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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T-Meter Title | Year
3/4 72% Blume in Love (1973) The film's pleasures, like its comedy, are both broad and fine. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2021
3.5/4 78% Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969) Director Paul Mazursky has a refreshingly simple style. No flashbacks. No slow motion. Just a simple delivery of an entertaining story. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2021
3/4 68% Adventures in Babysitting (1987) ''Adventures in Babysitting'' is better than ''Ferris Bueller'' and not as good as ''Risky Business.'' - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2021
2/4 61% Simon (1980) The result, alas, is neither a funny nor insightful film. In fact, "Simon" is a scattershot mess. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2021
2/4 10% Rooftops (1989) "Rooftops" is a film you think you know soon after it begins, and you're right. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2021
2/4 4% The Toy (1982) Pryor seems in chains in this movie, and he rarely breaks out for more than a second or two. Gleason, 66, looks remarkably good, but he is just presiding over his performance. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2021
2/4 72% The Sunshine Boys (1975) I got tired of all the yelling and screaming in gag form, especially because Matthau never convinced me his character was 73 years old. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2021
4/4 94% The Late Show (1977) It's an old-style film full of character, a genuine throwback to Hollywood's best efforts. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2021
2.5/4 83% Charley Varrick (1973) Retains one's interest principally because of the thoroughly sordid world in which its story takes place. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2021
2.5/4 88% Save the Tiger (1973) At times, many times, in "Save The Tiger" one wants to yell out to Harry Stoner, "Hey, man, either quit your job or stop complaining." And then one realizes that it's not Harry's fault. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2021
2/4 29% Heroes (1977) The big lie of "Heroes" is that you can make your pain disappear; the truth, I suspect, is that at best one can only suppress or channel one's pain in another direction. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2021
4/4 98% Rear Window (1954) One of Hitchcock's finest artistic achievements and most popular entertainments. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2021
2.5/4 79% Hopscotch (1980) Matthau is laconic yet charming, and he comes dangerously close to letting us know how cute he is. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2021
1/4 30% Harry & Son (1984) At best, this material is standard, safe, pseudo-heartwarming TV fare. As a feature film it is a crime. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2021
2/4 45% Runaway (1984) As exciting as Runaway is in the beginning, the film quickly degenerates into a routine chase picture, freshened only by one of Luthor's gadgets -- heat-seeking bullets that are programmed to strike only a person with a specific body chemistry. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2021
1/4 67% Target (1985) The saddest element of ''Target'' is its overall tone of desperation. Penn is desperate for a hit, and so is Hackman. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2021
3/4 77% Scarecrow (1973) It isn't often a performance is really worth the price of admission, but if you can allow for Pacino, I think you'll find Hackman's work in "Scarecrow" to be that good. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2021
2/4 60% The Mean Season (1985) "The Mean Season" is a promising idea gone infuriatingly wrong. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2021
4/4 96% Chan Is Missing (1982) Wood Moy and Marc Hayashi serve notice that they are actors worthy of more films. But the lion's share of the credit for Chan Is Missing must go to director Wang, who with this one tricky little film serves notice that he is a filmmaker to watch. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2021
3/4 89% Testament (1983) Testament does manage to convey in its surprisingly quiet and non-theatrical way the very point that its creators surely wanted to make: that human stupidity can destroy the world, but it cannot erase human dignity. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2021
3.5/4 100% Sugar Cane Alley (Rue Cases Negres) (1984) Every year or so we are reminded that very best movies are not those projects that grow out of a corporate strategy to corral an audience but, rather, out of an individual's desire to communicate an intensely personal vision. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
3/4 68% Rancho Deluxe (1975) "Rancho Deluxe" is more than Just a gag show. A lot of its humor is wistful and visual. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
2/4 17% Freebie and the Bean (1974) Judged on its own, "Freebie and the Bean" is a mess of cheap thrills and mannered acting. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2021
3/4 75% Top Secret! (1984) Not even half as funny as "Airplane!' but still... a lot more clever than most movie comedies made today. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2021
3/4 50% The Challenge (1982) It's much better than the routine chop-socky karate film. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2021
