Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

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For 4,624 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 9.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Owning Mahowny
Lowest review score: 0 Tomcats
Score distribution:
4,624 movie reviews
  1. It's a shaky-cam meander through an unconvincing relationship, with detours considering the process of making the film. At 91 minutes, it seems very long.
  2. The movie doesn't understand that embarrassment comes in a sudden painful flush of realization; drag it out, and it's not embarrassment anymore, but public humiliation, which is a different condition, and not funny.
  3. House of the Sleeping Beauties has missed its ideal release window by about 40 years. It might -- might -- have found an audience in that transitional period between soft- and hard-core.
  4. Assembles the building blocks of idiot-proof slasher movies: Stings, Snicker-Snacks, false alarms and point-of-view baits-and-switches.
  5. 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.
  6. These actors, alas, are at the service of a submoronic script and special effects that look like a video game writ large.
  7. What we basically have here is a license for the filmmakers to do whatever they want to do with the special effects, while the plot, like Wile E. Coyote, keeps running into the wall.
  8. The Last Airbender is an agonizing experience in every category I can think of and others still waiting to be invented.
  9. Joe Dirt is so obviously a construction that it is impossible to find anything human about him; he is a concept, not a person.
  10. It involves teenagers who have never existed, doing things no teenager has ever done, for reasons no teenager would understand. Of course, it's aimed at the teenage market.
  11. A dead zone of comedy. The concept is exhausted, the ideas are tired, the physical gags are routine, the story is labored, the actors look like they can barely contain their doubts about the project.
  12. An inept assembly of ill-matched plot points, meandering through a production that has attractive art direction (despite the immobile mouths).
  13. A perfectly good idea for a comedy, but it just plain doesn't work. It's dead in the water. I can imagine it working well in a different time, with a different cast, in black and white instead of color--but I can't imagine it working like this.
  14. "Deep Rising" was one of the worst movies of 1998. Virus is easily worse.
  15. Underclassman doesn't even try to be good. It knows that it doesn't have to be. It stars Nick Cannon, who has a popular MTV show, and it's a combo cop movie, romance, thriller and high school comedy. That makes the TV ads a slam dunk; they'll generate a Pavlovian response in viewers conditioned to react to their sales triggers (smartass young cop, basketball, sexy babes, fast cars, mockery of adults).
  16. Stupefying dimwitted.
  17. Here is the dirty movie of the year, slimy and scummy, and among its casualties is poor Jessica Alba, who is a cutie and shouldn't have been let out to play with these boys.
  18. In asking us to believe David Spade as a romantic lead, it miscalculates beyond all reason.
  19. An average Adam Sandler comedy, which, sadly, means it’s a below-average comedy — because whatever comedic fire and bursts of genuinely inspired humor Sandler once possessed have long ago burnt out.
  20. The movie is a chaotic mess, overloaded with special effects and explosions, light on continuity, sanity and coherence.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Pulling off a premise this creepy and cockamamie would require a lot of skill, far more than can be found in the director of "Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo" and the writers of "A Very Brady Sequel."
  21. This may be one of the least artful holiday films ever made. Even devout born-again Christians will find this hard to stomach.
  22. It's an arch, awkward, ill-timed, forced political comedy set in 1959 and seemingly stranded there.
  23. A deserted island movie during which I desperately wished the characters had chosen one movie to take along if they were stranded on a deserted island, and were showing it to us instead of this one.
  24. There's camp-fun bad and interestingly horrible bad, and then there's just awful. Movie 43 is the "Citizen Kane" of awful.
  25. Not that the film is outrageous. That would be asking too much. It is dim-witted, unfunny, too shallow to be offensive.
  26. From what dark night of the soul emerged the wretched idea for The Nutcracker in 3D? Who considered it even remotely a plausible idea for a movie?
  27. Very seriously confused in its objectives.
  28. The movie is set up as a valentine to Vardalos. She should try sending herself flowers.
  29. Staying Alive is a big disappointment.

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