Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

For 714 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 24: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Have No Fear: The Life of Pope John Paul II: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 501
  2. Negative: 0 out of 501
501 tv reviews
  1. The Geoff Stults-led comedy has a heart that could beat stronger if the stereotypes get dialed down.
  2. It’s a fun, entertaining spin on the legal procedural and an ideal showcase for Kinnear’s rakish charm.
  3. A winsome opportunist (Luke Arnold), a ruthless captain (Toby Stephens) and a tough-talking tavern owner (Hannah New) are just a few of the colorful characters involved in a brutal power grab in the 18th century Bahamas.
  4. Christina Ricci does a haunting turn as notorious hatchet swinger Lizzie Borden.
  5. Oddly compelling even though it's not nearly as edgy and smart as it thinks it is. [5 Nov 2004, p.51]
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's not about politics, and it's not (only) about gag lines. It's a mostly honest attempt to explore the human condition through a subculture where sex is upfront and serves as lens and entree into other issues of love, death, friendship and life itself. [30 Nov 2000, p.43]
  6. An eccentric kid (Benjamin Stockham, “1600 Penn”) looking for a father figure finds one in his man-child neighbor, Will, played with the right amount of humor and heart by David Walton (“Bent”).
  7. It’s an interesting conceit rooted in real behavioral science.
  8. What the 10-episode series lacks in originality it makes up for by piling on the creepy suspense.
  9. The patchwork narrative covers Chicago’s murder epidemic, gang violence, public schools crisis, sports stuff--all familiar stories. But they’re packaged in an engaging, informative way.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It doesn't always feel realistic, but it works on its own terms: What happens in Las Vegas stays in "Las Vegas." [22 Sept 2003, p.42]
  10. There’s an acerbic charm to Fox’s 1991-set sitcom that elevates it above similar newcomers “Growing Up Fisher” and “The Goldbergs.”
  11. Beneath these sometimes confusing layers lurks a promising show about a relatively unexplored chapter in U.S. military history.
  12. It’s a cinematic story whose focus isn’t polar bears and receding glaciers.
  13. With no co-stars playing sidekicks, the pressure will be on Fahey to carry "The Marshal" alone. In the two preview episodes ABC provided, the low-key actor establishes an appealing balance of toughness and compassion. [31 Jan 1995]
  14. Entertaining. [20 May 1992]
  15. The articulate comic whose charm is deftly walking the balance beam between cool guy and geek was at his best when he was simply conversing.
  16. "Kitchen Confidential" holds more potential than tonight's decent if imperfect start, given Star's track record and casting.
  17. There's promise here, as long as it gets grittier and funnier, and doesn't descend into bombast.
  18. It's kind of good.
  19. Heavy-handed.
  20. It's skank-errific, if flawed.
  21. The writers and directors do a sometimes routine, sometimes solid job of making something as atypical as an imprisoned innocent seem believable in the world of fictional network television.
  22. "South Beach" isn't the terrible waste of viewing time a cynic might expect. But it is a conventionally drawn, sudsy soap.
  23. Where "Party" goes awry is by trying to be an hour. That's twice as long as it should be. There's more fat in it than a Popeye's biscuit.
  24. Some results are interesting anthropologically. But "Black.White" bogs down in conversation and never fascinates.
  25. Presumably, the actors will settle into their roles and get a better grip on timing and volume. They're over-the-top for material that's already zany.
  26. Dramatically speaking, what douses a bit of the fire of this ensemble show are a few non-compelling characters and/or bad actors.
  27. Irons and the rest of the cast are spot-on. The writing and directing are fairly crisp. Perhaps, though, tracing Elizabeth's life for 20-plus years subtracted from my becoming intently involved in each period of this biopic.
  28. It's a fairly entertaining show right out of the gate, though it's distractingly busy with a gimmick: Poorly edited flashbacks pop up suddenly to show what victims were doing in the moments before they suffered health problems. This could be done well, but it's not now.