Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

For 804 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 64% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 34% 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 24: Season 5
Lowest review score: 0 Hot Properties: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 553
  2. Negative: 0 out of 553
553 tv reviews
  1. The problem is that financial idiots (hello!) will still be bewildered by the complicated wranglings and enormous cast, and people familiar with the crisis will be annoyed by the simplistic tone and fictionalized scenes.
  2. The bottom line is this isn't a show you tune into for sophisticated narrative, innovative plot twists and complex characters. It's a sexy, soapy period drama that's as fluffy as the tails on its buxom stars' backsides.
  3. There's plenty of guilty pleasure to be had in watching she-wolves in Chanel and their sugar daddies go down week after week. But be prepared to put up with cheesy dialogue and spotty acting along the way.
  4. Man Up! has potential, especially if it stops belaboring its premise with Will constantly harping about his masculinity feeling threatened.
  5. I don't see this fairy-tale fantasy having broad enough appeal to conjure up the kind of viewer numbers it will need to stick around.
  6. Reality TV has blessed us with so many idiots to laugh at, it's overkill to have a couple of animated jackasses describe what a jackass Snooki is.
  7. Good Vibes delivered some good laughs in between crotch punches and penis punch lines.
  8. At least season five starts better than Italy ended. The brood is back where they belong.
  9. Like the main character herself, the show is crude and rough around the edges, but you can see glimmers of potential.
  10. A lighthearted blend of action, drama and comedy.
  11. Not all of Unsupervised's jokes stick their landing, and the content is on the crude side. But I'm willing to check up on Gary and Joel every so often to see how they're acting out while growing up.
  12. Drew Peterson: Untouchable isn't a terrible movie. But it is the victim of a bad casting decision that put Lowe in the loafers of this puffy, inexplicably cocky and occasionally charismatic cop.
  13. It's a unique concept [public can purchase online that night or the next day], although that's where Fashion Star's originality ends.
  14. The acting is solid, the scenery is appealing and Becca's quest to find her son provides a fair bit of dramatic tension. But what's really missing is credibility.
  15. This female-skewing drama gets points for its actors' performances and its originality.
  16. Television shows about advertising, like most professions, are generally more compelling as fiction, not fact. That's certainly the case here.
  17. This "Ghost"-meets-"A Gifted Man"-meets-"Grey's Anatomy" has some fun, clever and emotion-stirring moments, but they're handicapped by cheesy montages and one too many scenarios designed to remind us of the importance of having hope.
  18. Dallas is full of implausibilities. So are a lot of soaps. But this one offers something the others don't: a nostalgic romp in a dysfunctional ranch that was a Friday night fixture on many a TV set.
  19. The show should focus less on catty hospital politics and more on the inherently compelling conflict of a person who has good reason to do bad things.
  20. The show isn't revolutionary, but it is sweet and relatable.
  21. It's already clear, however, that the writing can be a bit corny, the action sequences a tad ridiculous and the plot prone to nit-picking.
  22. It's not ground-breaking or cutting-edge, and it's by no means the funniest show on TV. But it has the potential to get more lovable with time if viewers vote to give it a chance.
  23. Monday Mornings spends a fair bit of time probing controversial and ethically complex issues like organ donation, informed consent, health insurance and advance directives. But that, coupled with a cast of characters who don't become all that compelling after three episodes, isn't enough to elevate the series above the rest of the pack.
  24. The characters, initially at least, aren't nearly so original and fully imagined, and that's a problem in any show. Fortunately, in space, no one can hear you yawn.[20 Sept 2002, p.46]
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  25. Too much of the pilot is spent trying to make us understand what NCIS is, and too much of this NCIS unit's time is devoted to wrestling for jurisdiction within the federal government. Just let these people do their work and we might actually have something beyond a mere potboiler. [23 Sept 2003, p.41]
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  26. Syrupy at best, this earnest if too-often improbable drama from Northwestern grad Greg Berlanti is designed to mesh with "7th Heaven," but it isn't as family-friendly as promoted if the language and occasional plot point in the opener is any indication. [16 Sept 2002, p.39]
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  27. Phil Spector is just about ideal as an HBO movie; watchable and gossip-worthy but just not that compelling.
  28. It serves up 25 attractive women willing to sacrifice their dignity--and future--to win a possible husband in what amounts to a glorified game show. [22 Mar 2002, p.49]
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  29. When Frank Caliendo does his Chris Farley imitation on the WB's new sketch comedy show, Hype, at least it's funny. Caliendo jumps out as the star of the 10-person ensemble behind this wildly uneven quick-cut version of Fox's "Mad TV". [6 Oct 2000, p.55]
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  30. This should be solid, action-packed stuff. Where it flattens out is that with Bauer involved -- and even if CTU wants nothing to do with him, he's going to put himself in the middle of all of this -- you know things are going to work out and too often you know how they'll work out. It takes nearly all of the tension away from a series that trades on suspense. [7 Jan 2005]
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