Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

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For 4,626 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 L.A. Story
Lowest review score: 0 Slackers
Score distribution:
4,626 movie reviews
  1. The music is brilliant, Chazelle’s writing and directing are something to behold, Teller is really good — and Simmons delivers one of the most memorable performances of the year.
  2. Director Gillian Armstrong finds the serious themes and refuses to simplify the story into a "family" formula. "
  3. I was carried along by the wit, the energy and a surprising sweetness.
  4. The Missing Picture is a wrenching yet tender memoir by Rithy Panh about life and death in the time of Pol Pot.
  5. Gomorrah looks grimy and sullen, and has no heroes, only victims. That is its power.
  6. It brings the fantastic into our everyday lives; it delights in showing us the reaction of the man on the street to Superman's latest stunt.
  7. Level Five (1996) is a poetic if occasionally opaque film essay on the 1945 Battle of Okinawa.
  8. The splendid cast embodies the characters so fully that the events actually seem to be happening to them, instead of unfolding from a screenplay.
  9. Wallace and Gromit are arguably the two most delightful characters in the history of animation.
  10. Shoot this film in black and white and cast Barbara Stanwyck as Elena, and you'd have a 1940s classic.
  11. It’s an expertly paced thriller that never misses a note.
  12. The movie has the freshness and urgency of life actually happening.
  13. McNamara speaks concisely and forcibly, rarely searching for a word, and he is not reciting boilerplate and old sound bites; there is the uncanny sensation that he is thinking as he speaks.
  14. This movie gets you coming and going.
  15. If you are open, even in fancy, to the idea of ghosts who visit the living, this film is likely to be a curious but rather bemusing experience.
  16. Brokeback Mountain has been described as "a gay cowboy movie," which is a cruel simplification. It is the story of a time and place where two men are forced to deny the only great passion either one will ever feel. Their tragedy is universal.
  17. The most mysterious character in The Kid With a Bike is not the kid, who after all, has a story it's fairly easy to understand. It is the hairdresser, played by Cecille De France with her sad beauty. This actress carries lifetimes in her eyes.
  18. This is the scariest movie of the year.
  19. This movie is impressively staged, the dialogue is given proper weight and not hurried through, there are surprises which, in hindsight, seem fair enough, and "Harry Potter" now possesses an end that befits the most profitable series in movie history.
  20. It is a remarkable film, immediate, urgent, angry, poetic and stubbornly hopeful.
  21. This is one of those rare docs, like "Hoop Dreams," where life provides a better ending than the filmmakers could have hoped for. Also like "Hoop Dreams," it's not really a sports film; it's a film that uses sport as a way to see into lives, hopes and fears.
  22. Far more than just a tribute to the career of the world’s most famous and influential film critic, the often revelatory Life Itself is also a remarkably intimate portrait of a life well lived — right up to the very last moment.
  23. The fact that David Helfgott lived the outlines of these events--that he triumphed, that he fell, that he came slowly back--adds an enormous weight of meaning to the film.
  24. The documentary is an uncommon meeting between Treadwell's loony idealism, and Herzog's bleak worldview.
  25. The characters have a weight and reality, as if Almodovar has finally taken pity on them--has seen that although their plights may seem ludicrous, they're real enough to hurt. These are people who stand outside conventional life and its rules, and yet affirm them.
  26. The kind of movie you can see twice--first for the questions, the second time for the answers.
  27. A smart, intense and moving film that isn't so much about sports as about the war between intuition and statistics. I walked in knowing what the movie was about, but unprepared for its intelligence and depth.
  28. I'm giving the movie a high rating for its skill and professionalism and because it does the job it says it will do. I am also advising you not to eat before you go to see it.
  29. The film is terrifically entertaining, an ambitious big-budget epic, directed with great visuals and sound by Takeshi Miike.
  30. The film is a glorious experience to witness, not least because, knowing the technique and understanding how much depends on every moment, we almost hold our breath.

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