San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

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For 5,790 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India
Lowest review score: 0 Reign of Fire
Score distribution:
5,790 movie reviews
  1. Heavy-handed dialogue, flurries of melodrama and a silly ending make the whole enterprise sink like a stone.
  2. The movie reveals itself as not merely dull, but pointless.
  3. Just because it's a conscious commentary on other vile, useless, pointless cinematic exercises doesn't make it any less vile, useless and pointless.
  4. This remake of the 1981 horror classic starts well, but it soon degenerates into tiresome shock gore that overstays its welcome, despite the film's modest run time. Jane Levy as a heroin addict going through withdrawal is the one bright spot.
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  5. Credit the director for one thing. He could have stretched it to three hours, but he gets in and out of this mess in less than two.
  6. 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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  7. Jaden is not ready for his solo spotlight, and the film is the same action over and over. Another bad movie from Shyamalan.
  8. Always is such a lamentable production _ hardly a moment rings true _ that you almost feel like saying ''pardon me'' when you wonder why it apparently didn't occur to Spielberg or anyone else involved that no chemistry was taking place. Not only are the stars rather uninteresting people, they don't seem to like each other in any way that you can feel. [22 Dec. 1989, p.E1]
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  9. If this is the best we can do in terms of movies - if something like this can speak to the soul of audiences - maybe we should just turn over the cameras and the equipment to the alien dinosaurs and see what they come up with.
  10. The temptation arises to say something nice about Grown Ups 2 just because it doesn't cause injury. But no, it's a bad movie, too, just old-school bad, the kind that's merely lousy and not an occasion for migraines or night sweats.
  11. The To Do List is a romantic comedy with no romance and little comedy, but with an ugliness of spirit that's surprising and unrelenting.
  12. Ugly, gore-strewn and, ultimately, ridiculous.
  13. It's a complete mess, the spectacle of filmmakers blowing up their movie and everything in it, because they can't think of anything else to do.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    A ho-hum thriller about corporate spying in the high-tech world, comes off as a lot more preposterous than paranoid, and it takes no more than a few frames for the eye rolling to commence.
  14. Every moviegoer will have his own breaking point, when The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones surpasses the mundane and enters the ridiculous.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Sometimes indie pictures like this, with over-the-top acting and outrageous situations, are meant as a calling card for its creators - a chance to show their wares to others in the industry. So calling all producers, there is one tour-de-force performance in Scenic Route: the makeup team of Brian Kinney, Sara Robey and Maia Wagle. Admire their work, and bring earplugs.
  15. You've probably seen this movie before, watching a child play with his toy Hot Wheels cars after eating multiple bowls of sugary breakfast cereal.
  16. The 3-D 1D movie is aimless, seemingly deceptive and spreads a poor message: that it's OK to act extremely immature, as long as you have millions of blind followers who think it's cute.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    The film's hymn of praise quickly grows cloying, thanks partly to a relentless musical soundtrack.
  17. Runner Runner is less than mediocre, but it's not repellent, which means that to watch it is to root for it - and to be disappointed.
  18. Rarely do two lines go by without Fellowes changing something, always for the worse.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    A revenge-fantasy Western that wants to luxuriate in its B-movie roots but suffers from dull direction and an even duller central performance.
  19. It's a tepid, quiet and uneventful film, directed almost in slow motion, with no narrative propulsion and with a succession of very similar scenes. The actors speak softly and pause a lot. And in the background is the steady hum of the soundtrack.
  20. It's possible there has never been anything like it. It contains memorable dialogue, vivid characters and several superb scenes, and yet it still manages to be wrong, a complete miscalculation.
  21. In execution, the film is all sidekicks and sight gags, with little story cohesion or purpose.
  22. As good as The Motel Life is for the actors, that's how bad it is for the viewer.
  23. Drama is as much about perspective as it is about events, and the angle provided by How I Live Now turns out to be self-defeating.
  24. Nowhere near the worst film of 2013, but it is definitely the most exhausting.
  25. It shambles and ambles, seemingly without focus or pattern, from one thing to the next. Yet at the same time, it's predictable, not from moment to moment, but in its outlines.
  26. Results are all that matter, and the result here is that The Desolation of Smaug fails in almost every way, as a story, as an adventure, as a piece of art direction and as a visual spectacle.

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