96% The Godfather, Part II (1974) The new sequel to The Godfather, titled The Godfather, Part II, permits us a second look inside that room, inside that world. At times the vision is as beautiful, as harrowing, and as exciting as the original. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2021
3/4 93% Daughters of the Dust (1991) A beautifully filmed historical drama. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
3/4 76% The Ballad of Little Jo (1993) Although Amis Isn't convincing as a man, the story still holds some power. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2021
88% Stripes (1981) Murray is completely democratic in this film: He taunts the strong and the weak alike. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2021
3.5/4 93% Paper Moon (1973) It is distinguished by its moral tone, and it is the tone that lifts it above the average flim-flam comedy. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2021
4/4 95% Breaking Away (1979) I seriously can't imagine anyone not liking it. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2021
3.5/4 78% Wayne's World (1992) What is special about the script is that it offers jokes that will appeal to a wide range of age groups as well as taking time out for inspired bits of whimsy including trips to a Middle American doughnut shop as well as street hockey between the boys. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2021
3/4 93% Arachnophobia (1990) [Goodman] is a quiet hoot, fancying himself as the last samurai in the battle against bugs. His performance takes the edge off the horror and makes ''Arachnophobia'' palatable for people of all ages. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2021
4/4 73% The Blues Brothers (1980) The Blues Brothers is the year's best film to date; one of the, all-time great comedies; the best movie ever made in Chicago. All are true, and, boy, is that ever a surprise. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2020
90% Wattstax (2000) It is a fine documentary in that it does, better than any popular music film with the possible exception of Woodstock, document a group of people, their music, how it came to be, and why they like it. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2020
4/4 86% The Joy Luck Club (1993) Director Wayne Wang maintains a surprisingly hard emotional edge, not getting all fuzzy at the end. The film undoubtedly will speak to mothers and daughters of any nationality. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2020
2.5/4 72% Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (1971) Sweet Sweetback [is] a film that doesn't compromise. . Unfortunately, Van Peebles pays a price for not compromising. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2020
3/4 44% Mortal Kombat (1995) The only decent video game turned into a movie. Why? Obviously because the filmmakers have really tried to offer some eye-popping visuals that can provide the same stimuli as the video game itself. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
2.5/4 45% The Karate Kid Part II (1986) There are scattered pleasures throughout the film due to its two lead performances, which are the equal of the work done in the original. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2020
3/4 82% Innerspace (1987) ''Innerspace'' is a classic example of a film that would achieve more if it tried less. But it still is an ambitious comedy made funny by Short's sweet performance... - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2020
2/4 70% Free Willy (1993) With a phony kid and boring whale, there isn't much to recommend in "Free Willy." - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2020
3/4 63% Dick Tracy (1990) A visual delight and a dramatic letdown. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2020
2/4 71% Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) A busy but boring sequel that spends most of its energy piling topical parody on top of product plug on top of gooey horror special effect. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2020
3.5/4 63% New York, New York (1977) Though rough in the middle, New York, New York features a smashing conclusion. I'm not talking about Minnelli's final number. What's smashing is the ending to the De Niro-Minnelli romance. It has just the right mixture of old and new.. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2020
2/4 27% Marked for Death (1990) Seagal looks like James Belushi on steroids and talks in a whisper but is convincing in his martial arts moves. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2020
2/4 59% Quigley Down Under (1990) Only Alan Rickman (the villain in Die Hard) as an evil land baron offers any entertainment. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2020
2.5/4 52% White Palace (1990) The film manages to avoid the more interesting problem area of what will happen to the couple once they decide to settle down and live openly together. Both principals, however, are good in their limited roles. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2020
4/4 85% Avalon (1990) The real triumph of this film thematically is that melancholy and bittersweet emotions dominate. This is not the standard heartwarming immigrant film we have experienced so often. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2020
3/4 92% Reversal of Fortune (1990) The trial of Claus von Bulow has been turned into more of a rumination on the American criminal justice system with a strong focus on celebrity defense counsel. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2020
3.5/4 96% The Times of Harvey Milk (1984) ''The Times of Harvey Milk'' is anything but a dispassionate documentary. - Chicago Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2020