Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

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For 4,671 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 9.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Proof
Lowest review score: 0 Jupiter Ascending
Score distribution:
4,671 movie reviews
  1. 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.
  2. Charlize Theron is one of the few actresses equal to the role, bringing to it beauty, steel-edged repose, and mystery.
  3. There’s no defending Jupiter Ascending. There’s no explaining Jupiter Ascending. There’s no way Jupiter Ascending isn’t making an appearance on my list of the Worst Films of 2015.
  4. This is a well-made thriller traveling over awfully familiar turf.
  5. Its moments of fascination and its good performances are mired in the morass of romance and melodrama that surrounds it.
  6. 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.
  7. Competent formula entertainment, but doesn't make that leap into pure barminess that inspired "Anaconda."
  8. 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.
  9. Porky's is another raunchy teenage sex-and-food-fight movie.
  10. All this is presented in an expensive, good-looking film that is well-made by Scott Derrickson, but to no avail.
  11. It's one of the best films of the year.
  12. Has little islands of humor and even perfection, floating in a sea of missed marks and murky intentions.
  13. The adults at the Hotchkiss reunion are played by an assortment of splendid actors.
  14. Sometimes in an imperfect movie there is consolation simply in regarding the actors.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. A surprisingly effective film.
  19. Either you stand back and resist it, or you plunge in. There was something about its innocence and spunk that got to me, and I caved in.
  20. One of the dirtiest-minded mainstream releases in history. It has a low opinion of men, a lower opinion of women, and the lowest opinion of the intelligence of its audience. It is obscene, foulmouthed, scatological, creepy and perverted.
  21. The big action set pieces fizzle. And that’s not good for a fantasy adventure movie, especially when the fantasy component is frequently undercut by sub-standard special effects.
  22. The screenplay is so murky, indeed, that I was never sure whether the Kids hated the Hitler Youth lads because they were Nazis, or simply because they didn't swing.
  23. The film is a gloomy special-effects extravaganza filled with grotesque images, generating fear and despair.
  24. You know there's something wrong with a sex movie when the good parts are the dialogue.
  25. A sad reflection of the new Hollywood, where material is sanitized and dumbed down for a hypothetical teen market that is way too sophisticated for it. It plays like a dinner theater version of the original.
  26. [Garai and Luna] must be given credit for their presence and charisma in Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, and together with the film's general ambiance, they do a lot to make amends for the lockstep plot.
  27. For its intended audience, I suspect this will play as a great entertainment. I enjoyed myself, particularly after they released the Kraken.
  28. 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.
  29. A cheerfully energetically and very vulgar comedy.
  30. An almost unendurable demonstration of a movie with nothing to be about.

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