San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
For 5,921 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 Last Life in the Universe
Lowest review score: 0 Spy Hard
Score distribution:
5,921 movie reviews
  1. Jaden is not ready for his solo spotlight, and the film is the same action over and over. Another bad movie from Shyamalan.
  2. Wexler gets tired of his own movie near the end of it. The viewer will get tired in 15 minutes.
  3. 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.
  4. Identity Thief is not only not funny. It's negative funny. It's short on laughs, but it will disturb and annoy.
  5. It wimped out by blanding down the story and the characters to the point where she isn't really a shrew and he isn't really a maniac.
  6. It's loud, it's large, it's stupid, and its best gag involves a chicken burrito.
  7. A big disappointment.
  8. The 3-D 1D movie is aimless, seemingly deceptive and spreads a poor message: that it's OK to act extremely immature, as long as you have millions of blind followers who think it's cute.
  9. The movie is stiff and schmaltzy and clumsily directed.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Garlin's directing has little pacing, and many of the borderline gags could have been salvaged with some sharper editing. And there's a shocking amount of jokes and situations that just don't work.
  10. P.S.: It stinks.
  11. At best, it will be remembered as "that exorcism movie with Eric Bana." More likely, "that exorcism movie where everyone has a bad New York accent."
  12. Midway, Mondays in the Sun becomes as dull as a day with nothing to do.
  13. Sharkboy relies almost entirely on 3-D for its kicks. The novelty, however, quickly wears thin with the thinnest of stories to project.
  14. It means to be knowing and cynical but is just callow.
  15. Gradually, FX2 ties itself into a knot it can't undo even with the most desperate of measures. Everything is left hanging, and by the end the plotting is so clumsy it's embarrassing. [10 May 1991, p.E3]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
  16. A turkey.
  17. 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.
  18. Sitting through Diggers is so tedious that you might find yourself envying the clam diggers. At least they get to be outdoors.
  19. What's missing is any hint of realism. There's no grit to it anywhere.
  20. A long-winded indulgence in tear-and-a-smile whimsy, elevated above the merely irritating and saccharine by compelling art direction.
  21. Every single thing wrong with John Dies at the End might have been avoided had John died at the beginning, along with all the other characters, transforming an awful full-length movie into a harmless five-minute short.
  22. A sour misfire.
  23. Seems it's never going to reach liftoff.
  24. Why was the sight of scrawny Woody Allen kissing pretty Diane Keaton never revolting, while scrawny David Spade kissing beautiful Sophie Marceau in Lost & Found is the creepiest cinematic sight of the year?
  25. The satire is unfocused, while the story goes nowhere. Too bad. The material is ripe for satire.
  26. Women had to struggle for years to launch their own basketball league; it's a shame that the first movie to address their success is a drag comedy, and a lousy one at that.
  27. It gets worse and worse as it goes along and finally ends just as it's becoming unbearable.
  28. Flat and uninspired.
  29. 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.

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