Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

For 805 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 0.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Men of a Certain Age: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Back to You: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 554
  2. Negative: 0 out of 554
554 tv reviews
  1. 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.
  2. Since just about every character is neurotic, cartoonish or annoying, you end up rooting for them to remain dateless.
  3. "Blade" could work as an earnest fantasy. It just doesn't, yet.
  4. Is he worth sitting through the entire show? It depends on how desperate you are for companionship.
  5. 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.
  6. It's "The A-Team" meets ... really good writing.
  7. "Grey's Anatomy" creator Shonda Rhimes brings us another soapy doctor drama, set in a lush jungle instead of a hospital.
  8. 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.
  9. It's essentially "John & Kate Plus Eight." Minus the divorce. Plus cavorting grizzly bears.
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  10. Neither pilot [Intelligence or Killer Women] left me with a desire for more.
  11. 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.
  12. The premise is intriguing, although it's difficult to watch without backseat driving.
  13. 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.
  14. K-Ville's" heavy tone and sober acting capture enough of that essence to make it interesting.
  15. At least season five starts better than Italy ended. The brood is back where they belong.
  16. Silly misadventures. [9 Sept 1996, p.39]
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  17. The show is clever in parts, but it's just not that funny.
  18. Running Wilde never reaches the same level of genius [as "Arrested Development"], but maybe that's because we have Puddle narrating the action, not Ron Howard. You can't re-create the magic--but I like that they're trying.
  19. The relationship jokes come off stale and cliched (men can't be monogamous!), and you're left feeling like you watched a raunchier--and less funny--version of "Friends."
  20. These reality vets are pros. No awkward small talk necessary--they know what's expected of them, and they jump right in. Things are complicated by boyfriends back home, but not all that much.
  21. The writers and directors do a sometimes routine, sometimes solid job of making something as atypical as an imprisoned innocent seem believable in the world of fictional network television.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    There also is something disturbing about making a game out of charitable acts.
  22. The show's weaknesses, in its first two episodes, rest in some slack dialogue and unevenly edited payoffs of suspense.
  23. Cats, dogs, tigers, tortoises, snakes, penguins--they're all mined for laughs in this so-so sitcom set in a New York City animal hospital.
  24. "Men in Trees" starts pretty badly. The actors haven't found their characters' breath yet. The writing is chiefly cardboard. But the light drama isn't all bad.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    An attempt to be silly like O’Brien, his Late Night predecessor, instead had a trying-too-hard feel that approached Carson Daly territory (a place you do not want to be).
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    It's a shallow portrait of youth, and I can't see how Hampton and her team of writers will be able to sustain things over the course of the series if this continues to be the focus.
  25. The addition of a misunderstood, brilliant kid belonging to a diner waitress unconvincingly played by Katharine McPhee doesn’t help.
  26. Working the Engels is a decent little sitcom made more appealing by its likeable cast.
  27. The women aren't real, realistic, real-ish, real-esque or real-y. They don't even seem genuine in being fake.

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