Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

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For 4,506 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 75% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 23% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 9.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 4 Little Girls
Lowest review score: 0 Movie 43
Score distribution:
4,506 movie reviews
  1. There's no way I can recommend this movie to anyone much beyond the Tooth Fairy Believement Age, but I must testify it's pleasant and inoffensive, although the violence in the hockey games seems out of place.
  2. This movie is all elbows. Nothing fits. It doesn't add up. It has some terrific free-standing scenes, but they need more to lean on.
  3. Dear John exists only to coddle the sentiments of undemanding dreamers, and plunge us into a world where the only evil is the interruption of the good.
  4. I hasten to say this is not criticism of John Travolta. He succeeds in this movie by essentially acting in a movie of his own.
  5. Valentine's Day is being marketed as a Date Movie. I think it's more of a First-Date Movie. If your date likes it, do NOT date that person again. And if you like it, there may not be a second date.
  6. A pleasant but inconsequential comedy, awkward for the actors, and contrived from beginning to end.
  7. Repo Men makes sci-fi's strongest possible case for universal health care.
  8. So the screenplay is a soap operatic mess, involving distractions, loose ends, and sheer carelessness.
  9. Either this is a tragic family or a satirical one, and the film seems uncertain which way to jump.
  10. The two leads are not inspired. Jake Gyllenhaal could make the cover of a muscle mag, but he plays Dastan as if harboring Spider-Man's doubts and insecurities. I recall Gemma Arterton as resembling a gorgeous still photo in a cosmetics ad.
  11. A high-tech and well made violent action picture using the name of Robin Hood for no better reason than that it’s an established brand not protected by copyright.
  12. It's based on some DC Comics characters, which may explain the way the plot jumps around. We hear a lot about graphic novels, but this is more of a graphic anthology of strange occult ideas.
  13. The film's failure is to get from A to B. We buy both good Sam and bad Sam, but we don't see him making the transition.
  14. The skullcap moment appealed to me. It was new. Not much else is new in Survival of the Dead.
  15. A pleasant, genial, good-hearted, sometimes icky comedy that's like spending a weekend with well-meaning people you don't want to see again any time real soon.
  16. 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.
  17. What's lacking is a little more depth. This is a movie that covers a lot of distance in only 87 minutes.
  18. The movie contains violence and death, but not really very much. For most of its languorous running time, it listens to conversations between Bella and Edward, Bella and David, Edward and David, and Edward and Bella and David. This would play better if any of them were clever conversationalists, but their ideas are limited to simplistic renderings of their desires.
  19. The movie is mostly about our nasty heroes being attacked by terrifying antagonists in incomprehensible muddles of lightning-fast special effects. It lacks the quiet suspense of the first “Predator,” and please don't even mention the “Alien vs. Predator” pictures, which lacked the subtlety of “Mothra vs. Godzilla.”
  20. The script fails to persuade me this story needed to be told. It should have been trashier or more operatic, maybe. I dunno. It exists in that middle space of films that accurately reflect that which has little need to be reflected.
  21. The screenplay tries to paper over too many story elements that needed a lot more thought. This movie has been filmed and released, but it has not been finished.
  22. Shameless wish-fulfillment, a Harlequin novel crossed with a mystic travelogue, and it mercifully reverses the life chronology of many people, which is Love Pray Eat.
  23. Somehow isn't as exciting as a duel over a woman should be.
  24. You hear some nostalgia, but with most of them you don't get the idea that if they had the chance they'd do it all again.
  25. 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.
  26. The movie's pleasures are scant, apart from its observance of Gene Siskel's Rule of Swimming Pool Adjacency, which states that when well-dressed people are near a swimming pool, they will - yeah, you got it.
  27. RED
    Red is neither a good movie nor a bad one. It features actors we like doing things we wish were more interesting.
  28. There's a way to make a movie like The Tourist, but Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck doesn't find that way.
  29. Burlesque shows Cher and Christina Aguilera being all that they can be, and that's more than enough.
  30. Nothing heats up. The movie doesn't lead us, it simply stays in step.

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