Gene Siskel

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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
0.5/4 38% Ishtar (1987) The film fails at every level. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
3/4 44% Twins (1988) Schwarzenegger is amusing as a fish out of water in a land full of sharks. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
3/4 40% A Chorus Line (1985) A classic play has been reduced a decent movie. It's a shame it couldn't be as good as the play; it's a small pleasure that it`s as entertaining as it is. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
19% Invasion U.S.A. (1985) [A] terrific premise but no script. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
3/4 66% Frankie & Johnny (1991) Our Flick of the Week is ''Frankie & Johnny,'' which manages to work as a sudsy romantic picture about big city loneliness despite an awkward performance by Al Pacino in the role of a hash-house dispenser of wisdom. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
2/4 48% The First Wives Club (1996) Oh, the stories Hawn, Midler and Keaton could tell about men. But we never get to hear them in "The First Wives Clubs." Instead, it's high jinks as they plot revenge, get the money. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
1/4 10% Clifford (1994) The kid is obnoxious from start to finish, and the way he fantasizes about his uncle's girlfriend (Mary Steenburgen) is tasteless. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
1.5/4 52% Return to Oz (1985) Return to Oz is the kind of movie that encourages people to rent home videotapes of The Wizard of Oz and The Wiz. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
3/4 53% The Cable Guy (1996) Carrey's life-of-a-bad-party manner is a major hoot as he toys with Broderick over legal and illegal installations. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
3.5/4 59% The Last Dragon (1985) The Last Dragon is first and foremost a romantic comedy, and a very sweet one at that, and that's why its martial-arts combat scenes work so well. We've been given enough time to care about who's kicking the stuffing out of whom. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
90% Sweet Dreams (1985) But the resulting film is scattershot, always skirting the surface, never digging deep enough, runnning through events as if it was a TV movie racing ahead to the next commercial break. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
57% Forever Young (1992) A ripoff screenplay as shameless as this might survive if the casting were particularly good. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
3/4 53% Mars Attacks! (1996) Oh, those Martians! They are funny, mean little buggers, and they're worthing checking out. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
0.5/4 43% Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993) A most disappointing Mel Brooks movie parody that suggests that the once hilarious Brooks has completely lost his way. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
1/4 33% Rising Sun (1993) A major disappointment from first-class director Philip Kaufman. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
2/4 54% So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993) The relationship between Travis and Myers is boring; too bad the whole film wasn't about the Scottish family. They deserve their own picture. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
1/4 15% Tom and Jerry: The Movie (1992) This film undoubtedly was the creation of a marketing guy who thought Tom and Jerry might become more marketable if kids heard them talk and work together. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
2.5/4 60% Shy People (1987) It's a bit precious despite an almost convincing performance by Hershey. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
1.5/4 56% Powaqqatsi (1988) This film is not in the same league with its fine predecessor, Koyaanisqatsi. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
1/4 29% Friday the 13th Part VII - The New Blood (1988) The filmmakers have mastered the blood but not the tedium of all of the predictable killings. Nor have they eliminated the '"hate-women" subtext to the entire series of films. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
3/4 96% Babette's Feast (Babettes Gæstebud) (1987) It's a strangely moving film about talents and passions used and not used. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
2/4 51% Willow (1988) There isn't a single major character in the film who is engaging. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
3/4 44% Species (1995) Roger Donaldson directs Species with a firm pace, and right up until the end he's in control of a most satisfying summer film. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2018
2/4 84% Beetlejuice (1988) An overly ambitious special-effects comedy obviously influenced by the success of Ghostbusters. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
2.5/4 38% Beaches (1988) Barbara Hershey is wasted in a boring role. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
3.5/4 85% Saturday Night Fever (1977) Saturday Night Fever makes good moviemaking seem easy. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
1/4 31% Robocop 2 (1990) Gone is the heart of the first film with its mini-tragedy of a man trapped in a machine. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
3/4 64% September (1987) The situation is a bit precious at times, but the central conflict between daughter Mia Farrow and her mother Elaine Stritch is fresh and compelling. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
1.5/4 46% Overboard (1987) Why [Kurt Russell] wouldn`t simply leave [Goldie Hawn] alone is just one of the film`s flaws. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
3/4 93% The Dead (1987) Anjelica Huston is effective as a woman mourning a love lost. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
2/4 60% *batteries not included (1987) This film is so harmless it`s boring. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
2/4 74% Barfly (1987) Both characters are the kind of people who want to be left alone. That`s what you may feel like after you spend a few minutes with them. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
4/4 98% Broadcast News (1987) James Brooks is too gifted a writer for that simple a story. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
3.5/4 72% The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996) These ideas are presented with effective songs and, yes, tasteful bits of humor. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
3/4 35% Eraser (1996) Eraser is totally meaningless summertime entertainment, but it means something, I suppose, that it has been done so well. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
1.5/4 22% Star Trek V - The Final Frontier (1989) The film is neither much of a character story nor an action adventure. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
3/4 84% Dead Poets Society (1989) A refreshing if obvious drama. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
2.5/4 43% Multiplicity (1996) Multiplicity is more concerned with its special effects of multiple characters than any satisfying conclusion to its provocative premise. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
2/4 63% The Frighteners (1996) [Michael J.] Fox seems to be trying to get hip in the movies, and he's lost his way here. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
1/4 13% Fled (1996) Aren't you getting tired of battles over computer disks? - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
1/4 6% Kazaam (1996) It's marketing, not moviemaking. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
74% Caddyshack (1980) Caddyshack has a low-budget look that warmly welcomes the all-important teenage audience. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
1/4 11% Speechless (1994) This script needed to be completely overhauled before filming began. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
3/4 67% Dumb and Dumber (1994) You cannot deny a laugh, and Dumb and Dumber has plenty. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
3/4 57% George of the Jungle (1997) What sets the film apart is a script that has the good sense to laugh at itself. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
3/4 71% Operation Condor (Fei ying gai wak) (Armour of God II) (1991) [Jackie Chan's] goal is to recover stolen Nazi gold, but his real goal is to wow us, which he does more often than not. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
2.5/4 28% Nothing to Lose (1997) Nothing to Lose is mainstream, mildly entertaining, but clearly a money grab by [Tim] Robbins and his less-in-demand co-star, Martin Lawrence. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
3/4 74% The Santa Clause (1994) A genial, lightweight entertainment. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
3.5/4 62% Interview with the Vampire (1994) Director Neil Jordan has always had an affinity for underdogs, and he has created a film that can be viewed as empathetic to any oppressed group. Homosexuals may claim it as their emotional story - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
2.5/4 63% Mother Night (1996) Director Keith Gordon emphasizes the speeches more than other issues, and his otherwise thoughtful movie needlessly romanticizes hate. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017