Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

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For 4,624 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 Chinatown
Lowest review score: 0 Slackers
Score distribution:
4,624 movie reviews
  1. Once is the kind of film I've been pestered about ever since I started reviewing again. People couldn't quite describe it, but they said I had to see it. I had to. Well, I did. They were right.
  2. The music probably sounds fine on a CD. Certainly it is well-rehearsed. But the overall sense of the film is of good riddance to a bad time.
  3. This thoughtful film is designed with taste. Music is minimal. Cuing a little Nine Inch Nails at the end, Poitras enables “citizenfour” to commit an act of reverse surveillance on the NSA.
  4. I wanted to hug this movie. It takes such a risky journey and never steps wrong. It creates specific, original, believable, lovable characters, and meanders with them through their inconsolable days, never losing its sense of humor.
  5. Perhaps it is not supposed to be clear; perhaps the movie's air of confusion is part of its paranoid vision. There are individual moments that create sharp images (shock troops drilling through a ceiling, De Niro wrestling with the almost obscene wiring and tubing inside a wall, the movie's obsession with bizarre duct work), but there seems to be no sure hand at the controls.
  6. One of those movies where "after that summer, nothing would ever be the same again." Yes, but it redefines "nothing."
  7. Philip Seymour Hoffman's precise, uncanny performance as Capote doesn't imitate the author so much as channel him, as a man whose peculiarities mask great intelligence and deep wounds.
  8. I swear to you that if you live in a place where this film is playing, it is the best film in town.
  9. Unlike "Saving Private Ryan" and other dramatizations based on D-Day, Overlord is an intimate film, one that focuses closely on Tom Beddoes (Brian Stirner), who enters the British army, goes through basic training and is one of the first ashore on D-Day. (Reviewed in 2004)
  10. It’s quintessential Anderson... but also an unabashed entertainment. And that’s something to see.
  11. This saga of romance works with an unromantic style.
  12. Lumbers a little on its way to a preordained conclusion, but is intriguing for its glimpses of backstage life in shabby German postwar vaudeville, and for Dietrich's performance, which seems to float above the action as if she's stepping fastidiously across gutters.
  13. I admire the closing scenes of the film, which seem to ask whether our civilization offers a cure for Vincent's complaint.
  14. The acting and the best dialogue passages have an impact that has not dimmed; it is still possible to feel the power of the film and of Brando and Kazan, who changed American movie acting forever.
  15. Anyone who could read Munro’s original story and think they could make a film of it, and then make a great film, deserves a certain awe.
  16. One of the most fascinating aspects of Inside Job involves the chatty on-camera insights of Kristin Davis, a Wall Street madam, who says the Street operated in a climate of abundant sex and cocaine for valued clients and the traders themselves.
  17. A rousing adventure, a skillful marriage of special effects and computer animation, and it contains sequences of breathtaking beauty. It also gives us, in a character named the Gollum, one of the most engaging and convincing CGI creatures I've seen.
  18. Not only funny and wicked, clever and visually inventive, but . . . kind and sweet. Tender and touching.
  19. It looks fabulous, it uses special effects to create a new world of its own, but it is thin in its human story.
  20. The director's cut adds footage that enriches and extends the material but doesn't alter its tone. It adds footnotes that count down to a deadline, but without explaining the nature of the deadline or the usefulness of the countdown.
  21. What we have here is a superior historical drama and a powerful personal one.
  22. Up
    This is another masterwork from Pixar, which is leading the charge in modern animation.
  23. A tense, taut and expert thriller that becomes something more than that, an allegory about an innocent man in a world prepared to crush him.
  24. Robert Redford has directed Quiz Show as entertainment, history, and challenge.
  25. The first shot tells us 45365 is the zip code of the town." In this achingly beautiful film, that zip code belongs to Sidney, Ohio, a handsome town of about 20,000 residents.
  26. It's not dated. It is powerful, genuinely shocking and rather amazing.
  27. This isn't a made-for-video that they decided to put into theaters, but a version intended from the first to be theatrical. That's important, because it means more detail and complexity went into the animation.
  28. There are moments in Yagira's performance that will break your heart.
  29. There are scenes here that are funnier than those of any other movie this year, and other scenes that weep with the pain of sad family secrets, and when it's over we have seen some kind of masterpiece. This is one of the best films of the year.
  30. Here is a film where God does not intervene and the directors do not mistake themselves for God. It makes the solutions at the ends of other pictures seem like child's play.

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