San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

For 910 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 44% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Pushing Daisies: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Moonlight: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 484
  2. Negative: 0 out of 484
484 tv reviews
  1. Branagh is pretty good at being mopey and jowly, and the rest of the cast is fine as well. It's just that none of this really adds up to anything very compelling.
  2. There's nothing inherently wrong with The Good Wife other than it's a legal series with too many close-up shots of knowing glances and "attagirl Alicia" moments of empowerment that you saw coming 20 minutes prior.
  3. What NCIS: Los Angeles does well is what all CBS procedurals do well--bring mostly believable, semi-pulse-pounding justice to bad guys by the end of the hour with some action, a dose of humor and the weekly, methodical unpeeling of each character's private onion skin.
  4. A slightly older version of "Charmed"? Um, yes. Into all of this potential mediocrity (fully realized, by the way), comes the masterstroke of casting the phenomenal Paul Gross as the devil.
  5. If you're a fan of "Family Guy," this is an easy sell....The guess here is that if you don't know anything about "Family Guy," you'll be watching another network anyway.
  6. It's traditional sitcom fodder. But what makes The Middle a pleasant surprise is that the series itself is eccentric and funny in unexpected ways, not just the kids.
  7. It's not a gratuitous failure and makes enough sense to see to the end.
  8. The Prisoner is not compelling. It rambles too much. Its vagaries are not interesting, its unorthodox storytelling not special enough.
  9. Unfortunately, Life Unexpected took all of the schmaltz of "Gilmore Girls" and expanded it several hundred times over, forgetting to insert any of the quirk and only a smidge of the smart banter.
  10. It all begins to feel like forced gobbledygook--like "Without A Trace" had a bad date with "Ghost Whisperer."
  11. It's beige on beige, people.
  12. A few of the others could have easily painted themselves toward the exit, except that some of the lesser talents are also some of the bigger personalities. And when it comes right down to it, that's what will keep "Work of Art" on the air.
  13. It could spark discussion or debate. But it's mostly just a reality series. And that means manufactured scenarios, big drama, tears, tattoos, drinking, sex, swearing and lots of arguing and playing to the camera. Straight people have been making fools of themselves on TV like this for ages.
  14. In truth, it's the bountiful hamminess of McShane and the other evildoers that makes Pillars great fun, even if it's never going to be a candidate for "Masterpiece Theatre."
  15. It's an hour that you'll be able to understand and appreciate, even if you love "Sons of Anarchy" more. Sometimes it's fun to take a spin on your old bike, so to speak.
  16. Hawaii Five-O is nothing but entertainment. It's eye candy.
  17. Not nearly as good or as complex as "Justified" on FX, but it's a decent hour of mindless entertainment.
  18. While the cop genre is all but played out, Detroit 1-8-7 is stylish and acceptably rough-hewn enough to make it worth your while.
  19. While the reworked pilot is a marked improvement over the original, the parts are still not working together, but you'd like to believe they will be in a few episodes.
  20. It's light but predictable fun.
  21. The Whole Truth, which airs opposite "The Defenders" on ABC, is less lousy.
  22. It's a rote cop show, but in the last five minutes or so, it hints at something deeper.
  23. Despite the fact that the film focuses on just a few critical years of Lennon's life, the pacing is plodding and scattershot at the same time.
  24. Morgan is appealing and brilliant in many ways, but as a stand-up comic, he needs better material. Or at least a few different positions.
  25. The performances are actually good in the series, if only the actors had credible or remotely likable or, dare we ask, funny characters to play.
  26. Show creator Tom Wheeler goes a little heavy with the overwrought dialogue (sample line: "It's not all corrupt! One man can still make a difference!"), but he has a sense of humor that emerges more in the second episode.
  27. The real challenge for the writers is to use the show's formula without becoming so enslaved to it that they fail to allow the characters to move beyond being cliches.
  28. Regardless of the memories and anecdotes, what these films lack are commentators who can provide cultural context.
  29. When the balance is off, as it is too frequently in Harry's Law, it undermines credibility. Bates is almost capable of making us overlook some of the show's problems.
  30. Fairly Legal is adequately entertaining, thanks in large part to Shahi, an engaging actress who looks like Anne Hathaway.

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