San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

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For 6,499 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 0.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe
Lowest review score: 0 The Three Stooges
Score distribution:
6499 movie reviews
  1. The films never lose sight of Mesrine the man, a fascinating character in that he's brutal yet extremely intelligent, has a skewed but discernible conscience, and, under the right circumstances, can be warm and generous.
  2. Not a routine cut-and-paste horror but a full-fledged revenge fantasy -- and a completely satisfying one.
  3. The difference is that Iain Softley, who directed Wings of the Dove, and his screenwriter Hossein Amini, who wrote the overlooked "Jude," are keen observers who bring a wealth of ambiguity and mystery to the surface -- and release their characters from the cliches that easily could have swallowed them.
  4. Part fairy tale and part bogeyman thriller -- a juicy allegory of evil, greed and innocence, told with an eerie visual poetry.
  5. Die Hard 2 is a huge movie done right. [3 July 1990, p.E1]
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  6. Daring in its affirmation that a dowdy woman in her late 60s still can let go of her inhibitions and exhibit a lascivious side.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    [Branagh] shows an understanding of the medium worthy of a veteran, and an intuitive grasp of how to make Henry V not only comprehensible, but compelling for contemporary audiences. [13 Dec 1989]
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  7. Sir! No Sir! is far from a dry rehashing of what may seem for some like ancient history. Driving guitar rock and lively editing add to the film's urgency. The voices of the veterans alone, however, make this an important and poignant film that can speak to any generation.
  8. Appropriately structured like a ride on skateboard: It swoops back and forth in time, hovers in midair, twists back on itself over and over again, then rolls into silence.
  9. Soft, evanescent and bittersweet.
  10. The King's Speech is a warm, wise film - the best period movie of the year and one of the year's best movies.
  11. Utterly enchanting.
  12. The documentary shows the stranglehold that the teachers union has on politicians, particularly Democratic politicians. The arrogance and ignorance of some of these politicians is galling.
  13. Robert Redford's exceptionally handsome and provocative Quiz Show manages a trick that few films even dare try -- to take a hard look at personal and public moral issues and still provide dazzling entertainment.
  14. Payback has a completely different spirit from "L.A. Confidential'' -- more wild, more silly -- but it has the same attention to the fine points of plot and character.
  15. Sly, near-perfect comedy.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Sad funny and richly romantic, everything that makes Allen’s movies so beloved. [7 February 1986, Daily Notebook p.76]
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  16. This film has a voice of its own. And at a time when the romantic comedy seems to be a lost art form, that's saying something.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Takashi's film is sumptuous, with rich cinematography, costumes and set design. Half the time it is a game of chess - the battle of wits between Motome and the lord. Half of the time it is a moving melodrama.
  17. Stone's feisty, intensely personal style of film making is well-known. With Born on the Fourth of July we are treated to a poignant, spirited and captivating - for the broken heartedness of it all - performance by Tom Cruise. [25 Dec 1989, p.E1]
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  18. Just in physical terms, Eddie Redmayne transformation’s into Stephen Hawking is something remarkable.
  19. A film of great hilarity, humanity, idiosyncrasy and grade-A, eyebrow-singeing raunch.
  20. The film is its own beast, and it's a rare one.
  21. Bridge of Spies tells us that the Constitution is not some quaint national luxury but the road map out of the darkness.
  22. Acting rarely gets better than this.
  23. Verhoeven creates an elegant frame for his lead actress and lets her fill it, and what we end up with is Huppert’s best collaboration with a director since the death of Claude Chabrol.
  24. Dan in Real Life fires on so many circuits that at times it's actually shocking how good it is.
  25. Talented director Eran Riklis is interested in the coexistence of cultures, not violence, but that doesn’t mean his ending fails to carry an emotional wallop. It’s a doozy, and shows us that life can be a complex whirl of dueling identities.
  26. I'd be shocked if we see a better horror film in 2013.
  27. A great piece of filmmaking and a legitimate science-fiction/horror classic.

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