Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

For 762 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 0.8 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 Back to You: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 528
  2. Negative: 0 out of 528
528 tv reviews
  1. The show's humor is tepid at best. The characters are mostly annoying--and bereft of the vulnerability and honesty that make you want to root for the similarly self-involved twentysomethings in "Girls."
  2. Monday Mornings spends a fair bit of time probing controversial and ethically complex issues like organ donation, informed consent, health insurance and advance directives. But that, coupled with a cast of characters who don't become all that compelling after three episodes, isn't enough to elevate the series above the rest of the pack.
  3. Underneath the special effects and fairy-tale plot propeller lurks just another crime drama, and not a very good one at that.
  4. Christina Ricci does a haunting turn as notorious hatchet swinger Lizzie Borden.
  5. Overall, I don't have too many complaints. But if you're a fan of the fantasy "Real World" houses, I should warn that you'll be disappointed. The aesthetic highlight here is blue Astroturf.
  6. That cast and the sweet but not disgustingly sugary direction uplift "Mattress" from what could have been a merely not-horrible event.
  7. The pace is so fast that, like a good party, you might forget everything that's happened even before it's over. That's the sign of top-notch disposable entertainment.
  8. Despite two great character actors as support--Alan Rosenberg runs the legal clinic and Dabney Coleman is the dad--this manipulative and cloying series neither rings true nor strikes the emotional chords it all too transparently wants to pluck. [25 Sept 2001, p.47]
  9. What the 10-episode series lacks in originality it makes up for by piling on the creepy suspense.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Hood comes across as brilliant but aloof. Young, meanwhile, seems to be angry, but the source of her anger isn't really explored (we can only assume that babysitting a scientist, no matter how brilliant, is not the job people sign up for when they go to work for the FBI).
  10. This miscast, tone-deaf family sitcom fails on multiple fronts, the biggest being J.K. Simmons’ nonsensical character: a lawyer and father of two who’s managed to hide his blindness from just about everyone.
  11. One of those standard-issue high school series, and it's infuriating. [29 Sept 1999, p.59]
  12. [This] energized combination of wish fulfillment and streamlined storytelling set for is eminently watchable -- and it will continue to be so long as the troubling, too-literal white knight vs. black hats motif in the opener goes away in later episodes. [6 Oct 2000, p.55]
  13. There's some smart slapstick, and I believe that Perry could be the one sane man in an arena that holds 17,505 people.
  14. As with any fast food, the bulk of Bob's Burgers is pleasant filler. You'll probably be too tired to switch the channel after "The Simpsons," so you might as well lay there and enjoy it.
  15. The pilot is riveting but, like our protagonist Barry, a bit joyless. Here’s hoping the series doesn’t collapse under the weight of its own gravitas; it’s a compelling premise that plays out in a part of the world not often seen on TV.
  16. "Miracle Workers" is genuine, naturally sweet and never exploitative.
  17. It's one of the worst new series--but for its cardboard acting and writing, not for the morals.
  18. Either you'll jump right in or you'll give up immediately. I think it's about time a drama embraces a super power that's long been forgotten: showmanship.
  19. Their inherently compelling story is cheapened by too many gimmicks and a lack of focus, sins that the writers Hemingway and Gellhorn managed to avoid in real life.
  20. Bonnie’s panic attacks and Clyde’s crystal-ball premonitions add hokeyness to an otherwise decent drama, whose biggest crime is being stretched over two nights instead of one.
  21. "1 vs. 100" isn't really bad. Its only serious trouble is the pacing. In an hourlong episode, I count just 14 questions.
  22. The dialogue is entirely composed of trash talk, and as far as that goes, it's pretty creative.
  23. There's no denying that stylized decapitations are entertaining, especially when accompanied by a generous helping of soft porn.
  24. The execution of "Tin Man" is flat, flatter, flattest. The dialogue is utilitarian, except when it's "Dungeons and Dragons" cliche.
  25. It can't be this much like glorified Lifetime every week, can it?
  26. Blanchard was witless and charmless in the original -- and so far unaired -- pilot program. But her performance as pampered Cher has improved in "As If a Girl's Reach Should Exceed Her Grasp,' tonight's debut episode. [20 Sept 1996, p.39]
  27. The first episode doesn't measure up to the actors' capabilities, but there is a fantastic amount of promise.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Once you figure out that the show is pure fluffy action-adventure and uses the book only as a flimsy guidepost, it's actually pretty entertaining.
  28. There's promise here, as long as it gets grittier and funnier, and doesn't descend into bombast.

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