Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

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For 5,151 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 8.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 You Can Count on Me
Lowest review score: 0 Freddy Got Fingered
Score distribution:
5151 movie reviews
  1. This is a well-made thriller traveling over awfully familiar turf.
  2. In the real world, Elle Woods would be chewed up faster than one of little Bruiser's Milk-Bones.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Somewhere in the laundry list of clichés, there is a movie here that we have already seen and forgotten.
  3. The screenplay creates a sense of foreboding and afterboding, but no actual boding.
  4. There is no entry portal in The Rules of Attraction, and I spent most of the movie feeling depressed by the shallow, selfish, greedy characters. I wanted to be at another party.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    As amiable and formfitting as Ghostbusters II can be, it's a thin, dimly conceived affair. For all its rave-up special effects, it adds little to director Ivan Reitman's original, which itself was no fountain of wit but at least had a fresh gimmick going for it. [16 Jun 1989, p.37]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
  5. Emma Roberts and Dave Franco are just fine, but there’s no huge onscreen spark between them. Most of the supporting roles are thinly drawn and forgettable.
  6. It's a long, shapeless, undisciplined mess, and every once in awhile it generates a big laugh.
  7. From its juvenile double entendre title to its fascination with prison rape and homophobic humor, “Get Hard” practically announces itself as an offensive, tired and unimaginative comedy in nearly every scene. And yet I didn’t hate it because Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart had such terrific comedic chemistry.
  8. The Shack is a well-acted and sometimes moving but far too often slow-paced and unconvincing spiritual journey.
  9. As an idea, the film is fascinating, but as an experience it grows tedious; the concerts lack closeups, the sex lacks context, and Antarctica could use a few penguins.
  10. That the new Casanova lacks such wit is fatal. Heath Ledger is a good actor but Hallstrom's film is busy and unfocused, giving us the view of Casanova's ceaseless activity but not the excitement. It's a sitcom when what is wanted is comic opera.
  11. The movie is pleasant enough, but never quite reaches critical mass as a comedy.
  12. They are, in fact, likable. That's why their comedy is so sad.
  13. The big action set pieces fizzle. And that’s not good for a fantasy adventure movie, especially when the fantasy component is frequently undercut by sub-standard special effects.
  14. Nymphomaniac Part 1 grows flat and monotonous, and comes across as just what it is: half a film.
  15. Strives hard to replicate the screwball comedy but ends up being a lot more screwball than comedy.
  16. The plot is lame, but that doesn't matter, because Dumb and Dumber is essentially pitched at the level of an "Airplane!"-style movie, with rapid-fire sight gags.
  17. My own feeling is that the film is one more assault on the notion that young American audiences might be expected to enjoy films with at least some subtlety and depth and pacing and occasional quietness. The filmmakers apparently believe their audience suffers from ADD, and so they supply breakneck action and screaming sound volumes at all times.
  18. A sometimes wickedly funny but ultimately sour, loud, draining tale of one of the most dysfunctional families in modern American drama. And that’s saying a lot.
  19. Director Scott Derrickson and his co-writer, Paul Harris Boardman, deliver a routine procedural with unremarkable frights.
  20. The Distinguished Gentleman prefers to give us measured laughs at a leisurely pace, and then it settles for the sellout upbeat ending. Ho hum.
  21. A few loopholes I can forgive. But when a plot is riddled with them -- I get distracted.
  22. Soppy and sentimental, it evokes "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood" without improving on it.
  23. On a technical level, there's a lot to be said for Die Hard. It's when we get to some of the unnecessary adornments of the script that the movie shoots itself in the foot.
  24. House of Wax is not a good movie but it is an efficient one, and will deliver most of what anyone attending House of Wax could reasonably expect, assuming it would be unreasonable to expect very much.
  25. A big, clunky movie containing some sensational sights but lacking the zest and joyous energy we expect from Steven Spielberg.
  26. All very nice, sometimes we smile, but there's nothing compelling.
  27. The kind of movie where you walk in, watch the first 10 minutes, know exactly where it's going, and hope devoutly that you're wrong.
  28. This is a very far from perfect movie, and it ends on an unsatisfactory note.

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