end.
  20. A wild elaboration. If you have never seen a Japanese anime, start here. If you love them, Metropolis proves you are right.
  21. I have seen love scenes in which naked bodies thrash in sweaty passion, but I have rarely seen them more passionate than in this movie, where everyone is wrapped in layers of Victorian repression.
  22. This film ennobles filmmaking.
  23. It fascinates in the moment. It's getting from one moment to the next that is tricky. Surely this is one of the most ambitious films ever made.
  24. The fact that David Helfgott lived the outlines of these events--that he triumphed, that he fell, that he came slowly back--adds an enormous weight of meaning to the film.
  25. This is the kind of movie Frank Capra might have directed, and James Stewart might have starred in - a movie about dreams.
  26. A magnificent entertainment. It is like the flowering of all the possibilities in the original classic film.
  27. Starting with Le Petit Soldat, Godard was forging his own individualistic art and becoming the most relevant director of our time.
  28. Transcendence is a bold, beautiful, sometimes confounding flight of futuristic speculation firmly rooted in the potential of today’s technology.
  29. Oslo, August 31st is quietly, profoundly, one of the most observant and sympathetic films I've seen.
  30. Argo the real movie about the fake movie, is both spellbinding and surprisingly funny.

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