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
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Gene Siskel
    The film has a purposefully repellent but fascinating quality. Bogosian`s performance, based on his stage play, is spectacularly demented.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 50 Gene Siskel
    Billed as one of the most frightening, depraved films ever made. Would that it were so. Instead, this is a case of much ado about nothing. [15 February 1991, Friday, p.C]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Gene Siskel
    This film works so well simply because every moment of it is suffused with the joy a new baby brings into the world. Save for a needlessly mean comic shot at an Arab businessman, it couldn't be more appropriate for family viewing. [8 Dec 1995, p.D]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Gene Siskel
    Sweeney, however, gives a better account of himself than Sheen in his role. [23 Oct 1987, p.A]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Gene Siskel
    The film looks terrific and offers one spectacular chase, but its story and characters are less substantial than even a weak episode of "Miami Vice."
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Gene Siskel
    Although the film isn't an empty picture, it is too much of a good thing. Voight delivers a wonderful speech to Roberts about survival, but it's only one of many such monologues. Similarly, Roberts is tiring in his frantic reactions.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 88 Gene Siskel
    Fans of true-life crime stories should gain special pleasure from Jagged Edge, because the film does succeed in making its ending unpredictable--even though an unresolved ending would have been better.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Gene Siskel
    Though critical of the director's selfish character, the story does make a case for the macho man as someone who won't tolerate phonies. [14 Sep 1990, p.C]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Gene Siskel
    The point is: When Sweet Dreams' as it is now constructed, is over, we remember and are intrigued more by Charlie Dick than by Patsy Cline, played by Jessica Lange in a performance that comes up short when necessarily compared with Sissy Spacek`s tour de force as Loretta Lynn in ''Coal Miner`s Daughter.''
    • 37 Metascore
    • 12 Gene Siskel
    Responsible for this trash is director Fritz Kiersch, and remember that name. Last year Kiersch gave us one of 1984`s worst films, his adaptation of Stephen King`s ''Children of the Corn.'' Now, with Tuff Turf, Kiersch has made the ''worst'' list two years in a row.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Gene Siskel
    The beautifully told but predictable story of two athletes who competed in the 100-meter dash for England in the 1924 Olympics...The film has received choruses of praise prior to its nationwide opening this week. Although it is extremely well made, I frankly don't understand what the shouting is about. Good, yes; great, no. [25 Dec 1981, p.56]
    • 22 Metascore
    • 25 Gene Siskel
    Al Pacino has become a self-involved film star, and he`s one of the stars I hate.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Gene Siskel
    Coppola has raised the stakes, promising the definitive version of the vampire story. What he has created, however, is fresh and original yet boring, an exercise more in art direction than storytelling. [13 Nov 1992, p. C]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Gene Siskel
    The late Mr. Cassavetes directed a film called A Woman Under the Influence. This is a powerful variation on that theme -- a woman tossed every which-way, physically and emotionally. [29 Aug 1997, p.A]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 46 Metascore
    • 63 Gene Siskel
    There's really nothing wrong with the movie; it delivers exactly what Arnold's audience wants, but I'm not part of that crowd. I'm tired of jungle fights and creatures with weird fangs. [12 June 1987, p.A]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Gene Siskel
    A ridiculous futuristic adventure film starring Emilio Estevez as a race-car driver who is captured by forces in the near future - 2009 to be exact - and used in a world-controlling power play. Mick Jagger co-stars, wearing a dyed mop of hair. An indecipherable plot isn't worth the effort. [24 Jan 1992, p.C]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Gene Siskel
    A sometimes very funny comedy. [28 Aug 1992, p.C]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 25 Metascore
    • 0 Gene Siskel
    That`s right, Fever Pitch receives ''zero stars,'' a rating given infrequently and most often to a film that is morally offensive. There`s no other way to describe Fever Pitch, which, aside from its multitude of filmmaking sins, has the gall to do a complete turnabout with its ending, twisting a supposedly antigambling, message movie into nothing less than a promotional film for casino betting, feeding off the chronic gambler`s pathetic hope to ''get even'' through one more toss of the dice.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Gene Siskel
    Our rooting interest is not for any macho act by Batman to save the city but for each character to achive some sort of emotional peace. That makes for a strange but refreshing action story.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Gene Siskel
    It is played out in such a special, gentle way that you will want to anticipate and savor it for yourself. [31 Jan 1986, p.30N]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Gene Siskel
    The story is not sensationalistic, although its love scene could not be more emotional. It`s a gentle story of someone being brought in from the cold.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Gene Siskel
    A major disappointment. Michael J. Fox stars in his first bad film as a yuppie from Kansas bent on making it in the New York business world. What's so annoying about the film is that Fox, who has radiated intelligence with his other movies, comes across here as a selfish, smug, amoral glutton who wants to rise to the top of a corporation without regard to what the company does or how he does it. [08 May 1987, p.7F]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Gene Siskel
    A sometimes silly, occasionally hilarious, and often sophomoric spoof of airline disaster films in which a passenger tries to land a disabled plane. Some of the jokes are tasteless, but there is a general air of good cheer as the script laughs most of all at the already laughable "Airport" movie series. [11 July 1980, p.3-8]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 84 Metascore
    • 50 Gene Siskel
    Toward the end, the film resorts to placing a young girl in jeopardy in a pathetic attempt to pander to who knows what audience. Some people have praised the technical excellence of Aliens. Well, the Eiffel Tower is technically impressive, but I wouldn`t want to watch it fall apart on people for two hours.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 Gene Siskel
    For years I've criticized Murphy for not working with the best directors or powerful female co-stars. But he does that here, and his movie is still a clunker. Relatives are listed in the credits; maybe he needs to stop trying to completely control the films he makes. Either that or it's time for another stand-up concert film. [27 Oct 1995, p.B]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Gene Siskel
    A sincere but clumsy attempt to capture the pain of a man trying to cope with loss and divorce through the ages. [06 May 1994]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Gene Siskel
    The major problem with the sequel therefore is really the script, which was not written by Diane Thomas and which, coincidentally, did not meet with immediate approval by Turner. And so instead of surprising us in the rapid-fire manner of the original, ''The Jewel of the Nile'' takes people we know and runs them ragged through a new but unappealing location--the Arab desert--as they get caught in the middle of a holy war that doesn`t have much entertainment value given the recent number of incidents involving real-life terrorism in the area.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 100 Gene Siskel
    An exceptional comedy...Car wrecks and blues-related music galore in the best movie ever made in Chicago. [11 July 1980, p.3-8]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Gene Siskel
    A thoroughly engaging version of country singer Loretta Lynn's autobiography. Sissy Spacek excels as Lynn and is assisted by two superior performances. Certain to be one of the year's best films.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Gene Siskel
    The parodies are funnier than any of the dialogue between Ritter and wife Pam Dawber.

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