Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

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For 4,580 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 W.
Lowest review score: 0 I Spit on Your Grave
Score distribution:
4,580 movie reviews
  1. It looks great, it hurtles through its paces and is well-acted. The soundtrack is like elevator music if the elevator were in a death plunge. The special effects are state of the art. Its only flaw is that it's disgusting.
  2. All this is presented in an expensive, good-looking film that is well-made by Scott Derrickson, but to no avail.
  3. The kind of film you can appreciate as an object, but not as a story. It's a lovingly souped-up incarnation of the film-noir look, contains well-staged and performed musical numbers, and has a lot of cigarettes, tough tootsies, bad guys and shadows. What it doesn't have is a story that pulls us along, or a hero who seems as compelling as some of the supporting characters.
  4. Jim Carrey works the premise for all it's worth, but it doesn't allow him to bust loose and fly.
  5. Bride Wars is pretty thin soup. The characters have no depth or personality, no quirks or complications, no conversation.
  6. It will appeal to the large Indian audiences in North America and to Bollywood fans in general, who will come out wondering why this movie, of all movies, was chosen as Hollywood's first foray into commercial Indian cinema.
  7. Outlander is interesting as a collision of genres: the monster movie meets the Viking saga. You have to give it credit for carrying that premise to its ultimate (if not logical) conclusion.
  8. Do you like this sort of rom-com? It's a fair example of its type, not good, but competent.
  9. This is a very far from perfect movie, and it ends on an unsatisfactory note.
  10. Peter Sellers was a genius who somehow made Inspector Clouseau seem as if he really were helplessly incapable of functioning in the real world and somehow incapable of knowing that. Steve Martin is a genius, too, but not at being Clouseau. It seems more like an exercise.
  11. About the best Friday the 13th movie you could hope for. Its technical credits are excellent. It has a lot of scary and gruesome killings. Not a whole lot of acting is required.
  12. The comedy bogs down in relentless predictability and the puzzling overuse of naughty words.
  13. The material might have promise as a black comedy, but its attempt to put on a smiling face is unconvincing.
  14. A technically proficient horror movie and well acted.
  15. It tries to be the best bad movie that it can be.
  16. The movie is all the more artificial because it has been made with great, almost painful, earnestness.
  17. It's not particularly funny to hear women described and valued exclusively in terms of their function as disposable sexual partners. A lot of Connor's dialogue is just plain sadistic and qualifies him as that part of an ass it shares with a doughnut.
  18. Of the two co-stars, what I can say is that I’m looking forward to their next films.
  19. A sad reflection of the new Hollywood, where material is sanitized and dumbed down for a hypothetical teen market that is way too sophisticated for it. It plays like a dinner theater version of the original.
  20. Among the better things in the movie, I count Vaughn's well-timed and smart dialogue.
  21. How much more interesting is a film like "(500) Days of Summer," which is about the complexities of life, in comparison with this one, which cheerfully cycles through the cliches.
  22. The director, Jared Hess, who made "Napoleon Dynamite," a film I admit I didn't get, has made a film I don't even begin to get.
  23. The screenplay, written by first-time director Marc Fienberg, fervently stays true to an ancient sitcom tradition.
  24. Parables are stories about other people that help us live our own lives. The problem with the French film Ricky is that the lesson of the parable is far from clear, and nobody is likely to encounter this situation in his own life.
  25. Nine is just plain adrift in its own lack of necessity.
  26. An ordinary film with ordinary characters in a story too big for it. Life has been reduced to a Lifetime movie.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.

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