San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
For 5,808 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 Motorcycle Diaries
Lowest review score: 0 A Moment of Innocence
Score distribution:
5,808 movie reviews
  1. Deliriously charming.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The film is so pitch perfect and realistic, it seems you are there with these people, watching their lives unfold before you as it happens.
  2. Carries a lot of emotional power.
  3. A movie of intelligence and power, of beauty, universality and largeness of spirit.
  4. Allen's most satisfying film since "Bullets Over Broadway" (1994) and his most compelling since "Crimes and Misdemeanors" (1989).
  5. A masterpiece.
  6. A brilliant and irresistible counterfactual overview of American history.
  7. 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.
  8. It's a pumped-up, intricate and fast-moving yarn that never flags and continues to play out in unexpected ways as it unravels.
  9. 4 Little Girls brilliantly captures a moment in American history and tells an achingly painful story of injustice and family loss.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Perhaps no director has so thoroughly explored the American concept of police work, prosecution and legal justice, and Find Me Guilty is a film that brings the 81-year-old filmmaker thematically full circle, back to his starting point, 1957's "12 Angry Men."
  10. Richly satisfying entertainment the way movies are at their best, when they prod you to think.
  11. The thrills in Spike Lee's singularly savvy thriller are in small unexpected moments.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A one-of-a-kind cinematic experience. This musician may not be a genius along the lines of Brain Wilson, as Feuerzeig claims, but Johnston has a knack for revealing innermost thoughts in an offhand way that is eerie and uncanny.
  12. There's no other film like it. It's embarrassingly frank and self-revealing, sometimes funny, sometimes creepy, sometimes both.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is a serious film, but it is also entertaining. Ngassa and Ntuba should be galvanizing figures for a nation stuck on "Judge Judy" and "Jerry Springer."
  13. 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.
  14. An ideal introduction to Toback's output as well as a welcome elucidation for longtime fans. Apart from those worthy functions, The Outsider is also shrewdly made, illuminating its subject in a variety of settings and, at times, subtly assuming the style of Toback's films.
  15. The cruelty of his methods aside -- and Polanski wasn't the first director to terrorize an actor for the sake of a performance -- Repulsion is a frightening, fiercely entertaining experience that holds up to time. (Review of May 1998 revival)
  16. The movie is a stunner, so hypnotic that the length hardly matters.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One of the best films of the year.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Unlike the previous two installments, Lady Vengeance generates on odd feeling: hope.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Goal! hits the back of the net and is an early candidate for the funnest movie of the summer.
  17. Virtually everyone who sees this movie will be galvanized to do something about global warming -- and everyone should see this movie.
  18. There's a lot to process when watching The War Tapes, and that's probably why the documentary gets even better a few days later.
  19. One of the best American films of the year so far.
  20. 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.
  21. Sly, near-perfect comedy.
  22. Family entertainment at its best.
  23. Glatzer and Westmoreland live in Echo Park, and they have given their film a remarkable sense of place.

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