Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

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For 4,853 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 9.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Russian Ark
Lowest review score: 0 Chaos
Score distribution:
4,853 movie reviews
  1. There are laughs in the movie, and a lot of good feeling, but it seems more interested in its Italian stereotypes than its gay insights.
  2. Troche's tone is so relentlessly, depressingly monotonous that the characters seem trapped in a narrow emotional range. They live out their miserable lives in one lachrymose sequence after another, and for us there is no relief.
  3. The identical premise is used in Sidney Lumet's "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead," which is like a master class in how Allen goes wrong.
  4. An earnest but hopeless attempt to tell a parable about a man's search for redemption. By the end of his journey, we don't care if he finds redemption, if only he finds wakefulness.
  5. A lot of the dialogue is intended as funny, but man, is it lame.
  6. If the movie is a lost cause, it may at least showcase actors who have better things ahead of them.
  7. (Li)'s scenes are so clearly computer-aided that his moves are about as impressive as Bugs Bunny doing the same.
  8. Hoot has its heart in the right place, but I have been unable to locate its brain.
  9. Plays like a tired exercise, a spy spoof with no burning desire to be that, or anything else.
  10. There are those who will no doubt call The Postman the worst film of the year, but it's too good-hearted for that.
  11. This is not the story of a fugitive trying to sneak through enemy terrain and be rescued, but of a movie character magically transported from one photo opportunity to another.
  12. At every moment in the movie, I was aware that Peter Sellers was Clouseau, and Steve Martin was not. I hadn't realized how thoroughly Sellers and Edwards had colonized my memory.
  13. A witless recycling of the H.G. Wells story from 1895, with the absurdity intact but the wonderment missing.
  14. The movie deserves more stars for its bottom-line craft, but all the craft in the world can't redeem its story.
  15. ​I’ll tell you what got Taken. A hundred and twelve minutes of my life got Taken.
  16. In the lurid and cheesy and sometimes unintentionally funny political thriller Runner, one of the most intriguing and eclectic casts of the year is wasted in a murky cesspool that comes across as a third-rate version of “House of Cards” with a little bit of “Scandal” thrown in for bad measure.
  17. It's surprising to see a director like Michael Apted and an actress like Jennifer Lopez associated with such tacky material.
  18. Zipper might be entertaining enough in a campy way for you to watch it on demand as long as you’ve got a really big bowl of popcorn and an even bigger glass of wine (or the non-alcoholic elixir of your choice) to get you through. Might. Be.
  19. You know there's something wrong with a sex movie when the good parts are the dialogue.
  20. Starts promisingly as an attack on modern commercialized sports, and then turns into just one more wheezy assembly-line story about slacker dudes vs. rich old guys.
  21. It's a simple, wholesome parable, crashingly obvious, and we sit patiently while the characters and the screenplay slowly arrive at the inevitable conclusion. It needs to take some chances and surprise us.
  22. Maybe this is unreasonable, but I can’t help thinking that if you’re going to make a movie with “Oz” in the title, you’d better be prepared to kick in at least a little inspiration. Yet that’s precisely what’s missing — so utterly absent it’s almost impressive in a way — in the painfully uninspired Legends of Oz.
  23. In Step Brothers, the language is simply showing off by talking dirty. It serves no comic function, and just sort of sits there in the air, making me cringe.
  24. The astonishing success of the original "MiB" was partly because it was fun, partly because it was unexpected. We'd never seen anything like it, while with MiBII, we've seen something exactly like it.
  25. A brutal, crude, witless high-tech CGI contrivance, in which no artificial technique has been overlooked, including 3-D.
  26. Made me want to spray the screen with Lysol. This movie is shameless. It's not merely a tearjerker. It extracts tears individually by liposuction, without anesthesia.
  27. I am just about ready to write off movies in which people make bets about whether they will, or will not, fall in love.
  28. The movie pretends to show poor black kids being bribed into literacy by Dylan and candy bars, but actually it is the crossover white audience that is being bribed with mind-candy in the form of safe words by the two Dylans.
  29. The movie is silly beyond comprehension, and even if it weren't silly, it would still be beyond comprehension.
  30. There are few things more depressing than a weeper that doesn't make you weep.

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