San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

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For 5,700 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 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Jung (War) in the Land of the Mujaheddin
Lowest review score: 0 Pumpkin
Score distribution:
5,700 movie reviews
  1. Props to the Weinstein Brothers for having the guts to release a slasher film on Christmas Day. Too bad this one is the cinematic equivalent of tryptophan.
  2. This isn't pleasant to watch. Neither is it amusing, intellectually engaging, whimsically fascinating, coldly satirical or painfully poignant, though at any given moment in this erratic film director Tom Tykwer might be trying for one of these conflicting tones.
  3. Besson is a pro when it comes to action movies, but this part live, part animation effort is a mess, highlighted by creepy animation, derivative plot points and a child star who speaks way too fast.
  4. The Ex isn't painful, horrible or despicable, but it is an amazing mess.
  5. The best that can be said of this charmless animated picture is that whether or not it ends happily -- an outcome you're unlikely to give a hoot about -- it does, happily, end.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Not very good.
  6. Any good will built up during the decent first half hour is quickly vaporized.
  7. Not since "An American Werewolf in London" in 1981 reset the standard for man-to-wolf transformations has anyone tried to get away with special effects as pitiful as the ones in this movie.
  8. A Western short on dialogue and long on pomposity, is little more than an extended chase scene down a snow-filled mountaintop to a desert floor.
  9. It's a dreadful exercise, tin-eared and sincere, bereft of any truth or inspiration.
  10. Extremely boring.
  11. Ghost Rider has everything you don't want from your superhero movie, including lack of logic, boring action scenes, bad acting in the supporting performances, a brutally slow 114-minute running time and cringe-worthy dialogue.
  12. Every once in a while you catch glimpses of originality and see what Gray Matters might have been if it hadn't gone soft and safe.
  13. An awkward hybrid of Asian and American film techniques. It's also an uninvolving story that casts Chan in the role of a fish out of water and gives him little opportunity to show his exuberant personality.
  14. There's no attempt at humor in Dead Silence, but the biggest sin in the film is the lack of scares.
  15. An acquired taste.
  16. Perhaps worst of all, the movie is painfully long.
  17. Although The Reaping' borrows elements from classics of the genre -- rips them off might be more accurate -- it fails to build the psychological tension that made them so creepily good.
  18. It's great to see cherished, longtime stars in big roles to which they can bring so much spontaneity and finesse; you wish only that this movie were sturdier and had aimed higher. Judging from the bloopers that unreel during Grumpier Old Men's end credits, the cast had lots of fun making this movie--more fun, it would seem, than it is to watch.
  19. The picture, which marks the debut of Mexican film maker Guillermo del Toro, is a dull hybrid - a ponderous art film crossed with a vampire story. [06 May 1994]
  20. Higher Learning says nothing new or challenging and is too naive to inspire controversy.
  21. Bram Stoker's Dracula is a lovingly made, gorgeously realized, meticulously crafted failure. It has big names, a big budget, big sets, a big, thundering score and even big hair. But it doesn't do it. It doesn't excite or fascinate but just lies there on the screen. [13 Nov 1992, p. C1]
  22. [Pedro Almodovar] gives it a nice try, but his approach turns out to be completely wrong for the material he's working with here. [25 May 1990]
  23. For all it does right, there's something seriously wrong.
  24. Jack is a warm, heartfelt disaster that shows that life is fleeting but movies can be very long indeed.
  25. This picture is disgusting. [15 Aug 1986]
  26. "Spider-Man 2" was a textbook example of how to make a sequel: Deepen it, make it funnier, give it more heart and come up with a strong villain and a good story. Spider Man 3, by contrast, shows how not to make a sequel.
  27. A very stupid movie, with many more failed jokes than successful ones. Worse yet, much of the comedy is kind of mean.
  28. Sitting through Diggers is so tedious that you might find yourself envying the clam diggers. At least they get to be outdoors.
  29. Crooklyn is loud and raucous and occasionally cruel. The actors shout their dialogue, the kids trade insults and the movie has the strained, desperate-for-fun anxiety of a TV sitcom. [13 May 1994, p.C1]

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