Gene Siskel

Gene Siskel

Agrees with the Tomatometer 89% of the time.

Publications:
Chicago Tribune
Total Reviews:
118

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2.5/4 53% D.A.R.Y.L. (1985) " To be sure, we`re not talking about a bad movie, just one that could have been so much better." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 2, 2014
1/4 57% Short Circuit (1986) " The film has nowhere to go except to give us a predictable initial confrontation between Guttenberg and Sheedy over military weapons." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 2, 2014
3.5/4 76% White Men Can't Jump (1992) " A fresh and exuberant romantic comedy that is as smart about playground basketball as Bull Durham was about minor league baseball." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 2, 2014
4/4 96% GoodFellas (1990) " All of the performances are first-rate; Pesci stands out, though, with his seemingly unscripted manner. GoodFellas is easily one of the year`s best films." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 25, 2014
3.5/4 94% In the Name of the Father (1993) " Daniel Day-Lewis is remarkable." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 28, 2014
3/4 78% Braveheart (1995) " In addition to staging battle scenes well, Gibson also manages to recreate the filth and mood of 700 years ago." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 24, 2014
4/4 93% Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) " The marvel of Hannah and Her Sisters is just how many fully realized characters and relationships Allen is able to weave into the fabric of this extraordinarily well-written film. This script is one to be studied by aspiring filmmakers." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 10, 2014
4/4 92% Moonstruck (1987) " You will not easily forget this incredibly robust family." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 7, 2014
3.5/4 95% Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) " Although the film is basically a light romantic comedy, it couldn't be more psychologically astute in its portrait of a man who defines himself by his bachelorhood, which empowers him to get past his fear of commitment." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 7, 2014
3/4 75% Ransom (1996) " The special nature of this story is its many climaxes that border on false endings and also how Gibson's character responds to the ransom demand of $2 million.... it is Gibson who sells us on it and sells it well." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jan 22, 2014
2.5/4 52% Out of Africa (1985) " My basic problem with this otherwise sumptuous and well-acted film is that I never was able to accept Redford in character." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jan 6, 2014
3.5/4 93% James and the Giant Peach (1996) " Another superb stop-action animated film from the same team responsible for Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Nov 18, 2013
3/4 91% Nobody's Fool (1994) " We love to see our movie gods play flawed souls, especially a god with a face that looks like one on a Roman coin." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 29, 2013
2.5/4 93% Re-Animator (1985) " Oh, those crazy doctors, when will they ever learn to stop messing around with the natural order of life and death?" — Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 6, 2013
4/4 91% The Fly (1986) " As slimy and as grotesque as some of its special effects become, The Fly is a far superior horror film to the top-grossing film in America of late, Aliens." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 4, 2013
4/4 98% E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) " It is the kind of film that young people are going to want to see again immediately after they've seen it." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 4, 2013
4/4 95% Raiders of the Lost Ark (2012) " Yes, it's as entertaining as you have heard. Maybe more so. Raiders of the Lost Ark is, in fact, about as entertaining as a commercial movie can be." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 4, 2013
1/4 69% Cliffhanger (1993) " Take away the mountains and what you have is a howlingly bad action film with a cornball villain out to steal a massive amount of United States currency from federal agents." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 3, 2013
3.5/4 94% Dave (1993) " Dave has been directed by Ivan Reitman in a refreshingly restrained fashion -- there are plenty of quiet passages, rare for American movies these days -- which compliments Kevin Kline's wonderful work as well." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 2, 2013
3.5/4 91% Face/Off (1997) " Face/Off is the best action movie of the summer." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 2, 2013
3.5/4 93% The Freshman (1990) " Marlon Brando returns to the movies with one of his funniest performances as, in essence, Don Corleone with a screw loose." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 1, 2013
3/4 85% Presumed Innocent (1990) " A riveting adaptation of Scott Turow`s novel about a prosecutor prosecuted for murder." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 31, 2013
3.5/4 92% Parenthood (1989) " Parenthood easily could have focused exclusively on yuppie parents and their kids; however, the script by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel is more sophisticated than that, remembering that every parent is still a child too." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 31, 2013
3/4 90% The Lion King (2011) " 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." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 31, 2013
