Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

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For 4,719 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 9.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 A Most Violent Year
Lowest review score: 0 Freddy Got Fingered
Score distribution:
4,719 movie reviews
  1. But there is no way, within the film, to be sure with any confidence exactly what happens, or precisely how, or really why. Kubrick delivers this uncertainty in a film where the actors themselves vibrate with unease.
  2. This is one of the most stunning visual treats of the year and one of the most unforgettable thrill rides in recent memory.
  3. A passionate and explicit film about sexual obsession.
  4. The performances are pitch perfect, even including Gabriel Chavarria as Ramon, the man who steals the truck. It adds an important element to the film that he embodies a desperate man, not a bad one.
  5. Snow White and the Huntsman reinvents the legendary story in a film of astonishing beauty and imagination.
  6. The movie suggests that humans benefitted little from Project Nim, and Nim himself not at all.
  7. Not all of it works, but you play along, because it's rare to find a film this ambitious.
  8. This is one of the smartest and most provocative of science fiction films, a thriller with ideas.
  9. A fascinating portrait of an almost likable rogue. You'd rather spend time with him than a lot of more upstanding citizens.
  10. The young actors are powerful in draining roles. We care for them more than they care for themselves. Alfredson's palette is so drained of warm colors that even fresh blood is black.
  11. This is easily the most absurd of the "Star Trek" stories - and yet, oddly enough, it is also the best, the funniest and the most enjoyable in simple human terms. I'm relieved that nothing like restraint or common sense stood in their way.
  12. The widespread speculation that Exit Through the Gift Shop is a hoax only adds to its fascination.
  13. Yes, we know these events are less than likely, and the film's entire world is fantastical. But what happens in a fantasy can be more involving than what happens in life, and thank goodness for that.
  14. This description no doubt makes the film seem like some kind of gimmicky puzzle. What's surprising is how easy it is to follow the plot, and how the coincidences don't get in the way.
  15. Morris' visual style in The Thin Blue Line is unlike any conventional documentary approach. Although his interviews are shot straight on, head and shoulders, there is a way his camera has of framing his subjects so that we look at them very carefully, learning as much by what we see as by what we hear.
  16. The beauty of the film is in its quietness.
  17. Stevie seems destined to end the way it does, and is the more courageous and powerful for it. A satisfying ending would have been a lie.
  18. And yet Philadelphia is quite a good film, on its own terms. And for moviegoers with an antipathy to AIDS but an enthusiasm for stars like Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington, it may help to broaden understanding of the disease.
  19. I have a weakness for actresses like Greta Gerwig. She looks reasonable and approachable.
  20. The brothers Maeda are pure gold; the film captures what feels like effortless joy in their lives, and it is never something they seem to be reaching for.
  21. Some of Jackie's dialogue is so good it would distinguish a sitcom.
  22. A formula thriller done as an elegant genre exercise. Johnny Hallyday was brought in by To as a last-minute sub for Alain Delon, and could have been the first choice: He is tall, weathered, grim and taciturn.
  23. Gandolfini is effortlessly, quietly great.
  24. What draws us into Private Property is how so many things happen under the surface, never commented upon.
  25. It's an exquisite short story about a mood, and a time, and a couple of guys who are blind-sided by love.
  26. A no-holds-barred comedy permitting several holds I had not dreamed of. The needle on my internal Laugh Meter went haywire, bouncing among hilarity, appreciation, shock, admiration, disgust, disbelief and appalled incredulity.
  27. A complex, deeply knowledgeable story about a truly lost soul and her downward spiral.
  28. Amidst all the fireworks and the cascading champagne and the insanely over-the-top parties, we’re reminded again and again that The Great Gatsby is about a man who spends half a decade constructing an elaborate monument to the woman of his dreams.
  29. There are some moments in The Witches of Eastwick that stretch uncomfortably for effects - the movie's climax is overdone, for example - and yet a lot of the time this movie plays like a plausible story about implausible people. The performances sell it. And the eyebrows.
  30. This movie is knowledgeable about the city and the people who make accommodations with it.

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