Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

For 760 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 Ed: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Hot Properties: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 527
  2. Negative: 0 out of 527
527 tv reviews
  1. Is he worth sitting through the entire show? It depends on how desperate you are for companionship.
  2. Pretty Little Liars doesn't have the sense of humor -- or the wardrobe -- of "Gossip Girl." In fact, a surprising number of scenes call for bikinis. But the ongoing mystery (not to mention a secret referred only to "the Jenna thing") may prove irresistible to young people.
  3. The Gates feels like it's been pieced together from so many other shows that it resembles the one monster that's not been included: Frankenstein.
  4. Rookie Blue makes every rookie mistake there is. And the main message going out to the public about new police recruits? "They're so cute!"
  5. Haven succeeds at laying on the whimsy, and the dialogue is cute. But it's impossible to follow the investigation, and each discovery raises more questions--not about the supernatural, but about the holes in the script.
  6. "Doll House" covered this territory with more creativity, but we could always use another female superhero on TV. Especially one who has mastered the technology of the "lipstick bomb."
  7. Prepare yourself for preachiness in the third degree. Mr. Smits went to Washington, and now is sharing his moral righteousness with the rest of us.
  8. The godson of "The Sopranos" heads the cast of this police procedural, which is having trouble finding its tone.
  9. If you don't have a support group of pals to compare notes with, you could do worse than The Talk. Let's hope it stays lively.
  10. It's essentially "John & Kate Plus Eight." Minus the divorce. Plus cavorting grizzly bears.
  11. On most reality shows, contestants who win a challenge receive a prize - an immunity idol, say, or a rose. On "Bridalplasty," these are the words you long to hear: "Come grab your syringe and go down to the injectables party."
  12. I would say Glory Daze is an homage to "National Lampoon's Animal House," except that it's more an inept imitation that borders on insulting.
  13. Love may mean never having to say you're sorry, but Mad Love should apologize profusely. In short: There are better ways to spend Valentine's Day.
  14. I imagine it is a challenging acting exercise and a fascinating debate. But like Jones' character, I just can't bring myself to care.
  15. Delany is as likable as possible in an extremely unlikable role. But the writing is a bit too tidy, and Delany's smarty-pants approach gets old in the first 10 minutes.
  16. The Kennedys is eight hours long, trying to strike an uncomfortable balance between high-minded and trashy. It does not succeed.
  17. Despite the pilot's pandering localism and cliched proclamations (about the town, the police, the teams), Against the Wall features some watchable performances (from Carpani and Baker, in particular) and a premise that might yield interesting developments down the line.
  18. 2 Broke Girls has its fair share of genuinely funny lines....But the program has plenty of eye-rollers, too.
  19. Wells' seemingly infallible memory takes some fun out of the guesswork and doesn't add enough spice to what's ultimately just another helping of TV comfort food.
  20. The relationship jokes come off stale and cliched (men can't be monogamous!), and you're left feeling like you watched a raunchier--and less funny--version of "Friends."
  21. The Rosie Show got off to a rocky start Monday with a premiere that was talk show, variety show, game show and public-service program, all rolled up into one muddled hour of live TV.
  22. Underneath the special effects and fairy-tale plot propeller lurks just another crime drama, and not a very good one at that.
  23. Bag of Bones isn't completely devoid of suspense, but it's a lot less satisfying than many other, far superior King adaptations.
  24. The only times Rob flirts with funniness are when the stereotypes get turned around
  25. After swimming in its silliness for two hours, I can only say The River goes downhill fast.
  26. It sure felt a lot like the same old show to me, just with different faces.
  27. When it comes to most of the rookie characters and the plot, nothing in the pilot of NYC 22 jumps out as being particularly original or interesting.
  28. Their inherently compelling story is cheapened by too many gimmicks and a lack of focus, sins that the writers Hemingway and Gellhorn managed to avoid in real life.
  29. Anger Management is a so-so sitcom peppered with equal parts funny lines and groaners.
  30. The pilot suffers from an identity crisis, straddling the fence between poignant comedy and eye-rolling farce.

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