San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
For 5,742 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 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 The House I Live In
Lowest review score: 0 Tideland
Score distribution:
5,742 movie reviews
  1. Instantly captivating.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An astonishing documentary.
  2. It is, simply, the alienation-invasion movie to beat all alien-invasion movies: meticulously detailed and expertly paced and photographed, with sights so spectacular and terrible that viewers will have to consciously remind themselves to close their mouths when their jaws drop open.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An entirely unconventional, hypnotic, meandering film.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A heartbreaking, beautiful movie that gains strength from its deep characterizations.
  3. As French crime thrillers go, this is about as good as it gets.
  4. If you're the type who doesn't go to art-house films , Murderball should be your exception. It's hard to imagine anyone could walk away from this movie disappointed.
  5. Won the Golden Spire Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival a few years back, and now, finally, the documentary is being released into theaters. It's a film with distinct virtues: It tells a fascinating story.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One of the best Hong Kong films of 2002.
  6. A visual poem.
  7. Sweet, funny, sad and profound -- the sort of film that becomes more remarkable when you realize it's based on someone's real life.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A rare, sumptuous movie treat.
  8. Bucking the lava tide of computer special effects gushing out of Hollywood this season, the makers of Breakdown use old-fashioned ingenuity -- plus a compelling star, a fast- paced mystery and a deadpan villain -- to come up with a sizzler.
  9. It's a love story only in passing. And yet the love story is what lingers in the mind and gives energy and meaning to everything that happens on-screen.
  10. 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Filmmaker Michael Almereyda gives the most persuasive possible account of the upswing in Eggleston's critical standing.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Beautiful and utterly entrancing documentary.
  11. One of 2005's must-see documentaries.
  12. A tense, concise and elegantly shot film.
  13. Using documentary-style Super 16 film and staged cutaway interviews with friends and family, James and his photographer and co-producer, Peter Gilbert, fashioned a movie with an affecting, candid look.
  14. A grounded and unusually matter-of-fact adaptation.
  15. As challenging as it must have been to pilot Joss Whedon's space opera from the TV junk pile to the big screen, the finished product is a triumph.
  16. A triumph that goes well beyond Hoffman's tour de force performance.
  17. The submarine drama, which opens today, has everything you could want from an action thriller and a few other things you usually can't hope to expect: an excellent script, first-rate performances and a story that has more to do with individuals than explosions.
  18. Disney's 33rd animated feature, and its first with characters based on real people, is a stunning movie with clever twists, vivid characterizations, insightful songs and a surprising harvest of revisionist history that manages to ring smartly as pure entertainment.
  19. A film of wisdom, emotional subtlety and power.
  20. It's a complex, satisfying piece of entertainment, a succession of unexpected, outrageous scenes.
  21. It's a glamorous revenge romp, a "9 to 5" mixed with "Auntie Mame," and it gives each star the opportunity to do her best work in a long, long time.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A rare chance to see a major cinematic work on the big screen.
  22. Home for the Holidays strikes such a perfect note that it's hard at first to realize what an impressive balancing act it is.

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