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 The Leopard (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 8MM
Score distribution:
6,090 movie reviews
  1. Immediately has you in its thrall and doesn't let go -- a reminder of how powerful and moving cinema set in wartime can be when all the elements align.
  2. Wise, delicate and impeccably performed, Yi Yi is a three- hour drama that looks at one middle-class family in transition -- and does so with such a kind and probing eye that we all see our lives reflected through Yang's lens.
  3. Forestier's performance is a tour de force of comic acting, maintaining astonishing alertness and energy from shot to shot and scene to scene.
  4. I'm as reluctant to stop writing about this movie as I was to stop watching it: At 166 minutes, it flies by, and you don't want to leave that world. But one thing is certain: This isn't the last word. People will be writing about this film for years - and looking at it to discover the lost history of our time.
  5. An actors' feast.
  6. Riveting.
  7. Moaadi is the standout here, subtly evoking filial worry and fatherly pride in one scene, popping off with rage in another: He's believably decent, believably flawed. A Separation touches on religious strictures and the role of women in Iran, but it does so with a light hand and not a twitch of condemnation.
  8. Though the material might lend itself to heavy-handedness, director Ole Christian Madsen is steady, and he gets fine performances from the two leads and Stengade.
  9. You should have the opportunity to experience the movie the way I did, in complete ignorance, enjoying its every weird turn.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Quite simply, one of the best movies of the year so far.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It shouldn't be missed. This is a fact-based story of the French resistance who had to fight not only the Germans but their own people. The title comes from the term in a propaganda poster that the Germans and occupied French government used to label the fighters as terrorists.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Remarkable rockumentary.
  10. It’s right up there with the best rock documentaries. That is, if you can call it a documentary.
  11. This one's so much fun, it's worth taking the whole family.
  12. The visuals pop, the fish emote and the ocean comes alive. That's in the first two minutes. After that, they do some really cool stuff.
  13. The best scenes are filmed inside the cruiser, dashboard shots that face inward instead of out, catching Gyllenhaal and Peña in moments so playful and true they make all other buddy cops look bogus by comparison.
  14. It would have been enough for The Other Dream Team to simply pay tribute to the tie-dyed underdogs, but the filmmakers strived for more. Adding detailed historical context, the quirky feel-good story becomes a tragedy and a lesson. And that makes the victories resonate even more.
  15. There's nothing like a good story, and The Galapagos Affair: Satan Comes to Eden has a great one that grabs viewers from the first minute and holds on for two solid hours.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An entirely unconventional, hypnotic, meandering film.
  16. Mischievous, singular and profound.
  17. 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.
  18. Woody Allen's strongest and most mordantly funny movie in years, even if it is also his bleakest.
  19. Let It Rain touches on class issues, feminism, immigration and the particular challenges facing a single, driven career woman in her 40s. But it's graceful in presenting its ideas, and what emerges is not a polemic but a kind of snapshot of modern-day concerns.
  20. An extraordinary behind-the-scenes look at the comedy game.
  21. It grabs you from a symbolic opening scene of gang members rolling the dice -- the odds, it soon becomes clear, are stacked against them getting lucky -- and never lets go.
  22. A film that must be seen to understand the sad truths of our times. It's been made with a sensitivity and creativity that's come to exemplify Winterbottom's work.
  23. A thrilling, audacious work.
  24. It is not merely a thriller but a shocker. It will separate hard-core Jet Li followers from the fair-weather fans.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Little Shop of Horrors is consistently amusing and churns with non-stop musical momentum, plus a few old-time Disney touches. This time, it's easy being green. [19 Dec 1986, p.79]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Director Nancy Buirski not only is able to give rare insights into the dance world but a compelling tale of love, friendship and perseverance.

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