Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

For 789 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 0.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Pushing Daisies: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Have No Fear: The Life of Pope John Paul II: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 544
  2. Negative: 0 out of 544
544 tv reviews
  1. It may be hard to believe that "Invasion's" premiere could be touching in the context of Katrina, and effective as a sci-fi drama. But that is the power of high-quality storytelling.
  2. [A] rare work of brilliance.
  3. "Curb" may be ridiculously silly, but, unlike "Extras," its shenanigans are inventive.
  4. The fifth season of this filmlike thriller is metaphorically knocking my socks off. My actual socks remain on.
  5. Scene by scene, "Mrs. Harris" overcomes the rote nature of true crime stories.
  6. There is a challenge to "Smith." It may be wonderfully shot so far. It may be blissfully quiet. And it may be supremely acted. But how much can a viewer care about the bad boys and girls over the course of many episodes?
  7. The show's super strengths are its well-developed filmmaking, smooth pacing and a perfect cast. It views like the first hour of a fun, thoughtful movie.
  8. Fantastic, fascinating, creepy, charming and gruesome.
  9. "Day Break" asks viewers for faith, to believe unanswered questions will not go unanswered forever, and that every episode will be worth experiencing. For now, I'm willing to take that leap of faith, because the action is swift, the acting is taut and the premise is cool.
  10. It's really kind of a glorious little miracle, a half-hour series of little pictures of simple, complex and unfamous Americans breathing everyday lives, with a twist of kookiness, while they search for the Meaning of Everything and The Big Picture.
  11. Californication--the best new TV show in a year.
  12. High School Musical 2 is very good. It's more than listenable. The music is surprisingly catchy, smartly penned and not annoying.
  13. Cute, creative and slick, this is one of the best new shows of the fall season.
  14. It's a lot of fun. It's funny. And stars Bret Harrison and Tyler Labine have better chemistry than most duos on TV.
  15. Pushing Daisies deserves its high praise. It's the best new drama of the fall, finding sweet hope in morbid tragedy.
  16. Dexter, one of the best shows on TV this decade. High praise, indeed. Deserved.
  17. In Treatment is exhilarating.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's a beauty--in many ways richer than the Broadway production--and should not be missed.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Everyone has to bring their A-game and, for the most part, they do.
  18. It's the funniest thing you'll see all summer--particularly if you're drug-free.
  19. The series is as compulsively watchable as ever, with Dexter's marriage, stepchildren, newborn son and stifling suburban life complicating his leisure time.
  20. Catch up with the series while you can. These are the glory days, my friends.
  21. Men of a Certain Age is strung together by small moments of triumph that make life worth living--and this show worth watching.
  22. It’s a majestic, 10-part movie medal of honor for every person who ever put on a uniform because he believed he was one of the good guys.
  23. You should feel nervous before any great date, and Don never disappoints. He'll make you feel like you are in on the joke with the innest in crowd on television. Anything these ad men are selling, I'll buy.
  24. This fast-paced mockumentary perfectly captures the experience of parenthood.
  25. The characters are unforgettable, and the history, of course, is more entertaining than fiction. The filming of Boardwalk Empire just may be more decadent than the decadence it's celebrating. It's not TV, and it's not really HBO. It's an event, not to be missed.
  26. Raising Hope already has a little place in my heart. There's something about the downwardly mobile family unit (see: "Malcolm in the Middle," "The Middle," "Raising Arizona") that's just funnier and sweeter than anything else on TV.
  27. It's not for everyone. Let's say that upfront. Eastbound & Down will either make you choke laughing, or wish that you could bleach the profanity from your brain.
  28. Watching it was just bliss, and those of you who experienced the first five seasons in real time will probably enjoy it even more.

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