San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

  • Movies
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For 6,440 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 0.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 13 Assassins
Lowest review score: 0 Mother of Tears
Score distribution:
6440 movie reviews
  1. Mixed Nuts, opening today at Bay Area movie theaters, is laced generously with chuckles, though it neglects one little detail that helps make movies satisfying: a plot. [21 Dec 1994, p.E1]
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  2. Leaves an unintentional unpleasant aftertaste.
  3. The Dead Pool isn't much of a movie. It certainly isn't as fun, nor as compelling as its predecessors, and now and then the forced plot gets so ridiculous that it is certain to try the patience of even the most die-hard viewers. [13 Jul 1988, p.E1]
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    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    Fans of J-horror (for Japan, where the genre was born; its conventions have since spread to South Korea and Thailand) will find Shutter familiar; others may just doze.
  4. If this is the best we can do in terms of movies - if something like this can speak to the soul of audiences - maybe we should just turn over the cameras and the equipment to the alien dinosaurs and see what they come up with.
  5. It's one of those self-consciously cute pictures, about as hard to take as a person who stands in front of a mirror and preens all day. [23 Mar 1990, Daily Datebook, p.E1]
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  6. Tolerable for undiscriminating horror fans but should be shunned by everybody else.
  7. A useless film in every possible way.
  8. Jumbled and stupid plot, bad acting and a few predictable gags that fall flat.
  9. A Tale of Love and Darkness is a dead film, an eminently worthy corpse.
  10. It's just off, odd and joyless.
  11. Moretz is an appealing young woman whose star is rising. She'll probably have an exceptional career, but If I Stay won't be a highlight.
  12. The result is a frustrating, boring mess.
  13. The Bye Bye Man is the kind of mess that happened by committee.
  14. This disappointing new film from director Michael Winterbottom ("24 Hour Party People") suffers from a similar malaise: It's poetic and pretty, strives for profundity without attaining it, and finally ends up saying nothing.
  15. Pretentious drama.
  16. No target is too obvious for Salvation Boulevard, a farrago of cheap shots aimed at Christian fundamentalism. It's a blunderbuss satire that criminally wastes a talented cast.
  17. 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.
  18. The temptation arises to say something nice about Grown Ups 2 just because it doesn't cause injury. But no, it's a bad movie, too, just old-school bad, the kind that's merely lousy and not an occasion for migraines or night sweats.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    A spectacular failure, despite further evidence of the director's keen eye and bold cinematic ideas.
  19. Children will enjoy the physical humor, but discerning adults are advised to pawn their sons and daughters off on some other unsuspecting chaperone -- preferably one who doesn't read movie reviews.
  20. The obvious idea is to stage a motorcycle version of "The Fast and the Furious." Instead we get the flat and the tedious.
  21. Safe House is an idea for a movie. It's a few blustery gestures in the direction of a story, with five good actors doing their best, trying to hold up the barest frame of an idea, while investing the surrounding emptiness with all the truth they can muster.
  22. The dragging pace is one of several agonizing defects in this bloated sci-fi action drama.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Things happen in a flat, deadpan way.
  23. The mockumentary-style delivery of a serious subject proves to be an unworkable mash-up.
  24. For some, this sort of thinking is a much-needed revolution in human consciousness. For others, it's little more than New Age platitudes and questionable science.
  25. Goes downhill fast.
  26. The Choice has a twist or two toward the end, and they’re about as cheaply maudlin as the movies get. The only choice is to make sure a barf bag is nearby.
  27. It's surprising how dated some of the humor is.

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