Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

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For 4,895 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 Pollock
Lowest review score: 0 White House Down
Score distribution:
4895 movie reviews
  1. It offers certain pleasures, but suffers from an inability to structure events or know when to end a shot. And it has an ending that is simply, perhaps ridiculously, incomprehensible.
  2. A slick production of a lame script, which kills time for most of its middle half-hour. If anyone in the plot had the slightest intelligence, the story would implode.
  3. Like the Bond movies, the "Die Hard" films thrive on brilliantly wicked villains. In this edition, we barely know which bad guy is the main bad guy. The script is filled with heavy-handed dialogue about parents and their children, framed by well choreographed but generic action sequences.
  4. This is one of those 93-minute movies that seem about 88 minutes too long. Or not worth making in the first place.
  5. A watered-down take on the sci-fi classic "Solaris," by Stanislaw Lem, which was made into an immeasurably better film by Andrei Tarkovsky.
  6. It's a lot of things, but boring is not one of them. I cannot recommend the movie, but ... why the hell can't I? Just because it's godawful? What kind of reason is that for staying away from a movie? Godawful and boring, that would be a reason.
  7. Here's a movie without an ounce of human kindness, a sour and mean-spirited enterprise so desperate to please, it tries to be a yukky comedy and a hard-boiled action picture at the same time.
  8. A cringe-inducing mess.
  9. Emma writes everything down and then offers helpful suggestions, although she fails to supply the most useful observation of all, which would be to observe that the entire novel is complete crap.
  10. A film so amateurish that only the professionalism of some of the actors makes it watchable.
  11. When flashbacks tease us with bits of information, it has to be done well, or we feel toyed with. Here the mystery is solved by stomping in thick-soled narrative boots through the squishy marsh of contrivance.
  12. Despite the considerable charisma of Kevin Hart and Josh Gad and a strong supporting cast, The Wedding Ringer has only one or two genuinely inspired bits of comedy, a few dopey moments when you laugh in spite of yourself — and long, long stretches of pointless montages, loud and unfunny physical shtick and far too much reliance on gay “humor."
  13. [Figgis] has made a thriller that thrills us only if we abandon all common sense. Of course preposterous things happen in all thrillers, but there must be at least a gesture in the direction of plausibility, or we lose patience.
  14. An uninspired assembly of characters and story lines that interrupt one another.
  15. Time and again, Ride Along comes up with a clichéd setup — and then blows the payoff.
  16. I admire the craft involved, but the movie leaves me profoundly indifferent. After three earlier movies in the series, which have been transmuted into video games, why do we need a fourth one? Oh. I just answered my own question.
  17. For all of von Trier’s attempts to go big and go bold, the two Nymphomaniac films ultimately come across as a self-indulgent marathon run on a treadmill.
  18. The one saving grace in Halloween III is Stacey Nelkin, who plays the heroine. She has one of those rich voices that makes you wish she had more to say and in a better role. But watch her, too, in the reaction shots: When she's not talking, she's listening.
  19. The movie works so hard at juggling its cliches that it fails to generate interest in its story.
  20. Here is a story hammered together from discards at the Lunacy Factory. Attempting to find something to praise, I am reduced to this: Cage's performance is not boring.
  21. This is one of the worst movies of the year.
  22. Dead Man is a strange, slow, unrewarding movie that provides us with more time to think about its meaning than with meaning.
  23. If you walk out after 10 or 15 minutes, you will have seen the best parts of the film.
  24. One of the dirtiest-minded mainstream releases in history. It has a low opinion of men, a lower opinion of women, and the lowest opinion of the intelligence of its audience. It is obscene, foulmouthed, scatological, creepy and perverted.
  25. It is the story of the faith in which I was raised, and it is a story told here with great reverence and extremely faithful renditions of scenes from the New Testament. But, alas, it’s not a good movie.
  26. The actors cast themselves adrift on the sinking vessel of this story and go down with the ship.
  27. It takes some doing to make a Jack Black comedy that doesn't work. But Nacho Libre does it.
  28. The events involving the big speaking competition are so labored that occasionally the twins seem to be looking back over their shoulders for the plot to catch up.
  29. The movie has good special effects and suitably gruesome characters, but it's bloodless.
  30. The Immortals is without doubt the best-looking awful movie you will ever see.

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