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 9.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Howards End
Lowest review score: 0 Police Academy
Score distribution:
4,587 movie reviews
  1. It's unnecessary in the sense that there is no good reason to go and actually see it.
  2. An agonizingly creaky movie that laboriously plods through a plot so contrived that the only thing real about it is its length.
  3. 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.
  4. A dreary experience.
  5. Watching Doom is like visiting Vegas and never leaving your hotel room.
  6. 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.
  7. With style and energy from the actors, with every sign of self-confidence from the director, with pictures that were in focus and dialogue that you could hear, the movie descended into a morass of narrative quicksand. By the end, I wanted to do cruel and vicious things to the screenplay.
  8. A flat and peculiar film.
  9. An uninspired assembly of characters and story lines that interrupt one another.
  10. This is one of those 93-minute movies that seem about 88 minutes too long. Or not worth making in the first place.
  11. If it can be said movies have personalities, I give you three words to sum up the basic core identity of Safe Haven: Bat. Bleep. Crazy.
  12. The movie is pretty bad, all right. But it has a certain charm. It's so completely wrong-headed from beginning to end that it develops a doomed fascination.
  13. The kind of movie that would be so bad it's good, except it's not bad enough to be good enough.
  14. Plays like a collision between leftover bits and pieces of Marvel superhero stories. It can't decide what tone to strike.
  15. A very bad movie and a genuinely moving experience.
  16. Her dad was right about one thing. Something terrible did happen to her (Duff) in Los Angeles. She made this movie.
  17. House of D is the kind of movie that particularly makes me cringe, because it has such a shameless desire to please; like Uriah Heep, it bows and scrapes and wipes its sweaty palm on its trouser leg, and also like Uriah Heep, it privately thinks it is superior.
  18. The best thing about The Hero of Color City is its good voice talent — and its running time of only 77 minutes. Other than that, this is a pretty lame computer-generated animated movie that will likely not engage kids much past the first grade.
  19. The people in this movie are dumber than a box of Tinkertoys.
  20. The movie is "Dawn of the Dead" crossed with "John Carpenter's "Ghosts of Mars," with zombies not as ghoulish as the first and trains not as big as the second. The movie does however have Milla Jovovich and Michelle Rodriguez.
  21. Six has now made a film deliberately intended to inspire incredulity, nausea and hopefully outrage. It's being booked as a midnight movie, and is it ever. Boozy fanboys will treat it like a thrill ride.
  22. Prostitutes have inspired some of the most unforgettable characters in fiction. As for all of its effect on Angelina, she might as well have saved herself the wear and tear and stayed in the laundry.
  23. A tedious exercise in style, intended as a meditation on guns and violence in America but more of a meditation on itself, the kind of meditation that invites the mind to stray.
  24. Quite simply, this is one of the worst films of 2013.
  25. Jogs doggedly on the treadmill of comedy, working up a sweat but not getting much of anywhere.
  26. Nobody needed to make it, nobody needs to see it, Jackson and Levy are too successful to waste time with it. It plays less like a film than like a deal.
  27. A lame-brained, outdated wheeze about a couple of good ol' boys who roar around the back roads of the South in the General Lee, their beloved 1969 Dodge Charger.
  28. The events involving the big speaking competition are so labored that occasionally the twins seem to be looking back over their shoulders for the plot to catch up.
  29. A lame and labored comedy.
  30. Dreadful...Maybe another 200 cigarettes would have helped; coughing would be better than some of this dialogue.

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