Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

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For 4,420 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 9.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 The Dark Knight
Lowest review score: 0 Chaos
Score distribution:
4,420 movie reviews
  1. A film so amateurish that only the professionalism of some of the actors makes it watchable.
  2. (Li)'s scenes are so clearly computer-aided that his moves are about as impressive as Bugs Bunny doing the same.
  3. Here's a movie without an ounce of human kindness, a sour and mean-spirited enterprise so desperate to please, it tries to be a yukky comedy and a hard-boiled action picture at the same time.
  4. If there's anything worse than a movie hammered together out of pieces of bad screenplays, it's a movie made from the scraps of good ones.
  5. I went to Crossroads expecting a glitzy bimbofest and got the bimbos but not the fest. Britney Spears' feature debut is curiously low-key and even sad.
  6. The astonishing success of the original "MiB" was partly because it was fun, partly because it was unexpected. We'd never seen anything like it, while with MiBII, we've seen something exactly like it.
  7. There's nothing wrong with Fast Food Fast Women that a casting director and a rewrite couldn't have fixed.
  8. Rubber-stamped from the same mold that has produced an inexhaustible supply of fictional Southern belles who drink too much, talk too much, think about themselves too much, try too hard to be the most unforgettable character you've ever met, and are, in general, insufferable.
  9. I seem to be developing a rule about talking animals: They can talk if they're cartoons or Muppets, but not if they're real.
  10. Even with Cecil B. Demented, which fails on just about every level, you've got to hand it to him (Waters): The idea for the film is kind of inspired.
  11. There is nothing funny about the situation in Teaching Mrs. Tingle.
  12. The movie never takes off; it's a bright idea the filmmakers were unable to breathe life into.
  13. Lumbering from one expensive set piece to the next without taking the time to tell us a story that might make us care.
  14. This is not the story of a fugitive trying to sneak through enemy terrain and be rescued, but of a movie character magically transported from one photo opportunity to another.
  15. The movie offers brainless high-tech action without interesting dialogue, characters, motivation or texture.
  16. When flashbacks tease us with bits of information, it has to be done well, or we feel toyed with. Here the mystery is solved by stomping in thick-soled narrative boots through the squishy marsh of contrivance.
  17. A long slog through perplexities and complexities.
  18. The kind of movie that somehow succeeds in moving very, very slowly even while proceeding at a breakneck pace. It cuts quickly back and forth between nothing and nothing.
  19. An uninspired assembly of characters and story lines that interrupt one another.
  20. There is some dark humor in the movie, of the kind where you laugh that you may not gag.
  21. It's the most lugubrious and soppy love story in many a moon, a step backward for director Sam Raimi after "A Simple Plan."
  22. A first draft for a movie that could have been extraordinary.
  23. An innocuous family feature that's too little/too late in the fast-moving world of feature animation.
  24. So unsuccessful in so many different ways that maybe the whole project was doomed.
  25. Very seriously confused in its objectives.
  26. It's nice, but it's not much of a comedy.
  27. 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.
  28. A witless recycling of the H.G. Wells story from 1895, with the absurdity intact but the wonderment missing.
  29. Big Daddy should be reported to the child welfare office.
  30. Jogs doggedly on the treadmill of comedy, working up a sweat but not getting much of anywhere.

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