Chicago Sun-Times' Scores

For 789 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 64% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Men of a Certain Age: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Back to You: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 544
  2. Negative: 0 out of 544
544 tv reviews
  1. Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior is a solid addition to your evening lineup.
  2. Me, I struggled with the whole reincarnation thing--and kept rooting for someone to turn out to be Napoleon. It's hooey. But it's fairly well done hooey.
  3. This embarrassment of riches isn't necessarily an embarrassment, but it's not the slam dunk it should be, either.
  4. It's kind of good.
  5. I hope Andrew (David Hornsby) has penned an etiquette column on how a gentleman handles getting canceled by a network, because he's going to need it.
  6. The show should focus less on catty hospital politics and more on the inherently compelling conflict of a person who has good reason to do bad things.
  7. And that's me, faster than Usain Bolt, changing the channel.
  8. There's peril in traveling the well-worn path of unrequited love and adulterous wives. But what makes this beginning of "Brian" work is that the characters are nicely drawn archetypes, not stereotypes.
  9. Most of the characters are about as distinctive as mannequins. You won't mind, though, because they're awfully nice to look at. But the disgraced supermodel is played by Mischa Barton, and this is where the show may achieve inadvertent poignancy.
  10. Those of you who miss "Six Feet Under's" opening minutes each week--when you had to guess who would be spectacularly killed, and how--will enjoy the violent and graphic start of "Miami Medical" each week, too. But that's about all it's good for.
  11. The world of TV benefits from having another good show, with relaxed Spade at the desk, mocking the Stepford-like trance with which entertainment-news shows like "Access Hollywood" mindlessly idolize stars into saints and sinners.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 37 Critic Score
    The jokes aren't funny, the story is silly (or, really, not silly enough) and the new writers follow the "Family Guy" model so closely they fail to explain any of the characters or even the premise of the show. [28 Apr 2005]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
  12. Any effective moments are outweighed by thumpingly obvious sentimentality, hospital stereotypes, and undignified "girl talk."
  13. The problem with "Treasure Hunters" is the same problem with "Amazing Race": It just feels like all the competing teams are spinning their wheels by solving clues.
  14. It's skank-errific, if flawed.
  15. It demonstrates how a show can be a run-of-the-mill cop drama despite a talented cast and a few interesting twists.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    As each new element is added, explored and explained, the tension evident in the original novel gets watered down as we digest these other distractions. The result is completely devoid of any suspense.
  16. t's not perfect. A few situations and lines are hyped-up "Sex and the City" moments, like when a distraught Lipsticker complains, "I need a cupcake." But if you can moan your way through such moments, the show gets more serious as it goes.
  17. "Dirt" gets the ingredients right (the tone, acting and pacing are swell), but the dialogue doesn't make it addicting enough to watch, and the editing could be slicker more often.
  18. Gallagher's played by Chris Vance ("Prison Break"), who tries to overcome the cheesy script with a British accent and a little dignity. He fails.
  19. There's nothing original about the series that wasn't already covered in "L.A. Law."
  20. "Four Kings" is a strange thing. The first episode of the new NBC comedy reeks. But there are moments in the next two episodes that make it seem as if it has the potential to be a male version of "Sex and the City," minus the naughty stuff HBO could show that NBC can't.
  21. One of the most puzzling things about TV this year is the mere existence of this catastrophe. It is a huge, huge pile.
  22. NBC's new "Thank God You're Here" doesn't start out as strong as I'd hoped. It has potential, though.
  23. The cast is a fine one. The chemistry works between Elfman and Randall. The weakness of "Alex's" premiere -- and not future episodes, I hope -- is the overwrought script.
  24. The absurdity of an omniscient sophisticate still in short pants carries plenty of comedic potential.
  25. If you don't have a support group of pals to compare notes with, you could do worse than The Talk. Let's hope it stays lively.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    I'd rather watch just about anything other than "Fly Girls."
  26. The most confusing ensemble drama of the new season.
  27. This is annoying beyond my comprehension.

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