San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

  • Movies
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For 6,792 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
Score distribution:
6792 movie reviews
  1. Ali
    Connects so often and so persuasively that its shortcomings -- the movie goes slack from time to time -- really don't amount to much.
  2. It's hardly possible to overstate what a welcome change of pace The Shipping News is for admirers of Kevin Spacey.
  3. The role of Kate, a spunky but romantically unfulfilled marketing expert, seems made for Ryan. Unfortunately, Ryan no longer seems made for it.
  4. Inventive and intermittently amusing.
  5. Doesn't look like a movie somebody made. It looks like a movie somebody hallucinated and put up on the screen.
  6. Inspiring and largely unsentimental, this is as much a love story as a tale of courage.
  7. Channels the spirit of Frank Capra in this serio-sentimental fable about a man who loses his memory but finds his soul.
  8. An odd picture, a rumination on depression and self-discovery that's couched as an office comedy.
  9. At 80 minutes, this might have been a delight. At more than two hours, it's so much of a good thing that it starts to become a bad thing.
  10. Gets it right. It's a wonderful movie. Watching it, one can't help but get the impression that everyone involved was steeped in Tolkien's work, loved the book, treasured it and took care not to break a cherished thing in it.
  11. A daring, free-spirited and ultimately moving performance by Benjamin Bratt lies at the beating heart of Pinero.
  12. Splendid.
  13. Stuns with writing, acting, direction.
  14. Might have been about the rise and fall of a family of gifted children. That would have been the typical way to approach the story. Instead, it's something rare -- a movie about people who have already fallen, whose best days are behind them.
  15. Presented without preachiness or affectation, Kandahar is a short, matter-of-fact visit to hell.
  16. Proves that it's possible to make a movie so tasteless and so crude that audiences don't laugh. This is worthwhile information. It means there's a limit.
  17. The film's aim -- to dazzle and inspire -- is sapped by Cruise's vein-popping, running-the-marathon performance.
  18. A powerful allegory.
  19. The film is like watching a very bad play as presented by a very bad director.
  20. Can and should be appreciated as a work of delicate and unmistakable beauty.
  21. A sympathetic look at what it's like to be a Brazilian transsexual prostitute working in Milan.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A solid network effort about heroism in a most immoral world.
  22. The actors do their best, particularly the impeccable Mirren, but Schepisi draws a shroud of chaste dullness over their scenes and lays on an energy- sapping score.
  23. The film is exciting in two big ways: its simplicity of story (Tanovic does not get bogged down trying to give us an epic history) and the breadth of Tanovic's vision.
  24. There's no joy and little playfulness about this caper comedy, which, despite a lighthearted script, has a sober undertone to it, almost a melancholia.
  25. A picture so infectious it almost seems original.
  26. A disappointment, a precious and grotesque exercise reminiscent of Jean-Pierre Jeunet's "Delicatessen," only less amusing.
  27. Stettner approaches this material with a playwright's incisiveness and structural sense. His dialogue is cutting, often surprising.
  28. Plays like the cinematic equivalent of a paperback bodice- ripper with embossed type.
  29. Behind Enemy Lines has a wretched script and a director (first-timer John Moore) who either has no taste or doesn't know what he's doing.

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