San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

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For 6,613 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 A Hologram for the King
Lowest review score: 0 Men Cry Bullets
Score distribution:
6613 movie reviews
  1. Beautiful but hollow.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    This is an ugly film, but with an undeniable allure.
  2. Flipped succeeds when it backs off the gluey nostalgia and focuses instead on the subtler pitfalls of adolescence - the tough stuff, the moral stuff, the constant tacking between fear and courage.
  3. Goes south as a sci-fi film.
  4. An entertaining film for kids and young teens. It's also a product of the era in which we're living, and weird times make for weird movies.
  5. Why is Breakfast With Scot in theaters instead of set for broadcast on the Lifetime, Hallmark or ABC Family channels?
  6. A perfect example of an Intelligent Bad Movie.
  7. It works primarily because of the chemistry between Chan and Tucker, which is at its combustible best this time out.
  8. A dark, unsettling drama from Italian filmmaker Matteo Garrone.
  9. After sitting through Takers with my stomach rearranged by hyperactive camera spazzing, I hereby formally request all directors and cinematographers to just get a grip already and STOP. WIGGLING. THE CAMERA.
  10. Even as it stands, Fish Tank is a valuable movie, though it aspires to a social insight it doesn't attain and a psychological penetration it won't maintain.
  11. It's all pleasant but fairly unimportant, and then -- POW -- comes the great scene, almost out of nowhere.
  12. The Olsens' precociousness and sitcom-style mugging grate at first, but I found myself warming to their movie in its last half - thanks mostly to Alley, a crackerjack physical comic who's incapable of a flat or colorless note.
  13. The movie is never much more than fluff. But, like director Donald Petrie's previous film, "Grumpy Old Men," it has an honest core that enables it to keep its balance. [29 Apr 1994]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
  14. Has a made-for-television style.
  15. A stupid movie -- but a deliriously stupid movie, which gives it a certain grandeur.
  16. An odd duck, a Southern melodrama that aspires to be a sensitive coming-of-age story, with some humor mixed in. Sometimes it doesn’t soar the way it should, though it remains engaging most of the way.
  17. The narratively challenged film seems conflicted: It critiques our obsession with models and beauty and style, even as it obsesses about those very same things. There is a lot of flash, but little substance.
  18. It's a sumptuously mounted melodrama that aims to make a big statement about big themes, but a stilted quality in the filmmaking drags it down.
  19. Don't fault Thirlby, who does as much as she can with the material. Krasinski is pretty good, and DeWitt and Ennenga are outstanding. The direction is decent, and the film is handsome. But it's finally frustrating, enigmatic in a way that suggests emptiness more than mystery.
  20. Lacks, a story that makes it feel personal.
  21. If you can get past the impossibilities it is a fun time at the movies.
  22. Qualifies as a mild success. It's an easy picture to like, even if it's not exactly satisfying.
  23. Infused with a dark charm that will appeal to some girls, A Little Princess, based on the classic novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, is as near to a mannered, lushly photographed Merchant/Ivory-style film as you'll get in a kids' movie.
  24. That's a lot of talent and star power at play here, made all the more conspicuous in that they don't really get much to work with. Not only is the movie just so-so, but the parts themselves aren't much.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Despite its many virtues, Interstellar feels as if it doesn’t quite hit the target.
  25. It presents a compelling situation, genuinely touching moments and pockets of strong acting ... and dialogue that has people in the audience turning to each other and laughing because it’s so absurd.
  26. Unabashedly sentimental, it's meant to touch our hearts in profound and important ways, but misses the mark by drawing too deeply from a pool of schmaltz.
  27. This novelty film is little more than a strung-together product reel of animation pieces put to the 3-D and IMAX test.
  28. Even at 82 minutes, Stoked gets repetitious, with too much time spent on the rise and not enough on the fall.

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