Gene Siskel

Gene Siskel

Agrees with the Tomatometer 88% 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
2/4 34% A View to a Kill (1985) "The film also fails on other traditional Bond levels. For example, the gadgets. Zorin and his gang have an inflatable dirigible, but so what? The key to the best Bond gadgets has been that they were something you might want to own yourself. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 21, 2015
1/4 30% Hocus Pocus (1993) "Dreadful. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 15, 2015
4/4 91% Before the Rain (Pred dozhdot) (1994) "An important new director announces his arrival. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 27, 2015
3/4 54% Blade (1998) "What is unusual about the film is the way it combines high-tech violence with the more up-close-and-personal violence of vampires. These characters and the aggressive way they attack each other justify all the film's considerable noise. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 15, 2015
1/4 15% Red Sonja (1985) "None of this would matter if Red Sonja was the least bit exciting, or sexy, or even funny. Instead, it`s lumbering, oddly prim and laughable. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 14, 2015
2.5/4 61% Back to the Future Part II (1989) "A surprisingly oppressive, rapid-fire, noisy, gadget-filled action picture lacking the emotion of the original film. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 29, 2015
4/4 92% Saving Private Ryan (1998) "[Saving Private Ryan] accomplishes something I had been taught was most difficult -- making an action-filled anti-war film or, at least, one that doesn't in some way glorify or lie about combat. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 8, 2015
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 93% 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 93% 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
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