San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

For 1,109 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 1.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Alias: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 The Bedford Diaries: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 596
  2. Negative: 0 out of 596
596 tv reviews
  1. Dinner isn't quite ready to take its place in the Brit-com hall of fame, but it's good for a laugh or three.
  2. What truly makes the miniseries, though, are the performances in general and that of Garai in particular. The entire story and theme turn not only on contrasts but also on character evolution, which demands precision and nuance from the cast.
  3. In the end, it's easy to overlook some of the credibility gaps because the writing is otherwise so fine, as are the direction and the performances.
  4. Take away the song and dance, you’re left with an engaging series about a young woman who’s too smart to be as obsessed as she is supposed to be.
  5. Directed by Jon Alpert and Ellen Goosenberg Kent, Wartorn is convincing on a number of levels.
  6. Evans does a fine job of keeping all these metaphysical plates spinning on their sticks, eliciting superb performances from the entire cast.
  7. The performances and characterizations are all top-notch, and the action sequences, especially in the first episode, are crisply directed.
  8. It's slightly unpolished in some areas but funny and charming and a perfect companion series to "Chris."
  9. If you want a history lesson, stay in school. Otherwise, there are enough facts in Sons of Liberty to add some ballast to a ripping good saga.
  10. Hatfields & McCoys does a good job of explaining the roots of the feud and helping us see that, regardless of whatever legitimacy there may have been in one family's hatred of the other, none of it was worth the lives lost over those six blood-soaked years.
  11. If Kingdom were only about mixed martial arts, it would be boring and one-dimensional. But Belasco does a superb job of creating credible, compelling characters for his talented cast to run with. Grillo, Tucker and Sanchez deliver beautifully detailed performances.
  12. It's about characters, and both "Chicago Fire" and Chicago PD are filled with them.
  13. Angry Boys is an equal-opportunity offender, but its infectiously juvenile humor, not to mention its secret heart and, of course, the appeal of Chris Lilley's multiple impersonations, make it very hard to stay angry for long.
  14. Though the pilot has some flaws in it--mostly from a clash of tones--it still overdelivers on creativity, creepiness, fine acting and burgeoning character development.
  15. The action is hot, fast and believable, achieved through quick-cut editing and spot-on direction.
  16. It's a whole lot better than the premise on paper, and though initially it takes a bit to warm to Davis.
  17. It's full to overflowing with clever and sometimes very funny geek-speak.
  18. It's rare to hate a series so thoroughly in the first five minutes and then have your mind changed (and stunned) by the creative comeback it mounts in the remaining hour. ... In fact, there's enormous potential to this series if the storytelling and writing stay strong.
  19. Pelosi's film may not tell "the other side of the story" directly, but if it does nudge us to consider these issues, viewing the film becomes more rewarding.
  20. Recount pays due diligence to history while at the same time fictionalizing the interactions of the participants.
  21. A single film about three young people won't, by itself, make a universal happy ending for every troubled LGBT kid in the United States. But it's doing its job if it reaches just one of them.
  22. Almost Royal has enough silliness for both American and British tastes.
  23. The series, created by Mara Brock Akil, works for a number of reasons, including Union's performance as a very credible contemporary woman.
  24. Gordon-Levitt has unshakable cred among the 18-to-34-year-old demo targeted by Pivot, but the cool thing about HitRecord on TV is that it's just great TV for anyone.
  25. "How to Make It in America" is, like "Entourage," more entertaining than actually funny. You're not going to burst out laughing at anything, but there are plenty of comic moments.
  26. The changes enhance the comic balance between the reality-based humor of a young couple coping with their new baby and their evaporating youth, and the "SNL"-sketch-like satire of a powerful and powerfully self-involved talk show hostess.
  27. Television simply doesn't get warmer or fuzzier than Last Tango in Halifax, but the reason the six-part series works so well is that its sweetness is not unalloyed.
  28. Overall, the emotional honesty of Kieran's character and his all too human craving for acceptance and happiness make In the Flesh oddly moving.
  29. The cast is appealing and the story line is not only compelling but also deals with fascinating moral complexities.
  30. Hurricane is a whirling impressionistic painting of the band, beautifully conveying the energy, drive and genius of the Stones, more or less chronologically within the basic flashback structure.

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