San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

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For 5,608 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 0.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring
Lowest review score: 0 Crop Circles: Quest for Truth
Score distribution:
5,608 movie reviews
  1. There's not a single moment here in which Nixon is admirable, decisive or appealing. Nixon doesn't work as a drama, but with a little push it might have been a great comedy.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Unlike "Exit Through the Gift Shop," Catfish isn't able to make the leap from odd incident to an indictment of our times.
  2. A ponderous and dreadful film.
  3. Flat and uninspired.
  4. I know this is heresy on a number of fronts, but much of The Love We Make is boring.
  5. Depressing. So is director Marshall Curry's avowal in the press notes that the film will leave viewers with "a more nuanced view of the world."
  6. An overwrought drama.
  7. The film itself is wretched. A grueling, numbing black hole.
  8. By the end A.I. exhibits all its creators' bad traits and none of the good. So we end up with the structureless, meandering, slow-motion endlessness of Kubrick combined with the fuzzy, cuddly mindlessness of Spielberg.
  9. The film ends up landing in a confused middle category. It's neither a coherent, discrete work nor a zany tribute to the late actor.
  10. Coppola has no trouble convincing viewers that Marie Antoinette is an interesting historical subject, but there's a big distance between that and creating a fascinating personality or fashioning a compelling narrative.
  11. Goes downhill fast.
  12. Carax, with Pola X, has become a parody of himself with a self-indulgent, overreaching style that many viewers will find a struggle to watch -- provided they can contain their contempt for pretentiousness.
  13. The worst kind of avant-garde film, one that hides its lack of commitment to the story, the characters and the genre under cover of being experimental. It mocks form and plays with form but offers nothing in its place, just boredom, emptiness and the oldest metaphor in captivity, about grass coming up through concrete.
  14. Crooklyn is loud and raucous and occasionally cruel. The actors shout their dialogue, the kids trade insults and the movie has the strained, desperate-for-fun anxiety of a TV sitcom. [13 May 1994, p.C1]
  15. Goes nowhere.
  16. A film with no theatrical core and no integrity in the writing, acting or storytelling.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    The film's hymn of praise quickly grows cloying, thanks partly to a relentless musical soundtrack.
  17. Suffers from some of the deficiencies common to first features. It is sincere and earnest but the product of an assumption that the milieu itself is compelling enough to command an audience's attention.
  18. This one is a long, archetypal journey that screeches to a halt a few stops short of its destination.
  19. With The Way, writer-director Emilio Estevez has made a respectable failure. What's respectable - and undeniable - is that this is a sincere effort to make a film of sensitivity and spiritual richness.
  20. Directed by Danny Boyle, it lacks even a single moment of charm or interest.
  21. 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.
  22. Dumb but also unrelentingly dark and ugly, thereby depriving the viewer of any camp value.
  23. Numbing and inert.
  24. The movie is overly long and much too intense for small children, yet it's filled with dialogue and plot turns that are too juvenile to thrill adult audiences.
  25. Midway, Mondays in the Sun becomes as dull as a day with nothing to do.
  26. Che
    If Soderbergh's ambition was to make us feel just how dull it would be to a woods-dwelling communist guerrilla, he succeeded.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Hao doesn't seem to have a point of view. Mongolian Ping-Pong is episodic and meandering, with several tedious stretches.
  27. Surprisingly, the results are embarrassing. As puppetry, Team America is stilted. As satire, it's gutless and lazy. And as comedy, it barely delivers laughs.

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