San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

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For 5,613 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 0.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Chaos
Lowest review score: 0 Swept Away
Score distribution:
5,613 movie reviews
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Uninspired and only faintly funny.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    It's a shame that "Confessions" doesn't aim higher because there is a great film to be made about the consumer bait-and-switch that has led so many Americans to live beyond their means.
  1. The reboot of the "Friday the 13th" series is a pretty big mess - not particularly scary or interesting or even gory by 21st century movie standards.
  2. More than confusing. It's opaque.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Wow, when Disney misses the "reimagining" mark, it really misses.
  3. It's surprising how dated some of the humor is.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Seems more appropriate for a science museum than the Metreon, but that's not the film's problem. The problem is that oceanic movies in actual science museums are far more interesting and nuanced than this documentary.
  4. If you see only one bad movie this year, definitely make it Knowing. The first major disappointment from director Alex Proyas is a disaster movie, a horror picture, a "Da Vinci Code"-style thriller and an end-of-days religious film all at once.
  5. Contains so many insults to the audience's intelligence.
  6. If you're no longer old enough to carry a Hannah Montana lunch box, this movie will feel like punishment.
  7. The result is that rare movie specimen, a completely intentional, expertly guided work of art that fails almost completely.
  8. This movie could really use an Avon Barksdale, but even actor Wood Harris, who played drug kingpin Barksdale in "The Wire," seems a bit lost.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    But the film written, directed and starring stand-up comic Hitoshi Matsumoto has, like most superheroes, a tragic flaw: It isn't funny.
  9. Has a gutsy premise, but no guts.
  10. A lot of resources went into making G-Force - a lot of talent, a lot of money, a lot of marketing - and there's not much to show for it, not even some halfway imaginative 3-D gimmickry.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    A cliché movie about love, orneriness and several maddening tourists.
  11. A rule of thumb for characters in heist movies: If the idiots hatching the scheme swear it's "foolproof," it isn't. If they say they've got a rock-solid alibi, they don't. If they're convinced nothing could possibly go wrong, something will.
  12. A dead-serious piece of activist filmmaking.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    The director's most painfully slow movie yet.
  13. Ill conceived and unworthy (and dull and ridiculous).
  14. Moon is boring. Agonizingly, deadeningly, coma-inducingly, they-could-bury-you-alive-accidentally boring.
  15. The most enjoyable way to watch Surveillance - "enjoyable," in the relative sense - is to take its awfulness for granted and pay attention to everything Bill Pullman does.
  16. The bad outweighs the good and the cringes outnumber the laughs in Brüno, a disappointment from Sacha Baron Cohen, whose "Borat" was one of the funniest movies of the decade.
  17. If only the projectionist could be persuaded to play the first 10 minutes over and over for two hours, this might be a satisfying movie. Unfortunately, the middle and the end feature a weak lead character, choppy fight choreography, humorless dialogue and computer-generated effects that look as if they came from the "Ghostbusters II" era.
  18. Nowhere near as bad as "Coneheads," but still isn't worth your time.
  19. Too bad the movie is spoiling the view.
  20. Scorsese stuffs the film with heavy-handed art direction and piles on a ludicrously ominous soundtrack. The soundtrack is a constant reminder of the movie's importance and only highlights its unimportance.
  21. A cute movie, a little too cute and a little too aware of its own cuteness.
  22. An empty exercise.
  23. Its single biggest failing - an affront to Lewis Carroll and the charms of nonsense literature - is that it makes sense.

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