San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

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For 6,723 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 Rat Race
Lowest review score: 0 Cocktail
Score distribution:
6723 movie reviews
  1. The picture, written and directed by Francis Veber, the screenwriter of "La Cage Aux Folles,'' is a complete success.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A wonderful parody of the birth of talkies that has great wit, an intelligent script, terrific music and dancing that can't be beat.
  2. It's screamingly, hysterically, laugh-through-the-next-joke, laugh-for-the-next-week funny. It's so inventive…This is a film by an original and significant comic intelligence.
  3. The beauty of Morris' achievement is the way he fuses Hawking's work in theoretical physics with his subject's life history -- finding subtle connections between the two, and avoiding the pat, predictable structure of biographical film. [28 Aug 1992, p.C3]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
  4. Detroit is a movie that will make you angry. It is designed to make you angry, and it does nothing to soften the blow or create some artificial uplift. But there is something about honesty that’s exhilarating. Detroit is tough, but it’s worth it, every minute of it.
  5. One of Miyazaki's most kid-accessible movies, but still an unnerving film.
  6. The Devil's Advocate is a sharp, suspenseful and completely satisfying movie.
  7. A mystical masterpiece about a lonely man who helps a widower perform last rites for his wife, is an astonishing, haunting, sensual, lyrical, bleak and ultimately beautiful road-trip movie.
  8. The picture gently caricatures the folk music scene with dozens of delicate brush strokes, creating a picture that's increasingly, gloriously funny -- as in entire lines of dialogue are lost because the audience's laughing so hard.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Almost frighteningly alive.
  9. Toy Story 3 is a better film than "Wall-E" and "Up" in that it succeeds completely in conventional terms. For 103 minutes, it never takes audience interest for granted. It has action, horror and vivid characters, and it always keeps moving forward.
  10. One of very few films to accurately portray the experience of growing up male.
  11. It is, simply, the alienation-invasion movie to beat all alien-invasion movies: meticulously detailed and expertly paced and photographed, with sights so spectacular and terrible that viewers will have to consciously remind themselves to close their mouths when their jaws drop open.
  12. A first-rate crime thriller and further proof that Soderbergh is one of our great contemporary film stylists.
  13. Jim Jarmusch has come up with something strange and amazing.
  14. This is sublime filmmaking, a textbook example of how indies can tell groundbreaking stories in a way that Hollywood simply can’t match.
  15. Rippingly good, old-fashioned movie epic.
  16. Beautiful in both its brevity and its vision of contemporary Indian culture, the film abounds in easygoing humor.
  17. A breed apart from anything coming off the Hollywood assembly line or, for that matter, from the saccharine romances Britain has lately produced.
  18. It's a tribute to Day-Lewis that he can play a character like Danny -- cautious, withdrawn, inarticulate -- and endow him an eloquence and grace that aren't dependent on language. Without him, The Boxer might still be a powerful tale of loyalty and love, with a core of moral complexity; with Day-Lewis in the lead, it approaches greatness.
  19. It's a complex, satisfying piece of entertainment, a succession of unexpected, outrageous scenes.
  20. A movie about serendipity and spontaneity.
  21. Crumb is one of the most provocative, haunting documentaries of the last decade.
  22. A caustic comedy of Hollywood manners.
  23. As a great New York story, it’s also a great American story about ambition and failure, about the kind of people who make it, the kinds who don’t, and all the things that can go wrong.
  24. Israeli writer-director Joseph Cedar imbues his tale of academic maneuvering, misunderstanding and mystery with the zest of passion and the zing of intrigue, It's a vivacious film, having its little fun with suspense-flick conventions (including Amit Poznansky's bouncing score) that build to a climactic finish.
  25. A special film.
  26. Has its awkward and rough edges, but there's a purity here, a goodness of intention and a commitment to justice.
  27. This film delivers an emotional wallop, and it's hard to argue against that. Don't miss it.
  28. The Perks of Being a Wallflower hurts. It hurts because it depicts the loneliness, anxiety and all-out quivering mess of adolescence in a manner not often seen since John Hughes' heyday.

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