Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

For 714 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 66% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 31% 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: 66
Highest review score: 100 Band of Brothers: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Hot Properties: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 501
  2. Negative: 0 out of 501
501 tv reviews
  1. The new debut episode climaxes with a confusingly written yet completely unoriginal plot twist at the end. And the women characters are less confident than before, frazzled and more judgmental.
  2. "Heist" is good TV -- not great yet, but good -- from the cast to the suspenseful pacing and a cool musical score.
  3. Comedy is supposed to be funny, and Free Agents is not.
  4. At first blush, "Help Me Help You" looks like it will be terrible, but it's not. The actors are talented. The language and pacing are playful.
  5. Stiller, a late replacement for the originally cast Jack Carter, is too crude, too crazy and too cantankerous to be tolerable in anything but the smallest doses. Doug and Carrie can take him; we can't. [21 Sept 1998, p.32]
  6. Soapy melodrama aside, Titanic does a fine job giving viewers a sense of what it was like to be aboard the doomed vessel.
  7. The cheerleader drama Hellcats isn't nearly in such danger of taking itself seriously. A brunet Ashley Tisdale makes a speech about how cheerleaders are athletes who deserve respect, and then we get to move on to the triple handsprings in crop tops.
  8. Too much of the pilot is spent trying to make us understand what NCIS is, and too much of this NCIS unit's time is devoted to wrestling for jurisdiction within the federal government. Just let these people do their work and we might actually have something beyond a mere potboiler. [23 Sept 2003, p.41]
  9. It's not a bad show.... But I don't care about the characters or plot after watching the first episode.
  10. The story itself is just fine and dandy, and smidgens of it are charming. "Wedding Wars" just isn't very good.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Though the characters on this show, premiering Friday on CBS, are relatable and watchable, the slow pace might prove to be too much of a cultural divide for an American audience used to the quick cuts and immediate resolve seen on American cop shows.
  11. This is a story of desperation, not liberation. Cox is too good for this.
  12. A clutter of clunky dialogue that sucks the life out of [Flockhart] and other usually skilled actors.
  13. [A] soapy, silly adaptation of Melissa de la Cruz’s best-seller.
  14. Since there's no "Twilight" movie in theaters right now, there's no point in resisting The Vampire Diaries, some prefab filler premiering tonight.
  15. The Dick Wolf-produced drama is darker than its sister show, but it packs potential for fun with the city’s cops and firefighters crossing paths both on and off the job.
  16. The premise is intriguing, although it's difficult to watch without backseat driving.
  17. Is he worth sitting through the entire show? It depends on how desperate you are for companionship.
  18. The series is highly relatable and, at times, pretty funny.
  19. It’s a poor man’s “American Horror Story: Coven” but with more shrieking and less fun. On the upside, Janet Montgomery makes for an intriguing sorceress.
  20. The actors are good, the writing's fine, and it's pleasant enough to watch. It's just that it all adds up to a series of pale imitations.
  21. Borrows heavily from both "Leave it to Beaver" and the original "Dennis the Menace." [24 Sept 1993, p.57]
  22. The Kennedys is eight hours long, trying to strike an uncomfortable balance between high-minded and trashy. It does not succeed.
  23. The idea is inventive and almost makes me want to keep watching, except I already did and I couldn't handle the awkward bad choices characters made.
  24. This "Ghost"-meets-"A Gifted Man"-meets-"Grey's Anatomy" has some fun, clever and emotion-stirring moments, but they're handicapped by cheesy montages and one too many scenarios designed to remind us of the importance of having hope.
  25. "Blade" could work as an earnest fantasy. It just doesn't, yet.
  26. It's hard to muster up a sense of urgency about V. Mainly, I admire all the pretty people as I wait for the stunning bursts of violence.
  27. It's "The A-Team" meets ... really good writing.
  28. "Grey's Anatomy" creator Shonda Rhimes brings us another soapy doctor drama, set in a lush jungle instead of a hospital.
  29. This tale of a twisted family’s misguided quest for love and money is still creepy and atmospheric enough to make for pulpy television fun.