Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
For 4,613 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 9.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 American Gangster
Lowest review score: 0 Movie 43
Score distribution:
4,613 movie reviews
  1. Director Kasper Barfoed defaults to intense replays of surveillance audio recordings, frantic strokes on computer keyboards, and standard-issue chases.
  2. Not a great, breakout comedy, but more the kind of movie that might eventually become a regular on the midnight cult circuit.
  3. The climactic events are shameless, contrived, and wildly out of tune with the rest of the story. To saddle Costner, Penn and Newman with such goofy melodrama is like hiring Fred Astaire and strapping a tractor on his back.
  4. [Stone] gives us provocative notes and sketches but not a final draft. The film doesn't feel at ease with itself. It says too much, and yet leaves too much unsaid.
  5. I am so very, very tired of movies like this. Does the story line strike you as original? It sounds to me like another slice off the cheesecake of dreck.
  6. When you’re balancing ridiculous slapstick right out of a live-action cartoon with well-written, well-acted scenes that feel completely of this world, that’s a tough balancing act, and “Tammy” isn’t quite up to the task on a consistent basis.
  7. I enjoyed the energy that was visible on the screen, and the sumptuousness of the production numbers, and the good humor of several of the performances.
  8. I don't think Fat Albert is up to speed; in its meandering, low-key way, it seems destined more for a future on de-ved, returning to the video world where the characters say they feel more at home.
  9. One regards Reign of Fire with awe. What a vast enterprise has been marshaled in the service of such a minute idea. Incredulity is our companion, and it is twofold: We cannot believe what happens in the movie, and we cannot believe that the movie was made.
  10. Although not bowling me over, Planet 51 is a jolly and good-looking animated feature in glorious 2-D.
  11. Planes moves along quickly at a running time of 92 minutes, occasionally taking flight with some pretty nifty flight sequences. The animation is first-rate, and the Corningware colors are soothing eye candy.
  12. There must still be a kind of moony young adolescent girl for which this film would be enormously appealing, if television has not already exterminated the domestic example of that species.
  13. The Lucky One is at its heart a romance novel, elevated however by Nicholas Sparks' persuasive storytelling.
  14. All concept and no content.
  15. Skillfully made, but it's not necessary...On the other hand, should you see it, the time will pass pleasantly.
  16. The movie is all the more artificial because it has been made with great, almost painful, earnestness.
  17. This is a great-looking movie, a triumph of set design and special effects, creating a fantasy world halfway between suburbia and a prehistoric cartoon.
  18. A pleasant but inconsequential comedy, awkward for the actors, and contrived from beginning to end.
  19. A contemptible film: Vile, ugly and brutal. There is not a shred of a reason to see it.
  20. A certain genre of thriller depends more upon style and tone than upon plot; it doesn't matter if you believe it walking out, as long as you were intrigued while it was happening.
  21. Chronicles doesn't pause for much character development, and is in such a hurry that even the fight scenes are abbreviated chop-chop sessions.
  22. Michael doesn't set up big drama or punch up big moments. It ambles.
  23. Comes so close to working that you can see there from here. It has the right approach and the right opening premise, but it lacks the zest and it goes for a plot twist instead of trusting the material.
  24. Thin and unsatisfying.
  25. The movie is so choppy in its nervous editing that a lot of the time we're simply watching senseless kinetic action.
  26. The kind of film you can appreciate as an object, but not as a story. It's a lovingly souped-up incarnation of the film-noir look, contains well-staged and performed musical numbers, and has a lot of cigarettes, tough tootsies, bad guys and shadows. What it doesn't have is a story that pulls us along, or a hero who seems as compelling as some of the supporting characters.
  27. Coppola's teenagers seem trapped inside too many layers of storytelling.
  28. The first movie combining Ping-Pong and kung-fu and co-starring Maggie Q. How many could there be?
  29. Preserves the flavor of the original and even improves upon it.
  30. There is no cynicism in Radio, no angle or edge. It's about what it's about, with an open, warm and fond nature. Every once in a while human nature expresses itself in a way we can feel good about, and this is one of those times.

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