Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

For 807 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 0.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Chuck: 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 556
  2. Negative: 0 out of 556
556 tv reviews
  1. A whole new crop of crazies populate the sophomore season, but the murder and mayhem is laced with a been-there- done-that feel.
  2. The man-banter humor and language in Sirens can be jarringly crass at times--an unexpected pothole hit while cruising along with these generally likable characters.
  3. Bogged down by mundane subplots and generic characters, it lacks the atmosphere, tension and emotional pull that defined Sundance Channel’s recent “zombie” show, “The Returned.”
  4. This tale of a twisted family’s misguided quest for love and money is still creepy and atmospheric enough to make for pulpy television fun.
  5. The use of animation makes it feel even more like something you’d see in a high school science class. Special effects have come a long way since 1980, yet they manage to be less impressive in this updated version that shoots for the stars but falls short.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    While he could use some better support, Swayze turns in a subtle and strong performance.
  6. Monday Mornings spends a fair bit of time probing controversial and ethically complex issues like organ donation, informed consent, health insurance and advance directives. But that, coupled with a cast of characters who don't become all that compelling after three episodes, isn't enough to elevate the series above the rest of the pack.
  7. Compared to “Homeland,” State of Affairs is hands down the weaker show. Compared to the broadcast networks’ other new dramas, it’s strong enough — just enough — to deserve a chance to find its legs and maybe even make itself comfortable in “The Blacklist’s” old Monday night time slot.
  8. This embarrassment of riches isn't necessarily an embarrassment, but it's not the slam dunk it should be, either.
  9. There's nothing wrong with "The Nine." It's just essentially a step above pedestrian.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Some may take issue with the cynical tone of both series [Saving grace and The Cleaner] or the fact that there is very little divine intervention in either.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    I'm on the bubble with Fringe. The characters are all interesting and the acting is top notch, but the plot is essentially an update of "The X-Files" with the addition of terrorism and the office of Homeland Security.
  10. It's not ground-breaking or cutting-edge, and it's by no means the funniest show on TV. But it has the potential to get more lovable with time if viewers vote to give it a chance.
  11. In fact, "The Tudors" suffers from being merely capable on most fronts, a decent diversion. The direction is effective but artistically flat, and so are several scripts.
  12. Drew Peterson: Untouchable isn't a terrible movie. But it is the victim of a bad casting decision that put Lowe in the loafers of this puffy, inexplicably cocky and occasionally charismatic cop.
  13. "Shark" now looks like above-average, workaday TV with promise.
  14. It's skank-errific, if flawed.
  15. There's nothing terribly original about the Shedding, although it's a hoot to hear about the couples' theme weddings.
  16. The characters, initially at least, aren't nearly so original and fully imagined, and that's a problem in any show. Fortunately, in space, no one can hear you yawn.[20 Sept 2002, p.46]
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  17. It starts to feel repetitive in the second half. But a convincing Zoe Saldana Avatar keeps you vested in the outcome, and the City of Light makes an enticing backdrop for the Prince of Darkness.
  18. "Dirt" gets the ingredients right (the tone, acting and pacing are swell), but the dialogue doesn't make it addicting enough to watch, and the editing could be slicker more often.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    I’d be lying if I said I thought Lie to Me won’t get old fast.
  19. 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.
  20. Fleming’s life could have used an editor; the four-part series feels repetitive and should have been cut in half.
  21. 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.
  22. Phil Spector is just about ideal as an HBO movie; watchable and gossip-worthy but just not that compelling.
  23. 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.
  24. 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?
  25. 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.
  26. The 13-part series feels like a G-rated version of that HBO hit, without the top-notch writing and production. Even so, it’s decent, family-friendly escapism for fans of supernatural TV.

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