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 American Hustle
Lowest review score: 0 Dirty Love
Score distribution:
4,734 movie reviews
  1. Bored out of my mind during this spectacle, I found my attention wandering to the subject of physics.
  2. There is not a spark of chemistry between Chris and Jamie, although the plot clearly requires them to fall in love. There is so much chemistry involved with the Anna Faris character, however, that she can set off multiple chain reactions with herself, if you see what I mean.
  3. 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.
  4. Newsies is like warmed-over Horatio Alger, complete with such indispensable cliches as the newsboy on crutches, the little kid, and of course the hero's best pal, who has a pretty sister.
  5. Director R.J. Cutler is fond of time-lapse establishing shots and rapid-fire montages, none of them particularly effective in conveying this bizarre dual world Mia now inhabits.
  6. The Immortals is without doubt the best-looking awful movie you will ever see.
  7. Leads us down the garden path of romance, only to abandon us by the compost heap of uplifting endings. And it's not even clever enough to give us the right happy ending. It gives us the wrong happy ending.
  8. Hoot has its heart in the right place, but I have been unable to locate its brain.
  9. The long-awaited, highly anticipated, much-discussed film adaptation of the first segment of E L James’ inexplicably popular "Fifty Shades" trilogy is a tedious exercise in dramatic wheel-spinning that doesn’t have the courage to explore the darkest elements of the characters and doesn’t have the originality to stand on its own merits.
  10. A first draft for a movie that could have been extraordinary.
  11. There are few things more depressing than a weeper that doesn't make you weep.
  12. Ansiedad is a smart charmer, and well-played by Cierra Ramirez, she should really be above this sort of thing - above the whole movie, really.
  13. Blindness is one of the most unpleasant, not to say unendurable, films I've ever seen.
  14. I admire the craft involved, but the movie leaves me profoundly indifferent. After three earlier movies in the series, which have been transmuted into video games, why do we need a fourth one? Oh. I just answered my own question.
  15. Its primary flaw is that it's not critical. It is a celebration of an idiotic lifestyle, and I don't think it knows it.
  16. The photography, the dialogue, the acting, the script, the special effects and especially the props (such as a spaceship that looks like it would get a D in shop class) are all deliberately bad in the way that such films were bad when they were REALLY being made.
  17. A film so amateurish that only the professionalism of some of the actors makes it watchable.
  18. I am just about ready to write off movies in which people make bets about whether they will, or will not, fall in love.
  19. 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.
  20. A painfully stolid movie that lumbers past emotional issues like a wrestler in a cafeteria line, putting a little of everything on his plate.
  21. Bootmen is the story of a young dancer and his friends who revisit the cliches of countless other dance movies in order to bring forth a dance performance of clanging unloveliness.
  22. Joyful Noise is an ungainly assembly of parts that don't fit, and the strange thing is that it makes no particular effort to please its target audience, which would seem to be lovers of gospel choirs.
  23. Its centerpiece is 40 minutes of redundant special effects, surrounded by a love story of stunning banality.
  24. The Twilight Saga: New Moon takes the tepid achievement of "Twilight" (1988), guts it, and leaves it for undead.
  25. No one in the movie has a morsel of intelligence. They all seem to be channeling more successful characters in better comedies. This would be touching if it were not so desperate.
  26. The movie works so hard at juggling its cliches that it fails to generate interest in its story.
  27. Renaissance Man is a labored, unconvincing comedy that seems cobbled together out of the half-understood remnants of its betters.
  28. A film overgrown with so many directorial flourishes that the heroes need machetes to hack their way to within view of the audience.
  29. Funny Games represents the laborious execution of an abstract notion. The concept is the movie, kind of like Andy Warhol's ''Empire'' (1964), an eight-hour stationary shot of the Empire State Building. You don't have to sit through the whole thing to get the point, unless you really want to.
  30. Plays like a genial amateur theatrical, the kind of production where you'd like it more if you were friends with the cast. The plot is creaky, the jokes are laborious, and total implausibility is not considered the slightest problem.

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