San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

  • Movies
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For 5,944 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 lower 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 Spy Hard
Score distribution:
5,944 movie reviews
  1. It's a film of sensitivity, observation and humor - a must-see for Fellini enthusiasts and a worthwhile investment for everyone else.
  2. Despite the increase in seriousness, the film's mood is buoyant, as it's impossible not to root for these appealing if flawed youngsters.
  3. Very imaginative and can be enjoyed by audiences of all ages.
  4. There's no music to tell you what to think. It's just three good actors and one director's merciless powers of observation.
  5. A revelatory independent film whose moments of incredible sadness are offset by the same state of grace that blesses its astonishing title character.
  6. Accomplishes the near impossible, bringing a fresh perspective to a horrific subject.
  7. Masterful documentary.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    If you can weather some slow patches (and there are plenty), this boldly original, oddly affecting meditation on the afterlife will reward you with moments of profundity that will linger in your consciousness (or subconsciousness) for a lifetime (or lifetimes).
  8. Carries a lot of emotional power.
  9. What it means in practice is that, with a Dardennes movie, nothing much seems to be going on - until everything seems to be going on. We watch events at a remove, and then, at a certain magical point, we are in the story, and we don't quite know how they did it - again.
  10. Both as writer and director, Farhadi is skilled at depicting the spiraling growth of social malignancies, as duplicity and uncertainties beget confusion, fear and anger. It’s an incisive portrait of a particular society, but it should resonate everywhere.
  11. The epic and impassioned close that the saga deserves, a sweeping Wagnerian finish that's taut with suspense and wet with emotion.
  12. A gripping documentary about the most exacting and expensive scientific experiment ever conducted, and one that may be among the most significant.
  13. An impassioned documentary about a damaged American family, includes moments that seem to cross the line of what is emotionally acceptable to show onscreen.
  14. If you're the type who doesn't go to art-house films , Murderball should be your exception. It's hard to imagine anyone could walk away from this movie disappointed.
  15. It's fascinating stuff, but secondary to Ebert's genuine passion for the movies, which, if anything, grew toward the end of his life. He saw film as a great civilizing force, "a machine that generates empathy," as he says in the film. If that idea appeals to you, see Life Itself.
  16. This is highly skilled filmmaking, but the movie is not for everybody — the relationship involves dominance and submission, sexual games played at a high pitch. This material falls short of pornographic, but still packs plenty of erotic punch.
  17. Delivers a full emotional palette without undue sentimentalizing.
  18. This is the heart-rending true story of a man with a seemingly benign preoccupation that turned into something close to madness and brought him to a terrible end.
  19. No one else makes movies like this Spanish director.
  20. A mesmerizing film that is the most stunning, tempestuous love story in a decade or two of movie making.
  21. Naysayers have been claiming for years that the "Moneyball" book wouldn't work as a movie. But ultimately, it's the cinematic touches that keep this film version from becoming something exceptional.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The well-crafted 13 Assassins, a remake of a 1960s samurai film, is one of his best; it shows that Takashi could be a great filmmaker if he'd only slow down.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Be warned: This is not a movie for a first date. Or a second date. Or perhaps any date.
  22. Ghobadi infuses his movie with a humor that can almost be called Seinfeldian, and it's this mix of laughter with tears that gives Marooned in Iraq its big impact.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Marks a cinematic milestone.
  23. The experience of watching Daniel Day-Lewis in this role is nothing less than thrilling. This is Lincoln. No need for a time machine, there he is.
  24. Film is often too subtle and languorous for its own purposes: At times, it's close to soporific.
  25. The kind of picture to whip out the clichés for: Surprisingly original. Delightful. Brilliant. Funny as all heck. When 1989 is through, sex, lies, and videotape may well be remembered as the best film of the year. [11 Aug 1989, Daily Datebook, p.E1]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
  26. By the way, The Tillman Story has an R rating because of language. Think about that one, too: Lies are rated G and can be heard around the clock on television, but try saying the truth with the proper force and you end up with a restricted audience.

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