Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

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For 4,648 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 Moneyball
Lowest review score: 0 Wolf Creek
Score distribution:
4,648 movie reviews
  1. My two-star rating represents a compromise between admiration and horror.
  2. Everybody knew to wait for the outtakes during the closing credits, because you'd see him miss a fire escape or land wrong in the truck going under the bridge. Now the outtakes involve his use of the English language.
  3. There is a reason to see the movie, and that reason is Piper Perabo.
  4. As a well-crafted, well-written and well-acted entertainment, it drew me in and got its job done.
  5. Jessica Biel all but steals the show as Stacie.
  6. A comedy so listless, leisurely and unspirited that it was an act of the will for me to care about it, even while I was watching it.
  7. In a film that is wall-to-wall idiocy, the most tiresome delusion is that car chases are funny.
  8. The Perfect Sleep puts me in mind of a flywheel spinning in the void. It is all burnished brass and shining steel, perfectly balanced as it hums in its orbit; yet, because it occupies a void, it satisfies only itself and touches nothing else. Here is a movie that goes about its business without regard for an audience.
  9. I cannot in strict accuracy recommend this film. It's such a jumble of action and motivation, ill-defined characters and action howlers.
  10. An innocuous family feature that's too little/too late in the fast-moving world of feature animation.
  11. Adult audiences may be underwhelmed. Not younger teenage girls, who will be completely fascinated.
  12. Old-fashioned and obvious, yes, like a featherweight comedy from the 1950s. But that's the charm.
  13. Walks like a thriller and talks like a thriller, but it squawks like a turkey.
  14. The poster art for A Thousand Words shows Eddie Murphy with duct tape over his mouth, which as a promotional idea ranks right up there with Fred Astaire in leg irons.
  15. This is not the sort of movie you make it your business to see in a theater. But if you're ever surfing cable TV and come across it, you'll linger.
  16. Laughter for me was such a physical impossibility during National Lampoon's Van Wilder that had I not been pledged to sit through the film, I would have lifted myself up by my bootstraps and fled.
  17. It's a lot of things, but boring is not one of them. I cannot recommend the movie, but ... why the hell can't I? Just because it's godawful? What kind of reason is that for staying away from a movie? Godawful and boring, that would be a reason.
  18. The sad thing about A Night at the Roxbury is that the characters are in a one-joke movie, and they're the joke.
  19. This plays like a live-action cartoon where you root for nobody. Everyone seems to think that yelling their lines will make the dialogue funnier. It doesn’t.
  20. A movie, based on the popular Dean Koontz novel, that seems to have been made by grinding up other films and feeding them to this one.
  21. A pointless exercise in "shocking" behavior.
  22. What a strange, confused, unpleasant movie this is. Two theories have clustered around it: (1) It is anti-Mormon propaganda to muddy the waters around the presidential campaign of Mitt Romney, or (2) it is not about Mormons at all, but an allegory about the 9/11/01 terrorists. Take your choice. The problem with allegories is that you can plug them in anywhere. No doubt the film would have great impact in Darfur.
  23. Slides too easily into its sentimentality; the characters should have put up more of a struggle.
  24. The movie offers brainless high-tech action without interesting dialogue, characters, motivation or texture.
  25. The movie was executive produced by Quentin Tarantino. Shame on him. He intends it no doubt as another homage to grindhouse pictures, but I've seen a lot of them, and they were nowhere near this bad. "Hell's Angels on Wheels," for example: pretty good.
  26. My problem was that I didn't care who killed Mona Dearly, or why, and didn't want to know anyone in town except for Chief Rash and his daughter.
  27. For years there have been reports of the death of the Western. Now comes American Outlaws, proof that even the B Western is dead.
  28. Made me want to spray the screen with Lysol. This movie is shameless. It's not merely a tearjerker. It extracts tears individually by liposuction, without anesthesia.
  29. ​I’ll tell you what got Taken. A hundred and twelve minutes of my life got Taken.
  30. The Identical evangelizes and entertains with sincere mediocrity. If the style is unremarkably mainstream, the message is theologically murky.

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