Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

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For 4,552 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 9.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Ghost World
Lowest review score: 0 The Life of David Gale
Score distribution:
4,552 movie reviews
  1. Allen's writing and directing style is so strong and assured in this film that the actual filmmaking itself becomes a narrative voice.
  2. 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.
  3. This is a masterful and heartbreaking film, and it does honor to the memory of the victims.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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)
  8. 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.
  9. [A] stunning “documentary of the imagination."
  10. 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.
  11. It is a luxury to be enveloped in a good film.
  12. A powerful but quiet film, constructed of hidden thoughts and secret desires.
  13. There is mostly sadness and regret at the surface in 4 Little Girls, but there is anger in the depths, as there should be.
  14. Forget about the plot, the characters, the intrigue, which are all splendid in House of Flying Daggers, and focus just on the visuals.
  15. 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.
  16. Man on Wire is about the vanquishing of the towers by bravery and joy, not by terrorism.
  17. 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.
  18. Very nice. I like Borat very much. I think it is, as everybody has been saying, the funniest movie in years.
  19. 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.
  20. Wherever you live, when this film opens, it will be the best film in town.
  21. Starting with Mick Jagger, rock concerts have become, for the performers, as much sporting events as musical and theatrical performances. Stop Making Sense understands that with great exuberance.
  22. Ida
    Ida reaches spiritual depth through affecting performances rendered in sublime black-and-white compositions.
  23. Lee doesn't make exploitation films, and he doesn't find conventional answers. He is puzzled by the mysteries of inexplicable behavior.
  24. Here is one of the most entertaining films in many a moon, a film that charms because of its story, its performances and because of the sly way it plays with being silent and black and white.
  25. It is one of those rare movies that is not just about a story, or some characters, but about a whole universe of feeling.
  26. No finer film has ever been made about organized crime - not even "The Godfather."
  27. Despite jumping through the deliberately disorienting hoops of its story, Eternal Sunshine has an emotional center, and that's what makes it work.
  28. Fantastically powerful despite its flaws. (Review of Original Release)
  29. Once is the kind of film I've been pestered about ever since I started reviewing again. People couldn't quite describe it, but they said I had to see it. I had to. Well, I did. They were right.
  30. The music probably sounds fine on a CD. Certainly it is well-rehearsed. But the overall sense of the film is of good riddance to a bad time.

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