For 499 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 63% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 36% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Gene Siskel's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 The Color Purple
Lowest review score: 0 UHF
Score distribution:
499 movie reviews
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Gene Siskel
    But what's the excuse for the film's script? What we get is a reworking of "Flashdance" and "Footlose" into a routine story about a couple of high school kids who want to become regular dancers on a show called "Dance TV," or "DTV" for short. [10 May 1985, p.LN]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Gene Siskel
    This is a movie that redefines the concept of a family picture. Families should see it together because there will be plenty to talk about regardless of how new your crowd is to this country. [19 Oct 1990, p.C]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 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
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Gene Siskel
    What exactly is funny about "Basic Instinct" or "Fatal Attraction"? Other than sending up specific scenes-say, Sharon Stone's uncrossed legs from "Basic Instinct"-there is no humor to be mined. The "Airplane" films kidded the genre rather than just duplicating scenes; director Reiner is operating at the level of a high school parodist. [29 Oct 1993, p.C2]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Gene Siskel
    Our Flick of the Week is The Bedroom Window, which begins as a gripping, Hitchcock-like thriller about an innocent man wrongly accused, but then turns into an unintentional laugh-a-minute with a preposterous conclusion. It's a shame that the film couldn't sustain its tension, because in some ways it is the best traditional thriller since "Jagged Edge." [16 Jan 1987, p.A]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Gene Siskel
    This is simply marvelous entertainment that breathes life into a genre that I thought had been dead for a decade-the prison picture.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Gene Siskel
    They might make a nice couple in a movie about them. But Quicksilver, a product of the music video influence, has been edited at such a rapid pace that there`s more time given over to bicycle racing and car chases than to love.
    • 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
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Gene Siskel
    It bears repeating that The Lion King is quite entertaining as children's fare goes these days. But Disney has established a standard so high on animated features that anything less than a classic leaves you feeling that something's missing.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Gene Siskel
    The sister writing team of Perry and Randy Howze enlivens what sounds like a gimmicky story. Their last film was the delightful "Mystic Pizza," and the characters in Chances Are seem equally fresh, even though there is nothing new about the situations in which they find themselves. [10 March 1989, p.A]
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 63 Gene Siskel
    The character played by Ryder is really the centerpiece of the story, and she is the best part of this slight story...The rest of the movie is a fairly standard portrait of small-town life, with characters in more pain than is typical of such films. [12 Oct 1990, p.C]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Gene Siskel
    A funny, funky trip through a '50s suburban subdivision. [7 Apr 1989, p.A]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 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
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Gene Siskel
    Another superb stop-action animated film from the same team responsible for Tim Burton's "The Nightmare Before Christmas."
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Gene Siskel
    This is the third in a hyper-violent and rather stupid series of thrillers about an adult child killer--with knives for fingers--who is burnt to death but now has returned to haunt more teenagers in their sleep. The kids are all patients at a clinic where group therapy fails to stop their nightmares. What you get for your money are scenes with a severed head, the simultaneous injection of 10 hypodermic needles presumably filled with heroin and four long tongues that turn into arm and ankle straps for a sex scene. Whoopee! The film's only blessing? It just may be bad enough to kill off the series.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Gene Siskel
    A riveting adaptation of Scott Turow`s novel about a prosecutor prosecuted for murder. When this film works best, which is often, everything about it seems cramped and uptight and dark.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Gene Siskel
    Pale Rider may be a risk simply because westerns are not in vogue right now at the box office, but fresh and challenging westerns with Clint Eastwood always will be in vogue.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Gene Siskel
    The film glamorizes drug use as much as it condemns it, and the world in which the film is set-Beverly Hills and Malibu-is terminally boring. [6 Nov 1987, p.41]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Gene Siskel
    A refreshing if obvious drama. [9 June 1989, Friday, p.A]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Gene Siskel
    Far and Away, a mildly old-fashioned romantic melodrama that has as many charming moments as embarrassing ones. Much of the charm is supplied by the earnest performances of Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. [22 May 1992]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Gene Siskel
    For many, a little of this joking will go a long way; devoted fans, however, will wish for a double-bill. Count me closer to the latter group.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Gene Siskel
    And yet if Re-Animator offers only a few laughs, that still puts it smiles ahead of George Romero`s awful ''Return of the Dead,'' the third in his zombie series, which suffered from tired blood. At least director Gordon`s ghoulies drool on naked women and decapitate each other with shovels. Hoe, hoe, hoe.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Gene Siskel
    Witness" is both exciting and thoughtful.... And just as important to moviegoers, Witness is a genuinely gripping thriller. [08 Feb 1985]
    • Chicago Tribune

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