Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

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For 4,587 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 The Last Emperor
Lowest review score: 0 Wolf Creek
Score distribution:
4,587 movie reviews
  1. A long slog through perplexities and complexities.
  2. The movie is astonishingly simple-minded, depicting characters who obediently perform their assigned roles as adulterers, cuckolds, etc.
  3. Kick-Ass 2 is an uninspired retread. All too often it plays like a Comic-Con gone insane, with costumed do-gooders taking on costumed criminals in gratuitously vicious battles.
  4. Sandler is making a tactical error when he creates a character whose manner and voice has the effect of fingernails on a blackboard, and then expects us to hang in there for a whole movie.
  5. If there's anything worse than a punch line that doesn't work, it's a movie that doesn't even bother to put the punch lines in.
  6. Jiminy Glick needs definition if he's to work as a character. We have to sense a consistent comic personality, and we don't; Short changes gears and redefines the character whenever he needs a laugh.
  7. Jarmusch is making some kind of a point. I think the point is that if you strip a story down to its bare essentials, you will have very little left. I wonder how he pitched this idea to his investors.
  8. Here is the most uncomfortable movie of the new year, an exercise in feel-good smut.
  9. This project is dead in the water. Read the book. Better still, read "Victory."
  10. A horrible mess of a movie, without shape, trajectory or purpose--a one joke movie, if it had one joke.
  11. Here is a film so dreary and conventional that it took an act of the will to keep me in the theater.
  12. It is depressing to reflect on the wealth of talent that conspired to make this inert and listless movie.
  13. 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.
  14. The actors cast themselves adrift on the sinking vessel of this story and go down with the ship.
  15. The movie never takes off; it's a bright idea the filmmakers were unable to breathe life into.
  16. As faithful readers will know, I have a few cult followers who enjoy my reviews of bad movies. These have been collected in the books "I Hated, Hated, Hated, HATED This Movie"; "Your Movie Sucks," and "A Horrible Experience of Unendurable Length." This movie is so bad, it couldn't even inspire a review worthy of one of those books. I have my standards.
  17. The really good superhero movies, like "Superman," "SpiderMan 2" and "Batman Begins," leave Fantastic Four so far behind that the movie should almost be ashamed to show itself in the same theaters.
  18. There is some dark humor in the movie, of the kind where you laugh that you may not gag.
  19. So concerned with being a film that it forgets to be a movie.
  20. Porky's is another raunchy teenage sex-and-food-fight movie.
  21. One of the dirtiest-minded mainstream releases in history. It has a low opinion of men, a lower opinion of women, and the lowest opinion of the intelligence of its audience. It is obscene, foulmouthed, scatological, creepy and perverted.
  22. The screenplay is so murky, indeed, that I was never sure whether the Kids hated the Hitler Youth lads because they were Nazis, or simply because they didn't swing.
  23. The film is a gloomy special-effects extravaganza filled with grotesque images, generating fear and despair.
  24. You know there's something wrong with a sex movie when the good parts are the dialogue.
  25. 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.
  26. An almost unendurable demonstration of a movie with nothing to be about.
  27. The movie seems to reinvent itself from moment to moment, darting between styles like a squirrel with too many nuts. There is one performance that works, sort of, and it is by Marisa Tomei,
  28. The movie attempts to jerk tears with one clunky device after another, in a plot that is a perfect storm of cliche and contrivance. In fact, it even contains a storm -- an imperfect one.
  29. So anyway, what happens in Life As We Know It? You'll never guess in a million years. Never.
  30. Aggressively simple-minded, it's fueled by the delusion that it has a brilliant premise: Eddie Murphy plus cute kids equals success. But a premise should be the starting point for a screenplay, not its finish line.

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