For 492 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 0.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Gene Siskel's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 The Deer Hunter
Lowest review score: 0 I Spit on Your Grave
Score distribution:
492 movie reviews
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Gene Siskel
    In lesser hands, Mortal Thoughts could have been another well-intentioned, star-studded lesson about how women tolerate and rebel against physical abuse. But as directed by Alan Rudolph, the film is more of a nightmare of half-baked schemes hatched by dim-witted characters. [19 Apr 1991, p.C]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Gene Siskel
    A sometimes-funny, dope related comedy with the team of Cheech and Chong trying to survive in the city while having a very high time. [1 Aug 1980, p.4-10]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 44 Metascore
    • 63 Gene Siskel
    A mixed bag of four short films done in the style of famous '60s TV show. Two work; two don't. [July 22, 1983]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 58 Metascore
    • 100 Gene Siskel
    But with 'Jedi,' listen to the creaking, huge metal door that opens and leads the androids C-3PO and R2-D2 to the cave of Jabba the Hutt, where, at the beginning of the film, good-guy space pilot Han Solo is frozen in a carbonite mold like some kind of nouvelle cuisine side dish. It will remind old-time radio listeners of the creaking door of the 'Inner Sanctum' show, and it serves the same purpose. Both are doorways to adventure...And before this portion of the 'Star Wars' saga is history, let us take time to praise the principal performers.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 Gene Siskel
    The Nome King looks like a moveable Mt. St. Helens and he alone is magical. In fact, he blows Dorothy and her tacky-looking friends off the screen. So we end up liking the Nome King and hating Dorothy and her crowd, which I doubt was the intention of the L. Frank Baum series. [21 Jun 1985, p.1]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Gene Siskel
    Robert De Niro's characterization is too jokey, a knockoff of his Rupert Pupkin ("The King of Comedy"), and Irwin Winkler's direction is earnest but lethargic. Jessica Lange does better as a barmaid who wants her own saloon. [23 Oct 1992, p.CN]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Gene Siskel
    The Murder of Fred Hampton is a remarkable film in many ways. It keeps alive an incident which has become a symbol of repression to a lot of people.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Gene Siskel
    Teenage summer film trash such as The Heavenly Kid makes one root for the leaves to start turning brown.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Gene Siskel
    I've already seen The Fugitive twice. I'll probably see it again.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Gene Siskel
    A dreary, Carrie-type shocker about a high school student seeking to kill a bunch of classmates on their prom night. Very few thrills. [01 Aug 1980, p.10]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 79 Metascore
    • 63 Gene Siskel
    An uneven special effects extravaganza about a little boy who winds up traveling through world history along with five midgets. Together they meet and frustrate the great and the near-great. Including Napoleon, Robin Hood, and the devil. Unfortunately, there are just too many visits to famous people. The film was created by some of the people responsible for the Monty Python comedies. [25 Dec 1981, p.12]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 59 Metascore
    • 38 Gene Siskel
    But here's the problem: Bruce Campbell's character is a complete stiff, and so is everyone else he meets who isn't a special effect. The result is that we couldn't care less who wins any battle in the movie no matter how inventively photographed. What about a love interest? Embeth Davidtz, as the lady who's waiting, doesn't have a sexy scene in the movie. [19 Feb 1993, p.C]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 26 Metascore
    • 25 Gene Siskel
    An abysmal, embarrassing sequel to the adult-talking baby movies. [5 Nov 1993, p.C]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Gene Siskel
    It balances bloodshed with charm, spectacle with childlike glee. It's a near flawless movie of its kind.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 40 Metascore
    • 75 Gene Siskel
    Despite the holes in the script, Fatal Attraction writer James Dearden moves the action along competently and has two compelling young actors in Dillon and Young. [26 Apr 1991, p.C]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 36 Metascore
    • 75 Gene Siskel
    An offbeat, genial western parody that has some surprisingly effective low-key humor. [30 Aug 1991, p.C2]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Gene Siskel
    A cornball adventure film about a dashing young explorer mixing with New York cafe society types. What a delightfully complicated fantasy film this is. What Woody Allen has done with The Purple Rose of Cairo is create a classic film about our love affair with fantasy. [28 Jun 1985, p.1]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Gene Siskel
    A great movie? Hardly. Stallone as the next Brando? You've got to be kidding. A nice little fantasy picture? Maybe. That's the hype and reality of Rocky, the flatout schmaltzy saga of a Philadelphia club boxer who, on New Year's Day of our Bicentennial Year, gets a chance to fight for the heavyweight championship of the world. . . .
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Gene Siskel
    Usually I am so turned off by mayhem that I turn away from the screen during knife attacks and the like. But for some strange reason I wasn't sickened by the violence in Dawn of the Dead. Even when one zombie gets his head lopped off by a helicopter blade...Dawn of the Dead has some staying power. [4 May 1979, p.3-3]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Gene Siskel
    Tired ethnic stereotyping abounds in the Striptease script, which is at a loss for any kind of drama between Moore's dances. Not for a second do we care about her as a mother, wife or working woman. Only her first dance in a modified man's suit approaches the energy of the much better Flashdance.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Gene Siskel
    Following on the abject failure of Bonfire of the Vanities, director De Palma seems to have seriously lost his way. [14 Aug 1992, p.C]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Gene Siskel
    A complete disaster, almost certain to kill any more sequels. Chase waltzes through a series of boring costumes and cliches as he journeys to the South to claim a mansion as an inheritance only to find it's a hot property. The script here is anything but a hot property. [24 March 1989, p.A]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 Gene Siskel
    Falling Down is an intellectually sloppy, rebellious working-man adventure film that is little more than a set piece for Michael Douglas playing out a revenge-of-the-nerds fantasy. [26 Feb 1993, p.C]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 62 Metascore
    • 100 Gene Siskel
    Big laughs, foul language to the point of absurdity and one hilarious, screaming performance atop another combine to make Wise Guys one of the funniest times you will have at the movies this year.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 0 Gene Siskel
    A laughably bad, offensive movie with holes in its story that you could drive a truck though.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Gene Siskel
    Featuring an all-black cast, this little film is a revelation, primarily because it provides black faces with the most natural dialogue they've had in years. She`s Gotta Have It is neither a crime story nor a heavy message movie, and the conversations in it are therefore free of the shackles of most minority-oriented stories.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Gene Siskel
    A miserable ripoff of The Karate Kid with three whitebread young-uns taking lessons from their Chinese grandfather on how to be upright and horizontal ninja warriors. They get their kicks trying to knock off a Steven Seagal imitation who is running drugs.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Gene Siskel
    The film never adequately uses either the dramatic talents of Nolte nor the comic talents of Short. The young girl (Sarah Rowland Doroff) is most effective because she rarely speaks.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Gene Siskel
    The Breakfast Clu" is a breath of cinematic fresh air, taking on a very real adolescent problem and offering, in a dramatic way, a possible solution. The film is at its very best when the brainy kid wonders out loud toward the end of the film whether any of his new-found friends will still be his friends come Monday morning. It's a very real question, such being the impulse to conform in high school. A simple "hello" between a jock and a wimp in a crowd is a big risk for both of them. [15 Feb 1985, p.A]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Gene Siskel
    What Body Double lacks is rigorous editing that would have pared down this story to the tight, thoughtful thriller it could be. Instead, in Body Double as it now plays, De Palma runs wild with his own violent flourishes.

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