San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
For 5,613 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 0.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Chaos
Lowest review score: 0 Swept Away
Score distribution:
5,613 movie reviews
  1. A mesmerizing film that is the most stunning, tempestuous love story in a decade or two of movie making.
  2. Intimate, heartfelt and wickedly funny, it's a movie whose impact lingers.
  3. Ten
    A minimalist film, Ten looks and feels like a documentary. At the end, there is no big denouement, but a profound realization that the people we see on camera are all aching for answers -- and struggling to come to terms with their lives.
  4. So original, so funny, so alive with drama, intrigue, mystery and colors that you want to see it again and again.
  5. A great achievement: tense and passionate, a film that one feels not just emotionally but also physically.
  6. Ferocious brutality is presented without commentary or judgment, yet with unmistakable moral understanding and vision. [21 September 1990, Daily Notebook p.E-1]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Sad funny and richly romantic, everything that makes Allen’s movies so beloved. [7 February 1986, Daily Notebook p.76]
  7. An original, inspired piece of work.
  8. A great experience, precisely because it's so intimate and unguarded.
  9. In scene after scene -- the long wedding sequence, John Marley's bloody discovery in his bed, Pacino nervously smoothing down his hair before a restaurant massacre, the godfather's collapse in a garden -- Coppola crafted an enduring, undisputed masterpiece. [21 Mar 1997, Daily Datebook, p.C3]
  10. A documentary that is as thoughtful and inspiring as the music it celebrates.
  11. Enchanting documentary that also serves as an animated gallery of Goldsworthy’s uniquely ephemeral art.
  12. Delivers a full emotional palette without undue sentimentalizing.
  13. This thriller is so expertly -- and perversely -- poised that audience members may find themselves secretly rooting for the duplicitous Ripley.
  14. A superb documentary.
  15. Through a simple story line, dramatic acting and National Geographic-like shots of the city's rough and pristine edges -- creates cinematic magic.
  16. In addition to being extremely funny, the film has a warm spirit and respect for the characters.
  17. This is the kind of pure entertainment that, in its fullness and generosity, feels almost classic.
  18. Remarkable also for the uniform excellence of its cast, and for the pleasure [Altman's] actors take in the wide berth he allows them. [24 Apr 1992]
  19. Explosive entertainment, with the tension and volatility of its subject matter.
  20. Not a heist film, a thriller, a twisted romance, a film noir or a character study, but a unique concoction that bends all these genres to its vision.
  21. It is an exhilaration from beginning to end. It's the movie equivalent of that rare sort of novel where you find yourself checking to see how many pages are left and hoping there are more, not fewer.
  22. Fernanda Montenegro gives a landmark performance.
  23. He (Aronofsky) has put together a phantasmagoria of self-destructive obsession that is so visually astounding it becomes its own saving grace. Otherwise, we might not be able to bear it.
  24. This is an acerbic examination of erotic obsession, told from different perspectives, with wit, suspense and cold-blooded detachment.
  25. It works. "Lizzie" is wholesome, smart and sweet.
  26. Gets it right. It's a wonderful movie. Watching it, one can't help but get the impression that everyone involved was steeped in Tolkien's work, loved the book, treasured it and took care not to break a cherished thing in it.
  27. One great monster movie. [11 June 1993, Daily Notebook, p.C1]
  28. The all-time great talking-pig movie, a lovely, intelligent gem of G-rated entertainment that is also rib-tickling funny.
  29. A caustic comedy of Hollywood manners.

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