San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
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 Away from Her
Lowest review score: 0 Spy Hard
Score distribution:
5,790 movie reviews
  1. One of the year's sweetest surprises. It sneaks up on you, disarming you with its modesty and tenderness, its remarkable lack of self-infatuation.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    As touching and original a movie as you're likely to see this year.
  2. Chilling, superbly acted.
  3. Soft, evanescent and bittersweet.
  4. Both heartfelt and tough-minded.
  5. If In the Cut falls short of the masterpiece Campion intended, it's unquestionably the most ambitious and important film to come along in months.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It is a well-researched smorgasbord of newsreel and documentary footage spliced with current interviews with those on the front lines.
  6. Feels like a streamlined improvement on the original.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Each shot is its own little miracle.
  7. The experiences of this family from Fairfield will resonate with moviegoers around the country.
  8. The moments between the characters are absolutely full. It's a pleasure to watch such consummate professionals.
  9. AKA
    An unforgettable film.
  10. Masterful documentary.
  11. An ungainly masterpiece, but Chaplin's ungainliness is something one can grow fond of.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Cause for celebration. It's not only a cracking good film, but it is the first by Taiwanese master Hou Hsiao-hsien to gain a national (though limited) release.
  12. An engrossing tale of class differences that reveals tiny details of one man’s descent into hell.
  13. A heartbreaking, powerful drama.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This wise and warm man, who died in 2002, is captured in all his glory by the remarkable documentary.
  14. 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.
  15. An ambitious and exciting piece of work, a movie about sex and movies made by a filmmaker who understands the power of each to set off fantasy, create addiction, incite danger and transform the spirit.
  16. Doesn't sanitize its tale of African American loss and survival -- the way Steven Spielberg's “The Color Purple'' did -- but delves deeply, heartbreakingly into an American tragedy.
  17. All bets are off. For my money, Vincent Gallo wins the Triple Crown of indie filmmaking -- for writing, directing and starring in Buffalo '66.
  18. One of the great movies -- a triumph of storytelling and character development, and a whole new ballgame for computer animation. Pixar Animation Studios has raised the genre to an astonishing new level.
  19. This is a science fiction film, but like all excellent movies in the genre, the focus never strays from the human heart.
  20. Star Wars' has three crucial elements going for it and they've traveled time like troopers -- it's a terrifically entertaining war story, it has memorable characters and it is visually compelling. What more do we want in movies, anyway? [Special Edition]
  21. From the standpoint of humanizing Sudan's continuing refugee problem, Lost Boys is a gem. It doesn't preach. It doesn't prettify.
  22. I don't claim to have seen every entry from around the world, but it's hard to imagine five better than this deliciously offbeat comedy, as wildly inventive as anything Billy Wilder ever conceived.
  23. Beautiful in both its brevity and its vision of contemporary Indian culture, the film abounds in easygoing humor.
  24. A first-rate thriller about arrogance at the top.
  25. Evokes grand emotions -- anxiety, sadness, joy -- sometimes within moments of one another. Broken Wings has heart and a poetic soul.

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