Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

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For 4,420 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 10 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Wonder Boys
Lowest review score: 0 Slackers
Score distribution:
4,420 movie reviews
  1. A beautiful and haunting film that tells this story, and then tells another subterranean story about the seasons of a marriage.
  2. The movie is funny, but it's more than funny, it's exhilarating.
  3. You would imagine a film like this would be greeted with rapture in France, but no. The leading French film magazine, "Cahiers du Cinema," has long scorned the filmmakers of this older generation as makers of mere "quality," and interprets Tavernier's work as an attack on the New Wave generation which replaced them.
  4. Has maturity and emotional depth: There are no cheap shots, nothing is thrown in for effect, realism is placed ahead of easy dramatic payoffs, and the audience grows deeply involved.
  5. The movie is brilliant, really. It is philosophy, illustrated through everyday events. Most movies operate as if their events are necessary--that B must follow A. "13 Conversations" betrays B, A and all the other letters as random possibilities.
  6. This is pure filmmaking, elegant and slippery. I haven't had as much fun second-guessing a movie since "Mulholland Drive."
  7. It moves us on a human level, it keeps us guessing during scenes as unpredictable as life, and it shows us how ordinary people have a chance of somehow coping with their problems, which are rather ordinary, too.
  8. Love proves she is not a rock star pretending to act, but a true actress, and Harrelson matches her with his portrait of a man who has one thing on his mind, and never changes it.
  9. One of the great films of all time. It shames modern Hollywood's timidity. To watch it is to feel yourself lifted up to the heights where the cinema can take you, but so rarely does.
  10. One of the best films of the year.
  11. I have seen Waking Life three times now. I want to see it again -- not to master it, or even to remember it better, -- but simply to experience all of these ideas, all of this passion, the very act of trying to figure things out.
  12. As well-directed a film as you'll see from America this year, an unsentimental and yet completely involving story of a young man who cannot see a way around his fate.
  13. A wild elaboration. If you have never seen a Japanese anime, start here. If you love them, Metropolis proves you are right.
  14. This movie made my heart glad. It is filled with innocence, hope, and good cheer. It is also wickedly funny and exciting as hell.
  15. The work of a born filmmaker, able to summon apprehension out of thin air.
  16. Oh, what a lovely film. I was almost hugging myself while I watched it.
  17. Brimming with invention and new ideas, and its Hogwarts School seems to expand and deepen before our very eyes into a world large enough to conceal unguessable secrets -- What a glorious movie.
  18. A very funny, sometimes very sad documentary.
  19. This is a grown-up movie, in its humor and in its wisdom about life. You need to have lived a little to understand the complexities of Tobias Allcott, who is played by James Coburn with a pitch-perfect balance between sadness and sardonic wit.
  20. Some kind of weird masterpiece...one of the best movies of the year.
  21. Watching Invincible was a singular experience for me, because it reminded me of the fundamental power that the cinema had for us when we were children. The film exercises the power that fable has for the believing.
  22. Has the quality of many great films, in that it always seems alive.
  23. I was carried along by the wit, the energy and a surprising sweetness.
  24. Rotates its story through satire, comedy, suspense and violence, until it emerges as one of the best films I've ever seen.
  25. This film ennobles filmmaking.
  26. The first time I saw The Straight Story, I focused on the foreground and liked it. The second time I focused on the background, too, and loved it.
  27. One of those movies where "after that summer, nothing would ever be the same again." Yes, but it redefines "nothing."
  28. There are scenes as true as movies can make them, and even when the story develops thriller elements, they are redeemed, because the movie isn't about what happens, but about why.
  29. A Room with a View enjoys its storytelling so much that I enjoyed the very process of it. The story moved slowly, it seemed, for the same reason you try to make ice cream last: because it's so good.
  30. What is remarkable is how realistic the story is.

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