San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
For 5,742 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 higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 The Mummy
Lowest review score: 0 Faster
Score distribution:
5,742 movie reviews
  1. The dreary teen drama Step Up appears to be cobbled together from bits and pieces of successful movies.
  2. Zoom is a C-list production in every possible way, from the actors and the special effects to the music and the script. Even the product placement is completely third rate.
  3. The desperation TV stars must feel to be on the big screen is the only explanation for Edie Falco and Elisha Cuthbert's appearance in The Quiet, a creepy family drama that reeks of pretentiousness.
  4. Crossover has one redeeming quality: a heart that's in the right place. It's a bad movie with a good message -- but does anyone really want to pay $10 for an ABC After School Special version of "He Got Game"?
  5. Doesn't accomplish its objective.
  6. It's just horsing around that comes to nothing. No, it's worse. It's horsing around designed to disguise nothing as something.
  7. Recalling the earthiness Broderick Crawford brought to the original, I couldn't help thinking Gandolfini should have been cast as Willie.
  8. Kind of a bore.
  9. This is the animated children's film equivalent of "Another 48 Hours."
  10. It would require a near-lethal injection of nitrous oxide to induce laughter.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    A 2-hour, 20-minute bore-de-force of virtually dialogue-free angst.
  11. Mitchell may be another Russ Meyer -- a dubious honor -- but he's no Tony Kushner.
  12. Lange seems at a loss to know how to convey Martha's malevolence -- and writer-director Jonathan Darby offers almost no guidance.
  13. While it's filled with quality actors, this James Bond tale for tweens feels like something you should be getting for free on television.
  14. Coppola has no trouble convincing viewers that Marie Antoinette is an interesting historical subject, but there's a big distance between that and creating a fascinating personality or fashioning a compelling narrative.
  15. Thus, we find ourselves watching an ice-cold movie about competition that contains not a shred of rooting interest.
  16. While "Saw" and "Saw II" were pretty good splatter films hampered by spectacularly unbelievable endings, Saw III is annoying for almost the duration of the movie.
  17. The movie appears to be a contrived, poorly produced attempt to sell more of the author's books.
  18. Depictions of an aide talking about her hospital vigil and her words of comfort to a distraught Laura Bush are creepy and exploitative -- and borderline disgusting.
  19. Plodding and unfunny.
  20. At the heart of The Return is a murder that even the most bumbling homicide investigator could have solved in about 12 seconds.
  21. It's as if a trumped-up biopic of Andy Warhol were to appear titled "Soup.''
  22. The Fountain' never comes together. Like the time traveler at its center, it's all over the map.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    A rollicking comedy for the gay niche that rarely rises above the level of a high school skit, Phillip J. Bartell's sequel to 2004's "Eating Out" is loaded with silliness and eye candy.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Some long patches in this show are surprisingly boring and unfunny. Maybe part of the problem is that the rest of the world has caught up with Waters -- nowadays everyone's a provocateur. In-your-face gay-themed material is no longer such a novelty; there are simply fewer boundaries left to transgress.
  23. While Kal Penn manages a decent lead performance as Taj, the writing is terrible.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    If nothing else, Fitzgerald has demonstrated how huge a challenge the AIDS epidemic is on a worldwide scale, and how it will take a concerted, intelligent effort to solve it. It'll take a lot more than throwing money around.
  24. These people are so stupid that they make us think, well, wait a second: Maybe those livers and kidneys could be put to better use.
  25. Although well intentioned, has the superficial gloss of a TV movie of the week.
  26. Director Edward Zwick tried to make a great movie, but somewhere in the process he forgot to make a good one.

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