San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

  • Movies
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For 6,796 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 0.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Joe the King
Lowest review score: 0 Bitch Slap
Score distribution:
6796 movie reviews
  1. A visual poem.
  2. Anomalisa may simply be a brilliant one-off, but it’s pointing a new direction for animation, if anyone cares to follow it.
  3. It is a well-researched smorgasbord of newsreel and documentary footage spliced with current interviews with those on the front lines.
  4. A daring, free-spirited and ultimately moving performance by Benjamin Bratt lies at the beating heart of Pinero.
  5. Best movie of the summer.
  6. See Gravity in theaters, because on television something will be lost. Alfonso Cuarón has made a rare film whose mood, soul and profundity is bound up with its images. To see such images diminished would be to see a lesser film, perhaps even a pointless one.
  7. Interviews with Pinochet's victims put a human face on the systematic torture that existed under his rule.
  8. Frothy and exuberantly entertaining - in part because of the sexual innuendoes - it's the best romantic comedy so far this year.
  9. AKA
    An unforgettable film.
  10. The writing, by Rapp and Catherine Dussart, is exquisite, and the performers, including Francois Truffaut's old colleague Jean-Pierre Leaud as a magistrate, are all first-rate.
  11. Magnificent but somewhat frustrating movie.
  12. Wetlands, an in-your-face story about bodily fluids and the collateral damage of a family gone wrong, is crass, vulgar and brilliant.
  13. A film that doesn't let go from the very first moment.
  14. It's hard to dislike a picture with flying cows and oil trucks.
  15. One of the rare films that directly responds to and expresses modern anxieties, this debut feature from director Henry Alex Rubin interweaves the stories of three sets of people, whose lives are upended through various bad things that happen over the Internet -- including bullying and identity theft. A fascinating and riveting thriller.
    • San Francisco Chronicle
  16. It's the picture that proves action films don't have to be silly, that a few thrill sequences don't mean every other value has to be shot to pieces.
  17. The movie is laugh-until-your-stomach-hurts hilarious.
  18. [Soderbergh] plays with time and narrative to reveal character, mood and longing in ways you just don't find in a mainstream crime picture.
  19. So it's two guys traveling, eating and talking. Doesn't sound like much. But it's terrific.
  20. The Maid would have been worthwhile just as a showcase both for good acting and for the director's virtuosity. But the movie's ultimate virtue is its humanity.
  21. So good it's scary.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An exceptionally powerful film driven by contradictory forces.
  22. One great monster movie. [11 June 1993, Daily Notebook, p.C1]
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  23. A complicated family story that takes place in three distinct time periods, and that's handled with astonishing ease and fluidity by director Claude Miller.
  24. This one enters the pantheon of great American war films.
  25. Now that she's past 50, can we all stop holding Michelle Pfeiffer's looks against her and just admit that she's a great actress?
  26. In his big-screen directing debut, British film maker Danny Boyle demonstrates wit, intelligence and economy of style.
  27. 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.
  28. Crisply funny and fleetly paced, it's in its quiet way one of the saddest things in the theaters all year.
  29. This is a serious film, but it is also entertaining. Ngassa and Ntuba should be galvanizing figures for a nation stuck on "Judge Judy" and "Jerry Springer."

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