San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

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For 6,900 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 46% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Searching for Sugar Man
Lowest review score: 0 Tideland
Score distribution:
6900 movie reviews
  1. A mix of the powerful and the ridiculous, and eventually the ridiculous wins. The movie deals with a big subject that has received scant treatment in movies - the genocide in Bosnia in the 1990s - giving voice and testimony to what happened there. But the ill-conceived fictional elements take the picture right off the rails.
  2. An unflinching -- yet overlong and overindulgent -- film.
  3. If the first "Hangover" movie were this awful, there never would have been a Part Two. This is a joyless, unfunny mix of comedy and drama, a complete waste of time, with exactly one good joke in the entire movie. It comes in the first minute. After that, you can leave.
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  4. Besson is a pro when it comes to action movies, but this part live, part animation effort is a mess, highlighted by creepy animation, derivative plot points and a child star who speaks way too fast.
  5. There are two main obstacles to enjoying The Last Witch Hunter. One is your ability to buy Vin Diesel as an immortal slayer of evildoers plying his trade in today’s Manhattan. You also have to swallow a by-the-numbers plot buried under an avalanche of fast-and-furious but underwhelming CGI effects.
  6. “Batman v Superman” is an insanely long and convoluted action movie, made worse by an air of importance. It’s dispiriting and visually bland.
  7. Anyone expecting a flashy Bond-style fantasy is going to be disappointed.
  8. This is anti-funny, where every attempt at a joke is like a little rock thrown at your face.
  9. A lot of the acting is amateurish, and most of the plot feels like a rehash of a rehash. The music, written and performed in the spirit of L7, is small consolation.
  10. Holes in the script, overwrought camera work, dialogue that's embarrassing, and a plot device that's obvious 10 minutes into the movie - all these are major problems.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    For the most part this is a dull, dour documentary on what ought to be a joyful or at least fascinating subject.
  11. Maybe there's a metaphor here, but figuring it out wouldn't make Trouble Every Day any better.
  12. Has no narrative throughline, no emotional spine. It's a mess.
  13. Two awful things about Push are at least interesting: The first is the way in which the story is confused. The second is that the story makes no sense.
  14. Ritchie aspires to be a great British director, but his working his way through British icons — Sherlock Holmes wasn’t even safe — does no one any good. He just reduces them to his own vernacular, his own level, and he ends up revealing nothing about them and everything about his own narrow vision.
  15. Bluntly speaking, Ju-On is anything but frightening. Ridiculous. Unbelievable. Unintentionally funny. It might as well be a parody of a horror film.
  16. A white-trash burlesque that springs from the notion that people chasing each other in cars and doing stupid things in motels are inherently funny.
  17. Neither funny nor exciting. It’s at best incongruous, the kind of incongruity that seems delightful on the page but not in practice.
  18. It's as close to nothing as anything could be while still being something.
  19. A romantic comedy and an adventure story, but in this case that just means it bombs in two distinct ways.
  20. If you're no longer old enough to carry a Hannah Montana lunch box, this movie will feel like punishment.
  21. There's just the matter of facing it: that The Perfect Man is just something slapped together -- by people who don't care, for an audience they figure will care even less.
  22. A few amusing moments mixed in with the painful ones.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    • 65 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, A Letter to Mona, directed by Hiroyuki Okiura, embodies this sense of frozen time with a tedious narrative punctuated by occasional bursts of sentimentality and hard-to-penetrate humor.
  23. The result is a diligent brand of gloom. When it isn't being diligently gloomy, it's being obvious. When it isn't being obvious, it's being sneaky, and when it isn't being sneaky, it's marching toward a climax of B-movie violence, stupidity and nuttiness that summarily bumps off the movie's least annoying character.
  24. Dragons may have seemed less out of place three decades ago, but it would have been a bad movie then as well. It's filled with clumsy transitions and erratic performances, and tied together by an awkward framing device.
  25. This is not one of the good Altmans. This isn't even one of the mediocre Altmans.
  26. Dumb.
  27. Nowhere near the worst film of 2013, but it is definitely the most exhausting.

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