Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

For 822 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 0.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Orphan Black: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Back to You: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 564
  2. Negative: 0 out of 564
564 tv reviews
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It has wit, humor and a set of flawed but likable and offbeat characters not unlike the ones on the sophisticated "Arrested Development."
  1. It's very appealing. Aliens in America pulls off its absurd, touchy situation by handling everything with a relaxed tone and excellent film work.
  2. 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.
  3. Things are looking up for the underdog show.
  4. The action is fast, and I was pleased to find that scenes play out unpredictably. I do look forward to less explaining, though, and more insights.
  5. 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.
  6. It's really quite good and oddly entertaining, as cynical as it is.
  7. Boreanaz and Deschanel stir good chemistry as a crime-fighting duo.
  8. The kingdoms are gorgeous to look at, down to the last loving detail - you could be entertained just by watching for the inventive suits of armor. The violence is spectacular; the sex is twisted. The producers even had a language invented for the Dothraki, which should please the Dungeons and Dragons crowd.
  9. Its lack of niceties makes for a love-hate affair for viewers. [2 Jan 2004]
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  10. Attains often-sublime lucidity by its second episode. [16 Sep 1994]
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  11. The series has a cinematic feel, with plenty of stand-alone, poignant moments punctuating each episode.
  12. It was filmed over four months and distilled into eight episodes, with brilliant results.
  13. We already know where he ends up, but it sure is fun watching him get dirty along the way.
  14. The Sarah Connor Chronicles" begins as an intense, thoughtful, exciting, fun spectacle. The first episode will kick your ass.
  15. Its distinctive voice makes it feel fresh and original, and the poignant comedy gets better with every episode.
  16. It’s a lot to juggle, but you can count on the payoff to be worth the trouble. Power, weakness, greed, violence--what’s not to like?
  17. The rest of the original crew is back, in varying degrees of denial, cluelessness, incompetence and narcissism. They have been missed.
  18. The shrewd thing about John Doe is that it uses its fantasy element as an addition, not a substitute for interesting characters and good storytelling. At its heart, this is just a mystery show with a twist. [20 Sept 2002, p.46]
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  19. A mix of joyous wedding day flashbacks and sometimes painful present-day interviews results in a compelling narrative that should be required viewing for anyone about to walk down the aisle.
  20. There's some smart slapstick, and I believe that Perry could be the one sane man in an arena that holds 17,505 people.
  21. The show's appeal is its breezy verbiage and well-suited cast.
    • 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.
  22. This third season is more in keeping with Downton's first [season].
  23. I don't want to spoil the great lines, delivered with perfect comic acting. To me, it's bliss.
  24. The Middle isn't the kind of sitcom you laugh at; it's the kind you laugh with.
  25. The language and sentiments are often unfiltered and raw, maybe more than you want at times, but Leary is a master at playing guys on the edge and this is an extraordinary showcase, by turns moving, funny and stunning. [21 July 2004, p.61]
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  26. An instantly engaging show that seamlessly delivers stimulating dramatic situations and juicy romantic comedy. [8 Sep 1997]
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  27. This haunting six-episode season explores the deep divide between a parochial community and a marginalized Native American tribe.
  28. [An] insightful sketch show.

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