Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

For 807 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 0.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Game of Thrones: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 The War at Home: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 556
  2. Negative: 0 out of 556
556 tv reviews
    • 73 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.
  1. The premiere feels a bit slow coming on the heels of last season’s wild ride, but the second episode will leave you hungry for more
  2. Lost may prove to be a find. It also could go down in flames. For its first couple of weeks, though, there's no question it's quite a thrill ride. [22 Sept 2004, p.65]
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  3. Seeing Game Change is like living again through the campaign of 2008.
  4. Sisco smolders but never flames up or burns out, played by Gugino with a steady, unflinching calm that reflects a character who never makes presumptions and who's willing to see the shades of gray in typically black and white situations, like any great Leonard hero or heroine. [1 Oct 2003, p.61]
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  5. It's "The A-Team" meets ... really good writing.
  6. It's unclear how many more seasons Cathy will survive, and how much humor can be mined from her pain. The visuals just might stay with you, though, as long as you live.
  7. 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.
  8. Brenda is the closest thing to a real character we've seen in police procedurals so far. [8 Jun 2005]
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  9. Half the fun of Behind the Candelabra is watching these two Hollywood heavyweights deftly tackle roles that could have been career-enders not that long ago.
  10. Ken Follett's 1989 historical novel had a resurgence in popularity as a 2007 Book Club selection, and should finally achieve world domination with this adaptation. Who knew the Middle Ages were so soap-operatically . . . dark?
  11. There are some great characterizations and attention to detail. If you stick with the series, you'll be treated to a lecture on the perfect briefcase by the droll Michael Cristopher that's worth the price of admission. And if you think your office banter is entertaining, try swapping in-jokes with the intelligence community.
  12. This outgrowth of a cult-hit web series is a lighter, wackier and often funnier version of HBO’s “Girls.”
  13. One serious failing of the pilot is that, well, the group is nearly all white. There's barely a healthy tan in the bunch. Sorkin and Wells claim this is true only of the first episode and that more people of color will be added in subsequent hours....They better be. Not only is their absence an affront to minorities everywhere, it's an insult to our intelligence in what otherwise is a very smart show. [22 Sept 1999, p.47]
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  14. 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.
  15. At the end, Cinema Verite shows how the Louds dealt with the notoriety after the series aired, and where they are now. Cinema Verite blurs the lines even more - but there's a perverse logic to that.
  16. Showtime has tantalized me for ages with glimpses of Jeremy Irons growling and groping his way through a role as history's most debauched pope. It finally arrives Sunday, and you won't be disappointed.
  17. Olyphant's devilish looks balance his white-cowboy-hat principles.
  18. Finally, a "Sex and the City" clone comes through.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Has as much nerve as "The Simpsons" when it burst on the scene. [11 Aug 1997]
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  19. It’s a fast-moving trip down memory lane featuring lots of familiar faces, such as computer hacker Chloe (Mary Lynn Rajskub) in full “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” mode, plus some intriguing new villains.
  20. It’s clear that C.K. made good use of the time off to recharge his creative batteries. The season’s third episode, “So Did the Fat Lady,” is his best yet.
  21. This time around Stuart has a vulnerability that makes him a lot more enjoyable to watch, even if the steps he makes toward maturity and genuine love feel a bit rushed in this home stretch.
  22. A refreshing dramedy that captures the hard-boiled world of New York City homicide investigators and their twisted sense of humor
  23. A clever combo - sophisticated sitcom meets late-night talk show. [14 Aug 1992]
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  24. The new season looks promising. Let's just hope these kids can sing.
  25. Grey's wants to offer something for everyone, it seems, and does an admirable job not only of mixing drama, comedy and romance, but also of mixing in issues of today's complicated world of science. [24 Mar 2005, p.47]
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  26. [A] witty-but-poignant look at what it means to be a modern family.
  27. This gritty, atmospheric “Batman” prequel ranks as the fall’s best new drama on broadcast television.
  28. Almost nothing about this series is conventional. That's part of the appeal.

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