Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

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For 4,818 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 74% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 24% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 9.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 L.A. Confidential
Lowest review score: 0 September Dawn
Score distribution:
4,818 movie reviews
  1. Man on Wire is about the vanquishing of the towers by bravery and joy, not by terrorism.
  2. May be the most intimate documentary ever made about a live rock 'n' roll concert. Certainly it has the best coverage of the performances onstage.
  3. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl has those handkerchief moments, but the laughs far outnumber the hard and sad punches. This is a movie that’s grounded in reality, has just enough whimsy and soars to the stars. It’s one of the best films of 2015.
  4. Helena Bonham Carter may be Burton's inamorata, but apart from that, she is perfectly cast, not as a vulgar fishwife type but as a petite beauty with dark, sad eyes and a pouting mouth and a persistent fantasy that she and the barber will someday settle by the seaside. Not bloody likely.
  5. A visionary roller-coaster ride of a movie.
  6. David Fincher's film has the rare quality of being not only as smart as its brilliant hero, but in the same way. It is cocksure, impatient, cold, exciting and instinctively perceptive.
  7. The impersonation of Welles by Christian McKay in Me and Orson Welles is the centerpiece of the film, and from it, all else flows. We can almost accept that this is the Great Man.
  8. Astonishing things happen and symbolism can only work by being apparent. For me, the film is like music or a landscape: It clears a space in my mind, and in that space I can consider questions. (Review of Original Release)
  9. The information they eventually dislodge about Rodriguez suggests a secular saint, a deeply good man, whose music is the expression of a blessed inner being. I hope you're able to see this film. You deserve to. And yes, it exists because we need for it to.
  10. Made with sublime innocence and breathtaking artistry, at a time when its simple values rang true.
  11. There is the sense they're fighting for each other more than for ideology.
  12. The movie has an emotional payoff I failed to anticipate. It expresses hope in human nature. It is one of the year's best films.
  13. A beautiful and haunting film that tells this story, and then tells another subterranean story about the seasons of a marriage.
  14. This is an engrossing story, told smoothly and well, and Russell Crowe's contribution is enormous.
  15. The film is astonishing in its visual beauty; cinematographer Greig Fraser ("Snow White and the Huntsman") finds nobility in this arduous journey.
  16. It is the kind of experience you simply sink into.
  17. One of the great films of all time. It shames modern Hollywood's timidity. To watch it is to feel yourself lifted up to the heights where the cinema can take you, but so rarely does.
  18. Yes
    Alive and daring.
  19. Like "United 93" and the work of the Dardenne brothers, it lives entirely in the moment, seeing what happens as it happens, drawing no conclusions, making no speeches, creating no artificial dramatic conflicts, just showing people living one moment after another, as they must.
  20. One of those movies where "after that summer, nothing would ever be the same again." Yes, but it redefines "nothing."
  21. Tilda Swinton hasn't often been more fascinating than in Julia, a nerve-wracking thriller with a twisty plot and startling realism.
  22. Bale has given a number of memorable performances, but this just might be his best work to date.
  23. This movie is the work of a man who knows how to direct a thriller. Smooth, calm, confident, it builds suspense instead of depending on shock and action.
  24. It’s a brilliant slice of life.
  25. An experience so engrossing it is like being buried in a new environment.
  26. As well-directed a film as you'll see from America this year, an unsentimental and yet completely involving story of a young man who cannot see a way around his fate.
  27. As he is played by Gene Hackman in The Conversation, an expert wiretapper named Harry Caul is one of the most affecting and tragic characters in the movies.
  28. I loved this movie. I loved the way Coppola and her actors negotiated the hazards of romance and comedy, taking what little they needed and depending for the rest on the truth of the characters.
  29. Knowing is among the best science-fiction films I've seen -- frightening, suspenseful, intelligent and, when it needs to be, rather awesome.
  30. A tense, taut and expert thriller that becomes something more than that, an allegory about an innocent man in a world prepared to crush him.

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