Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

For 775 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 0.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 The Office (UK): Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Back to You: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 535
  2. Negative: 0 out of 535
535 tv reviews
  1. 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.
  2. The show's weaknesses, in its first two episodes, rest in some slack dialogue and unevenly edited payoffs of suspense.
    • 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).
  3. The cases are inventive, and the acting is low key. Entertainmentwise, the series is nothing special.
  4. "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.
  5. Working the Engels is a decent little sitcom made more appealing by its likeable cast.
  6. Like "Roseanne," it can mine poverty for working-class laughs. It isn't executing that well, yet.
  7. 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.
  8. The women aren't real, realistic, real-ish, real-esque or real-y. They don't even seem genuine in being fake.
  9. The show is clever in parts, but it's just not that funny.
  10. For every great line, there’s a dud.
  11. The quality of the material doesn’t measure up to the cast’s talent level.
  12. Kelley's trademark whimsy feels awfully forced at this point, and Bates comes across as stiff and depressed (although that could have to do with her injuries).
  13. A followup to "Sex and the City"? Not "Related." It has zero sex and a thimble of city life. What's worse, the women are even whinier and less confident than the women of "Sex" -- and the men of "Related" are more generous and real than that other show's two-dimensional pugs.
  14. Bag of Bones isn't completely devoid of suspense, but it's a lot less satisfying than many other, far superior King adaptations.
  15. Biehn's terse, tightly coiled performance and stirring music from Elmer Bernstein's original 1960 score enhance the "Magnificent" mystique. [2 Jan 1998]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 47 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Mohr knows how to deliver a sarcastic one-liner, the pilot has a few laughs and the characters are all likable. But despite modern references to things like "Second Life," the whole show comes across as a bit antiquated.
  16. I would say Glory Daze is an homage to "National Lampoon's Animal House," except that it's more an inept imitation that borders on insulting.
  17. The show isn't revolutionary, but it is sweet and relatable.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Where the original show used to be a leader, so far the spinoff is a follower.
  18. There's nothing terribly original about the Shedding, although it's a hoot to hear about the couples' theme weddings.
  19. Maybe the cast of this sitcom will come together with some "Community"-level chemistry. Right now, it's just awkward and borderline offensive.
  20. It’s more like Sad Downer Night watching the talented Wilson repeatedly exploit her own heft in a failed attempt for cheap laughs.
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  21. The frequent pop-culture references might not age well in syndication--Michelle Obama maybe, but Heidi Montag? Overall, though, there's enough originality and likability in "Are We There Yet?" to make it a pleasant destination.
  22. At least with the movie, the actors relayed a vulnerability that sparked occasional empathy. That pathos got lost in the transition from live action to animation.
  23. It's not quite up to the level of "The OC." Not yet anyway. [23 Sept 2003, p.41]
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  24. It’s an interesting conceit rooted in real behavioral science.
  25. Maybe you can appreciate this series without the fear that you will be expected to write a thesis on it. But I urge you to heed my advice: Opt out while you can.
  26. It’s an educational, entertaining, warts-and-all look at something that deserves our better understanding.

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