Gene Siskel

Gene Siskel

Agrees with the Tomatometer 86% of the time.

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

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1/4 32%

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 33%

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 80%

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

The Rookie (1990)

"[A] depressingly familiar mismatched cop adventure ..." ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 27, 2014

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

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 87%

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

Jaws: 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 50%

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 56%

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 94%

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