San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
For 6,827 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 0.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 A Time for Drunken Horses
Lowest review score: 0 FeardotCom
Score distribution:
6827 movie reviews
  1. Requires some patience. Once you get into its rhythm -- including the long flashbacks and intermittent use of the screen as an Internet chat room -- the movie becomes a heady experience.
  2. Glorious moments aplenty despite director who's just in the way.
  3. Seeing it is a time-bending experience, a way of visiting the past and glimpsing the past's idea of the future. A masterpiece of art direction, the movie has influenced our vision of the future ever since, with its imposing white monoliths and starched facades.
  4. Cheesy.
  5. A wretched comedy about middle-aged romance.
  6. Gainsbourg's character seems too sweet to be true until she tangles with her onscreen director over nudity. The fire Gainsbourg brings to the scene suggests she's had similar battles.
  7. A powerful new film from British writer-director Sandra Goldbacher.
  8. 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.
  9. Retains the earlier film's ability to delight the viewer with surprise effects and flights of fancy, only now the effects are better.
  10. Appealing movie, one of the summer's pleasant surprises.
  11. Clearly, great fun.
  12. A hit- and-miss affair, consistently amusing but not as outrageous or funny as Cho may have intended or as imaginative as one might have hoped.
  13. The result is a gutsy little picture and a nice slice of life.
  14. Adams sparkles with quick-mindedness and verbal agility. This is a worthy and underused talent.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A sweet-natured reconsideration of one of San Francisco's most vital, if least widely recognized, creative fountainheads.
  15. It is great summer fun.
  16. A stink bomb of a movie.
  17. An amazing film amazingly tasteless, tin-eared and awkward, but amazing all the same. Anyone with a predilection for bad movies might want to see it, if only in an inspecting-the-wreckage spirit, since because movies this misguided come but once or twice a year.
  18. Women had to struggle for years to launch their own basketball league; it's a shame that the first movie to address their success is a drag comedy, and a lousy one at that.
  19. An attempt at an epic. Sayles assembles a big cast and creates a mosaic of interweaving characters and story lines. But the stories are bland, the connections are incidental and the dramatic payoff is nonexistent.
  20. It succeeds, occasionally.
  21. This is the kind of pure entertainment that, in its fullness and generosity, feels almost classic.
  22. Here's a tiresome feature that could be made into a wonderful 20-minute film -- or, with a few adjustments, into two or three 10-minute shorts.
  23. Extraordinary.
  24. Despite some feints in a soulful direction, the picture has none of the interior quality of a multifaceted war film like Terrence Malick's "The Thin Red Line." Woo is all about elegant surfaces, not inner conflicts.
  25. A touching but odd mix of live action and animation.
  26. The result is a genre-bending yarn, an entertaining mix of period drama and flat-out farce that should please history fans.
  27. The result is not only entertaining but also refreshing, a shameless crowd-pleaser with a healthy cynicism about itself.
  28. We're left with a metallic aftertaste.
  29. Do you really want to spend money watching what is essentially marginality, or would those dollars be better used to see a better film or even buy a good book?

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