Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

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For 5,213 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 8.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 The Handmaiden
Lowest review score: 0 Police Academy
Score distribution:
5213 movie reviews
  1. Time and again, Ride Along comes up with a clichéd setup — and then blows the payoff.
  2. A long slog through perplexities and complexities.
  3. The movie is astonishingly simple-minded, depicting characters who obediently perform their assigned roles as adulterers, cuckolds, etc.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Here is the most uncomfortable movie of the new year, an exercise in feel-good smut.
  10. This is a well-designed, initially intriguing, visually interesting sci-fi romance torpedoed by a premise — and a payoff — so creepy and misogynistic, it’s amazing nobody who read the script or green-lit the film (or chose to star in it) raised concerns about how it would play with an audience of, you know, people with working minds.
  11. This project is dead in the water. Read the book. Better still, read "Victory."
  12. A horrible mess of a movie, without shape, trajectory or purpose--a one joke movie, if it had one joke.
  13. This is one of the worst movies of the year.
  14. Here is a film so dreary and conventional that it took an act of the will to keep me in the theater.
  15. It is depressing to reflect on the wealth of talent that conspired to make this inert and listless movie.
  16. Shirley MacLaine is still a big-screen force. With a quick dismissive glance or a sharp-edged delivery of a one-liner, she creates a handful of genuine and genuinely funny moments.
  17. 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.
  18. I wouldn’t be surprised to hear Michelle Darnell was a hilarious onstage comedic creation. On film, she is a flimsy, one-dimensional, tiresome character, surrounded by equally unconvincing and unfunny players.
  19. Every once in a while there’s an inspired montage, or a one-liner that made me laugh out loud. But how can you have the great Christoph Waltz playing a villain in a comedy, and you get almost nothing out of it?
  20. The actors cast themselves adrift on the sinking vessel of this story and go down with the ship.
  21. The movie never takes off; it's a bright idea the filmmakers were unable to breathe life into.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. With The Comedian arriving in theaters, it’s safe to say I now have only nine spaces left on my list of the 10 Worst Movies of 2017.
  25. There is some dark humor in the movie, of the kind where you laugh that you may not gag.
  26. So concerned with being a film that it forgets to be a movie.
  27. There’s no defending Jupiter Ascending. There’s no explaining Jupiter Ascending. There’s no way Jupiter Ascending isn’t making an appearance on my list of the Worst Films of 2015.
  28. Porky's is another raunchy teenage sex-and-food-fight movie.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.

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