San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

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For 5,613 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 0.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Footnote
Lowest review score: 0 Gigantic
Score distribution:
5,613 movie reviews
  1. The movie examines the possibility of maintaining one's humanity in a truly oppressive society.
  2. This is a beautiful film, full of gray-and white-haired men who grow in stature before our eyes.
  3. A lively experience.
  4. A visually spectacular film, distinguished by strong performances and brilliant Steadicam photography that snakes through the U-boat as its patrols the North Atlantic during World War II. [Director's Cut]
  5. The spellbinding power of this almost certain Oscar nominee for best documentary comes from its chilling subject matter.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    I just don't know how all this sweetness and light will go down with a teenaged movie audience presumably gung-ho with Rambo - especially now that he's got the presidential seal of approval. And that's no joke, son! [3 July 1985, p.58]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I'll go ahead and call Drug War the best Hong Kong action movie since "Infernal Affairs" (the 2002 film that Martin Scorsese remade as "The Departed"), even though technically it's a Chinese film.
  6. The main source of astonishment is the precision exhibited everywhere, from the slyly vintage look of Rodrigo Prieto's cinematography to the gradual, cinching tension in Chris Terrio's careful screenplay.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    [Frears] has not only captured the bleak qualities of the old film noir melodramas but supplied an undercurrent that is as sly as it is unsettling. [25 Jan 1991]
  7. This is Rampling's film, and she's never less than surprising, never less than a revelation.
  8. Explosive entertainment, with the tension and volatility of its subject matter.
  9. This is Almodovar's stab at serious drama, and the result is bizarre and affecting but also unsettling in ways that the filmmaker may not have intended.
  10. If it were just a middling effort, The Master would be a lot less frustrating. But the latest from writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson has greatness in it - two extraordinary performances, intuitive and revealing photography and scene setting, and a distinct directorial sensibility that hovers between sobriety and satire. Yet all those virtues are undermined by a narrative that goes all but dead for the last hour.
  11. Ambitious and brilliant.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The script and direction are virtually flawless.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Only a director who truly knows repression could have made a movie so subtle and so understanding.
  12. Martin Compston, the young man-child of Sweet Sixteen, had never acted before, but his combination of sweetness and rage -- part puppy, part pit bull -- gives Sweet Sixteen a shot of reality and a big, aching heart.
  13. Remarkable also for the uniform excellence of its cast, and for the pleasure [Altman's] actors take in the wide berth he allows them. [24 Apr 1992]
  14. Shrewd, highly controlled little film from Belgium that builds to an unexpected emotional climax.
  15. There's no attempt at greatness here, just a fabulously successful attempt at a good crime movie. The Oscar-bait self-consciousness of "Gangs of New York" and "The Aviator" is gone. In its place is a buoyancy, an impish delight in telling a harsh urban story in the most effective terms possible.
  16. One of Miyazaki's most kid-accessible movies, but still an unnerving film.
  17. An intense and chilling documentary.
  18. A wonder of a film -- a luminous, beautifully executed drama that gathers the best cast of the year -- the best American film of the year.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Whatever you may feel about each side, it's hard to watch as city officials order explosives to be dropped on the MOVE house (which has a bunker on top) - and then sit idly by as the resulting fire burns the entire neighborhood. You'll keep asking yourself: How did it come to this? And hauntingly, no one has any answers.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Fan has visual panache - Last Train Home has some gorgeously composed shots - but he also has something that can't be taught: The patience and understanding to allow a family to tell their heartbreaking story in their own way.
  19. The film is its own beast, and it's a rare one.
  20. It's an horrific and tragic story, but somehow made beautiful through the care and attention of Schnabel's direction and Bardem's tender, unforgettable performance.
  21. A thoughtful, satisfying action thriller.
  22. It's simply a quiet and heartbreaking look at the dynamics of one family. That's the beauty of it.
  23. One of the great Holocaust films.

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