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Gene Siskel

Gene Siskel
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 70% Empire of the Sun (1987) This is derivative melodrama with Spielberg hedging his bets by ripping off his previous adventure films to lighten a story that cries out not to be turned into a comic book. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 26, 2016
92% Howards End (1992) Testament to the richness of the story is that even these supporting characters have more depth than the average leading characters in an American film. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 24, 2016
3.5/4 82% Jerry Maguire (1996) [It] may be referred to as "the Tom Cruise sports agent movie," but really is an exciting romance and cautionary yuppie tale. And the actor who steals the movie is a name you have never heard of -- Renee Zellweger. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 24, 2016
2.5/4 46% Everybody's All-American (1988) Lange, handicapped by a much too broad choice of Southern accents, does not disappear as easily into her character. She seems to be playing someone beneath her. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 23, 2016
3.5/4 89% Sid and Nancy (1986) Once we sense a glimmer of talent and accept these people as human beings, the tragedy of their drug use resonates enormously. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 9, 2016
4/4 96% Boyz n the Hood (1991) It's always risky to proclaim a new force in film based upon just one film, but Boyz N the Hood is good enough to suggest that John Singleton is going to be a major player for a long time. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 1, 2016
2.5/4 53% Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991) High-tech special effects come to the rescue of the party dudes in this uneven sequel that has some big laughs and plenty of repetitive jokes. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 29, 2016
2.5/4 82% Total Recall (1990) Total Recall begins to self-destruct not long after Schwarzenegger arrives on Mars, and the story degenerates into a violent, stunningly foul-mouthed enterprise. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 27, 2016
1/4 36% Spice World (1998) The result is tiresome and a blown opportunity to launch the group to an entirely new audience. And I suspect those who already are fans will learn nothing new about their "Girl Power" heroes. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 21, 2016
38% Pure Country (1992) Pure Country doesn't have much real drama in it because it`s only a flip of the coin as to how the story is going to turn out. But Strait and newcomer Glasser make solid impressions. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 18, 2016
3.5/4 66% The Pillow Book (1997) Greenaway is a unique filmmaker in that he layers images upon one another in a single frame and doesn't require dialogue to make his films arresting. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 2, 2016
1/4 16% Graffiti Bridge (1990) Prince follows his disastrous Under the Cherry Moon with another lame film. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 22, 2016
1/4 79% Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book (1994) Rent the animated film instead. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 14, 2016
3/4 87% A Midnight Clear (1992) The sentiments aren`t fresh, but the skill of the writing and a superior ensemble American cast makes the drama memorable. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Nov 30, 2015
3/4 57% Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) The first James Bond film I've liked in many a year. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Nov 1, 2015
2.5/4 78% GoldenEye (1995) It's not a good sign that what I remember most about the movie is the lovely blue color of 007's new BMW convertible. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 28, 2015
2/4 70% The Living Daylights (1987) The result is a film that is not so much bad as mechanical and uptight. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 20, 2015
3/4 81% A Dry White Season (1989) This film is unblinking in its depiction of the most violent side of apartheid. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Sep 28, 2015
2/4 36% 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 63% 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 39% 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 82% 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 73% 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 94% 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 Original) (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