Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

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For 4,735 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 Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
Lowest review score: 0 Wolf Creek
Score distribution:
4,735 movie reviews
  1. There are scenes here that are funnier than those of any other movie this year, and other scenes that weep with the pain of sad family secrets, and when it's over we have seen some kind of masterpiece. This is one of the best films of the year.
  2. In its warmth and in its enchantment, as well as in its laughs, this is the best comedy in a long time.
  3. Not many movies know that truth. Moonlight Mile is based on it.
  4. This film embodies ideas. After the immediate experience begins to fade, the implications remain and grow.
  5. You can live in a movie like this.
  6. What is remarkable is how realistic the story is.
  7. I enjoyed The Truman Show on its levels of comedy and drama; I liked Truman in the same way I liked Forrest Gump--because he was a good man, honest, and easy to sympathize with.
  8. Nearly every scene in A Most Violent Year is pitch perfect. Chandor the writer comes across as a big fan of David Mamet’s, and Chandor the director invokes stylistic touches reminiscent of Sidney Lumet, among others, but Chandor is no cover artist.
  9. I don't know when I've seen a thriller more frightening. I couldn't tear my eyes from the screen. Collapse is even entertaining, in a macabre sense. I think you owe it to yourself to see it.
  10. Some kind of sweet, wacky masterpiece.
  11. Like "Citizen Kane," Pulp Fiction is constructed in such a nonlinear way that you could see it a dozen times and not be able to remember what comes next.
  12. As a thriller, Munich is efficient, absorbing, effective. As an ethical argument, it is haunting.
  13. This movie moves so confidently and looks so good it seems incredible that it's a directorial debut.
  14. Not just a thriller, not just a social commentary, not just a comedy or a romance, but all of those in a clearly seen, brilliantly made film.
  15. Is the film watchable? Yes, compulsively.
  16. This is a film that left me marveling at Swartz’s beautiful mind, and shaking my head at the insanity of the system he knew was badly fractured.
  17. Many of the scenes in No Country for Old Men are so flawlessly constructed that you want them to simply continue, and yet they create an emotional suction drawing you to the next scene. Another movie that made me feel that way was "Fargo." To make one such film is a miracle. Here is another.
  18. A Room with a View enjoys its storytelling so much that I enjoyed the very process of it. The story moved slowly, it seemed, for the same reason you try to make ice cream last: because it's so good.
  19. May
    The movie subtly darkens its tone until, when the horrifying ending arrives, we can see how we got there. There is a final shot that would get laughs in another kind of film, but May earns the right to it, and it works, and we understand it.
  20. An endlessly surprising, very dark, human comedy, with a plot that cannot be foreseen but only relished.
  21. This film is such a virtuoso high-wire act, daring so much, achieving it with such grace and skill. Minority Report reminds us why we go to the movies in the first place.
  22. A grand, romantic life story about love, loss, regret and the sadness that can be evoked by a violin - not only through music, but through the instrument itself. It is all melancholy and loss, and delightfully comedic, with enough but not too much magic realism. The story as it stands could be the scenario for an opera.
  23. King of the Hill could have been a family picture, or a heartwarming TV docudrama, or a comedy. Soderbergh must have seen more deeply into the Hotchner memoir, however, because his movie is not simply about what happens to the kid. It's about how the kid learns and grows through his experiences.
  24. What a simple and yet profound story this is.
  25. The first shot tells us 45365 is the zip code of the town." In this achingly beautiful film, that zip code belongs to Sidney, Ohio, a handsome town of about 20,000 residents.
  26. Wolfgang Petersen's direction is an exercise in pure craftsmanship. [Director's Cut]
  27. The kind of movie you can see twice--first for the questions, the second time for the answers.
  28. It is nearly flawless.
  29. This is a movie that strains at the leash of the possible, a movie of great visionary wonders.
  30. The movie is well cast from top to bottom; like many British films, it benefits from the genius of its supporting players.

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