2.5/4 88% Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) " This is not so much a bad film as a machine-like one lacking the same energy as the original, which it most resembles." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 31, 2013
3.5/4 94% Ruthless People (1986) " Ruthless People contains some of the biggest laughs of 1986." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 31, 2013
4/4 89% The Bridges of Madison County (1995) " Eastwood's Bridges has the energy and spontaneity of a picture that was shot quickly. And that serves the material well, because it removes the solemnity that could stiffle a modern classic." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 31, 2013
3.5/4 88% The Big Easy (1987) " The film's strength is director Jim McBride's seemingly easy way of presenting us with a New Orleans that is more malevolent and intoxicating than the tourist trap that some think it to be." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 31, 2013
3.5/4 95% Midnight Run (1988) " Funny, unpredictable and refreshingly adult." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 30, 2013
3.5/4 98% Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) " This is a movie that demands to be seen twice. The first time, one is likely to be dazzled to the point of exhaustion; the second time, one can appreciate the artistry and good humor more easily." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 30, 2013
4/4 93% Speed (1994) " Just when you think Speed is over, it takes you on a new high." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 30, 2013
3/4 88% When Harry Met Sally (1989) " When Harry Met Sally pleasantly affirms the institution of marriage while showing how difficult it is to achieve a lasting one." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 30, 2013
3/4 95% In the Line of Fire (1993) " Director Wolfgang Petersen moves the story along, but his real job is to simply stay out of the way of his two racehorse lead actors. And he does." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 30, 2013
3/4 98% Jaws (1975) " What this movie is about, and where it succeeds best, is the primordial level of fear." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 29, 2013
4/4 96% What's Love Got To Do With It? (1993) " A powerful, joyful, raw, energetically acted bio-pic detailing the joys and pain of the on- and offstage lives of blues rockers Ike and Tina Turner." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 29, 2013
4/4 96% The Fugitive (1993) " I've already seen The Fugitive twice. I'll probably see it again." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 29, 2013
92% No Way Out (1987) " While the film's behind-the-scenes look into the world of Washington bureaucracy is appealing, the movie is a complete letdown as a thriller, dissolving into implausible silliness." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 29, 2013
1.5/4 16% The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990) " The film was cast wrong and written shallowly." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 28, 2013
2.5/4 92% Reservoir Dogs (1992) " A much-acclaimed revisionist gangster film that I found to have more style than substance." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 26, 2013
4/4 96% Back to the Future (1985) " Zemeckis and Gale... give us two priceless scenes in which the young time-traveler simply regards his parents-to-be with wonderment, delight and empathy. And we cannot help but share that emotion and relate it to our own lives." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 26, 2013
3/4 74% Ghost (1990) " The passion and poignancy of trying to communicate with the dead is well-exploited here. Moore has never been more fetching." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 25, 2013
2/4 40% Road House (1989) " Road House is startling because of the intensity of its violence and because of Swayze's mindless posturing." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 25, 2013
4/4 94% Full Metal Jacket (1987) " It's a great piece of filmmaking, diminished only by a second act that fails to live up to the first act of the Marines in training." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 21, 2013
1/4 11% No Holds Barred (1989) " The film is utterly lacking in the campy quality of the World Wrestling Federation telecasts." — Chicago Tribune
Posted May 29, 2013
0/4 7% House Arrest (1996) " One of the year's worst movies... at least I hope so, or it's going to be a very bad year." — Chicago Tribune
Posted May 29, 2013
3/4 3% Speed 2 - Cruise Control (1997) " Speed 2 is the most exciting to date of this summer's big action pictures." — Chicago Tribune
Posted May 28, 2013
2.5/4 5% Cocktail (1988) " Cruise is beguiling with his smile and his swagger, but the script doesn't take us anywhere fresh when it leaves the barroom." — Chicago Tribune
Posted May 21, 2013
3/4 40% Newsies (1992) " An old-fashioned musical that is better when its characters sing and dance than when they talk." — Chicago Tribune
Posted May 20, 2013
22% Color of Night (1994) " Color of Night and North represent the nadir of Willis' plummeting film career. He can be a most engaging talent; his script selection of late has been awful." — Chicago Tribune
Posted May 17, 2013
2.5/4 46% Agnes of God (1985) " Agnes of God plays with some challenging ideas and some sensationalistic events, but ultimately it fails to earn its right to toy with such subjects." — Chicago Tribune
Posted May 8, 2013
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