San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
For 6,650 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 0.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Sideways
Lowest review score: 0 UHF
Score distribution:
6650 movie reviews
  1. Only in the movie business could someone sell such shoddy merchandise and expect people to buy it. If The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 were an appliance, it would be a broken toaster that people would toss in the garbage. Except that analogy is too kind, in that “Mockingjay” would be half a toaster.
  2. Everything about the idea of Mr. Popper's Penguins sounds lovely, and everything about the actual movie is ugly.
  3. Logan Lucky is not a contemptible piece of work. It’s a genuine effort by talented people that never quite comes off.
  4. A dreary little thriller that irritates more than it thrills.
  5. What makes Aloft better than dismissible is that it’s a sincere failure, not a cynical one, and the cinematography is arresting. In fact, for scattered seconds throughout the movie, Aloft is beautiful to look at.
  6. It's implausible, cartoonishly overdrawn.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Listen Up Philip wants to say something meaningful about human relationships. But like a frustrated writer staring at a blank piece of paper, the words just never appear.
  7. Alan Bates and Charlotte Rampling are the brave stars of this pretty but sterile adaptation of the Anton Chekhov stage classic.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Cool World is less artful, short on scripted finesse, and is lacking technical acumen. [11 Jul 1992]
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  8. Standard hack-and-giggle fare, with a few wisecracks mixed in with the gore.
  9. It's a strange thing, this type of whimsy. Kari offers us ideas in place of characters, and yet he expects us to see through these ideas to the real-life conditions they represent - and then to respond to them in kind.
  10. As far as formulaic, empty and disappointing comedies go, The Watch is far from the worst. About every seven or eight minutes, perhaps a dozen times over the course of the picture, the movie generates a medium-size laugh. Not a big laugh.
  11. More than the usual bad or even numbingly horrible movie. It's an amalgam of many of the modern cinema's worst tendencies and modern filmmaking's most unfortunate misconceptions.
  12. A single 125-minute monstrosity of a cop movie.
  13. When You're Strange is a remedial Doors class, taught by a professor who sounds as if he's doing voiceovers for car commercials.
  14. Plodding and unfunny.
  15. Could hardly be called a success -- it's rather a likable disaster.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Norm of the North feels as if it intended to be a better movie, but got confused along the way.
  16. Too ludicrous to be taken seriously, but not entertaining enough to rate as camp.
  17. In the long history of bad movies about bad illnesses, A Little Bit of Heaven just might be the worst.
  18. The Cave is National Geographic mixed with Roger Corman, and by the end you'll probably be wishing you saw "Red Eye" instead.
  19. Has an unrelenting staccato quality. Some would say a jackhammer quality.
  20. Michael can't be killed, and so a ''Halloween'' picture can never really end. It can only stop. And since it can stop anywhere, it may as well stop sooner than later. This one stops later, and by the time it does it's hard to care. [17 Oct 1989, p.E4]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
  21. I know this is heresy on a number of fronts, but much of The Love We Make is boring.
  22. This plot leaves ample room for viewers to sweat the small stuff, like whether Trevor Nunn's score is more Marines ad or deodorant commercial.
  23. First, and perhaps most important, it should be disclosed that my 4-year-old laughed pretty much nonstop throughout Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel. This was his "Citizen Kane."
  24. You can almost say it simulates an experience of brain injury in the audience: Nothing adheres, nothing connects. It's just nonstop cuteness, poses and emptiness - with nothing logically following from one moment to the next. It would be exaggerating to call it torture, and yet why split hairs?
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Held back by a story and script that is often silly and confusing.
  25. It's astonishing that so much money, talent, technical expertise and visual imagination can be put in the service of something so stupid.
  26. Big, opulent and frequently wretched, Pinocchio is so bad that its American distributor, Miramax, opened it on Christmas Day with scant advertising and no advance press screening.

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