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 Mrs. Harris: 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 539
  2. Negative: 0 out of 539
539 tv reviews
  1. It’s also an intimately personal tale of Kramer’s heartbreaking first-hand experience with the disease. Directed by Ryan Murphy, it’s bound to put Emmys in the hands of a remarkable cast.
  2. Creator Jenji Kohan (“Weeds”) continues to tell the fascinating stories of women rarely seen on “TV” in season two.
  3. The best drama on broadcast TV hasn’t missed a beat since its universally praised fifth season.
  4. As good a new drama as there is this fall. [19 Sep 2002]
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  5. A vicious and timely show-biz satire. [1 Jun 1993]
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  6. I happen to believe Beavis and Butt-head is a work of twisted brilliance... It's cringingly blunt and cheerfully offensive. It's also a richly textured, dead-on satire of teenage life and pop culture, which explains its growing appeal with Generation X and even some baby boomers who haven't lost their senses of humor. [24 June 1993, p.11]
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  7. Boreanaz and Deschanel stir good chemistry as a crime-fighting duo.
  8. The show's appeal is its breezy verbiage and well-suited cast.
  9. The casting is for awesome, flat-out too-good-for-TV acting.
  10. What is special about "Ghost Whisperer" is the way it gets everything else right -- casting, acting, writing, directing, pacing, music, you name it.
  11. Finally, a "Sex and the City" clone comes through.
  12. "Heist" is good TV -- not great yet, but good -- from the cast to the suspenseful pacing and a cool musical score.
  13. Despite high praise, there are two serious problems: (a) The first new episode is crazy confusing, and (b) over the course of the first batch of episodes, the story lines don't develop quickly enough.
  14. Fans of Sorkin's years on "The West Wing" will likely enjoy "Studio 60." And there should be enough mature viewers who crave bright writing to make the show a sudden mainstay.
  15. I don't want to spoil the great lines, delivered with perfect comic acting. To me, it's bliss.
  16. If the series doesn't peter out after its first two great episodes, Comedy Central may at last have on its hands a live-action comedy as funny as "Chappelle's Show."
  17. It's hard for an artistic entity to balance that kind of American duality. Mad Men does so in a subtler and more natural way than "Natural Born Killers" did satirically.
  18. As usual, he's demanding, brutal and fearless. He repeatedly insults egotistical managers and chefs and yells, "Just smell that for me!" And they do.
  19. It's very appealing. Aliens in America pulls off its absurd, touchy situation by handling everything with a relaxed tone and excellent film work.
  20. It's really quite good and oddly entertaining, as cynical as it is.
  21. The Sarah Connor Chronicles" begins as an intense, thoughtful, exciting, fun spectacle. The first episode will kick your ass.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    There's nothing objectionable about the messages of the piece: always be true to yourself and treat everyone with dignity and respect. But teens and adults may find it a little saccharine.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Based on the first episode of the second season, "Mad Men" is still one of the best series currently on television, if not the best.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Bloody, sexy and violent, the show is also both occasionally funny and frightening.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The time-travel element puts enough of a twist in it to move it a couple of notches above all the other entries in the fall season, not to mention all the same-old police procedurals clogging the networks.
  22. A refreshing dramedy that captures the hard-boiled world of New York City homicide investigators and their twisted sense of humor
  23. The only reason I'm not giving the third season opener four stars is because the show is competing with two earlier, exquisite seasons. Sunday's episode feels like something is missing -- a hook, something to make it physically painful to wait for new episodes.
  24. Next week's episode didn't have me quite as recklessly giddy, but 30 Rock on an off night is still equivalent to the kind of sugar rush you get from eating an entire Nerds Rope.
  25. The new season looks promising. Let's just hope these kids can sing.
  26. The financial stakes get considerably higher this season. Bill's new "casino and family fun center" results in briefcases full of cash.

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