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 higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Lantana
Lowest review score: 0 The Lone Ranger
Score distribution:
5,786 movie reviews
  1. An ill-advised and severely wussified remake.
  2. When Christian Bale allowed himself to play Bruce Wayne in "Batman Begins," he was slumming - and to good effect. But with Terminator Salvation, this ostensibly serious actor takes up residence in the action ghetto, and it's not a good fit.
  3. The first and most honest thing to say about Miracle at St. Anna is that it's an awful mess.
  4. A single 125-minute monstrosity of a cop movie.
  5. So disturbing it makes you uncomfortable watching it.
  6. An annoying little film that attempts to be lascivious but is merely ludicrous.
  7. The fight scenes are lackluster and the plot is needlessly complicated. If you're making an action film that centers on fast cars and fast women, it's usually best to keep the rest of the story simple.
  8. RocknRolla attempts to depict a world of ever-expanding chaos. But the chaos is only in the way the story is told. The actual vision Ritchie offers is pedestrian and tame.
  9. Filth & Wisdom is dead in the water, an excruciating bore even at a compact 84 minutes.
  10. With its flat story, numbed-out protagonist, and faux artistic lighting and set design - everything is dark or moody or darkishly moody or moodily dark - Max Payne seems a good half hour longer than its running time.
  11. It is crystal clear who screwed up this tortuously slow-moving romantic drama.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    It is exactly as one might imagine it: slapstick humor, gross-out monsters and more self-referential digs per minute than "Arrested Development."
  12. This is a movie of excesses that doesn't know when to settle down. It aims to be a slapstick comedy, a romantic comedy and a plain old romance but falls short of each goal.
  13. A mess.
  14. A dreary little thriller that irritates more than it thrills.
  15. How can this movie not be fun?
  16. Che
    If Soderbergh's ambition was to make us feel just how dull it would be to a woods-dwelling communist guerrilla, he succeeded.
  17. The comedy, to the extent there is any, consists mainly of Carrey's verbal asides and strained reactions to people. The script gives him very little to work with.
  18. The movie's excruciating length is without dramatic or thematic justification.
  19. Witless banter might have won Ginger Rogers for Fred Astaire, but Thompson is too smart for that.
  20. Yonkers Joe is incoherent, succeeding neither as an exciting gambling ride nor a touching family story.
  21. The action sequences are just as ridiculous as the romance parts, but at least James seems comfortable with the pratfalls and gross-out scenarios.
  22. In its second half, Outlander falls apart completely, becoming nothing but a violent, mindless monster movie along the lines of "Alien vs. Predator."
  23. Two awful things about Push are at least interesting: The first is the way in which the story is confused. The second is that the story makes no sense.
    • 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.
  24. 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.
  25. More than confusing. It's opaque.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Wow, when Disney misses the "reimagining" mark, it really misses.
  26. It's surprising how dated some of the humor is.

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