San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
For 5,723 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 Secrets & Lies
Lowest review score: 0 Spy Hard
Score distribution:
5,723 movie reviews
  1. Dares to present a flat-out heroic president, without the safety net of irony. It succeeds.
  2. Much of that appeal comes from compelling performances by the two main actors.
  3. A joyous, hilarious send-up of rock star pretensions and an enchanting celebration of "girl power" in pop culture.
  4. A breed apart from anything coming off the Hollywood assembly line or, for that matter, from the saccharine romances Britain has lately produced.
  5. A gorgeous piece of work. It pulls every heartstring a good romance should, yet bursts with G-rated fun, wonderfully human characters and several solid and hummable songs.
  6. Mischievous, singular and profound.
  7. A masterful portrait of the seasons of a life.
  8. The payoff is a consistently rich piece with impressive visual vitality.
  9. A small gem.
  10. The concept is high, the humor lowbrow and the joy of experimentation evident in every frame of this wonderful picture.
  11. In this one masterpiece, Federico Fellini achieved the ideal balance -- between social observation and unconscious imagery, between artistic discipline and freedom, and between the neo-realism of 1950s Italian cinema and the orgiastic flights of his later work.
  12. It's a lovely and wistful celebration of youth, time and moments of connection -- and about the experience of living in the midst of a simple, perfect day that you know you'll remember for the rest of your life.
  13. One of the year’s most significant films.
  14. A masterpiece.
  15. A different kind of Harry Potter movie, a better kind... It's where this fantasy series has wanted to go all along.
  16. Daring in its affirmation that a dowdy woman in her late 60s still can let go of her inhibitions and exhibit a lascivious side.
  17. The balance between action and mysticism in The Empire Strikes Back provides fascinating energy. It's as if the kids are given one set of delights, the bravado of battles and elaborate warships zooming through exotic space, and adults are given another, a layered explanation of what it all means in the grand scheme of things. [Special Edition]
  18. The alien attack, taking place in several cities at once, is breathtaking...All the same, Independence Day is consistently funny.
  19. Weeping Camel essentially lets native people tell their own unforgettable story.
  20. It's hard to dislike a picture with flying cows and oil trucks.
  21. It’s coolheaded and incisive, a thorough and informative study of corporations, their origins and their place in the modern world.
  22. Coraci has given us a film that is not only amusing, but well-acted, and not only well-acted, but gorgeous. Micha Klein's animated transitions alone, which are used to signal each change in location, are wondrous and lovely to behold.
  23. A thoroughly entertaining and hilarious look at a board game that's an occasional amusement for some -- and a serious obsession (or disturbing addiction) for others.
  24. Assessing the merits of a political film is a tricky business. Obviously, its quality is partly a function of its power to persuade, but its persuasiveness is in the eye of the beholder.
  25. Smart, fun entertainment.
  26. Magnificent but somewhat frustrating movie.
  27. The very best thrillers -- a select group to which The Clearing clearly belongs -- exploit subconscious fears that bubble up at vulnerable moments.
  28. Though Mom is ditzy and, at times, irritating, we come to recognize her as the family's most original creative spirit.
  29. An inspiring translation of biblical grandeur, turning the story of one of history's greatest heroes into an entertaining, visually dazzling cartoon.
  30. A revelatory independent film whose moments of incredible sadness are offset by the same state of grace that blesses its astonishing title character.

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