San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

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For 5,874 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 Ran (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 Spy Hard
Score distribution:
5,874 movie reviews
  1. Harrowing and unforgettable film.
  2. The cruelty of his methods aside -- and Polanski wasn't the first director to terrorize an actor for the sake of a performance -- Repulsion is a frightening, fiercely entertaining experience that holds up to time. (Review of May 1998 revival)
  3. Ambitious and brilliant.
  4. This is a remarkable movie: lovely, slow-paced and almost silent, rich with pathos and deft comic gestures.
  5. He (Aronofsky) has put together a phantasmagoria of self-destructive obsession that is so visually astounding it becomes its own saving grace. Otherwise, we might not be able to bear it.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Remarkable.
  6. The film is exciting in two big ways: its simplicity of story (Tanovic does not get bogged down trying to give us an epic history) and the breadth of Tanovic's vision.
  7. Shot for shot, Big Eyes is one of the most beautiful-looking movies of 2014, but to say that isn’t enough, because it’s not just pretty, not just pleasing to the eye. It’s visually astute. It is made by people aware of what these screen images mean, what they refer to, and the psychological effect that they will have on an audience.
  8. An unflinching and historically rich rendering of an amazing story. He has made what is easily the best American film so far this year.
  9. Not every moment of the film is as potent as the book (which is noted for passages of passion and impassioned eloquence), but Cry, the Beloved Country overcomes its own limitations to become a glorious tribute to the workings of a faith that does not blind but opens up the human spirit.
  10. Feels like a streamlined improvement on the original.
  11. Turns out to be the most unnerving film of the year. Easy.
  12. Perrotta and Field succeed, not by guessing, but by knowing this world. They understand it enough to see it with cold precision -- and to approach it, at times, with disarming warmth. The characters aren't types, but people.
  13. This Is Not a Film isn't just a film, it's a strong one. It's also an act of political defiance, a moving personal document and a meditation on what film is and can be.
  14. A venemous Valentine to Hollywood sugarcoated with laughs.
  15. One of the most powerful romances of recent years, it is as generous as they come.
  16. To make a movie about that team and those games requires more than an ability to depict personal dramas or re-enact game highlights. It requires the re- creation of a world and a mind-set, and Miracle accomplishes both brilliantly.
  17. It's simply a quiet and heartbreaking look at the dynamics of one family. That's the beauty of it.
  18. There's something to be said for a formula picture done almost to perfection. In 2012, Emmerich gives you everything you expect, but gives it to you bigger.
  19. A wildly funny sex farce that smartly combines big-time silliness with sophisticated wit.
  20. By the time the ride is over, director Drew Goddard and co-writers Goddard and Joss Whedon will change course three or four times, nodding and winking but never losing momentum.
  21. Other films about Marie Antoinette have had their moments, but Benoît Jacquot's Farewell, My Queen is the first to give a real sense of what it must have felt like to live inside that palace as the walls were caving in.
  22. An earthy, sexy mystery.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    As soon as Guest of Cindy Sherman ended, I wanted to see it again for its high entertainment value and to determine better what I had just witnessed.
  23. The movie has the simplicity and confidence of a Johnny Cash song.
  24. One of the year's most fascinating flicks.... Brilliant performances by Jeff Daniels, Melanie Griffith and a newcomer named Ray Liotta give sparkle, and shadows, to Something Wild. [7 Nov 1986]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
  25. The class act of action movies.
  26. Egoyan's voice is so clear and loving, his vision so forgiving and his film so intelligent that you come away refreshed.
  27. The film underscores the paradox in this man's life: the split between the mild-mannered New Yorker and the fearless vagabond who joined an Arakmbut hunting raid.
  28. The year's best romantic drama.

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