San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

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For 6,613 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 0.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 The Other Dream Team
Lowest review score: 0 Men Cry Bullets
Score distribution:
6613 movie reviews
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. The movie has the simplicity and confidence of a Johnny Cash song.
  5. 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
  6. The class act of action movies.
  7. This is a movie that can be enjoyed in different ways and for lots of reasons. It’s dramatic and it’s funny, and it has a warm humanity at its center.
  8. Egoyan's voice is so clear and loving, his vision so forgiving and his film so intelligent that you come away refreshed.
  9. 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.
  10. The year's best romantic drama.
  11. One of the great Holocaust films.
  12. A story that's startling, soulful and absolutely unforgettable.
  13. The most entertaining movie of the year. Funny and action-packed, it's also got that rare thing, heart.
  14. In addition to being extremely funny, the film has a warm spirit and respect for the characters.
  15. It's big, perfectly cast and entertaining in every way, but more than that it feels like a generous public event.
  16. The new Planet of the Apes is not a remake, and it's not a sequel. It is an amazing display of imagination.
  17. Its virtues are velocity, energy, innovative storytelling - and something that seems even more the province of young directors: a certain heartlessness and ironic distance in the tone.
  18. The film benefits most of all from Rees' careful screenplay, which dances that shifting line between fear and emergent hope. One of Alike's poems says it best: "Even breaking is opening. And I am broken. I am open."
  19. The thing most people will take away from Stand Up Guys is that it contains Al Pacino's best performance in years. So if you don't think Al Pacino still has it in him, this is a welcome chance to be proved wrong. But here's something interesting. Stand Up Guys also contains Christopher Walken's best performance in years. In addition, the film is extraordinarily well cast, and the acting, even in the smaller roles, is more than noteworthy.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One of the greatest of all epics.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Artful, beautiful in parts and unbelievably brutal in others, and no less honest for its stagecraft.
  20. Superb.
  21. A movie that is not only achingly funny but also full of serious and philosophical truisms.
  22. Potentially oppressive subject matter is redeemed by impeccable moral integrity and stunning artistry.
  23. An exceptional example of Shakespeare on film.
  24. Wise and wondrous.
  25. Extraordinary.
  26. Hacksaw Ridge is one of the best films of 2016. And the victory is all the more sweet for Gibson in that he succeeds on his own weird terms.
  27. Ran
    In Ran, the horrors of life are transformed by art into beauty. It is finally so moving that the only appropriate response is silence.

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