Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

For 762 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 32% 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 Mad Men: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 Have No Fear: The Life of Pope John Paul II: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 528
  2. Negative: 0 out of 528
528 tv reviews
  1. Karl Urban is the main draw as an emotionally and physically damaged detective in Fox’s sci-fi police procedural with a heavy “Fringe” pedigree.
  2. Get ready to laugh and cry with this touching new comedy about a dysfunctional team of nurses and doctors caring for aging patients in a hospital’s extended-care wing.
  3. Few comics could get away with such an irreverent act, but Silverman pulls it off with her disconnected style that blends vulgarity and vulnerability.
  4. The film noir touches are laid on a bit thick, but that’s also part of the appeal of this stylish limited series.
  5. Clever dialogue and an unmistakable sense of place still make the show worth watching, even when the narrative is spinning its wheels.
  6. The Spoils of Babylon is a star-studded, droll spoof of television miniseries from the ’80s.
  7. The Dick Wolf-produced drama is darker than its sister show, but it packs potential for fun with the city’s cops and firefighters crossing paths both on and off the job.
  8. The Geoff Stults-led comedy has a heart that could beat stronger if the stereotypes get dialed down.
  9. It’s a fun, entertaining spin on the legal procedural and an ideal showcase for Kinnear’s rakish charm.
  10. 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.
  11. Christina Ricci does a haunting turn as notorious hatchet swinger Lizzie Borden.
  12. 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]
  13. 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”).
  14. It’s an interesting conceit rooted in real behavioral science.
  15. What the 10-episode series lacks in originality it makes up for by piling on the creepy suspense.
  16. 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]
  17. There’s an acerbic charm to Fox’s 1991-set sitcom that elevates it above similar newcomers “Growing Up Fisher” and “The Goldbergs.”
  18. Beneath these sometimes confusing layers lurks a promising show about a relatively unexplored chapter in U.S. military history.
  19. It’s a cinematic story whose focus isn’t polar bears and receding glaciers.
  20. They’ve basically taken that premise [of NBC's “Best Friends Forever”], switched up some of the details and reinvented that show for a new network, which isn’t a bad thing because the original concept was pretty humorous, and Parham and St. Clair play great besties.
  21. Wilson's charisma should attract viewers. [13 Jan 1997, p.31]
  22. Lucas has created an exhilarating history lesson - something you won't find anywhere else on the tube. In The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, modern moviemaking know-how meets that wonderfully old-fashioned notion that nothing is more entertaining than the clash of ideas. [4 Mar 1992, p.39]
  23. The action unfurls a mere 30 years ago, but it may as well be the Dark Ages when viewed through today’s technology-dependent lens. That’s a big part of what makes the show such fun.
  24. A captivating actress known for offbeat comic roles in "Designing Women," "Love & War" and "Texasville," Potts forcefully redefines the character of inspirational teacher Louanne Johnson in ABC's improved version of Dangerous Minds. [30 Sept 1996, p.39]
  25. Biehn's terse, tightly coiled performance and stirring music from Elmer Bernstein's original 1960 score enhance the "Magnificent" mystique. [2 Jan 1998]
  26. Combines explosive, stylized violence with stinging social commentary and surgical strokes of sharp media satire. [17 Mar 1994]
  27. There's nothing wrong with sex, but much of it seems gratuitous here, thrown in not because it's required to tell the story but to needlessly indulge in the freedom that pay cable affords. It detracts from the heartwarming story rather than embellishes it, pandering to viewers as if the people at Showtime feared no one would watch unless there were at least a few "booty call" references. [28 Jun 2000]
  28. Platinum... may not be great but already is better and more ambitious than most of what UPN has to offer and has ever offered. [14 Apr 2003]

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