San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

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For 6,579 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 0.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Poetry
Lowest review score: 0 Darkness
Score distribution:
6579 movie reviews
  1. Cloying mix of screwball comedy and drama.
  2. Particularly impressive is the film's success at making an actor of average weight look emaciated. His cheekbones are built up so his cheeks appear to sink.
  3. The picture, directed by Rick Famuyiwa, becomes a juggling act, contrasting the efforts of the three grown-up buddies to get to a wedding on time, with flashbacks of their youth.
  4. The film has a persuasive murkiness and one extended mythopoetic final sequence that's almost moving in its silence.
  5. It's a first feature film for both screenwriter Alex Rose and director Gaby Dellal, and their inexperience shows in Frank's underdeveloped relationships with family and friends and in the movie's sluggish pacing.
  6. The pleasures are intermittent but can be located: Jennifer Coolidge, as Jane's travel companion, is funny even when the script isn't, and Feild is a nice stand-in for Colin Firth in the Austen hero department.
  7. Despite the fact that the movie covers some new cinematic territory, much of the humor feels recycled, mostly from the "Seinfeld" episodes "The Boyfriend" (the one where Jerry has a man crush on Keith Hernandez) and "The Outing."
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Essentially a throwaway film.
  8. Too raw for kids and too simplistic for adults.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Some jokes work, some don't and, frankly, I can't remember either, but it leaves a sweet aftertaste. Slight, but sweet.
  9. If you're a fashion insider, you may find the entire film fascinating. If you're not, you may find it way too long.
  10. To my eyes, the whole thing looks sad, like something people might cling to in the absence of religion - or a kind of religion in itself, minus dogma or salvation, but with lots of people standing around dressed like total goofballs.
  11. There’s not enough of a story, and it’s a film that we end up admiring more than liking.
  12. Carbon Nation serves us a full portion of scary statistics, but overall tries to accentuate the positive.
  13. Surprisingly tepid and soapy.
  14. Among Chan devotees, it achieved cult status.
  15. If you want to watch a gaggle of pretty faux-neurotic people hang out and throw quips, you're probably better off watching "Friends."
  16. The result is Allen's weakest film in years.
  17. Action in an action comedy is supposed to be funny, too, as Jackie Chan well knows. The refitting of the crashed plane is so tedious we feel as if we're doing the work ourselves.
  18. With Lloyd Webber onboard not just as composer but also co-screenwriter and producer, the film seemed destined to stay true to its roots rather than attempt to transcend them.
  19. An artfully depraved piece of South Korean torture porn directed by Kim Ji-woon, is a skillful serial-killer thriller in keeping with the likes of "Saw."
  20. In general, the humor is understated, excessively so.
  21. As for Beowulf itself, it's all about the visuals, which means that as soon as the novelty of 3-D wears off, the experience has been had.
  22. Wicked fun with flickers of intelligence.
  23. When it's not awful, it's dull.
  24. Very earnest, often engaging, but not quite as much of a pleasure as the original.
  25. Overly long and not especially enlightening film.
  26. It's a pleasant and well-intentioned end of summer diversion that doesn't possess the imagination-stoking qualities of a premier children's movie.
  27. The real trouble is that it's supposed to be an outrageous comedy, but in fact it's fairly tame and not all that funny.
  28. It's 90 minutes of flying, dismembered limbs and explosions of blood, but give the man credit. Stallone can do action. If you want action and nothing but, here it is.

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