San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

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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. 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.
  2. Ambitious and brilliant.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
  6. Shrewd, highly controlled little film from Belgium that builds to an unexpected emotional climax.
  7. 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.
  8. One of Miyazaki's most kid-accessible movies, but still an unnerving film.
  9. An intense and chilling documentary.
  10. Ernest & Celestine builds a delicate and charming animated world, but you wouldn't want to live there.
  11. 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.
  12. The film is its own beast, and it's a rare one.
  13. 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.
  14. A thoughtful, satisfying action thriller.
  15. It's simply a quiet and heartbreaking look at the dynamics of one family. That's the beauty of it.
  16. One of the great Holocaust films.
  17. With Boogie Nights, we know we're not just watching episodes from disparate lives but a panorama of recent social history, rendered in bold, exuberant colors.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    City of Life and Death, a stunning re-creation of the Japanese army's annihilation of Nanking in 1937, will make you flinch, even as you admire its brilliant black-and-white cinematography, breathtaking art design and unerring direction.
  18. The experience of seeing this film is cumulative, sober and profound.
  19. The right mix of humor and horror and with not even a shred of sentimentality.
  20. As good as the film is in conveying the feeling of the walls closing in, it has to be said that the script won't win any prizes for subtlety - the director seems to relish ham-fisted ironies.
  21. A remarkable documentary about an almost unfathomable ordeal.
  22. Nostalgia for the Light is a strange and stunning work of art: a poem disguised as a movie about astronomers in the Atacama desert of Chile.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A fascinating and entertaining glimpse into the world of high-level and socially conscious graffiti artists?
  23. Wong denies us the satisfaction of resolution, but in sharing his mastery of cinema, and his gift for conveying mood, desire and vivid emotions, he's more than generous.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Although its message is deadly serious, is is filled with wit and winning characters.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    With its unique concerns, unerring sense of calm balance, and haunting Celtic-referencing score, “Song” is a worthy entry into the Oscar conversation.

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