San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
For 5,854 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 The Flat
Lowest review score: 0 Bones
Score distribution:
5,854 movie reviews
    • 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.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Although well intentioned, has the superficial gloss of a TV movie of the week.
  4. Director Edward Zwick tried to make a great movie, but somewhere in the process he forgot to make a good one.
  5. Blanchett's performance is Soderbergh's biggest mistake. He either encourages or permits her to play Lena as a Greta Garbo caricature, which is mildly amusing if you're interested in Garbo, but if you're interested in Lena and The Good German, you're out of luck.
  6. A half-baked script by Jacob Meszaros and Mya Stark admittedly gives Feig little to work with. But his young cast is capable of a lot more than is required of them in this so-called comedy.
  7. May not be a very enjoyable movie, but at least the badness is in good taste.
  8. 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.
  9. This isn't pleasant to watch. Neither is it amusing, intellectually engaging, whimsically fascinating, coldly satirical or painfully poignant, though at any given moment in this erratic film director Tom Tykwer might be trying for one of these conflicting tones.
  10. Besson is a pro when it comes to action movies, but this part live, part animation effort is a mess, highlighted by creepy animation, derivative plot points and a child star who speaks way too fast.
  11. The Ex isn't painful, horrible or despicable, but it is an amazing mess.
  12. The best that can be said of this charmless animated picture is that whether or not it ends happily -- an outcome you're unlikely to give a hoot about -- it does, happily, end.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Not very good.
  13. Any good will built up during the decent first half hour is quickly vaporized.
  14. Not since "An American Werewolf in London" in 1981 reset the standard for man-to-wolf transformations has anyone tried to get away with special effects as pitiful as the ones in this movie.
  15. 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.
  16. It's a dreadful exercise, tin-eared and sincere, bereft of any truth or inspiration.
  17. Extremely boring.
  18. Ghost Rider has everything you don't want from your superhero movie, including lack of logic, boring action scenes, bad acting in the supporting performances, a brutally slow 114-minute running time and cringe-worthy dialogue.
  19. Every once in a while you catch glimpses of originality and see what Gray Matters might have been if it hadn't gone soft and safe.
  20. An awkward hybrid of Asian and American film techniques. It's also an uninvolving story that casts Chan in the role of a fish out of water and gives him little opportunity to show his exuberant personality.
  21. There's no attempt at humor in Dead Silence, but the biggest sin in the film is the lack of scares.
  22. An acquired taste.
  23. Perhaps worst of all, the movie is painfully long.
  24. Although The Reaping' borrows elements from classics of the genre -- rips them off might be more accurate -- it fails to build the psychological tension that made them so creepily good.
  25. It's great to see cherished, longtime stars in big roles to which they can bring so much spontaneity and finesse; you wish only that this movie were sturdier and had aimed higher. Judging from the bloopers that unreel during Grumpier Old Men's end credits, the cast had lots of fun making this movie--more fun, it would seem, than it is to watch.
  26. The picture, which marks the debut of Mexican film maker Guillermo del Toro, is a dull hybrid - a ponderous art film crossed with a vampire story. [06 May 1994]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
  27. Higher Learning says nothing new or challenging and is too naive to inspire controversy.

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