For 309 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 66% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Gene Siskel's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Red Rock West
Lowest review score: 0 Police Academy 5: Assignment: Miami Beach
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 53 out of 309
309 movie reviews
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Gene Siskel
    With a story that is absurd every step of the way, Mr. Majestyk is turned into a hodge podge of cruel and unusual punishments.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Gene Siskel
    A pretty good how-to movie as far as the CIA combating terrorism is concerned and a very good movie in terms of explaining why Harrison Ford is one of the most compelling leading men. [5 June 1992, p.C2]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Gene Siskel
    Martin is joyful; Chase seems depressed, and Short comes off as merely happy to be in his first movie.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Gene Siskel
    A good third of this overblown movie consists of stunt-filled action sequences that turn a human story into something akin to Cannonball Run. That's too bad, because Goldberg's character is a terrible thing to waste.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Gene Siskel
    Soapdish runs on longer than necessary, and not every scene is as funny as one would like, but it's funny enough to recommend. [31 May 1991, p.C]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 Gene Siskel
    For its first hour is as exciting an action picture as the Die Hard films. The tension and humor level tail off a bit toward the conclusion, but Steven Seagal and Chicago director Andy Davis clearly declare themselves as top-flight talent.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 50 Gene Siskel
    Another slapstick comedy from the folks who created Police Academy by ripping off the comedy style of Airplane. [22 Apr 1985, p.4C]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Gene Siskel
    I think what I like most about Executive Decision is that director Baird constantly tries to top himself. A more experienced director would have ended the film a few crises earlier. But Baird goes for broke in his directing debut, and the result is a most entertaining movie.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Gene Siskel
    Rachael Leigh Cook, as Laney, the plain Jane object of the makeover, is forced to demonstrate the biggest emotional range as a character, and she is equal to the assignment. I look forward to seeing her in her next picture. [29 Jan 1999, p.A]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Gene Siskel
    The only thing this film has going for it is its improbable title and title song about four fighting turtles changed into upright, man-size creatures by exposure to radioactive wastes.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Gene Siskel
    Dafoe manages to draw us into the mystery, anguish and joy of the holy life. This is anything but another one of those boring biblical costume epics. There is genuine challenge and hope in this movie. [12 Aug 1988, p.A]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Gene Siskel
    Days of Thunder, the latest Tom Cruise movie, which is a flimsy but nonetheless compelling story of a hot-shot amateur race car driver who wants to make it in the big-time world of championship stock car racing. Good writing by Robert Towne and a host of strong supporting performances complement the on-the-track visuals of director Tony Scott in giving us a sense of the leap of faith that is required by drivers at this level. [29 Jun 1990, p.C]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Gene Siskel
    A thoroughly enjoyable Raiders of the Lost Ark inspired adventure film, set in the present and starring Michael Douglas as an American hustler in Columbia who helps uptight romance novelist Kathleen Turner search for buried treasure. [22 June 1984, p.12]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Gene Siskel
    The excellence of Red Rock West goes beyond the intricate plotting by brothers John and Rick Dahl. The casting couldn't be better.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Gene Siskel
    At Close Range is impeccably photographed, and its other technical credits are fine, too. But this excellence serves a dubious, confused cause, and on that basis the film cannot be recommended.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Gene Siskel
    The movie could reasonably be rated S for slow because director Alan Parker seems more concerned with style and with hiding the film's big mystery than with pacing. We develop no empathy for the Rourke character, and so watching the movie, as attractive as it is physically, is like riding on a slow conveyor belt. [06 Mar 1987, p.A]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Gene Siskel
    John Badham's exciting thriller about an L.A. detective (Roy Scheider) who battles against the government creeps who have created a monstrous helicopter to be used for 1984-style crowd control. Great action in a David-versus-Goliath story. [22 July 1983, p.10]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 Gene Siskel
    The picture only comes alive at the end with Robin and his Moorish helper (Morgan Freeman in a typically strong performance) turning into a medieval Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid in hand-to-hand combat with the sheriff. Otherwise, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves is an entertainment without a particular point of view.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 25 Gene Siskel
    A lame comedy about the quirky true story of the 1988 Jamaican bobsled team that competed in the Calgary Winter Olympics...The intelligence level of the comedy insults preteens. [1 Oct 1993, p.C2]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Gene Siskel
    One of the most original, appealing offbeat American films in recent years.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Gene Siskel
    O'Rourke acts way over the top; Dunaway is more effective because she seems more desperate. Both characters are the kind of people who want to be left alone. That's what you may feel like after you spend a few minutes with them in one long brawl after one long argument after one long soliloquy.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 25 Gene Siskel
    It's bankrupt in terms of imagination. All he (Romero) does is place his zombies in the basement of a missile silo and have a few crazed military types scream at the zombies and at each other. End of movie. [03 Sept 1985, p.5C]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Gene Siskel
    Predictably cute. The only surprise about 3 Men and a Cradle is that it is the hit in Paris, winning three French Oscars, being nominated for an American Oscar, and, unbelievably, outgrossing E.T. and Rambo at the French box office. But then the French have loved the last few Jerry Lewis movies, too.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Gene Siskel
    Guilty by Suspicion isn't a bad movie, but it isn't compelling entertainment either. [15 Mar 1991, p.C]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 40 Metascore
    • 88 Gene Siskel
    Whereas Stallone with "Rambo" is messing around with real places and real events, in Rocky IV we all know that this is pure Hollywood, pure fantasy. And very well made Hollywood fantasy, indeed.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Gene Siskel
    A heavy, effective dramatization of the effects of the Soweto Uprising of 1976 on a white South African teacher (Donald Sutherland) whose black gardener is murdered by police. This film is unblinking in its depiction of the most violent side of apartheid. Marlon Brando lightens the drama with a colorful cameo as the lawyer hired by Sutherland to combat the state.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Gene Siskel
    Ron Howard's first-rate dramatic comedy Parenthood, with Steve Martin headlining a first-rate cast in a most clever script about the joy and pain of being both a parent and a child. [4 Aug 1989, p.A]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Gene Siskel
    A smart, funny and hip adventure film in a summer of car wrecks and explosions. [4 July 1997]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Gene Siskel
    Director Joseph Ruben would have done much better to limit the physical horror and make it more of a psychological terror game.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 25 Gene Siskel
    [Chris Elliott]'s spoof of a young seaman's apprenticeship seems desperate as he piles special effects willy-nilly atop jibes at stupid old salts. [14 Jan 1994]
    • Chicago Tribune

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