Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

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For 4,559 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 75% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 23% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 9.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Touching the Void
Lowest review score: 0 Tomcats
Score distribution:
4,559 movie reviews
  1. There is a line and this movie crosses it. I don't know where the line is, but it's way north of Wolf Creek. There is a role for violence in film, but what the hell is the purpose of this sadistic celebration of pain and cruelty?
  2. What a strange, confused, unpleasant movie this is. Two theories have clustered around it: (1) It is anti-Mormon propaganda to muddy the waters around the presidential campaign of Mitt Romney, or (2) it is not about Mormons at all, but an allegory about the 9/11/01 terrorists. Take your choice. The problem with allegories is that you can plug them in anywhere. No doubt the film would have great impact in Darfur.
  3. This despicable remake of the despicable 1978 film "I Spit on Your Grave" adds yet another offense: a phony moral equivalency.
  4. Chaos is ugly, nihilistic, and cruel -- a film I regret having seen. I urge you to avoid it.
  5. The film is reprehensible, dismaying, ugly, artless and an affront to any notion, however remote, of human decency.
  6. There's camp-fun bad and interestingly horrible bad, and then there's just awful. Movie 43 is the "Citizen Kane" of awful.
  7. [A] cartoonish, offensive, overblown, clanging, steaming piece of ... cinema.
  8. If there's anything worse than a punch line that doesn't work, it's a movie that doesn't even bother to put the punch lines in.

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