Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

For 775 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 32% 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 Sherlock: Season 3
Lowest review score: 0 Have No Fear: The Life of Pope John Paul II: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 535
  2. Negative: 0 out of 535
535 tv reviews
  1. It's just not that suspenseful. [14 June 2002, p.55]
  2. As always, Nip/Tuck is inventive and unpredictable.
  3. 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.
  4. After swimming in its silliness for two hours, I can only say The River goes downhill fast.
  5. The Geoff Stults-led comedy has a heart that could beat stronger if the stereotypes get dialed down.
  6. If the series doesn't peter out after its first two great episodes, Comedy Central may at last have on its hands a live-action comedy as funny as "Chappelle's Show."
  7. 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]
  8. 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.
  9. Hot in Cleveland is formulaic, but has tremendous good will on its side.
  10. 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]
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    I’d be lying if I said I thought Lie to Me won’t get old fast.
  11. Yes, another comedy starts out with mild promise and quickly tanks.
  12. 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]
  13. I could go on and on about reasons not to watch this show: the title easily confused with "The Gates"; the Kia product placement; the convolutedly stupid plot. [11 Jul 2010]
  14. Christina Applegate and Will Arnett have nice chemistry as rookie parents struggling to scale back on their hardworking, hard-partying ways in Up All Night, a largely fresh, irreverent look at child rearing.
  15. "Love Monkey" does have its endearing moments. A few chuckles, even. But tonight's debut clomps all over predictable territory.
  16. "Kitchen Confidential" holds more potential than tonight's decent if imperfect start, given Star's track record and casting.
  17. 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]
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. The cast and the writing are solid, and I think we can assume there's wisdom ahead. It's definitely a family that could grow on you. But I wouldn't go so far as to marry into it.
  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.
    • 64 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.
  22. "Old Christine" could morph into a fresh and funny staple, as long as it's tinkered with correctly.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Bloody, sexy and violent, the show is also both occasionally funny and frightening.
  23. This female-skewing drama gets points for its actors' performances and its originality.
  24. [It] isn't awful. Mostly, it's just too tightly packed, like those peanut cans kids open and giant toy snakes spring out. [11 Aug 2005, p.49]
  25. The new season looks promising. Let's just hope these kids can sing.
  26. There's potential for Conan, once his ego gets off the couch. [9 Nov 2010, p.8]
  27. 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.

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