Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

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For 5,126 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 8.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 The Age of Innocence
Lowest review score: 0 The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)
Score distribution:
5126 movie reviews
  1. I couldn't believe a moment of it, and never identified with little David.
  2. Tells the story of a violent sociopath. Since it's about golf, that makes it a comedy.
  3. Age of Extinction is just another warmed-over, cynical, ATM machine of a movie. It’s soulless eye candy.
  4. This is a slick con, all flash and no substance. Now You See Me seems awfully sure of itself, with self-important, intrusive music, sweeping tracking shots and actors chewing up the scenery.
  5. A movie like this is harmless, I suppose, except for the celluloid that was killed in the process of its manufacture, but as an entertainment, it will send the kids tiptoeing through the multiplex to sneak into "Spider-Man 2."
  6. The kind of movie that somehow succeeds in moving very, very slowly even while proceeding at a breakneck pace. It cuts quickly back and forth between nothing and nothing.
  7. Thin and unsatisfying.
  8. This is a surprisingly cheesy disaster epic.
  9. If there's anything worse than a movie hammered together out of pieces of bad screenplays, it's a movie made from the scraps of good ones.
  10. Take Me Home Tonight must have been made with people who had a great deal of nostalgia for the 1980s, a relatively unsung decade. More power to them. The movie unfortunately gives them no dialogue expanding them into recognizable human beings.
  11. It’s a dopey, only mildly chilling, uneasy mix of horror and dark comedy, scoring few points in either category.
  12. Ewan McGregor is a versatile and durable actor who has spent a lot of time on film sets, and someday he might become an accomplished filmmaker, but his feature directorial debut is one of the most unfortunate literary adaptations in recent memory.
  13. Even with Cecil B. Demented, which fails on just about every level, you've got to hand it to him (Waters): The idea for the film is kind of inspired.
  14. This is a disaster by committee.
  15. What Raising Arizona needs more than anything else is more velocity. Here's a movie that stretches out every moment for more than it's worth, until even the moments of inspiration seem forced.
  16. This new Footloose is a film without wit, humor or purpose.
  17. Feels uncomfortably stage-managed, and raises fundamental questions that it simply ignores.
  18. Tucker's scenes finally wear us down. How can a movie allow him to be so obnoxious and make no acknowledgment that his behavior is aberrant?
  19. Jogs doggedly on the treadmill of comedy, working up a sweat but not getting much of anywhere.
  20. Pretty much a mess of a movie; the acting is overwrought, the plot is too tangled to play like anything BUT a plot, and although I know you can create terrific special effects at home in the basement on your computer, the CGI work in this movie looks like it was done with a dial-up connection.
  21. The movie offers brainless high-tech action without interesting dialogue, characters, motivation or texture.
  22. There must still be a kind of moony young adolescent girl for which this film would be enormously appealing, if television has not already exterminated the domestic example of that species.
  23. A mess. It lacks the sharp narrative line and crisp comic-book clarity of the earlier films, and descends too easily into shapeless fight scenes that are chopped into so many cuts that they lack all form or rhythm.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    The best things about Parker are the two lead actors. Although working with material that is lackluster even by his standards, Statham manages to demonstrate a commanding screen presence that cannot be dismissed.
  24. The average issue of Mad magazine contains significantly smarter movie satire, because Mad goes for the vulnerable elements and Scary Movie 3 just wants to quote and kid.
  25. This is a repetitive, pointless exercise in genre filmmaking--the kind of movie where you distract yourself by making a list of the sources.
  26. Prostitutes have inspired some of the most unforgettable characters in fiction. As for all of its effect on Angelina, she might as well have saved herself the wear and tear and stayed in the laundry.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    Dark Skies is a bore that even the most forgiving genre buffs will find difficult to defend or endure.
  27. The director is James Foley, who is obviously not right for this material.
  28. Joyful Noise is an ungainly assembly of parts that don't fit, and the strange thing is that it makes no particular effort to please its target audience, which would seem to be lovers of gospel choirs.

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