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 0.7 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 564
  2. Negative: 0 out of 564
564 tv reviews
  1. I give Jay's latest effort a firm pat on the back. Keep the scandal-ridden guests on the schedule and make the Dan Band a permanent fixture, and I'll be back for more.
  2. The dialogue is entirely composed of trash talk, and as far as that goes, it's pretty creative.
  3. The first case they investigate is plenty sensational, but there's nothing special about the show, no connection to any of the characters.
  4. The actors are good, the writing's fine, and it's pleasant enough to watch. It's just that it all adds up to a series of pale imitations.
  5. A somewhat watered-down version of the gold standard can still be entertaining, especially during the slower summer TV season.
  6. The pilot is a little light at bringing the funny, but the concept has promise--and Laurence Fishburne.
  7. A lighthearted blend of action, drama and comedy.
  8. The show would benefit from easing up on the frenetic pace, taking a breath every now and then, and making its younger cast members seem like they’re actually in law school, not an Abercrombie & Fitch catalog.
  9. There's promise here, as long as it gets grittier and funnier, and doesn't descend into bombast.
  10. Some results are interesting anthropologically. But "Black.White" bogs down in conversation and never fascinates.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Though the characters on this show, premiering Friday on CBS, are relatable and watchable, the slow pace might prove to be too much of a cultural divide for an American audience used to the quick cuts and immediate resolve seen on American cop shows.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Nothing is as it seems--too much of the time. Intrigue is good; circular storytelling to the point of viewer exhaustion is bad.
  11. 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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  12. Most of the characters are about as distinctive as mannequins. You won't mind, though, because they're awfully nice to look at. But the disgraced supermodel is played by Mischa Barton, and this is where the show may achieve inadvertent poignancy.
  13. The pilot has a few funny moments, mostly courtesy of Metcalf. Ronny’s siblings come off less like real people and more like caricatures.
  14. Dramatically speaking, what douses a bit of the fire of this ensemble show are a few non-compelling characters and/or bad actors.
  15. There are funny sketches and ones that go down in flames in comedian Dave Chappelle's erratic new series, which is interesting due to the unexplored territories it tills and the way it dares to offend sensitive types. [22 Jan 2003, p.53]
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  16. It's a fairly entertaining show right out of the gate, though it's distractingly busy with a gimmick: Poorly edited flashbacks pop up suddenly to show what victims were doing in the moments before they suffered health problems. This could be done well, but it's not now.
  17. "Grey's Anatomy" creator Shonda Rhimes brings us another soapy doctor drama, set in a lush jungle instead of a hospital.
  18. An uneven series that, while sometimes hard to watch, is also hard to resist. It doesn't make you feel good for watching it, though. Joely Richardson is solid as a long-suffering wife, but creator Ryan Murphy tries way too hard to juice up his story. [22 July 2003, p.35]
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  19. Has some funny moments and shows promise it might improve, but early episodes are dragged down by lulls, redundancies and the fact that this isn't exactly fresh fodder.
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  20. 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.
  21. There's potential for Conan, once his ego gets off the couch. [9 Nov 2010, p.8]
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  22. 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    The nostalgic feel Wisteria Lane once held has evaporated, ironically leaving fans nostalgic for the way things once were.
  23. If the movie had gone all-out camp, it could have been a classic. If it had gone all-out cheesy, we could mock it more mercilessly. As is, William & Kate is as benign as the actual couple.
  24. Perpetually miffed, always digging himself out of one disaster while inadvertently miring himself in yet another, David is either making you wince or making you laugh. Unfortunately, it's probably more of the former than the latter. [13 Oct 2000]
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  25. 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.
  26. It's a unique concept [public can purchase online that night or the next day], although that's where Fashion Star's originality ends.
  27. The Brit does a toe-curling turn--almost to a fault--as a successful web designer who, when it comes to dating, crashes more often than shoddy software.

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