Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

For 809 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 0.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 The Killing: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Have No Fear: The Life of Pope John Paul II: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 558
  2. Negative: 0 out of 558
558 tv reviews
  1. The first episode unfolds nicely with plenty of suspense and tension. If they can keep it up week after week, they should have no problem holding viewers' interest.
  2. Dirty Sexy Money, ABC's dull new drama starring Peter Krause ("Six Feet Under") and Donald Sutherland, contrives for your viewing displeasure one of the world's stupidest, richest and hate-worthy families called the Darlings.
  3. The pretty packaging is wrapped around a hollow mystery that’s less whodunit and more who cares?
  4. A new audience will enjoy this smart series, which makes light of the eternal hell of high school.
  5. Platinum... may not be great but already is better and more ambitious than most of what UPN has to offer and has ever offered. [14 Apr 2003]
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  6. Belushi and O'Connell are fun to watch, and--spoiler!--it turns out they're real sweethearts, too.
  7. The Geoff Stults-led comedy has a heart that could beat stronger if the stereotypes get dialed down.
  8. After swimming in its silliness for two hours, I can only say The River goes downhill fast.
  9. Every part of this ... reality series ... has been copied, borrowed or just plain stolen from somewhere else. [20 May 2003]
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  10. The show sometimes lays on the misogyny a bit thick, but Timoney's alienation feels painfully realistic, thanks to Bello.
  11. 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.
  12. It was all a bit too corny and predictable for my taste, though. Add a mutant strain of irony, and they just might gain another super-fan.
  13. 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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  14. Brenda is the closest thing to a real character we've seen in police procedurals so far. [8 Jun 2005]
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  15. There’s an acerbic charm to Fox’s 1991-set sitcom that elevates it above similar newcomers “Growing Up Fisher” and “The Goldbergs.”
  16. It's just not that suspenseful. [14 June 2002, p.55]
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  17. An intriguing study in how regular Joes react to inexplicable events, the show demands a level of patience bound to result in its own “Sudden Departure” of at least some viewers.
  18. "Army Wives" is better than it has any right to be.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Though it features dialogue delivered rapid-fire like the best David Mamet plays, the show isn't quite sure what it wants to be.
  19. A captivating actress known for offbeat comic roles in "Designing Women," "Love & War" and "Texasville," Potts forcefully redefines the character of inspirational teacher Louanne Johnson in ABC's improved version of Dangerous Minds. [30 Sept 1996, p.39]
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  20. They’ve basically taken that premise [of NBC's “Best Friends Forever”], switched up some of the details and reinvented that show for a new network, which isn’t a bad thing because the original concept was pretty humorous, and Parham and St. Clair play great besties.
  21. Despite cable's relaxed standards for nudity and swearing, as well as the addition of new showrunner Ric Swartzlander ("Gary Unmarried"), Cougar Town still feels like the same old show--a very good show at that.
  22. With its strong emphasis on family values, religious faith, personal growth and enrichment through education, "Christy" should please parents who seek quality programs with positive messages. [1 Apr 1994]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    I’d be lying if I said I thought Lie to Me won’t get old fast.
  23. Anderson, a charming performer with a naturally dry wit, portrays the daydreaming, guitar-strumming Dave as well as he can be played. [20 Sept 1993, p.29]
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  24. Yes, another comedy starts out with mild promise and quickly tanks.
  25. If you've been in runway withdrawal, The Fashion Show can provide you with all the bitchery, the language butchery and the stupefying silhouettes that you've been missing.
  26. Now that the premise of the show has been established, it would be nice to see more shades of gray and less black and white.
  27. In the end, it all amounts to pretty much the same thing: a half hour with a self-sabotaging wit. A nice side effect is that both "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and Bored to Death make you feel better about yourself.
  28. Hot in Cleveland is formulaic, but has tremendous good will on its side.

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