Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

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For 5,005 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 8.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 The Fall
Lowest review score: 0 Dirty Love
Score distribution:
5005 movie reviews
  1. It is one of the year's best films.
  2. Either Being John Malkovich gets nominated for best picture, or the members of the Academy need portals into their brains.
  3. The film has the materials for a lifetime project; like the "7-Up" series, this is a conversation that could be returned to every 10 years or so, as Celine and Jesse grow older.
  4. Grown-ups are likely to be surprised by how smart the movie is, and how sneakily perceptive.
  5. The best performance in the film is by Arestrup as Cesar. You may remember him from Audiard's "The Beat That My Heart Skipped" (2005), where he played a seedy but confident father who psychically overshadows his son.
  6. Oh, what a lovely film. I was almost hugging myself while I watched it.
  7. This film is delightful in the way it finds its own way to tell its own story. There was no model to draw on, but Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, who wrote and directed it, have made a great film by trusting to Pekar's artistic credo.
  8. Allen's writing and directing style is so strong and assured in this film that the actual filmmaking itself becomes a narrative voice.
  9. At a time when too many movies focus every scene on a $20 million star, an Altman film is like a party with no boring guests.
  10. This is a masterful and heartbreaking film, and it does honor to the memory of the victims.
  11. It’s all perfectly, wonderfully, fantastically crazy. Amidst all those ingenious, power-packed road warrior sequences, Fury Road contains a surprising amount of depth and character development.
  12. Franju constructs an elegant visual work; here is a horror movie in which the shrieks are not by the characters but by the images.
  13. I enjoyed The Truman Show on its levels of comedy and drama; I liked Truman in the same way I liked Forrest Gump--because he was a good man, honest, and easy to sympathize with.
  14. By the end of Capturing the Friedmans, we have more information, from both inside and outside the family, than we dreamed would be possible. We have many people telling us exactly what happened. And we have no idea of the truth. None.
  15. American Hustle is the best time I’ve had at the movies all year, a movie so perfectly executed, such wall-to-wall fun, so filled with the joy of expert filmmaking on every level I can’t imagine anyone who loves movies not loving THIS movie.
  16. Intended as a thriller of sorts, although Antonioni is, as always, too deeply involved in the angst of his characters to bother much with the story. (Review of Original Release)
  17. While so many films about coming of age involve manufactured dilemmas, here is one about a woman who indeed does come of age, and magnificently.
  18. [A] stunning “documentary of the imagination."
  19. I loved this movie. I loved the way Coppola and her actors negotiated the hazards of romance and comedy, taking what little they needed and depending for the rest on the truth of the characters.
  20. It is a luxury to be enveloped in a good film.
  21. A powerful but quiet film, constructed of hidden thoughts and secret desires.
  22. There is mostly sadness and regret at the surface in 4 Little Girls, but there is anger in the depths, as there should be.
  23. Forget about the plot, the characters, the intrigue, which are all splendid in House of Flying Daggers, and focus just on the visuals.
  24. Like all good directors who make films about their own obsessions, Petri transmits an obsessive feeling in the film itself. "Investigation of a Citizen" is stylistically disconnected, but it works because it is absolutely fascinated with the nature of the inspector.
  25. Man on Wire is about the vanquishing of the towers by bravery and joy, not by terrorism.
  26. Painful family issues are more likely to stay beneath the surface, known to everyone but not spoken of. Still Walking, a magnificent new film from Japan, is very wise about that, and very true.
  27. Very nice. I like Borat very much. I think it is, as everybody has been saying, the funniest movie in years.
  28. It’s the beautiful and breathtaking animation that gives The Tale of the Princess Kaguya a luster that is both simple and sophisticated. Once again the visionary Takahata and Studio Ghibli prove that great animation is not just for kids, but can be universal in its reach.
  29. Son of Saul is lasting work of art — difficult to watch, impossible to forget.
  30. Who is Charles Ferguson, director of this film? A one-time senior fellow of the Brookings Institute, software millionaire, originally a supporter of the war, visiting professor at MIT and Berkeley, he was trustworthy enough to inspire confidences from former top officials.

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