Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

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For 4,850 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 White House Down
Score distribution:
4,850 movie reviews
  1. The standards for comic book superhero movies have been established by "Superman," "The Dark Knight," "Spider-Man 2" and "Iron Man." In that company "Thor" is pitiful. Consider even the comparable villains (Lex Luthor, the Joker, Doc Ock and Obadiah Stane). Memories of all four come instantly to mind. Will you be thinking of Loki six minutes after this movie is over?
  2. Kick-Ass 2 is an uninspired retread. All too often it plays like a Comic-Con gone insane, with costumed do-gooders taking on costumed criminals in gratuitously vicious battles.
  3. This plays like a live-action cartoon where you root for nobody. Everyone seems to think that yelling their lines will make the dialogue funnier. It doesn’t.
  4. It's a shaky-cam meander through an unconvincing relationship, with detours considering the process of making the film. At 91 minutes, it seems very long.
  5. Big Daddy should be reported to the child welfare office.
  6. The first All Talking Killer picture. After the setup, it consists mostly of characters explaining their actions to one another.
  7. The kind of movie Mad magazine prays for. It is so earnest, so overwrought and so wildly implausible that it begs to be parodied.
  8. The characters are bitter and hateful, the images are nauseating, and the ending is bleak enough that when the screen fades to black it's a relief.. Videodrome, whatever its qualities, has got to be one of the least entertaining films of all time.
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  9. That Awkward Moment strives to straddle the line between breezy, bromantic comedy and “Hangover”-esque guy humor. It fails miserably on both counts.
  10. The movie doesn't know how odd it seems to cut from the bloodshed in the ring to the dialogue of the supporting players, who still think they're in a comedy.
  11. Grudge Match does not work on any level. The story is unconvincing. The comedy elements are weak... And, worst of all, the acting in most scenes — particularly those involving Sylvester Stallone and Kim Basinger — is atrocious.
  12. How could director Lawrence Kasdan and writer William Goldman be responsible for a film that goes so awesomely wrong?
  13. A forgettable movie with a forgettable title about forgettable characters I’d just as soon as forget.
  14. Here is a film so dreary and conventional that it took an act of the will to keep me in the theater.
  15. There's nothing wrong with Fast Food Fast Women that a casting director and a rewrite couldn't have fixed.
  16. Why, oh, why, was this movie necessary?
  17. The movie never takes off; it's a bright idea the filmmakers were unable to breathe life into.
  18. There is some dark humor in the movie, of the kind where you laugh that you may not gag.
  19. Opens with 15 funny minutes and then goes dead in the water.
  20. Very seriously confused in its objectives.
  21. Is there another great modern writer so hard to translate successfully into cinema? Saul Bellow? Again, it's all in the language. The only thing Saul and Gabo have in common is the Nobel Prize. Now that's interesting.
  22. Sanctum tells the story of a terrifying adventure in an incompetent way. Some of it is exciting, the ending is involving, and all of it is a poster child for the horrors of 3-D used badly.
  23. [Robin Williams] has been ill-served by a screenplay that isn't curious about what his life would really be like.
  24. This movie should have been struck by a lightning bolt.
  25. The Perfect Sleep puts me in mind of a flywheel spinning in the void. It is all burnished brass and shining steel, perfectly balanced as it hums in its orbit; yet, because it occupies a void, it satisfies only itself and touches nothing else. Here is a movie that goes about its business without regard for an audience.
  26. The movie attempts to jerk tears with one clunky device after another, in a plot that is a perfect storm of cliche and contrivance. In fact, it even contains a storm -- an imperfect one.
  27. Its primary flaw is that it's not critical. It is a celebration of an idiotic lifestyle, and I don't think it knows it.
  28. The long-awaited, highly anticipated, much-discussed film adaptation of the first segment of E L James’ inexplicably popular "Fifty Shades" trilogy is a tedious exercise in dramatic wheel-spinning that doesn’t have the courage to explore the darkest elements of the characters and doesn’t have the originality to stand on its own merits.
  29. At some point during the pitch meetings for D.E.B.S. someone must certainly have used the words "Charlie's Lesbians."
  30. Jiminy Glick needs definition if he's to work as a character. We have to sense a consistent comic personality, and we don't; Short changes gears and redefines the character whenever he needs a laugh.

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