Gene Siskel

Gene Siskel

Agrees with the Tomatometer 88% of the time.

Publications:
Chicago Tribune
Total Reviews:
161

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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 31% 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 41% 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% Rustler's 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
0.5/4 0% American Anthem (1986) " The characters are laughable; the gymnastics are unattractive. There is nothing to recommend this film." — Chicago Tribune
Posted May 5, 2014
0/4 9% Drop Dead Fred (1991) " This is easily one of the worst films I've ever seen." — Chicago Tribune
Posted May 5, 2014
2.5/4 4% Wired (1989) " The result is a film that hedges its bets but still manages to portray the destructive power of drugs." — Chicago Tribune
Posted May 4, 2014
1/4 7% Christopher Columbus: The Discovery (1992) " George Corraface would look more comfortable in a Calvin Klein underwear ad than at the helm of a ship." — Chicago Tribune
Posted May 3, 2014
0% Jaws 4 - The Revenge (1987) " Let`s put it this way: When you see and hear the nasal Lorraine Gary on screen you want the shark to eat her." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 30, 2014
3/4 81% A Few Good Men (1992) " The driving force of the story is watching Cruise`s character develop some backbone and staying power." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 30, 2014
2/4 59% Disclosure (1994) " Pure and simple trash masquerading as significance." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 25, 2014
1.5/4 50% Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) " Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves is an entertainment without a particular point of view." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 25, 2014
2/4 44% Three Amigos! (1986) " You know it's a boring comedy when you find yourself laughing only at the lead actors' costumes." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 25, 2014
4/4 94% Fargo (1996) " It's another daring black comedy by one of the most consistently inventive moviemaking teams of the last decade, brothers Joel and Ethan Coen." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 21, 2014
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
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