San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

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For 6,894 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 0.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Mansfield Park
Lowest review score: 0 Paris Can Wait
Score distribution:
6894 movie reviews
  1. It is an exceptional accomplishment.
  2. Cate Blanchett has the title role, and she does wonders with it, bringing a degree of passion but also suggesting something essentially unevolved in Charlotte's character.
  3. Not about the justice or injustice of the legal system. Rather it's about the tragedy of Sam's predicament.
  4. A crackerjack combination of live action, special effects and recycled footage.
  5. Dark and beautifully directed melodrama about the strange intersection of racism and emotional need.
  6. A British costume film that's funny but not at all fusty.
  7. Ali
    Connects so often and so persuasively that its shortcomings -- the movie goes slack from time to time -- really don't amount to much.
  8. It's hardly possible to overstate what a welcome change of pace The Shipping News is for admirers of Kevin Spacey.
  9. The role of Kate, a spunky but romantically unfulfilled marketing expert, seems made for Ryan. Unfortunately, Ryan no longer seems made for it.
  10. Inventive and intermittently amusing.
  11. Doesn't look like a movie somebody made. It looks like a movie somebody hallucinated and put up on the screen.
  12. Inspiring and largely unsentimental, this is as much a love story as a tale of courage.
  13. Channels the spirit of Frank Capra in this serio-sentimental fable about a man who loses his memory but finds his soul.
  14. An odd picture, a rumination on depression and self-discovery that's couched as an office comedy.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. A daring, free-spirited and ultimately moving performance by Benjamin Bratt lies at the beating heart of Pinero.
  18. Splendid.
  19. Stuns with writing, acting, direction.
  20. 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.
  21. Presented without preachiness or affectation, Kandahar is a short, matter-of-fact visit to hell.
  22. 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.
  23. The film's aim -- to dazzle and inspire -- is sapped by Cruise's vein-popping, running-the-marathon performance.
  24. A powerful allegory.
  25. The film is like watching a very bad play as presented by a very bad director.
  26. Can and should be appreciated as a work of delicate and unmistakable beauty.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.

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