San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

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For 6,499 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 Afghan Star
Lowest review score: 0 AVP: Alien vs. Predator
Score distribution:
6499 movie reviews
  1. A Tale of Love and Darkness is a dead film, an eminently worthy corpse.
  2. It's just off, odd and joyless.
  3. 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.
  4. The result is a frustrating, boring mess.
  5. The Bye Bye Man is the kind of mess that happened by committee.
  6. 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.
  7. Pretentious drama.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. The obvious idea is to stage a motorcycle version of "The Fast and the Furious." Instead we get the flat and the tedious.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. The mockumentary-style delivery of a serious subject proves to be an unworkable mash-up.
  16. 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.
  17. Goes downhill fast.
  18. 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.
  19. It's surprising how dated some of the humor is.
  20. Whatever else W.E. may be (lousy, a waste of time, tin-eared, sleep-inducing, occasionally laughable, etc.), it's sincere and ambitious.
  21. Nearly every bodily fluid makes an appearance in "Rules," a mean-spirited paean to hedonism set at an East Coast college where students attend class only occasionally, and then only to perform oral sex on instructors.
  22. These are good moments, and there are a few others, that prevent Tomb Raider from being one of the worst films of the year. But they're not enough to make it worth seeing.
  23. Yet another 'Stallion'? Talk about beating a dead horse.
  24. For a time, Journey 2 becomes a lost episode of "Lost," then it becomes "King Kong," minus the ape. Then it becomes a ukulele music video featuring the Rock's take on Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's "What a Wonderful World."
  25. Despite its technical defects and negligent production values, The Flip Side will probably appeal to a Filipino-American audience.
  26. An awkward comedy made surprisingly bearable, most of the way, by one actress' ability to turn on the charm and sparkle.
  27. August: Osage County was a three-hour play that felt like two hours. It has been made into a two-hour movie that feels like a month.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Even viewers who are an easy touch for romance movies will find this heavy-handed.

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