Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

For 781 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 0.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 The Office (UK): Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Back to You: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 539
  2. Negative: 0 out of 539
539 tv reviews
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Harper's Island is at times suspenseful and intriguing, but it's also a tad confusing.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. "Love Monkey" does have its endearing moments. A few chuckles, even. But tonight's debut clomps all over predictable territory.
  5. Somehow, the routine isn't as fun on More to Love [than "The Bachelor" or "The Bachelorette"].
  6. The show is clever in parts, but it's just not that funny.
  7. Since there's no "Twilight" movie in theaters right now, there's no point in resisting The Vampire Diaries, some prefab filler premiering tonight.
  8. This is a story of desperation, not liberation. Cox is too good for this.
  9. Any effective moments are outweighed by thumpingly obvious sentimentality, hospital stereotypes, and undignified "girl talk."
  10. The basic concept isn't bad. It's nice to see a captain of industry humbled, particularly now, but even that is unsatisfying in Hank.
  11. Maybe you can appreciate this series without the fear that you will be expected to write a thesis on it. But I urge you to heed my advice: Opt out while you can.
  12. Is he worth sitting through the entire show? It depends on how desperate you are for companionship.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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!"
  16. 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.
  17. "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."
  18. 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.
  19. The godson of "The Sopranos" heads the cast of this police procedural, which is having trouble finding its tone.
  20. 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.
  21. It's essentially "John & Kate Plus Eight." Minus the divorce. Plus cavorting grizzly bears.
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  22. 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."
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. I imagine it is a challenging acting exercise and a fascinating debate. But like Jones' character, I just can't bring myself to care.
  26. 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.
  27. The Kennedys is eight hours long, trying to strike an uncomfortable balance between high-minded and trashy. It does not succeed.
  28. 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.
  29. 2 Broke Girls has its fair share of genuinely funny lines....But the program has plenty of eye-rollers, too.

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