Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

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For 4,735 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 9.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
Lowest review score: 0 Wolf Creek
Score distribution:
4,735 movie reviews
  1. I will say that the attempt to reinterpret the memorable closing shot of "Blood Simple" is so gauche and graceless that I involuntarily moaned in disgust. I docked the film another half-star just for that.
  2. Not very funny, and maybe couldn't have been very funny no matter what, because the pieces for comedy are not in place.
  3. There should be a special category for movies that are neither good nor bad, but simply excessive.
  4. Well, you can't fault the actors. That must mean it's the fault of the writer and director. Take is a monotonous slog through dirgeland, telling a story that seems strung out beyond all reason, with flashbacks upon flashbacks delaying interminably the underwhelming climax.
  5. If you don't already know who Bruce Campbell is, it will set you searching for other Bruce Campbell films on the theory that they can't all be like this. Start with "Evil Dead II," is my advice. Not to forget "Bubba Ho-Tep." In fact, start with them before My Name Is Bruce, which is low midrange in the Master's oeuvre.
  6. Because I had, in a sense, already seen this movie, it didn't have surprises or suspense for me, and the actors on their own aren't enough to save it.
  7. It's not technically true to say the movie cheats, but let's say it abandons the truth and depth of its earlier scenes.
  8. Great energy and creativity went into the construction, production and direction of this movie, but it doesn't have a story that does justice to the production.
  9. An occasionally entertaining, often incomprehensible and ultimately quite average 1980s-homage mismatched buddy action picture.
  10. Wrath of the Titans relentlessly wore me down with special effects so overscale compared to the characters in the film that at times the only thing to do was grin.
  11. Grass is not much as a documentary. It's a cut-and-paste job, assembling clips from old and new anti-drug films and alternating them with pro-drug footage from the Beats, the flower power era and so on.
  12. Fair Game works as a thriller for anyone who lives entirely in the present.
  13. This is an ambitious and sometimes effective but wildly uneven adventure that plays like one extended ego trip for Stiller. It feels like a movie by focus group, struggling to find a place between genuinely creative fantasy and audience-pleasing payoff moments.
  14. There is nothing wrong with the performances. All of the actors are professionals, although none have as much fun as Shelley Winters, who is the actor everyone remembers from the 1972 movie.
  15. Its moments of fascination and its good performances are mired in the morass of romance and melodrama that surrounds it.
  16. One fundamental problem with the movie is that John Travolta is seriously miscast as a nuclear terrorist. Say what you will about the guy, he doesn't come across as a heavy.
  17. Watching this film I reflected that there are only so many Cracker Jacks you can eat before you decide to hell with the toy.
  18. The film itself is on autopilot and overdrive at the same time: It does nothing original, but does it very rapidly.
  19. Jessica Biel all but steals the show as Stacie.
  20. Slap-happy entertainment painted in broad strokes, two coats thick.
  21. An obliquely clinical love story.
  22. There is noting quite so awkward as a film that is one thing while it pretends to be another.
  23. One only wishes Walker had stronger, better developed material instead of a promising drama that eventually unravels and seems overlong even with a running time of 96 minutes.
  24. There's too much contrivance and not enough plausibility, and so finally we're just enjoying the performances and wishing they'd been in a more persuasive movie.
  25. Bride Wars is pretty thin soup. The characters have no depth or personality, no quirks or complications, no conversation.
  26. Of these characters, the rival played by Lucy Punch is the most colorful, because she's the most driven and obsessed. The others seem curiously inconsequential, content to materialize in a scene, perform a necessary function and vaporize.
  27. The performances by Miller and Graynor are high-spirited enough that you yearn to see them in worthier material. The potential is there. If there's anything more seductive to Manhattanites than sex, it's a cheap apartment overlooking Gramercy Park.
  28. Blanchett, Crudup and Gambon stand above and somehow apart from the absurdities of the screenplay.
  29. Surprisingly good in areas where it doesn't need to be good at all, and pretty awful in areas where it has to succeed.
  30. If you like the comic strip, now in its 56th year, maybe you'll like it, maybe not. Marmaduke's personality isn't nearly as engaging as Garfield's. Then again, if personality is what you're in the market for, maybe you shouldn't be considering a lip-synched talking animal comedy in the first place.

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