Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

For 713 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 Prohibition: 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 501
  2. Negative: 0 out of 501
501 tv reviews
  1. "1 vs. 100" isn't really bad. Its only serious trouble is the pacing. In an hourlong episode, I count just 14 questions.
  2. The problem with the beginning of "24" isn't the plotting or the rusty acting. It's the pacing, the clunky rhythm of the action-adventure. Thank goodness, the quality of "24" fluctuates, so it has real potential to become great again in future episodes.
  3. "The Winner" quickly metastasizes into a routine sitcom with laugh tracks and Ye Olde Storylines.
  4. "Hidden Palms" isn't totally odious. After the bad acting in the initial daddy suicide, the show calms down and holds mild interest for its bikini hotness, cool blue pools and unapologetic stupidity.
  5. Taylor, being one of Hollywood's underutilized great actresses, makes State of Mind interesting just by appearing in it. Taylor's supporting cast is quite good, too.
  6. Coughlan finds the nice subtle undertones so Jenny seems more real and less cardboard.
  7. The direction is capable. And there are moments of shining in the script, though there aren't yet enough fine scenes.
  8. The dramatic structure is overorganized around the linear detective-ing, and the show's too Dan-centric without a "Quantum Leap"-like partner to spice things up.
  9. What's not fun? At least half of the rest of the show.
  10. At first, this new comedy about four mostly wimpy dudes seems just stupid, but some of it is decent.
  11. Samantha is more of a smiler than a laugher. That's fine. But the comedy straddles straight-up storytelling with clumsy moments of broad comedy (no insulting pun intended).
  12. Breaking could be a good study of acting, since Cranston and Aaron Paul (as his partner, Jesse) get under the grimy skin of their characters. But there's not enough of the good stuff, like writing, directing, mood, cinematography--you get the point.
  13. The tone of this odd show (created by Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim, and initially directed by Ken Olin) is both sweet and wacky, as if it were made by David E. Kelley, he of "Ally McBeal." But it's missing something.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    While Unhitched certainly contains its share of gross-out moments, these moments all feel so hopelessly forced and happen to characters we care so little about that they don't carry the comedic weight they should.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    There also is something disturbing about making a game out of charitable acts.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Where the original show used to be a leader, so far the spinoff is a follower.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Worst Week, a new entry in CBS' Monday lineup, is a luke-warm sitcom about a schleprock of a magazine editor named Sam Briggs (Kyle Bornheimer) who becomes nervous and accident-prone when around his fiancee Melanie's conservative parents Dick (Kurtwood Smith, reprising the gruff father figure he played on "That '70s Show") and mother Angela (Nancy Lenehan).
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Mohr knows how to deliver a sarcastic one-liner, the pilot has a few laughs and the characters are all likable. But despite modern references to things like "Second Life," the whole show comes across as a bit antiquated.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Though it features dialogue delivered rapid-fire like the best David Mamet plays, the show isn't quite sure what it wants to be.
    • 48 Metascore
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    An attempt to be silly like O’Brien, his Late Night predecessor, instead had a trying-too-hard feel that approached Carson Daly territory (a place you do not want to be).
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The language on Kings is similarly stilted but lacks "Deadwood" writer/producer David Milch's passionate and intellectual punch. King Silas may not be as deliciously Machiavellian as Al Swearingen, but McShane does deliver--and he cleans up well.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Harper's Island is at times suspenseful and intriguing, but it's also a tad confusing.
  14. Gallagher's played by Chris Vance ("Prison Break"), who tries to overcome the cheesy script with a British accent and a little dignity. He fails.
  15. If you can get past the patronizing only-a-white-man-can-save-the-needy concept, the series could be an illuminating look at what's going on in the rest of the world. It's too educational and earnest for me to consider it "entertainment," but other viewers might be better people than me.
  16. If you don't think too hard about it--and don't mind seeing every single romantic movie cliche crammed in two hours--then you will find Labor Pains to be less painful than actual birth.
  17. "Love Monkey" does have its endearing moments. A few chuckles, even. But tonight's debut clomps all over predictable territory.
  18. Somehow, the routine isn't as fun on More to Love [than "The Bachelor" or "The Bachelorette"].
  19. The show is clever in parts, but it's just not that funny.
  20. Since there's no "Twilight" movie in theaters right now, there's no point in resisting The Vampire Diaries, some prefab filler premiering tonight.
  21. This is a story of desperation, not liberation. Cox is too good for this.