San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

  • Movies
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For 5,823 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 American Beauty
Lowest review score: 0 Venom
Score distribution:
5,823 movie reviews
  1. An important new documentary that cites countless examples of self-censorship, under-reporting of serious issues, and -- worse than this -- deliberate neglect and outright conflicts of interest.
  2. Woody Allen's strongest and most mordantly funny movie in years, even if it is also his bleakest.
  3. Ambitious and brilliant.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Must-see cinema for any serious rock fan.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A hell of a movie.
  4. The nagging desire to help these people underscores the involvement of the audience in this superbly told story. You can almost taste the saltwater, and the fear.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One of the greatest of all epics.
  5. One of very few films to accurately portray the experience of growing up male.
  6. Bright Leaves' takes on a sizable foe -- in this case, big tobacco -- but with such grace and wit that his message never seems medicinal.
  7. The film is a damning look at a key Bush operative.
  8. It's a tribute to Day-Lewis that he can play a character like Danny -- cautious, withdrawn, inarticulate -- and endow him an eloquence and grace that aren't dependent on language.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.
  9. An intense, powerful film.
  10. Often is on the verge of spilling over into melodrama, but that doesn't bother me because life is the same way.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Unfolds as a masterful chess match of wit and ingenuity, a cat-and-mouse chase of the highest order.
  11. Remarkably fresh and inventive.
  12. A superb film.
  13. A special film.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Remarkable rockumentary.
  14. The Devil's Advocate is a sharp, suspenseful and completely satisfying movie.
  15. A buoyant, picaresque farce that hums with goofy energy and mines enough ideas, jokes and setups for three movies of this description.
  16. Payne's little marvel.
  17. A must-see for anyone still coming to terms with the chaos in Iraq.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The unnerving brilliance of the film owes to the director's skill at assembling information and allowing it to speak for itself.
  18. An enchanting, beautiful and brilliantly imagined film.
  19. Hauntingly tells a story older than the Odyssey and as timely as today's body count from Iraq.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
  20. Superb.
  21. Dramatic, funny, fun, silly, musical, stylish, romantic and redemptive -- a film worth telling your friends and neighbors about.
  22. A larger-than-life resonance.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A gorgeously shot, ambitious epic.

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