Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

For 805 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 0.9 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 The War at Home: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 554
  2. Negative: 0 out of 554
554 tv reviews
  1. This gritty, atmospheric “Batman” prequel ranks as the fall’s best new drama on broadcast television.
  2. The season premiere is The Newsroom at its best.
  3. It’s more of a slow burn, a psychological study in grief, guilt and what can happen to a marriage tested by tragedy.
  4. The world of TV benefits from having another good show, with relaxed Spade at the desk, mocking the Stepford-like trance with which entertainment-news shows like "Access Hollywood" mindlessly idolize stars into saints and sinners.
  5. It should get tighter as the season progresses. But I already laughed several times at the silliness of this week's first episode, which is more than I can say for most sitcoms.
  6. "Boondocks" is a charming, amusing and good-looking cartoon. What's more, it establishes fertile, identifiable characters and story lines.
  7. It's a better film than a viewer, and certainly a parent, could expect from a movie based on an 18-inch piece of plastic.
  8. That cast and the sweet but not disgustingly sugary direction uplift "Mattress" from what could have been a merely not-horrible event.
  9. A well-written and well-cast, if broadly drawn, show.
  10. "The Unit"... is predictably Mametian only in that it's interesting, tightly written and finely shot.
  11. It starts out a little cutesy but quickly finds laughs in crisp writing and really strong (and blessedly not-overblown) acting.
  12. This is the best the drama has been in some time.
  13. "Miracle Workers" is genuine, naturally sweet and never exploitative.
  14. The minute "Thief" begins running tonight on cable's FX, television reclaims its best actor.
  15. There's peril in traveling the well-worn path of unrequited love and adulterous wives. But what makes this beginning of "Brian" work is that the characters are nicely drawn archetypes, not stereotypes.
  16. "Desire" is (I can't believe I'm saying this) good. Compelling. Stupid. Well-acted. Not terribly written. Funny on purpose. Better than most series on TV.
  17. "The Class" is a good example of how any premise can be turned into good fiction, even if it's cluttered with tired cliches.
  18. The execution is cute, silly, heartfelt and sweet (not saccharine), plus it's shot at the cinematic level of a moderately funded romantic comedy movie.
  19. It isn't as ambitious or objective as HBO's "The Wire," but it's about as close as broadcast TV gets to "The Wire." It finely depicts the daily grim and gritty existence of kids and adults dealing with narrow hopes, sad expectations, provincial victories, race and poverty.
  20. The acting, writing and directing are subtle and graceful.
  21. "Rome" treats viewers as long-term fans of deep terrain. To follow "Rome," it is required you keep up. If you do, you may be rewarded with a fine tale, proper acting and a better-told history lesson.
  22. I said this is an old-school literary movie because it is a gallery of objective portraits, leaving the viewer to absorb narrative while pondering various parallels and themes.
  23. These tall tales flow into a stream of consciousness. That's good. The acting is convincing. That's good. The Irish stuff is heavy-handed. That's bad.
  24. The show's first three episodes don't always land their punches. But "The Riches" takes daring swings. And the acting, especially in Monday's debut, is as good as it gets on TV.
  25. If you enjoy inside baseball, it's an interesting dynamic to view, and it's made cohesive by solid efforts from the actors, scriptwriter James D. Solomon and director Jeremiah S. Chechik.
  26. What we have here is a show Hunter has produced acceptably well and acted with immense, believable intensity. It's a fairly gritty TV role served with a spoonful of lightheartedness.
  27. It's still solidly entertaining (if less so) thanks to Walsh and McMahon's dependable character arcs.
  28. Hosts Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn are back. And once again, there's more meat to the competition than there is on the bones of the models.
  29. Shrek the Halls does a very good job of top-to-bottom production.
  30. The playful and creative scripts are pretty fun. The good-looking cast is solid, led by Barrowman, a graduate of Joliet West High. The special effects are iffy. It's no "Buffy," but like "Buffy" it's getting better with age. It's not hard to imagine it could be must-watch TV by season four.

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