San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

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For 6,090 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 0.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Paris
Lowest review score: 0 Harry + Max
Score distribution:
6,090 movie reviews
  1. The main thing that keeps audiences glued throughout its running time is that it's a love story, easily one of the best American love stories of the past year.
  2. Intelligence and beauty -- and teasing romance -- shape Mansfield Park into a gorgeous, enchanting experience.
  3. Breaks the formula for teen romances. Martin Short, as the vain and zany drama teacher, does not disappoint.
  4. Rich with physical and psychological texture, and boosted by Thomas Newman's muted score, Unstrung Heroes is that rare mainstream film that doesn't shout in our ear to make its points. It draws us in, subtly and gracefully, and casts a lingering charm.
  5. An unforgettable examination of a host of dark impulses.
  6. Every now and then, a film comes along that both defies and compels description. District 9 is one such movie: a science-fiction action vehicle so brilliantly and fully imagined that real life, when it resumes after the credits, arrives with a new sense of dread.
  7. Both a memoir and a history lesson, the film looks back on their late father - a crusading civil rights lawyer who later defended a host of unsavory characters - with a combination of love, admiration and bafflement for the man he was and the career he forged.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A one-of-a-kind cinematic experience. This musician may not be a genius along the lines of Brain Wilson, as Feuerzeig claims, but Johnston has a knack for revealing innermost thoughts in an offhand way that is eerie and uncanny.
  8. All things considered, The Long Day Closes is a remarkable film -- tender and intelligent, long on mood and short on ''action,'' a cinematic poem that stands head and shoulders above the summer harvest of bonehead action thrillers. [23 July 1993, p.C9]
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  9. As French crime thrillers go, this is about as good as it gets.
  10. The language is brilliant, and the laugh lines come so quickly that you'd probably have to watch the movie twice to get them all.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A rare, sumptuous movie treat.
  11. Sparrows is a kind of cinematic fable. At times funny, sad, poignant and suspenseful, Sparrows is a showcase for Majidi's masterful storytelling - and Naji's superb acting.
  12. Humpday succeeds, often beautifully, by grounding its risque premise in the awkwardness and humor of real people trying their damnedest to communicate. A lot.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It must be fun to make a film about a con artist when the con artist is a full and willing participant, literally going to the ends of the Earth to prove she is the real deal.
  13. It's hard not to come away in awe of a director in complete control of every frame.
  14. This one is dazzling.
  15. Friedkin has said the new, expanded version of his film has a more spiritual tone. But it's still a shocker.
  16. This wacky buddy road film... has a brilliant glow of intelligence behind the stupidness. It's easily the funniest movie of the year.
  17. The film is a damning look at a key Bush operative.
  18. Movie magic.
  19. A superb documentary.
  20. Inspiring and largely unsentimental, this is as much a love story as a tale of courage.
  21. First, this movie should be enjoyed. Later, marveled at. And then, once the excitement has faded, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days really should be studied, because director Cristian Mungiu creates scenes unlike any ever filmed.
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  22. What makes The White Ribbon a big movie, an important movie, is that Haneke's point extends beyond pre-Nazi Germany.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I'll go ahead and call Drug War the best Hong Kong action movie since "Infernal Affairs" (the 2002 film that Martin Scorsese remade as "The Departed"), even though technically it's a Chinese film.
  23. Chilling, superbly acted.
  24. It is, all in all, off its rocker. But it's gorgeous.
  25. Documentaries can be informative, entertaining and provocative, but rare is the documentary that makes you feel so engaged (and enraged) that it prompts you to action somehow. Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion is that kind of film.
  26. The experience of seeing this film is cumulative, sober and profound.

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