Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

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For 4,649 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 Fault in Our Stars
Lowest review score: 0 Chaos
Score distribution:
4,649 movie reviews
  1. It's pleasant and amusing. If I had seen it before I was born, I would have loved it.
  2. A well-made movie. I cared about the characters. I felt for them. Liberate them from the plot's destiny, which is an anvil around their necks, and you might have something.
  3. Ed Harris in Phantom is like Steve Carlton with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1972 — delivering a wall-to-wall, amazing performance that's lost in a sea of dreadfulness.
  4. 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.
  5. Director Scott Derrickson and his co-writer, Paul Harris Boardman, deliver a routine procedural with unremarkable frights.
  6. Despite its considerable flaws, Salinger is a valuable and engrossing biography of the author.
  7. The fight scenes in Bulletproof Monk are not as inventive as some I've seen (although the opening fight on a rope bridge is so well done that it raises expectations it cannot fulfill).
  8. The movie has been produced by Nickelodeon, and will no doubt satisfy its intended audience enormously. It does not cross over into the post-Nickelodeon universe.
  9. You can enjoy the way they create little flashes of wit in the dialogue, which enlivens what is, after all, a formula disaster movie.
  10. Kevin Spacey brings another of his cynical, bitter characters to life -- very smart, and fresh out of hope -- but the movie doesn't give him much of anywhere to take it.
  11. Projects like this bring out the best in actors, who take salary cuts to work in Chekhov (even at one remove). What we can guess, watching the film, is that the same players would make a good job of "Three Sisters" but are undermined by the faculty club, which works like a hotel lobby. There's no way to sustain dramatic momentum here.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    It offers a good dose of non-gory scares, tells a story of supernatural time travel that recalls elements of “Inception,” and pays homage to the genre Wan and Whannell love.
  12. There is some dark humor in the movie, of the kind where you laugh that you may not gag.
  13. So concerned with being a film that it forgets to be a movie.
  14. With a cleaner story line, the basic idea could have been free to deliver. As it is, we get a better movie than we might have, because the performances are so good.
  15. Charlize Theron is one of the few actresses equal to the role, bringing to it beauty, steel-edged repose, and mystery.
  16. This is a well-made thriller traveling over awfully familiar turf.
  17. Its moments of fascination and its good performances are mired in the morass of romance and melodrama that surrounds it.
  18. This is an amazingly ambitious movie, not so much because of the time and space it covers (a lot), but because Potter trusts us to follow her heroine through one damn thing after another.
  19. Competent formula entertainment, but doesn't make that leap into pure barminess that inspired "Anaconda."
  20. The movie cuts back and forth between two preposterous plot lines and uses the man on the ledge as a device to pump up the tension.
  21. Porky's is another raunchy teenage sex-and-food-fight movie.
  22. All this is presented in an expensive, good-looking film that is well-made by Scott Derrickson, but to no avail.
  23. It's one of the best films of the year.
  24. Has little islands of humor and even perfection, floating in a sea of missed marks and murky intentions.
  25. The adults at the Hotchkiss reunion are played by an assortment of splendid actors.
  26. Sometimes in an imperfect movie there is consolation simply in regarding the actors.
  27. Nothing here about human nature. No personalities beyond those hauled in via typecasting. No lessons to learn. No joy to be experienced. Just mayhem, noise and pretty pictures.
  28. Vlad’s numerous speeches about love, honor and family grow tedious, along with the film’s wooden dialogue in general. And it quickly becomes obvious that Dracula Untold is more interested in being cool than making sense.
  29. Green Lantern does not intend to be plausible. It intends to be a sound-and-light show, assaulting the audience with sensational special effects. If that's what you want, that's what you get.

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