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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
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
4/4 94% Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) Yes, it's as entertaining as you have heard. Maybe more so. Raiders of the Lost Ark is, in fact, about as entertaining as a commercial movie can be. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 4, 2013
1/4 69% Cliffhanger (1993) Take away the mountains and what you have is a howlingly bad action film with a cornball villain out to steal a massive amount of United States currency from federal agents. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 3, 2013
3.5/4 94% Dave (1993) Dave has been directed by Ivan Reitman in a refreshingly restrained fashion -- there are plenty of quiet passages, rare for American movies these days -- which compliments Kevin Kline's wonderful work as well. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 2, 2013
3.5/4 92% Face/Off (1997) Face/Off is the best action movie of the summer. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 2, 2013
3.5/4 93% The Freshman (1990) Marlon Brando returns to the movies with one of his funniest performances as, in essence, Don Corleone with a screw loose. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 1, 2013
3/4 86% Presumed Innocent (1990) A riveting adaptation of Scott Turow`s novel about a prosecutor prosecuted for murder. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 31, 2013
3.5/4 92% Parenthood (1989) Parenthood easily could have focused exclusively on yuppie parents and their kids; however, the script by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel is more sophisticated than that, remembering that every parent is still a child too. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 31, 2013
3/4 92% The Lion King (1994) It bears repeating that The Lion King is quite entertaining as children's fare goes these days. But Disney has established a standard so high on animated features that anything less than a classic leaves you feeling that something's missing. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 31, 2013
2.5/4 88% Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) This is not so much a bad film as a machine-like one lacking the same energy as the original, which it most resembles. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 31, 2013
3.5/4 94% Ruthless People (1986) Ruthless People contains some of the biggest laughs of 1986. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 31, 2013
4/4 89% The Bridges of Madison County (1995) Eastwood's Bridges has the energy and spontaneity of a picture that was shot quickly. And that serves the material well, because it removes the solemnity that could stiffle a modern classic. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 31, 2013
3.5/4 88% The Big Easy (1987) The film's strength is director Jim McBride's seemingly easy way of presenting us with a New Orleans that is more malevolent and intoxicating than the tourist trap that some think it to be. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 31, 2013
3.5/4 96% Midnight Run (1988) Funny, unpredictable and refreshingly adult. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 30, 2013
3.5/4 97% Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) This is a movie that demands to be seen twice. The first time, one is likely to be dazzled to the point of exhaustion; the second time, one can appreciate the artistry and good humor more easily. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 30, 2013
4/4 93% Speed (1994) Just when you think Speed is over, it takes you on a new high. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 30, 2013
3/4 89% When Harry Met Sally (1989) When Harry Met Sally pleasantly affirms the institution of marriage while showing how difficult it is to achieve a lasting one. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 30, 2013
3/4 95% In the Line of Fire (1993) Director Wolfgang Petersen moves the story along, but his real job is to simply stay out of the way of his two racehorse lead actors. And he does. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 30, 2013
3/4 97% Jaws (1975) What this movie is about, and where it succeeds best, is the primordial level of fear. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 29, 2013
4/4 96% What's Love Got To Do With It? (1993) A powerful, joyful, raw, energetically acted bio-pic detailing the joys and pain of the on- and offstage lives of blues rockers Ike and Tina Turner. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 29, 2013
4/4 96% The Fugitive (1993) I've already seen The Fugitive twice. I'll probably see it again. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 29, 2013
91% No Way Out (1987) While the film's behind-the-scenes look into the world of Washington bureaucracy is appealing, the movie is a complete letdown as a thriller, dissolving into implausible silliness. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 29, 2013
1.5/4 16% The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990) The film was cast wrong and written shallowly. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 28, 2013
2.5/4 90% Reservoir Dogs (1992) A much-acclaimed revisionist gangster film that I found to have more style than substance. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 26, 2013
