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 Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
Lowest review score: 0 Wolf Creek
Score distribution:
4,734 movie reviews
  1. An earnest but hopeless attempt to tell a parable about a man's search for redemption. By the end of his journey, we don't care if he finds redemption, if only he finds wakefulness.
  2. A lot of the dialogue is intended as funny, but man, is it lame.
  3. If the movie is a lost cause, it may at least showcase actors who have better things ahead of them.
  4. (Li)'s scenes are so clearly computer-aided that his moves are about as impressive as Bugs Bunny doing the same.
  5. Hoot has its heart in the right place, but I have been unable to locate its brain.
  6. Plays like a tired exercise, a spy spoof with no burning desire to be that, or anything else.
  7. There are those who will no doubt call The Postman the worst film of the year, but it's too good-hearted for that.
  8. 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.
  9. At every moment in the movie, I was aware that Peter Sellers was Clouseau, and Steve Martin was not. I hadn't realized how thoroughly Sellers and Edwards had colonized my memory.
  10. A witless recycling of the H.G. Wells story from 1895, with the absurdity intact but the wonderment missing.
  11. The movie deserves more stars for its bottom-line craft, but all the craft in the world can't redeem its story.
  12. ​I’ll tell you what got Taken. A hundred and twelve minutes of my life got Taken.
  13. It's surprising to see a director like Michael Apted and an actress like Jennifer Lopez associated with such tacky material.
  14. You know there's something wrong with a sex movie when the good parts are the dialogue.
  15. Starts promisingly as an attack on modern commercialized sports, and then turns into just one more wheezy assembly-line story about slacker dudes vs. rich old guys.
  16. It's a simple, wholesome parable, crashingly obvious, and we sit patiently while the characters and the screenplay slowly arrive at the inevitable conclusion. It needs to take some chances and surprise us.
  17. Maybe this is unreasonable, but I can’t help thinking that if you’re going to make a movie with “Oz” in the title, you’d better be prepared to kick in at least a little inspiration. Yet that’s precisely what’s missing — so utterly absent it’s almost impressive in a way — in the painfully uninspired Legends of Oz.
  18. In Step Brothers, the language is simply showing off by talking dirty. It serves no comic function, and just sort of sits there in the air, making me cringe.
  19. 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.
  20. A brutal, crude, witless high-tech CGI contrivance, in which no artificial technique has been overlooked, including 3-D.
  21. Made me want to spray the screen with Lysol. This movie is shameless. It's not merely a tearjerker. It extracts tears individually by liposuction, without anesthesia.
  22. I am just about ready to write off movies in which people make bets about whether they will, or will not, fall in love.
  23. The movie pretends to show poor black kids being bribed into literacy by Dylan and candy bars, but actually it is the crossover white audience that is being bribed with mind-candy in the form of safe words by the two Dylans.
  24. The movie is silly beyond comprehension, and even if it weren't silly, it would still be beyond comprehension.
  25. There are few things more depressing than a weeper that doesn't make you weep.
  26. What possible reason was there for anyone to make Did You Hear About the Morgans? Or should I say "remake," because this movie has been made and over and over again, and oh, so much better.
  27. What we have here is a witless attempt to merge the "Twilight" formula with the Michael Bay formula.
  28. It offers certain pleasures, but suffers from an inability to structure events or know when to end a shot. And it has an ending that is simply, perhaps ridiculously, incomprehensible.
  29. A slick production of a lame script, which kills time for most of its middle half-hour. If anyone in the plot had the slightest intelligence, the story would implode.
  30. Like the Bond movies, the "Die Hard" films thrive on brilliantly wicked villains. In this edition, we barely know which bad guy is the main bad guy. The script is filled with heavy-handed dialogue about parents and their children, framed by well choreographed but generic action sequences.

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