Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
For 4,792 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 45365
Lowest review score: 0 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Score distribution:
4,792 movie reviews
  1. The best of three Star Wars films, and the most thought-provoking. After the space opera cheerfulness of the original film, this one plunges into darkness and even despair, and surrenders more completely to the underlying mystery of the story. It is because of the emotions stirred in Empire that the entire series takes on a mythic quality that resonates back to the first and ahead to the third. This is the heart.
  2. A compelling thriller to begin with, but it adds the rare quality of having a heroine more fascinating than the story.
  3. Nolte and Coburn are magnificent in this film, which is like an expiation or amends for abusive men. It is revealing to watch them in their scenes together--to see how they're able to use physical presence to sketch the history of a relationship.
  4. Even as Greengrass’ signature kinetic style renders us nearly seasick and emotionally spent from the action, it’s the work of Tom Hanks that makes this film unforgettable.
  5. What a magical movie.
  6. A quiet movie, shaken from time to time by ripples of emotional turbulence far beneath the surface.
  7. If you have never seen a single film by Agnes Varda, perhaps it is best to start with The Beaches of Agnes.
  8. Directed with great flair and pitch-perfect timing, brimming with sparkling visuals, filled with first-rate voice performances, thrilling adventures and unforgettable moments, Inside-Out is an instant classic.
  9. This movie is one of the most relentlessly nonstop action pictures ever made, with a virtuoso series of climactic sequences that must last an hour and never stop for a second. It's a roller-coaster ride, a visual extravaganza, a technical triumph, and a whole lot of fun.
  10. Am I acting as an advocate in this review? Yes, I am. I believe that to be "impartial" and "balanced" on global warming means one must take a position like Gore's. There is no other view that can be defended.
  11. Its most impressive accomplishment is to gather a bewildering labyrinth of facts and suspicions over a period of years, and make the journey through this maze frightening and suspenseful.
  12. Broadcast News has a lot of interesting things to say about television. But the thing it does best is look into a certain kind of personality and a certain kind of relationship.
  13. A voluptuary of a film, drunk on primary colors, caressing Penelope Cruz, using the devices of a Hitchcock to distract us with surfaces while the sinister uncoils beneath. As it ravished me, I longed for a freeze frame to allow me to savor a shot.
  14. Bonnie and Clyde is a milestone in the history of American movies, a work of truth and brilliance. It is also pitilessly cruel, filled with sympathy, nauseating, funny, heartbreaking, and astonishingly beautiful.
  15. But I'm making Welcome to the Dollhouse sound like some sort of grim sociological study, and in fact it's a funny, intensely entertaining film.
  16. A perplexing and disturbing film of great effect.
  17. The splendid cast embodies the characters so fully that the events actually seem to be happening to them, instead of unfolding from a screenplay.
  18. The film is a glorious experience to witness, not least because, knowing the technique and understanding how much depends on every moment, we almost hold our breath.
  19. A masterpiece, pure and simple, deep and true...The best film of the year.
  20. A film that with quiet confidence creates a fragile magic.
  21. The performances are crucial, because all of these characters have so completely internalized their world that they make it palpable, and themselves utterly convincing.
  22. It is a great film about greatness, the story of the horse and the no less brave woman who had faith in him.
  23. Jeff Bridges is a virtual certainty to win his first Oscar, after four nominations.
  24. Oldboy is a powerful film not because of what it depicts, but because of the depths of the human heart which it strips bare.
  25. This film is true about human nature. It is not universal, but within its particular focus, it is unrelenting.
  26. Only a few films are transcendent, and work upon our minds and imaginations like music or prayer or a vast belittling landscape...Alone among science-fiction movies, 2001 is not concerned with thrilling us, but with inspiring our awe.
  27. A remarkable film.
  28. Inception does a difficult thing. It is wholly original, cut from new cloth, and yet structured with action movie basics so it feels like it makes more sense than (quite possibly) it does.
  29. Body Heat is good enough to make film noir play like we hadn't seen it before.
  30. The actors, as sometimes happens, create those miracles that can endow a film with conviction. Moadi and Hatami, as husband and wife, succeed in convincing us their characters are acting from genuine motives.

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