San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

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For 6,444 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 La La Land
Lowest review score: 0 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag
Score distribution:
6444 movie reviews
  1. Not a heist film, a thriller, a twisted romance, a film noir or a character study, but a unique concoction that bends all these genres to its vision.
  2. It is an exhilaration from beginning to end. It's the movie equivalent of that rare sort of novel where you find yourself checking to see how many pages are left and hoping there are more, not fewer.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Kurosawa's film is heavyweight fare: disturbing, slightly over the top, but satisfying, like a rich meal with a powerful aftertaste.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Kim's masterly, poetic ending is the cherry on top in this anime, good for a rainy day or any day.
  3. Two hours of nonstop, nail-biting tension and anxiety.
  4. At its best, Fury examines the psychological experience of warfare.
  5. Stir of Echoes is much more down and dirty (than "The Sixth Sense"), and the thrills are more visceral.
  6. This horror-slasher-thriller-tragi-romance is certainly going to leave some squeamish, but there's no denying that this is high-quality filmmaking.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    That Robyn succeeds reaching her geographic destination is hardly a surprise. But this movie is not driven by plot but rather the delicate emotional ballet performed so expertly by Wasikowska.
  7. A vicious horror flick with an actual beast and someone who just acts like one.
  8. The real wonder becomes how British filmmaker Sandra Goldbacher was able to write and direct such an accomplished, touching and original movie her first time out.
  9. An intriguing document, and the first significant film ever made about a former U.S. president.
  10. Unique and courageous. It may be counted as one of the year's few steps forward in cinema.
  11. A seriously good movie, a challenge to viewers, a rebuke of the way many Americans live their lives.
  12. It's a remarkable film: A gritty, gut-churning, crime thriller based on a true story. Its greatness lies in its unwavering fidelity to human nature and the unstoppable laws of the wild.
  13. From the standpoint of humanizing Sudan's continuing refugee problem, Lost Boys is a gem. It doesn't preach. It doesn't prettify.
  14. Dumont makes movies that almost nobody wants to see. That doesn't make him a great filmmaker, but he's a great filmmaker all the same.
  15. This is an amazing record of a group of lives -- and probably more resonant than anyone could have imagined when the project began.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. Forestier's performance is a tour de force of comic acting, maintaining astonishing alertness and energy from shot to shot and scene to scene.
  19. 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.
  20. An actors' feast.
  21. Riveting.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.

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