San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

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For 5,808 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 0.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 The Motorcycle Diaries
Lowest review score: 0 A Moment of Innocence
Score distribution:
5,808 movie reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Overlord is an ambitious, important experiment that has come to light after three decades of neglect.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A history lesson about the Holocaust well worth teaching.
  1. Make no mistake, Blue Is the Warmest Color constitutes a breakthrough, in addition to being the best film of 2013.
  2. "Human Resources" was a good, straightforward tale, but Time Out is better. It's haunting. It's like a poem.
  3. To say it is about a debilitating disease is as reductive as saying "Little Miss Sunshine" is about a beauty pageant. Both are intimate stories of family ties that bind but sometimes also choke.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Lattuada has adapted a gritty neorealist style to suit his dark comedy and is in full command in the final half hour, when he ups the ante in surprising ways.
  4. There's such a thing as smart angry, and such a thing as stupid angry, and after seeing Inside Job, audiences will be smart angry.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    And there lies the greatest flaw with Citzenfour and Snowden himself. Despite the film’s virtues, we’re no closer to understanding Snowden than we were a year ago when this saga began.
  5. An outstanding effort that maintains the integrity and purpose that distinguished "The Fellowship of the Ring."
  6. It will be the most talked-about comedy of summer.
  7. Today, Blade Runner works better than ever: Scott's version not only has more dramatic integrity, but its visual aesthetic and futuristic vision are more in sync with today's movie-goers. [11 Sept 1992]
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  8. To members of the Darko cult, this may not be an improvement, but it could help this compelling and extremely moving film find the audience it deserves.
  9. The King's Speech is a warm, wise film - the best period movie of the year and one of the year's best movies.
  10. Up
    Has some great movie moments but also boring stretches.
  11. Robert Redford's exceptionally handsome and provocative Quiz Show manages a trick that few films even dare try -- to take a hard look at personal and public moral issues and still provide dazzling entertainment.
  12. That perception of Fiennes and Gustave is central to the whole enterprise. Without it, the movie just breaks off and flies away. But with it, The Grand Budapest Hotel becomes something wonderful.
  13. The most entertaining movie of the year. Funny and action-packed, it's also got that rare thing, heart.
  14. The film, winsome and tragic at once and finely attuned to the rhythms of childhood, always seems quite close to real life.
  15. Life Is Sweet, a comedy with wonderfully touching moments by off-beat British director Mike Leigh, is an absolute gem of eccentric humor about family life. Fresh and quirky, the film dishes up astonishing vitality in its look at what is ostensibly a plain, lower middle-class family in Middlesex. [22 Nov. 1991, p.C5]
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  16. For all the squalor and extremely upsetting subject matter, you can't take your eyes off the screen.
  17. Meticulously crafted, and warmly acted by a cast that includes Winona Ryder as Jo and Susan Sarandon as her mother, the devoted Marmee, Little Women is one of the rare Hollywood studio films that invites your attention, slowly and elegantly, rather than propelling your interest with effects and easy manipulation.
  18. Anyone not romantically inclined going into Shakespeare in Love surely will be by the end.
  19. The soundtrack, full of jazz standards, is an enjoyable feature, though in the context of the movie, audiences will mostly feel anxiety hearing them. The amount of work required to sound breezy and effortless is daunting.
  20. A film of great sadness, but also a galvanizing depiction of heroism.
  21. This is a vision of hell conveyed in a simple, documentary style, far removed from the sumptuous American Mafia fables.
  22. Gets its punch from simple scenes and conversations.
  23. It's a film of sensitivity, observation and humor - a must-see for Fellini enthusiasts and a worthwhile investment for everyone else.
  24. Very imaginative and can be enjoyed by audiences of all ages.
  25. There's no music to tell you what to think. It's just three good actors and one director's merciless powers of observation.
  26. 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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