San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

For 990 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Desperate Housewives: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Til Death: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 525
  2. Negative: 0 out of 525
525 tv reviews
  1. All in all, it's astounding how many plot elements can be packed into 90 or so minutes and how well all of them can be resolved in the hands of a competent writer like Stephen Churchett.
  2. As difficult as some of the imagery in the film is, it's impossible to look away and maybe just as impossible not to learn something about elephants and about ourselves.
  3. With a cast this big, though, and plots this complicated, it can be a challenge to keep up. Then again, if you're willing to do the work, it more than pays off.
  4. Funny, fearless, down to earth and informative, Monaghan makes a great host and guide and gives us a new respect and appreciation for nature's wild things--from a very safe distance.
  5. [Looking was] filmed entirely in the Bay Area, which is a big part of why the story rings so true. The other parts are the delicately detailed direction by Haigh and the pitch-perfect performances of the cast. All of these elements work together to present a convincing, multidimensional portrayal not only of contemporary gay life but also of contemporary life in general.
  6. It's funny and oddly touching.
  7. The result is not only that the show is funny, but that we also actually like both June and Chloe.
  8. BFF takes a less than inventive situation and turns it into something close to sitcom gold, thanks to the fact that creators Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham have taken the time to write believable characters saying legitimately funny things.
  9. Unlike other documentaries, Gettysburg is short on archival still photography from the battlefield, but that's because, for once, it isn't needed. The re-enactments are dramatic and horrifically convincing all by themselves.
  10. As in "Sunny," they are almost-lovable losers, and that's a formula FX is now perfecting.
  11. Both individually and when they play off each other, Braugher and Samberg are reason enough to tune in to Brooklyn Nine Nine.
  12. Skies has enough going for it to appeal even to those who don't think they like sci-fi.
  13. "Crank Yankers" is far better than expected. Not everything works -- remember, there's a lot of juvenile stuff here and bits where you'll roll your eyes -- but sometimes even the stupidest setup becomes hilarious merely by the graciousness of the person being duped on the other end of the line.
  14. The humor is sly and more thoroughly integrated into the plot and characterizations than we’re used to in most sitcoms.... Six episodes just don’t seem enough.
  15. It definitely has its moments.
  16. Logue and Raymond-James are, straight out of the gate, the two most believable and funny buddies you'll see on the screen.
  17. The scary parts of the show really are scary and the actors are all appealing.
  18. It's great to have such important talking heads, but after a while, they don't really contribute much new to the discussion.
  19. In truth, the drama half of this comedy-drama is a little weak and not as engaging as the comedy. That becomes evident a few episodes in, but, fortunately, the show’s creators don’t linger too long on Hailey’s love life before getting back to the very funny business of running a symphony orchestra.
  20. The performances are solid, for the most part.... There is promise in the one episode of Dome sent to critics and the series could work well, despite the fact that the general conceit of people living in a microcosm has been a staple of literature, film and TV forever.
  21. The material works more often than not because the guys are completely shameless, which makes them difficult to dislike.
  22. While there are somewhat foreseeable plot developments (Cameron's falling for Melanie, but she's hooked on Dutch), the series does have an agreeable cast and clever writing, and perhaps enough of both qualities to go the distance.
  23. The 10-episode series may not win any major awards, but it's well made and fun to watch.
  24. While it's true that television has been overloaded with acronyms lately and the redundant, long and confusing Navy NCIS is an egregious offender, it's also true that television is exploding with quality dramas and this is another of them.
  25. A show that does what it's supposed to do -- keep you riveted and entertained. [25 Sep 2002]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
  26. The show is fast-paced and sexy, but perhaps its secret weapon is the authenticity of Tony's character as a young Latino resident of the working class, largely Mexican American Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
  27. The characters on Go On are engaging and varied.
  28. Yes, there's a lot less walking and talking. There is a limited amount of witty banter -- precisely enough so people not paying too much attention will never notice it's gone. What has increased... is heavy emotion a la "ER."
  29. As long as the jokes stay barbed, fast and witty--as they are in the pilot--there's more than enough reason to keep following the band of misfits.
  30. "The Simple Life" is a one-note joke, but it's a good one.

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