San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

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For 5,742 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 The Other Dream Team
Lowest review score: 0 Rollerball
Score distribution:
5,742 movie reviews
  1. The epic and impassioned close that the saga deserves, a sweeping Wagnerian finish that's taut with suspense and wet with emotion.
  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. A gripping documentary about the most exacting and expensive scientific experiment ever conducted, and one that may be among the most significant.
  4. An impassioned documentary about a damaged American family, includes moments that seem to cross the line of what is emotionally acceptable to show onscreen.
  5. 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.
  6. Delivers a full emotional palette without undue sentimentalizing.
  7. 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.
  8. No one else makes movies like this Spanish director.
  9. A mesmerizing film that is the most stunning, tempestuous love story in a decade or two of movie making.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Film is often too subtle and languorous for its own purposes: At times, it's close to soporific.
  14. 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]
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  15. 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.
  16. An authentic piece of Americana. There's no lying or condescending from this director. Nebraska feels pure.
  17. Doesn't hit its stride until the last 30 minutes, and by then, it's just a little too late.
  18. The murder plot is a cheap turn that says nothing about the nature of Suzanne's ambition. Without Suzanne's media-obsession as its focus, To Die For becomes just another fairly good black comedy.
  19. More than the standard, cranked-out genre piece. Its characters linger in your mind, and the quality of its actors lift the movie into another league. [14 April 1989]
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  20. This is an amazing record of a group of lives -- and probably more resonant than anyone could have imagined when the project began.
  21. All the actors are good, but it's Farnsworth's brilliantly simple performance that brings The Straight Story so close to greatness.
  22. With its dry, throwaway humor and constant stream of chuckles, it creates its own category of stealth comedy.
  23. Ages well in memory because it gradually seems to mean more. Its meaning can't be summed up in a sentence, but it has to do with a view of life as inexpressibly sad and yet always right.
  24. Gets its punch from simple scenes and conversations.
  25. Like her (Cholodenko) other movies, this one has vivid characters and strong performances and flows like a slice of life set in an appealing, interesting world. But this one also has a good story and, if you're paying attention, a distinct point of view.
  26. There may not be a better- acted film this year.
  27. A little abhorrent yet strangely appealing. I found it arty and pretentious, but still couldn't turn my eyes away from its almost hypnotic coolness and fascinating psychological horrors. [23 Sept 1988]
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  28. Art history lessons don't get much better: Cave of Forgotten Dreams presents the world's oldest paintings captured by one of film's great visionaries.

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