Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

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For 4,651 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 9.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Breaking the Waves
Lowest review score: 0 The Life of David Gale
Score distribution:
4,651 movie reviews
  1. The film has the obnoxious tone of a boring home movie narrated by a guy shouting in your ear.
  2. Has the same mixture of dumb puns, corny sight gags and sly, even sophisticated in-jokes. It's a lot of fun.
  3. The long closing sequence is virtuoso, redefining what went before and requiring Murphy to become a more complex character than she gave any hint of in the opening scenes.
  4. I can't recommend the movie, except to younger viewers, but I don't dislike it. It's "Coach Carter" Lite, and it does what it does.
  5. We can enjoy the suspense of the opening scenes, and some of the drama. The performances are in keeping with the material. But toward the end, when we realize that the entire reality of the film is problematical, there is a certain impatience. It's as if our chain is being yanked.
  6. There's no way I can recommend this movie to anyone much beyond the Tooth Fairy Believement Age, but I must testify it's pleasant and inoffensive, although the violence in the hockey games seems out of place.
  7. A fairly close remake of the great 1981 Dudley Moore movie, with pleasures of its own.
  8. Against the Ropes meanders until it gets to the final third of its running time, and then it catches fire.
  9. A moody, effective thriller for about 80 percent of the way, and then our hands close on air. If you walk out before the ending, you'll think it's better than it is.
  10. Supplies us with a first-class creature, a fourth-rate story, and dialogue possibly created by feeding the screenplay into a pasta maker.
  11. The plot was an arbitrary concoction.
  12. All of this is intriguing material, but the movie doesn't do much with it.
  13. The screenplay tries to paper over too many story elements that needed a lot more thought. This movie has been filmed and released, but it has not been finished.
  14. There are elements in the movie that make it worth seeing, and that set it aside from the routine movies in this genre.
  15. The best acting in The Canyons is done by the porn star. That might be all you need to know about this film, which is the kind of vapid, self-consciously artsy, waste-of-time movie that might never have seen the light of day (or the dark of theater) and would have gone straight to VOD were it not for the triple-threat name-recognition trio of the actress Lindsay Lohan, the director Paul Schrader and the writer Bret Easton Ellis.
  16. Will no doubt be a hit and inspire the obligatory sequels.
  17. A surprisingly entertaining movie -- one of those good-hearted comedies like "Spy Kids" where reality is put on hold while bright teenagers outsmart the best and worst the adult world has to offer. It's ideal for younger kids, and not painful for their parents.
  18. One of those movies that never convince you its stories are really happening.
  19. 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."
  20. The Jackal, on the other hand, impressed me with its absurdity. There was scarcely a second I could take seriously.
  21. Lots of sight gags and one-liners are attempted, but few of them succeed. The cast is talented but stranded in weak material.
  22. The Grandma is not merely wrong for the movie, but fatal to it -- a writing and casting disaster... I've been reviewing movies for a long time, and I can't think of one that more dramatically shoots itself in the foot.
  23. Delightful from beginning to end.
  24. Here's a bad movie with hardly a bad scene. How can that be? The construction doesn't flow. The story doesn't engage. The insistent flashbacks are distracting. The plot has problems it sidesteps. Yet here is a gifted cast doing what it's asked to do. The failure is in the writing and editing.
  25. Pleasant and well-acted and easy to watch.
  26. Sex Tape feels like the halves of two different movies. There is a fun, believable comedy about family life... that is upended by the overly broad, barely funny attempts at reclaiming the sex tape.
  27. Suffers from a fatal misapprehension. It thinks it is about date rape, when actually it is about alcoholism.
  28. Moves at a breakneck pace, it has strong and simple characterizations, it has good location photography and terrific special effects, and it supplies what it claims to supply: an effective action movie.
  29. One possible approach to 8 1/2 Women, I think, is to view it as a slowed-down, mannered, tongue-in-cheek silent comedy, skewed by Greenaway's anger and desire to manipulate.
  30. The film itself is on autopilot and overdrive at the same time: It does nothing original, but does it very rapidly.

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