Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

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For 4,734 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 Into the Abyss
Lowest review score: 0 Dirty Love
Score distribution:
4,734 movie reviews
  1. A film overgrown with so many directorial flourishes that the heroes need machetes to hack their way to within view of the audience.
  2. Boring, repetitive and maddening about a subject you'd think would be fairly interesting: snowboarding down a mountain.
  3. The Awakening looks great but never develops a plot with enough clarity to engage us, and the solution to the mystery is I am afraid disappointingly standard.
  4. It's got cheesy special effects, a muddy visual look, and characters who say obvious things in obvious ways.
  5. The kind of movie that would be so bad it's good, except it's not bad enough to be good enough.
  6. There's not a moment in this story arc that is not predictable.
  7. Lumbering from one expensive set piece to the next without taking the time to tell us a story that might make us care.
  8. Nobody needed to make it, nobody needs to see it, Jackson and Levy are too successful to waste time with it. It plays less like a film than like a deal.
  9. I couldn't believe a moment of it, and never identified with little David.
  10. Tells the story of a violent sociopath. Since it's about golf, that makes it a comedy.
  11. Age of Extinction is just another warmed-over, cynical, ATM machine of a movie. It’s soulless eye candy.
  12. This is a slick con, all flash and no substance. Now You See Me seems awfully sure of itself, with self-important, intrusive music, sweeping tracking shots and actors chewing up the scenery.
  13. A movie like this is harmless, I suppose, except for the celluloid that was killed in the process of its manufacture, but as an entertainment, it will send the kids tiptoeing through the multiplex to sneak into "Spider-Man 2."
  14. The kind of movie that somehow succeeds in moving very, very slowly even while proceeding at a breakneck pace. It cuts quickly back and forth between nothing and nothing.
  15. Thin and unsatisfying.
  16. This is a surprisingly cheesy disaster epic.
  17. If there's anything worse than a movie hammered together out of pieces of bad screenplays, it's a movie made from the scraps of good ones.
  18. Take Me Home Tonight must have been made with people who had a great deal of nostalgia for the 1980s, a relatively unsung decade. More power to them. The movie unfortunately gives them no dialogue expanding them into recognizable human beings.
  19. Even with Cecil B. Demented, which fails on just about every level, you've got to hand it to him (Waters): The idea for the film is kind of inspired.
  20. What Raising Arizona needs more than anything else is more velocity. Here's a movie that stretches out every moment for more than it's worth, until even the moments of inspiration seem forced.
  21. This new Footloose is a film without wit, humor or purpose.
  22. Feels uncomfortably stage-managed, and raises fundamental questions that it simply ignores.
  23. Tucker's scenes finally wear us down. How can a movie allow him to be so obnoxious and make no acknowledgment that his behavior is aberrant?
  24. Jogs doggedly on the treadmill of comedy, working up a sweat but not getting much of anywhere.
  25. Pretty much a mess of a movie; the acting is overwrought, the plot is too tangled to play like anything BUT a plot, and although I know you can create terrific special effects at home in the basement on your computer, the CGI work in this movie looks like it was done with a dial-up connection.
  26. The movie offers brainless high-tech action without interesting dialogue, characters, motivation or texture.
  27. There must still be a kind of moony young adolescent girl for which this film would be enormously appealing, if television has not already exterminated the domestic example of that species.
  28. A mess. It lacks the sharp narrative line and crisp comic-book clarity of the earlier films, and descends too easily into shapeless fight scenes that are chopped into so many cuts that they lack all form or rhythm.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    The best things about Parker are the two lead actors. Although working with material that is lackluster even by his standards, Statham manages to demonstrate a commanding screen presence that cannot be dismissed.
  29. The average issue of Mad magazine contains significantly smarter movie satire, because Mad goes for the vulnerable elements and Scary Movie 3 just wants to quote and kid.

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