4/4 96% Back to the Future (1985) Zemeckis and Gale... give us two priceless scenes in which the young time-traveler simply regards his parents-to-be with wonderment, delight and empathy. And we cannot help but share that emotion and relate it to our own lives. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 26, 2013
3/4 74% Ghost (1990) The passion and poignancy of trying to communicate with the dead is well-exploited here. Moore has never been more fetching. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 25, 2013
2/4 38% Road House (1989) Road House is startling because of the intensity of its violence and because of Swayze's mindless posturing. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 25, 2013
4/4 95% Full Metal Jacket (1987) It's a great piece of filmmaking, diminished only by a second act that fails to live up to the first act of the Marines in training. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 21, 2013
1/4 11% No Holds Barred (1989) The film is utterly lacking in the campy quality of the World Wrestling Federation telecasts. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 29, 2013
0/4 10% House Arrest (1996) One of the year's worst movies... at least I hope so, or it's going to be a very bad year. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 29, 2013
3/4 3% Speed 2 - Cruise Control (1997) Speed 2 is the most exciting to date of this summer's big action pictures. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 28, 2013
2.5/4 5% Cocktail (1988) Cruise is beguiling with his smile and his swagger, but the script doesn't take us anywhere fresh when it leaves the barroom. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 21, 2013
3/4 39% Newsies (1992) An old-fashioned musical that is better when its characters sing and dance than when they talk. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 20, 2013
22% Color of Night (1994) Color of Night and North represent the nadir of Willis' plummeting film career. He can be a most engaging talent; his script selection of late has been awful. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 17, 2013
2.5/4 46% Agnes of God (1985) Agnes of God plays with some challenging ideas and some sensationalistic events, but ultimately it fails to earn its right to toy with such subjects. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 8, 2013
3.5/4 96% Groundhog Day (1993) Murray's wiseacre persona is perfect for what could be saccharine material in other hands. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 6, 2013
4/4 98% One False Move (1992) Mixing moments of genuine terror with offbeat comedy, writers Tom Epperson and Thornton have created a script that jumps along with the energy of In Cold Blood. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 6, 2013
3.5/4 92% Men in Black (1997) A smart, funny and hip adventure film in a summer of car wrecks and explosions. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 14, 2013
3/4 77% The Mask (1994) Carrey and his aggressive overbite are back, but this time he's better used as an ingredient instead of as the plot. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 12, 2013
4/4 96% Ran (1985) Ultimately it is this mixture of the grand gesture and the fine touch, the big world and the small people who occupy it, that lingers with us long after Ran is over. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 1, 2013
3/4 85% Eight Men Out (1988) The ensemble performances are of such a uniformly high caliber that our interest in the story never wavers. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 20, 2013
4/4 81% The Natural (1984) Being a baseball fan involves repeatedly experiencing exquisite pain and exquisite joy. Well, there's a lot of both in The Natural. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 19, 2013
4/4 97% Bull Durham (1988) The acting in Bull Durham cannot be faulted and should be remembered at Oscar time. Sarandon has one of the juiciest female roles in years and she makes you think no one could play it better. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 11, 2013
3.5/4 95% Amadeus (1984) The subject of artistic creation is typically handled badly in the movies.... [Amadeus] treats the subject of creativity in a fresh way. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 20, 2013
3.5/4 72% Forrest Gump (1994) Credit for the success of the film has to start with director Robert Zemeckis, who has taken his Back to the Future and Who Framed Roger Rabbit success and parlayed it into a more mature, yet equally entertaining, film. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 20, 2013
4/4 88% Platoon (1986) Platoon is filled with one fine performance after another, and one can only wish that every person who saw the cartoonish war fantasy that was Rambo would buy a ticket to Platoon and bear witness to something closer to the truth. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 19, 2013
3.5/4 90% Rain Man (1988) The strength of the film is really that of Cruise's performance, his finest since Risky Business. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 6, 2013
3/4 55% Top Gun (1986) The aerial sequences in Top Gun are as thrilling -- while remaining coherent -- as any ever put on film. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 6, 2013
3/4 92% On Golden Pond (1981) There is a natural rhythm to the film that makes its own quiet, life-affirming statement. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 6, 2013
3/4 83% Chariots of Fire (1981) Although it is extremely well made, I frankly don't understand what the shouting is about. Good, yes; great, no. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 6, 2013