Gene Siskel

Gene Siskel

Agrees with the Tomatometer 89% of the time.

Gene Siskel's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Chicago Tribune

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 93% Hear My Song (1991) "A thoroughly original romantic comedy. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 16, 2015
3.5/4 81% Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985) "This middle portion of the picture becomes dangerously preachy, but just before we and Max are bored, director Miller returns Max to his roots, a screaming chase sequence through a desertlike Australian landscape. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 13, 2015
3.5/4 38% Rocky IV (1985) "[Stallone] creates credible villains worthy of his heroic character. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 13, 2015
3.5/4 81% Jungle Fever (1991) "Isn't it refreshing to talk about a thoughtful movie in a summer full of fluff? " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 21, 2015
3.5/4 89% Fresh (1994) "The script by writer-director Boaz Yakin is fresh itself, marrying the physical violence of Fresh's world with the intellectual violence of competitive chess. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 21, 2015
3.5/4 82% Talk Radio (1988) "The film has a purposefully repellent but fascinating quality. Bogosian`s performance, based on his stage play, is spectacularly demented. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 13, 2015
3/4 73% Rok Spokojnego Slonca (The Year of the Quiet Sun) (1984) "Whatever you do, don`t leave this film until its last breathtaking scene, which is one of the most moving in film history. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 13, 2015
3.5/4 100% Tampopo (1985) "It's a funny story beautifully told. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 13, 2015
4/4 97% The Crying Game (1992) "One of the year's best films. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 9, 2015
4/4 92% Do the Right Thing (1989) "This might sound like a depressing story, but the level of performance and filmmaking is so high that Do the Right Thing becomes a most entertaining warning. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 3, 2015
3.5/4 82% Dances With Wolves (1990) "This is a big picture in love with our landscape as much as with the Sioux Indians who inhabit it. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 21, 2015
3.5/4 86% The Hunt for Red October (1990) "Clancy is known for writing difficult books, but the movie makes plausible a preposterous situation because of Baldwin's convincing, low-key approach to being a film hero. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 11, 2015
3.5/4 81% Driving Miss Daisy (1989) "One of the year's best films, a rarity in that a play has been successfully transferred to film without having the dialogue seem "written." " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jan 26, 2015
3/4 71% Cry-Baby (1990) "For a while the actors seem intimidated by the '50s references, but the film eventually develops a musical energy that carries the day. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jan 21, 2015
3/4 84% Lethal Weapon (1987) "[Gibson and Glover] make a great team, and some of their early adventures are exciting. But the film runs out of gas as it turns into an extended chase sequence. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Dec 13, 2014
3.5/4 93% Blue Velvet (1986) "[A] powerful, mesmerizing thriller, a masterful exercise in controlling an audience`s attention. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Nov 14, 2014
3.5/4 85% Bugsy (1991) "Not just another gangster picture, as some had feared. James Toback`s sparkling script as interpreted by director Barry Levinson and producer-star Warren Beatty is both a rare love story between equals and a portrait of a dreamer. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 29, 2014
3.5/4 81% Let Him Have It (1991) "A superior docudrama about a famous 1952 English murder case. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 28, 2014
3.5/4 85% Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll (1987) "The film works on two levels: as a portrait of a private, bitter and streetwise man, and as a major musical talent performing with obvious delight. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Sep 10, 2014
3/4 89% Light Sleeper (1992) "Light Sleeper is emblematic of an era, and is recommended on that basis and on the excellent quality of it acting. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Sep 9, 2014
3/4 80% Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (1996) "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. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Sep 2, 2014
67% Maverick (1994) "[Maverick] succeeds, just barely, on the good will of its stars and the sumptuousness of its Western locations. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Sep 2, 2014
3/4 69% Jacob's Ladder (1990) "[Robbins' and Pena's] scenes together are the highlight of the film, so natural, so bright. That's why we're willing to invest a lot of time in what turns out to be a terribly overwrought plot. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 23, 2014
3.5/4 97% Babe (1995) "Here's the summer's sleeper for kids and their parents, a terrific picture that takes a lot of risks and makes them all pay off in a charming story about a pig who fancies himself a sheepdog -- or sheep-pig. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 19, 2014
97% Ghostbusters (1984) "On balance, Ghostbusters is a hoot. It's Murray's picture, and in a triumph of mind over matter, he blows away the film's boring special effects with his one-liners. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 19, 2014
