Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

For 713 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 66% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 31% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Band of Brothers: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Back to You: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 501
  2. Negative: 0 out of 501
501 tv reviews
  1. I give Jay's latest effort a firm pat on the back. Keep the scandal-ridden guests on the schedule and make the Dan Band a permanent fixture, and I'll be back for more.
  2. Most of the characters are about as distinctive as mannequins. You won't mind, though, because they're awfully nice to look at. But the disgraced supermodel is played by Mischa Barton, and this is where the show may achieve inadvertent poignancy.
  3. The actors are good, the writing's fine, and it's pleasant enough to watch. It's just that it all adds up to a series of pale imitations.
  4. The cases are inventive, and the acting is low key. Entertainmentwise, the series is nothing special.
  5. The show is too close to a comedy routine to be successful, although future episodes may feel less practiced. But whether or not the show makes it, one thing is clear: Sherri Shepherd is a star. An original.
  6. The dialogue is entirely composed of trash talk, and as far as that goes, it's pretty creative.
  7. There's nothing original about the series that wasn't already covered in "L.A. Law."
  8. As a series, Treme is a tough slog. I was by turns confused, bored and sad.
  9. The frequent pop-culture references might not age well in syndication--Michelle Obama maybe, but Heidi Montag? Overall, though, there's enough originality and likability in "Are We There Yet?" to make it a pleasant destination.
  10. The series is fun, slick and fast, but cheesier than it needs to be.
  11. Maybe the cast of this sitcom will come together with some "Community"-level chemistry. Right now, it's just awkward and borderline offensive.
  12. The first case they investigate is plenty sensational, but there's nothing special about the show, no connection to any of the characters.
  13. It was all a bit too corny and predictable for my taste, though. Add a mutant strain of irony, and they just might gain another super-fan.
  14. Maybe School Pride doesn't have the drama of a single sob story, but by the end of the pilot you'll feel both ashamed and inspired. This is what it looks like to volunteer, and there's no reason why you can't do something. Go team!
  15. There's potential for Conan, once his ego gets off the couch. [9 Nov 2010, p.8]
  16. It's hard to muster up a sense of urgency about V. Mainly, I admire all the pretty people as I wait for the stunning bursts of violence.
  17. "Grey's Anatomy" creator Shonda Rhimes brings us another soapy doctor drama, set in a lush jungle instead of a hospital.
  18. There's nothing terribly original about the Shedding, although it's a hoot to hear about the couples' theme weddings.
  19. If nothing else, Breakout Kings is a nice travelogue of the country's prisons. Here's hoping there's a juicy episode coming up for Stateville. But the gratuitous violence and creepiness will turn off a lot of viewers.
  20. If the movie had gone all-out camp, it could have been a classic. If it had gone all-out cheesy, we could mock it more mercilessly. As is, William & Kate is as benign as the actual couple.
  21. The problem is that financial idiots (hello!) will still be bewildered by the complicated wranglings and enormous cast, and people familiar with the crisis will be annoyed by the simplistic tone and fictionalized scenes.
  22. The bottom line is this isn't a show you tune into for sophisticated narrative, innovative plot twists and complex characters. It's a sexy, soapy period drama that's as fluffy as the tails on its buxom stars' backsides.
  23. There's plenty of guilty pleasure to be had in watching she-wolves in Chanel and their sugar daddies go down week after week. But be prepared to put up with cheesy dialogue and spotty acting along the way.
  24. Man Up! has potential, especially if it stops belaboring its premise with Will constantly harping about his masculinity feeling threatened.
  25. I don't see this fairy-tale fantasy having broad enough appeal to conjure up the kind of viewer numbers it will need to stick around.
  26. Reality TV has blessed us with so many idiots to laugh at, it's overkill to have a couple of animated jackasses describe what a jackass Snooki is.
  27. Good Vibes delivered some good laughs in between crotch punches and penis punch lines.
  28. At least season five starts better than Italy ended. The brood is back where they belong.
  29. Like the main character herself, the show is crude and rough around the edges, but you can see glimmers of potential.
  30. A lighthearted blend of action, drama and comedy.