San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
For 5,894 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 Django Unchained
Lowest review score: 0 FeardotCom
Score distribution:
5,894 movie reviews
  1. Kind of a bore.
  2. Innocuous and dull.
  3. This is an embarrassing film. It's a sex comedy that sets itself up as a satire of middle-class mores, except there's no truth behind any of its observations. LaBute tries to be shocking and manages only to be shockingly puerile -- tasteless in a high-school-boyish sort of way.
  4. It's all talking heads, clanging music, substandard graphics, long scans of Web-page headlines and Bowdon's heavily cadenced voiceovers.
  5. Yes
    Mostly unbearable.
  6. A Christian-themed film about redemption with almost no redeeming qualities as entertainment.
  7. It's just too bad that almost nothing in the movie seems original. The "Thriller" video may have featured hokey dancing zombies, but at least someone was making an effort.
  8. The prologue sets a simpleton tone that, distressingly, continues throughout.
  9. The narrative is a mess, and the overly long action sequences are easily forgotten.
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  10. Franco Zeffirelli's Hamlet, a senselessly adapted, ill-conceived, poorly acted mess of a film that's guaranteed to frustrate anyone who loves the play and to put everybody else to sleep. [18 Jan 1991]
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  11. Attempts to convey emotional dislocation and passion at the same time. All we get is distance.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Just plain bad.
  12. The Chamber has nowhere to go and it goes there slowly, flirting in all directions.
  13. A movie that features a cartoon rodent eating his brother's feces, and do you really need to know more about this update of Ross Bagdasarian's iconic musical creation?
  14. The emotional core of the movie, the relationship between Nicky and Jess, lacks impact, mostly because you can’t believe a word that they say, but also because Smith is not a strong leading man.
  15. Promised to be the season's thoughtful action picture, turns out to have few thoughts and no thrills.
  16. Jaw-droppingly awful.
  17. The film is obvious, weak and scattered and seems more like a practical joke than a work of genuine passion. It is without exaggeration one of the most blindingly boring films I've seen in years.
  18. With words streaming out of their mouths instead of into bubbles, Ethan and his gang of past, present and future lovers sound laughingly unbelievable. They're on the road to inanity.
  19. The Lazarus Effect is not the usual mindless thriller, but it’s as flat as an open soda from last week, with dull characters and virtually every scene taking place in a single location. It looks as if it cost about 12 bucks to make — and somebody got robbed.
  20. Doesn't know what it wants to be: either a goofball satire or a heavy-handed social-message movie.
  21. It's a movie that scrounges so desperately for laughs, it features both a flatulent moose and a flatulent train.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    A rollicking comedy for the gay niche that rarely rises above the level of a high school skit, Phillip J. Bartell's sequel to 2004's "Eating Out" is loaded with silliness and eye candy.
  22. "300" was an innovative and imaginative action film, but the follow-up, 300: Rise of an Empire, is nothing but a disappointment.
  23. A discordant comedy that gives bad taste a bad name.
  24. Has maybe a half-dozen moderately frightening scenes.
  25. Don't invest too much in the word "Golf" at the beginning of the title. Golf in the Kingdom is arguably less of a sports movie than the first "Harry Potter." (At least someone won that game of quidditch ...)
  26. The movie appears to be a contrived, poorly produced attempt to sell more of the author's books.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Not very good.
  27. Butter is a misfire. At 90 minutes it feels inflated, and though clearly intended as funny, it's difficult to locate, except in the most general terms, the focus of the movie's satire, and there's not a laugh to be had.

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