Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

For 817 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 0.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Invasion: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Back to You: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 563
  2. Negative: 0 out of 563
563 tv reviews
  1. It's not ground-breaking or cutting-edge, and it's by no means the funniest show on TV. But it has the potential to get more lovable with time if viewers vote to give it a chance.
  2. That cast and the sweet but not disgustingly sugary direction uplift "Mattress" from what could have been a merely not-horrible event.
  3. 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.
  4. "Miracle Workers" is genuine, naturally sweet and never exploitative.
  5. The new show is more conventional and warm-hearted--but only slightly. If I had to sum up the humor in one word, it would be "random."
  6. The show has a lot going on and it isn’t always easy to follow, but for the most part it’s stylish, sexy and smart.
  7. With murder, prostitution, blackmail and hot lesbians in just the first episode, it won't be long before that iconic swimming pool boils over. Innocence lost is always fun to watch, especially when it's this good-looking.
  8. Christina Ricci does a haunting turn as notorious hatchet swinger Lizzie Borden.
  9. Boreanaz and Deschanel stir good chemistry as a crime-fighting duo.
  10. 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.
  11. Underneath the special effects and fairy-tale plot propeller lurks just another crime drama, and not a very good one at that.
  12. 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]
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  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. ABC’s new crime-solving drama about an immortal medical examiner is nothing more than a shameless “Sherlock” ripoff.
  16. [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]
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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. 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.
  19. On its own, this series ... might not have seemed so bad. But it can't hold a note compared with "The Sopranos." [4 Apr 2000]
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  20. There's some smart slapstick, and I believe that Perry could be the one sane man in an arena that holds 17,505 people.
  21. Somehow, the routine isn't as fun on More to Love [than "The Bachelor" or "The Bachelorette"].
  22. 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.
    • 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).
  23. What the 10-episode series lacks in originality it makes up for by piling on the creepy suspense.
  24. 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.
  25. If you don't think too hard about it--and don't mind seeing every single romantic movie cliche crammed in two hours--then you will find Labor Pains to be less painful than actual birth.
  26. One of those standard-issue high school series, and it's infuriating. [29 Sept 1999, p.59]
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  27. Defying Gravity is taking its time to get off the ground, but I plan to tune in at least until Saturn.
  28. 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.
  29. It's a unique concept [public can purchase online that night or the next day], although that's where Fashion Star's originality ends.

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