San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
For 5,786 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 Mein liebster Feind - Klaus Kinski
Lowest review score: 0 Hobo with a Shotgun
Score distribution:
5,786 movie reviews
  1. More than the usual bad or even numbingly horrible movie. It's an amalgam of many of the modern cinema's worst tendencies and modern filmmaking's most unfortunate misconceptions.
  2. Imagine the worst "Deadwood" episode ever, and you'll get an idea of the general tone of Beowulf & Grendel, which is full of anachronistic cursing, tortured syntax, dark humor and lots of hairy, homely, filthy-looking people.
  3. A bunch of gags, most of which you've seen in the trailer, strung together by any means necessary.
  4. It's just off, odd and joyless.
  5. There's no satisfaction and no pleasure to be gained by sitting through it. The characters are ludicrous and, worse than that, boring. And this is despite all the lead actors doing the best they can.
  6. Has maybe a half-dozen moderately frightening scenes.
  7. The dreary teen drama Step Up appears to be cobbled together from bits and pieces of successful movies.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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"?
  11. Doesn't accomplish its objective.
  12. It's just horsing around that comes to nothing. No, it's worse. It's horsing around designed to disguise nothing as something.
  13. Recalling the earthiness Broderick Crawford brought to the original, I couldn't help thinking Gandolfini should have been cast as Willie.
  14. Kind of a bore.
  15. This is the animated children's film equivalent of "Another 48 Hours."
  16. 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.
  17. Mitchell may be another Russ Meyer -- a dubious honor -- but he's no Tony Kushner.
  18. Lange seems at a loss to know how to convey Martha's malevolence -- and writer-director Jonathan Darby offers almost no guidance.
  19. While it's filled with quality actors, this James Bond tale for tweens feels like something you should be getting for free on television.
  20. 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.
  21. Thus, we find ourselves watching an ice-cold movie about competition that contains not a shred of rooting interest.
  22. 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.
  23. The movie appears to be a contrived, poorly produced attempt to sell more of the author's books.
  24. 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.
  25. Plodding and unfunny.
  26. At the heart of The Return is a murder that even the most bumbling homicide investigator could have solved in about 12 seconds.
  27. It's as if a trumped-up biopic of Andy Warhol were to appear titled "Soup.''
  28. 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.

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