Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

For 804 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 64% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 34% 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 Deadwood: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Dirty Sexy Money: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 553
  2. Negative: 0 out of 553
553 tv reviews
  1. It overflows with a distinctive feel-good vibe. It looks and acts more like a PBS series than something new on HBO.
  2. There are some great lines, but it seems like a predictable formula: Get one couple together per episode, flirt with doctor. Where's the magic in that?
  3. This embarrassment of riches isn't necessarily an embarrassment, but it's not the slam dunk it should be, either.
  4. His light blue eyes are so piercing you may forget that his special skill isn't X-ray vision. But he's supported by writing and characters that may induce eye rolling.
  5. The show's weaknesses, in its first two episodes, rest in some slack dialogue and unevenly edited payoffs of suspense.
  6. It's slicker, more ambitious and has more chuckles than expected.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    I’d be lying if I said I thought Lie to Me won’t get old fast.
  7. All in all, it might be worth sticking with Parks and Recreation, because there are lots of funny little moments that could add up to a great series.
  8. For me, this show is a one-night stand, not a relationship.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. The cases are inventive, and the acting is low key. Entertainmentwise, the series is nothing special.
  13. 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.
  14. The dialogue is entirely composed of trash talk, and as far as that goes, it's pretty creative.
  15. There's nothing original about the series that wasn't already covered in "L.A. Law."
  16. Me, I struggled with the whole reincarnation thing--and kept rooting for someone to turn out to be Napoleon. It's hooey. But it's fairly well done hooey.
  17. As a series, Treme is a tough slog. I was by turns confused, bored and sad.
  18. 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.
  19. The series is fun, slick and fast, but cheesier than it needs to be.
  20. Maybe the cast of this sitcom will come together with some "Community"-level chemistry. Right now, it's just awkward and borderline offensive.
  21. The first case they investigate is plenty sensational, but there's nothing special about the show, no connection to any of the characters.
  22. 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.
  23. 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!
  24. There's potential for Conan, once his ego gets off the couch. [9 Nov 2010, p.8]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
  25. 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.
  26. "Grey's Anatomy" creator Shonda Rhimes brings us another soapy doctor drama, set in a lush jungle instead of a hospital.
  27. There's nothing terribly original about the Shedding, although it's a hoot to hear about the couples' theme weddings.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.

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