Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

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For 5,212 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 Russian Ark
Lowest review score: 0 Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo
Score distribution:
5212 movie reviews
  1. The film is a gloomy special-effects extravaganza filled with grotesque images, generating fear and despair.
  2. You know there's something wrong with a sex movie when the good parts are the dialogue.
  3. 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.
  4. Not funny, not funny, not funny, not funny, not funny.
  5. An almost unendurable demonstration of a movie with nothing to be about.
  6. 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,
  7. Zipper might be entertaining enough in a campy way for you to watch it on demand as long as you’ve got a really big bowl of popcorn and an even bigger glass of wine (or the non-alcoholic elixir of your choice) to get you through. Might. Be.
  8. 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.
  9. So anyway, what happens in Life As We Know It? You'll never guess in a million years. Never.
  10. The Gunman veers dangerously close to camp in the final scenes. If you make it that far without walking out.
  11. 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.
  12. The intended charms of the down-home period piece/Southern comedy/romance/drama Big Stone Gap were utterly lost on me.
  13. It’s only mid-April, but I’m making an early reservation for The Other Woman to appear on my list of the 10 Worst Films of 2014.
  14. I am so very, very tired of movies like this. Does the story line strike you as original? It sounds to me like another slice off the cheesecake of dreck.
  15. One regards Reign of Fire with awe. What a vast enterprise has been marshaled in the service of such a minute idea. Incredulity is our companion, and it is twofold: We cannot believe what happens in the movie, and we cannot believe that the movie was made.
  16. There must still be a kind of moony young adolescent girl for which this film would be enormously appealing, if television has not already exterminated the domestic example of that species.
  17. In the lurid and cheesy and sometimes unintentionally funny political thriller Runner, one of the most intriguing and eclectic casts of the year is wasted in a murky cesspool that comes across as a third-rate version of “House of Cards” with a little bit of “Scandal” thrown in for bad measure.
  18. Despite its provocative title, How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town isn’t particularly sexy. More troubling, it’s not very funny either.
  19. All concept and no content.
  20. A contemptible film: Vile, ugly and brutal. There is not a shred of a reason to see it.
  21. Thin and unsatisfying.
  22. The movie is so choppy in its nervous editing that a lot of the time we're simply watching senseless kinetic action.
  23. Here is a story hammered together from discards at the Lunacy Factory. Attempting to find something to praise, I am reduced to this: Cage's performance is not boring.
  24. A lazy, crummy-looking, poorly paced, why-bother follow-up that lacks the Christmas bells to go full-out politically incorrect.
  25. 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.
  26. A forgettable movie with a forgettable title about forgettable characters I’d just as soon as forget.
  27. Scrooged is one of the most disquieting, unsettling films to come along in quite some time. It was obviously intended as a comedy, but there is little comic about it, and indeed the movie's overriding emotions seem to be pain and anger.
  28. To make a film this awful, you have to have enormous ambition and confidence, and dream big dreams.
  29. 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.
  30. There's not a moment in this story arc that is not predictable.

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