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 Breaking the Waves
Lowest review score: 0 Freddy Got Fingered
Score distribution:
4,719 movie reviews
  1. Sweet, in its meandering way. It has no meanness in it, no cynicism, no desire to be anything other than what it is, an evocation of the fun of living your life as a skateboarder.
  2. There's so much flashing forward and backward, so many spins of fate, so many chapters in the journals, that after awhile I felt that I, as well as time, was being jerked around.
  3. The movie crosses two formulas -- Fish Out of Water and Coming of Age -- fairly effectively. Because it isn't wall-to-wall action but actually bothers to develop its characters and take an interest in them, it was not at first considered commercial by its distributor, New Line, and languished on the shelf for two years.
  4. Here's a case of two actors who do everything humanly possible to create characters who are sweet and believable, and are defeated by a screenplay that forces them into bizarre, implausible behavior.
  5. Love may or may not be endless, but there’s no limit to what can be contrived in a movie like this.
  6. Slap-happy entertainment painted in broad strokes, two coats thick.
  7. The movie is silly beyond comprehension, and even if it weren't silly, it would still be beyond comprehension.
  8. So heavy on incident, contrivance, coincidence, improbability, sudden reversals and dizzying flash-forwards (sometimes years at a time) that it seems a wonder the characters don't crash into each other in the confusion.
  9. It's not the romcom that's so entertaining, anyway; it's the slapstick.
  10. The physical look of the picture is splendid. The screenplay is dead on arrival. The noise level is torture.
  11. The movie should be praying to St. Jude, patron saint of lost causes. Maybe he could perform a miracle and turn this into a cable offering, so no one has to buy a ticket to see it.
  12. There's a point at which the plot crosses an invisible line, becoming so preposterous that it's no longer moving and is just plain weird.
  13. Through superhuman effort of the will, I did not walk out of The Hot Chick, but reader, I confess I could not sit through the credits.
  14. The movie is a paid holiday for its director, Harold Becker. I say this because I know what Becker is capable of.
  15. The movie itself is genial and unfocused and tired.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    The Condemned is nothing but a creaky façade.
  16. Do you like this sort of rom-com? It's a fair example of its type, not good, but competent.
  17. The movie is so filled with action that dramatic conflict would be more than we could handle, so all of the characters are nice.
  18. The interlocking stories are theoretically about people whose lives are associated; that worked in "Crash." Here the connections seem less immediate and significant, and so the movie sometimes seems based on a group of separate short stories.
  19. Given the considerable comedic talents of Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Adam Scott et al., and the ragged, what-the-hell charms of the original “Hot Tub Time Machine,” it’s surprising how rotten this movie is from start to finish.
  20. It's not that I don't like it. It's that I don't care.
  21. The whole movie is so solemn, so worshipful toward its theme, that it's finally just silly.
  22. Has the added inconvenience of being dreadfully serious about a plot so preposterous, it demands to be filmed by Monty Python.
  23. This film is a winner. It will not only entertain you, but also make you think about what it takes to bring happiness into your own life.
  24. Watching Just My Luck, I wished I were a teenage girl, not for any perverse reason but because then I might have enjoyed it a lot more.
  25. Seemed kind of stuffy.
  26. There are those who will no doubt call The Postman the worst film of the year, but it's too good-hearted for that.
  27. There’s a glint of a clever idea here, but writer-director Ramin Niami’s reliance on tired rom-com tropes only serve to drag down the film, which plays out like a Harlequin romance.
  28. The Best of Me was a better film than I expected. Much of that is due to the performances delivered by Marsden, Monaghan, Liana Liberato and especially young Australian actor Luke Bracey as the younger version of Marsden’s character.
  29. There are scenes here where Breillat deliberately disgusts us, not because we are disgusted by the natural life functions of women, as she implies, but simply because The Woman does things that would make any reasonable Man, or Woman, for that matter, throw up.

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