Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

For 789 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 64% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 33% 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 I'll Fly Away: 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 544
  2. Negative: 0 out of 544
544 tv reviews
  1. On its own, this series ... might not have seemed so bad. But it can't hold a note compared with "The Sopranos." [4 Apr 2000]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
  2. Leoni’s uber-competent character--she’s brilliant, plugged-in, fluent in every language!--could easily be annoying in the hands of another actress. But Leoni gives Elizabeth McCord a savvy, down-to-earth quality that makes her easy to root for.
  3. The pilot is a little light at bringing the funny, but the concept has promise--and Laurence Fishburne.
  4. The show would benefit from easing up on the frenetic pace, taking a breath every now and then, and making its younger cast members seem like they’re actually in law school, not an Abercrombie & Fitch catalog.
  5. The half-tense dramatic payoff is a pleasant surprise, but the bluster -- oh, the bluster and machismo are palpable.
  6. The new premiere isn't horrible, and it shows some promise.
  7. This show may convince us the Simmonses are good people. But there's not much catchy drama in following the evolution of a teenager's party planning.
  8. "Four Kings" is a strange thing. The first episode of the new NBC comedy reeks. But there are moments in the next two episodes that make it seem as if it has the potential to be a male version of "Sex and the City," minus the naughty stuff HBO could show that NBC can't.
  9. The cast is a fine one. The chemistry works between Elfman and Randall. The weakness of "Alex's" premiere -- and not future episodes, I hope -- is the overwrought script.
  10. Hopefully, the scriptwriting will improve and make better use of the cast, which is ripe for higher-quality material.
  11. "Old Christine" could morph into a fresh and funny staple, as long as it's tinkered with correctly.
  12. There is one fantastic thing about this show. It's only a half-hour.
  13. [It is] a mess of unconvincing drama, and the acting veers from magnificent to quite poor.
  14. The show's weakness is that not a lot of interesting or funny stuff happens on the bus or in their touring cities.
  15. "Tuesday Night Book Club" has the effect of making viewers wish to live somewhere less petty and self-destructive than America, or at least the Scottsdale of this show.
  16. "Blade" could work as an earnest fantasy. It just doesn't, yet.
  17. The first episode is OK. Predictable. Standard. But Garrett's funny, and he and Fisher work great together.
  18. It's awash in sudsy Bo Derek and Morgan Fairchild, plus a bit of Tippi Hedren. But slow tension fails to fill the first episode, and the acting is a tangle of scorns.
  19. Good cast. Nice narrative flow. But I don't quite care about this drama yet -- villains are too smart and heavyhanded, and tension is slack.
  20. The first episode doesn't measure up to the actors' capabilities, but there is a fantastic amount of promise.
  21. At first blush, "Help Me Help You" looks like it will be terrible, but it's not. The actors are talented. The language and pacing are playful.
  22. "1 vs. 100" isn't really bad. Its only serious trouble is the pacing. In an hourlong episode, I count just 14 questions.
  23. 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.
  24. "The Winner" quickly metastasizes into a routine sitcom with laugh tracks and Ye Olde Storylines.
  25. "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.
  26. 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.
  27. Coughlan finds the nice subtle undertones so Jenny seems more real and less cardboard.
  28. The direction is capable. And there are moments of shining in the script, though there aren't yet enough fine scenes.
  29. 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.
  30. What's not fun? At least half of the rest of the show.

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