Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

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For 4,734 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 9.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 High Hopes
Lowest review score: 0 Chaos
Score distribution:
4,734 movie reviews
  1. A pleasant, inoffensive 3-D animated farce about a team of superspy gophers.
  2. The film is like a crossword puzzle. It keeps your interest until you solve it. Then it's just a worthless scrap with the spaces filled in.
  3. A horrible mess of a movie, without shape, trajectory or purpose--a one joke movie, if it had one joke.
  4. This is one of the worst movies of the year.
  5. We got two gold-record singers and they don't sing? So? We got five Oscar-winning actors, and they don't need to act much.
  6. Here is a film so dreary and conventional that it took an act of the will to keep me in the theater.
  7. This is a well-meaning film with a good idea that unfortunately stumbles on its way to its less-than-satisfying end.
  8. The problem with "FD3" is since it is clear to everyone who must die and in what order, the drama is reduced to a formula in which ominous events accumulate while the teenagers remain oblivious.
  9. Despite the filmmakers’ best attempts, the latest screen adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragic love story Romeo & Juliet lands with a dull thud.
  10. It is depressing to reflect on the wealth of talent that conspired to make this inert and listless movie.
  11. House of Wax is not a good movie but it is an efficient one, and will deliver most of what anyone attending House of Wax could reasonably expect, assuming it would be unreasonable to expect very much.
  12. As it is, Illegal Tender works as a melodrama, and it benefits enormously from the performance of Wanda DeJesus.
  13. Outlander is interesting as a collision of genres: the monster movie meets the Viking saga. You have to give it credit for carrying that premise to its ultimate (if not logical) conclusion.
  14. I prefer "Life Is Beautiful," which is clearly a fantasy, to Jakob the Liar, which is just as contrived and manipulative but pretends it is not.
  15. Walking in, I thought I knew what to expect, but i didn't anticipate how William Friedkin would jolt me with the immediate urgency of the action. This is not an arm's-length chase picture, but a close physical duel between its two main characters.
  16. America the Beautiful carries a persuasive message, and is all the more effective because of the level tone that Roberts adopts.
  17. It isn't a great movie, but it looks terrific and makes me look forward to the next film by its director, David Ren. He has a good eye.
  18. 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.
  19. To be fair, this tawdry dose of pulp fiction ("inspired by real events") is not a complete waste of time. It offers the marginal pleasure of an all-star cast slumming their way through a thicket of routine plotting, almost laughable dialogue and the constant blaze of tommy guns.
  20. It's not good, but it's nowhere near as bad as most recent comedies; it has real laughs, but it misses real opportunities.
  21. The film, written and directed by Michael S. Ojeda, shows a sure sense of noir style and a toughness that lasts right up to the very final scene, which feels contrived and tacked-on.
  22. The filmmakers must have known they were not making a good movie, but they didn't use that as an excuse to be boring and lazy. Barb Wire has a high energy level, and a sense of deranged fun.
  23. Act of Valor is gift-wrapped in patriotism. It was once intended as a recruitment film, and that's how it plays.
  24. 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?
  25. The actors cast themselves adrift on the sinking vessel of this story and go down with the ship.
  26. Derailed has a great setup, a good middle passage and some convincing performances. Then it runs off the tracks.
  27. It's a visually effective and often scary film to watch, but the story is so leaky that we finally just give up.
  28. Did I care if Largo Winch won his struggle for control of Winch International? Not at all. Did I care about him? No, because all of his action and dialogue were shunted into narrow corridors of movie formulas.
  29. If it proves nothing else, this movie establishes that it is impossible for a film to get the NC-17 rating from the MPAA for language alone. This takes the trophy for dirty talk, and I've seen the docs by Richard Pryor, Eddie Murphy and Andrew Dice Clay.
  30. It is the kind of movie one enjoys more at 8, or even 12, than at 16 and up.

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