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 Hail, Caesar!
Lowest review score: 0 Tomcats
Score distribution:
5151 movie reviews
  1. Perhaps it is not supposed to be clear; perhaps the movie's air of confusion is part of its paranoid vision. There are individual moments that create sharp images (shock troops drilling through a ceiling, De Niro wrestling with the almost obscene wiring and tubing inside a wall, the movie's obsession with bizarre duct work), but there seems to be no sure hand at the controls.
  2. The surprise for me is Christina Ricci, who I think of as undernourished and nervous, but who flowers here in warm ripeness.
  3. This Carrie comes off like a Lifetime film, adding little new and nothing substantial to improve on DePalma’s classic.
  4. Volker Schlondorff’s talky drama...is less than persuasive.
  5. A conventional film for an unconventional actor.
  6. It's hard to figure who the movie is intended for. In shape and purpose, it's like a G-rated version of "This Is Spinal Tap," but will its wee target audience understand the joke?
  7. There’s a memorable movie to be made about the amazing, inspiration and controversial life of Jesse Owens. This is not a bad film and it’s a decent history lesson for those that don’t know the story of Owens and the ’36 Games, but it’s a long, long way from greatness.
  8. I confess I felt involved in Unknown until it pulled one too many rabbits out of its hat. At some point, a thriller has to play fair.
  9. The adults at the Hotchkiss reunion are played by an assortment of splendid actors.
  10. This is the kind of movie that ends up playing on the TV set over the bar in a better movie.
  11. The movie lacks a port of entry for young viewers -- a character they can identify with. All of the major characters are adults with adult problems like debt, romance, and running (or swimming away from) the mob.
  12. A Sound of Thunder may not be a success, but it loves its audience and wants us to have a great time.
  13. Firth and Stone, appealing as they are as actors, are so disconnected as potential romantic leads it sometimes appears as if they’re barely in the same scene together.
  14. Not the worst of the countless recent movies about good kids and hidebound, authoritatian older people. It may, however, be the most shameless in its attempt to pander to an adolescent audience.
  15. At times, it’s really funny. More often, it’s “shocking” for the sake of shock value, gross for the sake of being gross, and stupid-goofy without much of a payoff.
  16. By the ending of the film, which is unconvincingly neat, I was distracted by too many questions to care about the answers.
  17. Seemed kind of stuffy.
  18. America's Sweethearts recycles "Singin' in the Rain" but lacks the sassy genius of that 1952 musical, which is still the best comedy ever made about Hollywood.
  19. Far and Away is a movie that joins astonishing visual splendor with a story so simple-minded it seems intended for adolescents.
  20. The movie is rated R, but it's the most watery R I've seen. It's more of a PG-13 playing dress-up.
  21. National Treasure is so silly that the Monty Python version could use the same screenplay, line for line.
  22. If the movie is not original, at least it's a showcase for the actors and writers. It does not speak as well, alas, for director Jordan Melamed and his cinematographer, Nick Hay.
  23. It's a shaggy ghost story, an exercise in style, a film made with a certain breezy contempt for audiences.
  24. The racing is spectacular, especially when you consider director Courtney Solomon’s claim that no CGI was used in the crash scenes... Solomon wanted to put the audience in the middle of events and inside the car; he certainly does pull that off. Believe me, your head will spin. After a while it all becomes mind-numbing.
  25. The Higgins performance owes more than a little to Fred Willard's unforgettable dog show commentary in "Best in Show," but it was clear that Willard was part of a telecast.
  26. The movie is simply not clear about where it wants to go and what it wants to do. It is heavy on episode and light on insight, and although it takes courage to bring up touchy topics it would have taken more to treat them frankly.
  27. Director Peter MacDonald keeps the action exploding across the screen, building to a climactic game of "chicken" between Rambo in a Russian tank and the Soviet commander in a helicopter. Gung-ho Rambo fans won't be disappointed. [25 May 1988, p.43]
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  28. The movie is a mess: a gassy costume epic with nobody at the center.
  29. Both the lottery scene and the anti-union material seem to be fictionalized versions of material in the powerful documentary "Waiting for Superman," which covered similar material with infinitely greater depth.
  30. A dim-witted but visually intriguing movie.

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