3/4 92% Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) "Best of all, though, the level of tension in the film is palpable because we can`t figure out how Arnold is going to terminate the Terminator. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 12, 2014
1/4 33% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II - The Secret of the Ooze (1991) "I don't think my negative reaction is a case of a parent forgetting the sort of mindless entertainment that he himself enjoyed as a child; rather the turtle fights are more depressing than joyful. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 6, 2014
2/4 40% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie (1990) "The cynicism of the motion picture industry will be apparent to any child who is exposed to the many product plugs for a nationwide pizza delivery company. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 6, 2014
1/4 7% Man Trouble (1992) "A stunning disappointment considering the talent involved. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 18, 2014
2/4 18% Rustlers' Rhapsody (1985) "Even on the mechanical level in which it was made, the number of jokes that don't work far outnumber the ones that do. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 15, 2014
0/4 11% Dangerously Close (1986) "It surely does not contain any socially redeeming value. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 15, 2014
0.5/4 19% Rude Awakening (1989) "Rude Awakening is utterly without merit, and its "give-peace-a-chance" message during the final credits is lame to the point of being offensive. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 11, 2014
2/4 11% Batman & Robin (1997) "A sniggering, exhausting, overproduced extravaganza that has virtually all of the humanity pounded out of it in the name of an endless parade of stunt sequences. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 18, 2014
1/4 12% Striptease (1996) "The Striptease script... 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. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 18, 2014
1.5/4 20% I Love Trouble (1994) "Again and again, the I Love Trouble script takes us deeper and deeper into the machinations of a high-tech company when what we want to see is Nolte and Roberts outfox each other. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 17, 2014
1/4 19% Once Upon a Forest (1993) "The characters are not memorable; the songs are lame and the drawing style is pedestrian. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 17, 2014
3.5/4 54% The Doors (1991) "Both a vibrant tribute to rock cult figure Jim Morrison and to the decade in which he flourished. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 17, 2014
1/4 29% 3 Ninjas (1992) "A miserable ripoff of The Karate Kid. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 16, 2014
1.5/4 34% Tango & Cash (1989) "The jokes seem lame and the rivalry fraudulent, as the two boys play with their big guns. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 11, 2014
1.5/4 79% Pretty in Pink (1986) "Deutch has no discernible style; the scenes march ahead with only one development per scene, much like the worst in American television. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 9, 2014
1/4 34% She's Having a Baby (1988) "Bacon`s character is such a chronic complainer than we wonder why McGovern doesn't dump him. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 4, 2014
4/4 100% Shoah (1985) "Shoah is the greatest use of film in motion picture history, taking movies to their highest moral value. For what director/interviewer Lanzmann has done on film is nothing less than revive history, a history so ugly that many would prefer to forget. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 3, 2014
2.5/4 66% The Rock (1996) "There isn't a shot, scene or sequence in The Rock that doesn't move furiously, typically with colored lights flashing into our faces or onto those of the actors. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 27, 2014
33% The Rookie (1990) "[A] depressingly familiar mismatched cop adventure ... " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 27, 2014
60% Running Scared (1986) ""Running Scared" tries to be a light comedy in a violent, comic-book world. That's a difficult juggling act, and director Peter Hyams doesn't pull it off. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 27, 2014
71% Shakedown (1988) "A rollicking, thrilling and funny police picture that makes "Beverly Hills Cop" and its sequel look as if they were photographed in slow motion. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 21, 2014
3/4 39% Days of Thunder (1990) "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. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 20, 2014
3.5/4 64% Cobb (1994) "Most biopics mistakenly try to take us from cradle to grave and end up skimming the surface. The wisdom of Cobb is that writer-director Ron Shelton knows that the close study of a single day can decode a human life. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 6, 2014
3.5/4 86% The Naked Gun - From the Files of Police Squad! (1988) "It gave me about 10 big laughs and 20 small laughs and as many smiles. That`s value for time and money spent. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 6, 2014
1.5/4 21% Magic in the Water (1995) "If Magic in the Water had been written smarter, both children and adults would have enjoyed it more. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 5, 2014
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