Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

For 781 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 64% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 33% 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 Mrs. Harris: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Have No Fear: The Life of Pope John Paul II: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 539
  2. Negative: 0 out of 539
539 tv reviews
  1. "Miracle Workers" is genuine, naturally sweet and never exploitative.
  2. It's one of the worst new series--but for its cardboard acting and writing, not for the morals.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. "1 vs. 100" isn't really bad. Its only serious trouble is the pacing. In an hourlong episode, I count just 14 questions.
  7. The dialogue is entirely composed of trash talk, and as far as that goes, it's pretty creative.
  8. There's no denying that stylized decapitations are entertaining, especially when accompanied by a generous helping of soft porn.
  9. The execution of "Tin Man" is flat, flatter, flattest. The dialogue is utilitarian, except when it's "Dungeons and Dragons" cliche.
  10. It can't be this much like glorified Lifetime every week, can it?
  11. 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]
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  12. 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.
  13. There's promise here, as long as it gets grittier and funnier, and doesn't descend into bombast.
  14. At least season five starts better than Italy ended. The brood is back where they belong.
  15. It’s sexy, pretty and fun, but don’t use it to cram for that European history exam. The show plays fast and loose with the facts.
  16. Ritter and Sagal are old pros, but they can't salvage material this weak. [17 Sep 2002]
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  17. I suppose you could say that the show has admiral goals--to pay homage to the art of the insult, and to break new ground in paralysis humor--but it's uncomfortable to watch
  18. Haven succeeds at laying on the whimsy, and the dialogue is cute. But it's impossible to follow the investigation, and each discovery raises more questions--not about the supernatural, but about the holes in the script.
  19. All the doom and dread is diverting enough, but the real mystery is this: Will "Happy Town" turn out to be something original -- or just a medley of Freddy Krueger's greatest hits?
  20. The 13-part series feels like a G-rated version of that HBO hit, without the top-notch writing and production. Even so, it’s decent, family-friendly escapism for fans of supernatural TV.
  21. "Numb3rs" isn't awful, but it's also not as smart, inventive or layered as its characters need to be and often seem. [21 Jan 2005]
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  22. The debut episode isn't so bad. The action is fairly taut, except for a dumb foot chase. The direction is tight, despite a few improbable twists.
  23. "Runaway" isn't offensively awful. It's passively poor.
  24. "Easy" does it with sex, violence and pungent humor. It's hot and spicy, if that's your taste. [9 Aug 1996, p.51]
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  25. It's a well-done project, but I do have some minor complaints.
  26. We fear [Family Guy] already may be out of material. [9 Apr 1999]
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  27. "Out of Practice" lives in a comedy vacuum: All its laughs are trapped inside and can't get out.
  28. The jokes are often as juvenile as the juveniles, which makes for some relaxing sitcom viewing. If the writers can stay away from any sort of tenderness, they might have a winner on their hands.
  29. [It is] a mess of unconvincing drama, and the acting veers from magnificent to quite poor.

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