Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

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For 4,547 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 9.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Working Girl
Lowest review score: 0 The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)
Score distribution:
4,547 movie reviews
  1. In asking us to believe David Spade as a romantic lead, it miscalculates beyond all reason.
  2. An average Adam Sandler comedy, which, sadly, means it’s a below-average comedy — because whatever comedic fire and bursts of genuinely inspired humor Sandler once possessed have long ago burnt out.
  3. The sideshows in Gummo offer no particular form -- or even formlessness -- despite the visual momentum created by Jean Yves Escoffier's arresting camera work. [6 March 1998, p.40]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
  4. The movie is a chaotic mess, overloaded with special effects and explosions, light on continuity, sanity and coherence.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Pulling off a premise this creepy and cockamamie would require a lot of skill, far more than can be found in the director of "Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo" and the writers of "A Very Brady Sequel."
  5. It's an arch, awkward, ill-timed, forced political comedy set in 1959 and seemingly stranded there.
  6. Lopez and Affleck are sweet and appealing in their performances; the buzz said they didn't have chemistry, but the buzz was wrong. What they don't have is conviction.
  7. A deserted island movie during which I desperately wished the characters had chosen one movie to take along if they were stranded on a deserted island, and were showing it to us instead of this one.
  8. The kind of movie where you walk in, watch the first 10 minutes, know exactly where it's going, and hope devoutly that you're wrong.
  9. There's camp-fun bad and interestingly horrible bad, and then there's just awful. Movie 43 is the "Citizen Kane" of awful.
  10. Not that the film is outrageous. That would be asking too much. It is dim-witted, unfunny, too shallow to be offensive.
  11. From what dark night of the soul emerged the wretched idea for The Nutcracker in 3D? Who considered it even remotely a plausible idea for a movie?
  12. Very seriously confused in its objectives.
  13. The movie is set up as a valentine to Vardalos. She should try sending herself flowers.
  14. Staying Alive is a big disappointment.
  15. The film is reprehensible, dismaying, ugly, artless and an affront to any notion, however remote, of human decency.
  16. The screenplay by Kim Barker requires Bullock to behave in an essentially disturbing way that began to wear on me. It begins as merely peculiar, moves on to miscalculation and becomes seriously annoying.
  17. Has an intriguing cast, a director who knows how to use his camera and a lot of sly humor. Shame about the story. When you see this many of the right elements in a lame movie, you wonder how close they came to making a better one.
  18. Possesses the art and craft of a good movie, but not the story.
  19. Has slick production credits and performances that are quite adequate given the (narrow) opportunities of the genre.
  20. Strange, how good feardotcom is, and how bad. The screenplay is a mess, and yet the visuals are so creative this is one of the rare bad films you might actually want to see.
  21. If the plot and screenplay are juvenile, the production values are first-rate, and the lead performance by newcomer Elizabeth Berkley has a fierce energy that's always interesting.
  22. People may go to see Eddie Murphy once, twice, three or even six times in disposable movies like Harlem Nights, but if he wants to realize his potential he needs to work with a better writer and director than himself.
  23. There is a bright spot. He (Poirier) used up all his doggy-do-do ideas in the first picture "See Spot Run."
  24. It's a muddled, sometimes-atmospheric effort.
  25. Pesci has a lot of scenes that strike just the right note.
  26. Maybe there's too much talent. Every character shines with such dazzling intensity and such inexhaustible comic invention that the movie becomes tiresome, like too many clowns.
  27. An incoherent mess, a jumble of footage in search of plot, meaning, rhythm and sense.
  28. And above all, the film is lacking in joy. It never seems like it's fun to be Billie Frank.
  29. Dungeons & Dragons looks like they threw away the game and photographed the box it came in.

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