Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

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For 4,889 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 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Oldboy
Lowest review score: 0 Heist
Score distribution:
4889 movie reviews
  1. A brutal, crude, witless high-tech CGI contrivance, in which no artificial technique has been overlooked, including 3-D.
  2. That Awkward Moment strives to straddle the line between breezy, bromantic comedy and “Hangover”-esque guy humor. It fails miserably on both counts.
  3. Lawrence, obviously a talented actress, is monumentally bad here. There’s no nuance to her performance as Serena, no gradual descent for the character. She’s a conniving, criminal nutball, and Lawrence overplays her as if she’s a villainess in a mediocre silent film.
  4. There's nothing wrong with Fast Food Fast Women that a casting director and a rewrite couldn't have fixed.
  5. What we have here is a witless attempt to merge the "Twilight" formula with the Michael Bay formula.
  6. No Such Thing is inexplicable, shapeless, dull. It doesn't even rise to entertaining badness.
  7. There is nothing funny about the situation in Teaching Mrs. Tingle.
  8. Grudge Match does not work on any level. The story is unconvincing. The comedy elements are weak... And, worst of all, the acting in most scenes — particularly those involving Sylvester Stallone and Kim Basinger — is atrocious.
  9. Stealth is an offense against taste, intelligence and the noise pollution code -- a dumbed-down "Top Gun" crossed with the HAL 9000 plot from "2001."
  10. A watered-down take on the sci-fi classic "Solaris," by Stanislaw Lem, which was made into an immeasurably better film by Andrei Tarkovsky.
  11. Basically just a 98-minute trailer for the autumn launch of a new series on the Cartoon Network.
  12. The Expendables 3 is proof a movie can be exceedingly loud and excruciatingly dull.
  13. A horrible experience of unbearable length, briefly punctuated by three or four amusing moments.
  14. Not only am I ill-prepared to review the movie, but I venture to guess that anyone who is not literally a member of a Scooby-Doo fan club would be equally incapable. This movie exists in a closed universe, and the rest of us are aliens. The Internet was invented so that you can find someone else's review of Scooby-Doo. Start surfing.
  15. The movie has three tones: overwrought, boring, laughable.
  16. It alternates between graphic, explicit sex scenes and murder scenes of brutal cruelty. You recoil from what's on the screen.
  17. The result is not merely a bad film, but a waste of an opportunity. As he approaches 85, Winters is still active, funny, enthusiastically involved in painting and could have been the subject of a good film. This isn't it.
  18. If Flashdance had spent just a little more effort getting to know the heroine of its story, and a little less time trying to rip off "Saturday Night Fever," it might have been a much better film.
  19. How could director Lawrence Kasdan and writer William Goldman be responsible for a film that goes so awesomely wrong?
  20. An utterly meaningless waste of time...It is a dead zone, a film without interest, wit, imagination or even entertaining violence and special effects.
  21. I stared at A Nightmare on Elm Street with weary resignation. The movie consists of a series of teenagers who are introduced, haunted by nightmares and then slashed to death by Freddy. So what? Are we supposed to be scared?
  22. Despite the considerable charisma of Kevin Hart and Josh Gad and a strong supporting cast, The Wedding Ringer has only one or two genuinely inspired bits of comedy, a few dopey moments when you laugh in spite of yourself — and long, long stretches of pointless montages, loud and unfunny physical shtick and far too much reliance on gay “humor."
  23. Some movies are no better than second-rate sitcoms. Other movies are no better than third-rate sitcoms. The Back-up Plan doesn't deserve comparison with sitcoms. It plays like an unendurable TV commercial about beautiful people with great lifestyles and not a thought in their empty little heads.
  24. It's unnecessary in the sense that there is no good reason to go and actually see it.
  25. An agonizingly creaky movie that laboriously plods through a plot so contrived that the only thing real about it is its length.
  26. Rarely has a film centered on a character so superficial and unconvincing, played with such unrelenting sameness. I didn't hate it so much as feel sorry for it.
  27. It’s just deadly and dreadful, loud and obnoxious, convoluted and irritating, horrible and dumb.
  28. A dreary experience.
  29. Watching Doom is like visiting Vegas and never leaving your hotel room.
  30. The Fourth Kind is a pseudo-documentary like "Paranormal Activity" and "The Blair Witch Project." But unlike those two, which just forge ahead with their home video cameras, this one encumbers its flow with ceaseless reminders that it is a dramatization of real events.

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