Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

For 806 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 0.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Murder One: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Back to You: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 555
  2. Negative: 0 out of 555
555 tv reviews
  1. Pacing is brisk. The mood, generally eerie. The special effects--a fruit truck smashing accordion-style into a clear wall--don’t disappoint. It’s basically the television version of an entertaining beach read.
  2. Beneath the hamminess and questionable mythology lurks a terrifying tale about a viral outbreak linked to vampirism.
  3. Hopefully, the scriptwriting will improve and make better use of the cast, which is ripe for higher-quality material.
  4. It may be hard to believe that "Invasion's" premiere could be touching in the context of Katrina, and effective as a sci-fi drama. But that is the power of high-quality storytelling.
  5. "Boondocks" is a charming, amusing and good-looking cartoon. What's more, it establishes fertile, identifiable characters and story lines.
  6. Rome is so jam-packed with Caesar and pals, it feels like a show that high school teachers would ask students to watch, if it weren't for all the whore sex, rape and consensual carnality. It very well might take an apt pupil to follow this cinematic jigsaw puzzle. [24 Aug 2005, p.55]
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  7. Reunited with "Family Ties" creator Gary David Goldberg, movie star Michael J. Fox scores a landslide victory in his terrific TV comeback. [16 Sept 1996, p.35]
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  8. Lucas has created an exhilarating history lesson - something you won't find anywhere else on the tube. In The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, modern moviemaking know-how meets that wonderfully old-fashioned notion that nothing is more entertaining than the clash of ideas. [4 Mar 1992, p.39]
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  9. Entertaining, addicting and curiously familiar. [28 Jun 1995]
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  10. ABC knows that "Lost" is coming up on its last season, and it wants to ease the transition for you with this sci-fi grand-mystery series. On the basis of one episode, it's hard to say whether it will live up to its promise. But there is promise.
  11. The minute "Thief" begins running tonight on cable's FX, television reclaims its best actor.
  12. Things are looking up for the underdog show.
  13. It overflows with a distinctive feel-good vibe. It looks and acts more like a PBS series than something new on HBO.
  14. This gritty, atmospheric “Batman” prequel ranks as the fall’s best new drama on broadcast television.
  15. The storyline is more tightly focused than last year’s see-what-sticks approach. But it also feels like it’s pandering a bit to a younger CW crowd.
  16. Kudrow keeps us interested in her vain character by giving her an unflappable optimism that’s more humorous than pathetic. Fun cameos by Andy Cohen, Seth Rogan and RuPaul add to the Hollywood-insider vibe that makes room for a lot of HBO jokes.
  17. Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 is a deliciously nasty comedy that takes a well-worn formula and whips it to life with clever writing and an engaging cast.
  18. On the whole, Suburgatory delivers more hits than misses, largely thanks to its cast.
  19. You may not be able to relate to the mind-bending premise, but the on-point writing and performances make this a worthwhile drama for the whole family.
  20. The 13-episode Legit fits right in at the male-skewing cable network known for pushing the envelope with edgier, unconventional fare.
  21. The talented comedic ensemble makes the most of the strong material from “Parks & Recreation” vets Dan Goor and Mike Schur.
  22. Californication--the best new TV show in a year.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Any anxiety (real or imaginary) makes for some compelling television.
  23. The series is artfully shot, superbly acted by Eva Green (“Casino Royale”) and boasts an impressive pedigree (producer Sam Mendes of “Skyfall” and “American Beauty”), but it lacks the compelling quality of the pulpy fiction that spawned its pejorative name.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It's "Jericho" meets "V," with the good from both and the bad discarded. It'll raise the summer-TV bar significantly.
  24. The first case they investigate is plenty sensational, but there's nothing special about the show, no connection to any of the characters.
  25. It's hard to justify watching a 13th cycle of this, and it would be wrong to come out and recommend it. Instead, I'll go with the latest catchphrase from the Jays, who are masters of damning with faint praise: "I'm not mad at it."
  26. It’s a fast-moving trip down memory lane featuring lots of familiar faces, such as computer hacker Chloe (Mary Lynn Rajskub) in full “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” mode, plus some intriguing new villains.
  27. In Treatment is exhilarating.
  28. During the first hour of Oz, you aren't likely to grin or chuckle at the shocking pain, cruelty, horror and hopelessness in "The Routine" -- unless you appreciate grim irony and twisted gallows humor. [11 July 1997, p.35]
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