San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
For 6,421 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 0.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Guest of Cindy Sherman
Lowest review score: 0 Why Him?
Score distribution:
6421 movie reviews
  1. Uninvolving. Even the sex is boring. Are these scenes supposed to be wildly erotic? If they are, they don't work. [20 Mar 1992, Daily Notebook, p.D1]
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  2. Occasionally, this film is funny and cute. When the family's little girl narrates, it reaches a level of humor that is ironic and endearing.
  3. John Lennon once said that because he was an artist, if you gave him a tuba, he could get something out of it. The Face of Love presents us with Annette Bening and Ed Harris playing the tuba. They get something out of it - they get everything there is to get and more - but it's not enough.
  4. This ambitious and sometimes entertaining Brazilian feature tries to pull off a tricky maneuver but doesn't quite get it done.
  5. The message is muddled.
  6. The biggest mystery of all is why director Marc Rosenbush, whose background is in theater, bothered putting this story on film when it's so obviously meant for a stage.
  7. It is a great story, but it hasn't been translated to the screen. It is never a good sign when the biographical notes have more emotional wallop than the movie.
  8. Obvious, but at least it's clean.
  9. An almost successful comedy.
  10. Forget the sometimes stilted acting. Forget the occasional scenes that are borderline cliched. Instead, focus on the message and the raw emotion.
  11. Homefront has craft and humor behind it, but not much in the way of inspiration. Think of a dessert with lots of calories and no nutrition.
  12. It is a boilerplate action comedy.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The Great Raid tells its story without irony, perspective or any leavening that would make it something other than an ordinary military-action caper.
  13. July also narrates the film, in voiceover, as the cat, and every time she does, it's a white-knuckle thing. You have to hold on until she stops.
  14. Black Nativity is a just-OK feature film that, as an hour-long television special, could have had the makings of a classic.
  15. If you like this sort of movie - and actually, cards on the table, I like this kind of movie - you will not be sorry you saw it. But you will not come away from the experience feeling that you've seen Victoria, young or otherwise.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It tries too hard, but at least it's trying.
  16. The film has a good cast, and is competently made in a plain-vanilla way, but its greatest appeal will be to those who share its endorsement of traditional religious values.
  17. An adaptation not firing on all cylinders.
  18. Wild Reeds is a sober, heartfelt piece of work, sensitively directed and lovingly photographed -- though slightly dull, if we're going to be perfectly honest.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Moderately engaging tale.
  19. A big fizzle.
  20. The Invisible is, at its core, a character study, albeit one with a Patrick Swayze-in-"Ghost" paranormal edge. But it's definitely not mindless trash. If anything, the movie is too introspective, to the point that it doesn't build enough conflict or tension.
  21. The movie is reasonably entertaining, though it helps to be 6 years old.
  22. This offering is a mostly undistinguished addition to the long list of films about alienated and self-pitying young people.
  23. All this is interesting, or interesting enough, depending on how you feel about Elaine Stritch. If you're a particular fan, this documentary is a must-see. But for everyone else, a little of Elaine's personality goes a long way.
  24. Kingpin has nastiness going for it. There are prosthesis jokes, bad-teeth jokes, ugly-women jokes, sight gags involving vomiting, etc.
  25. The movie drags.
  26. The movie makes something of a case for him, in that he is quite a good piano player, with absolute command of the blues, country and rock idioms, but there isn’t enough here to make someone a fan who isn’t already interested.
  27. A merry, wistful, tear-and-a-smile romp about the Holocaust, of all things.

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