Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

For 822 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 64% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 5
Lowest review score: 0 Hot Properties: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 564
  2. Negative: 0 out of 564
564 tv reviews
  1. If you can suspend your disbelief enough to get over the improbable premise (and overlook Nestor Carbonell's abuse of eyeliner as FBI agent Victor Machado), Ringer takes you on an exciting, suspenseful ride full of more twists and turns than Siobhan's hallmark hairdo.
  2. In the premiere at least, the story unfolds nicely--and to the tune of a good soundtrack. When the episode ended, I wanted to know more about the Circle, both its history and where it's headed.
  3. Despite the pilot's pandering localism and cliched proclamations (about the town, the police, the teams), Against the Wall features some watchable performances (from Carpani and Baker, in particular) and a premise that might yield interesting developments down the line.
  4. As FX's hit series Rescue Me begins its seventh and final season tonight, the melding of comedy and drama is as deft as ever.
  5. Despite some cliched dialogue and scenes (she tosses her lecherous husband's designer duds and pricey suitcase out their bedroom window--fresh!), her presence is reason enough to watch--and reason enough to hope this series turns out to be something worth watching week after week.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It's "Jericho" meets "V," with the good from both and the bad discarded. It'll raise the summer-TV bar significantly.
  6. 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.
  7. The Voice is not that bad.
  8. At the end, Cinema Verite shows how the Louds dealt with the notoriety after the series aired, and where they are now. Cinema Verite blurs the lines even more - but there's a perverse logic to that.
  9. The kingdoms are gorgeous to look at, down to the last loving detail - you could be entertained just by watching for the inventive suits of armor. The violence is spectacular; the sex is twisted. The producers even had a language invented for the Dothraki, which should please the Dungeons and Dragons crowd.
  10. 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.
  11. The only funny moments came from Omid Djalili, who plays a sub-dollar-store merchant and cat-tracking hobbyist.
  12. Original, it's not. But these friends do have chemistry, and some great moments as a hipster Greek chorus.
  13. I don't think watching Oliver's descent into depression is going to translate into ratings. Sure, this show is good for you, but ask yourself: Do you really want to watch an exercise in futility, however vigorous?
  14. Watching it was just bliss, and those of you who experienced the first five seasons in real time will probably enjoy it even more.
  15. The pace is so fast that, like a good party, you might forget everything that's happened even before it's over. That's the sign of top-notch disposable entertainment.
  16. With their moody new mystery series The Killing, AMC clearly knows what's good for us.
  17. The Kennedys is eight hours long, trying to strike an uncomfortable balance between high-minded and trashy. It does not succeed.
  18. Showtime has tantalized me for ages with glimpses of Jeremy Irons growling and groping his way through a role as history's most debauched pope. It finally arrives Sunday, and you won't be disappointed.
  19. Fantasy epics aren't really my thing, but this stylish, intense series should satisfy sci-fi fans for some time.
  20. It's "The A-Team" meets ... really good writing.
  21. There's plenty of potential in the fringe characters.
  22. Delany is as likable as possible in an extremely unlikable role. But the writing is a bit too tidy, and Delany's smarty-pants approach gets old in the first 10 minutes.
  23. Film buffs will have a field day analyzing the themes: social climbing, postwar materialism, feminism, lousy parenting, etc. But this is not event TV like "Boardwalk Empire."
  24. You can always count on Gary Busey to bring the crazy, whether he's playing himself on "Entourage" or stumbling through "Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew." The man is a treasure. Casting Busey is so easy it's practically cheating.
  25. 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.
  26. Panettiere takes a tricky role and does it, at least, some justice.
  27. There's nothing terribly original about the Shedding, although it's a hoot to hear about the couples' theme weddings.
  28. Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior is a solid addition to your evening lineup.
  29. I imagine it is a challenging acting exercise and a fascinating debate. But like Jones' character, I just can't bring myself to care.

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