San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

For 1,192 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: 64
Highest review score: 100 Veep: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 Ground Floor: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 649
  2. Negative: 0 out of 649
649 tv reviews
  1. Every performance is terrific.... While these characters are written and performed as over the top, the show also celebrates the subtle underplaying that goes into making Big Head and Gilfoyle so memorable. That variety of tone is another way in which Silicon Valley sets itself apart from most other half-hour comedies.
  2. Rescue Me races out of the gate as confidently brilliant as ever before, wildly mixing emotions along the way.
  3. Again, it's back to the writing and the look. Both are superb.
  4. Interviews with Eddie Murphy, Joan Rivers, Sidney Poitier, Kathy Griffin, Harry Belafonte, Anne Meara, Bill Cosby and others provide ample evidence of Moms' enduring influence. Yet, even if you remember how great she was, you may find yourself wishing there were fewer testimonials and more footage of Moms performing.
  5. On the one hand, our love of the characters makes it more than possible to overlook the sloppiness of the scripts. On the other, though, it's because we do know these characters so well that we notice the inconsistencies in the first place. Again, none of this detracts significantly from our enjoyment of the series.
  6. The performances continue to be winning on every level, and O’Malley’s scripts are works of tragicomic beauty.
  7. '24' keeps you on edge like no other series. [28 Oct 2002]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
  8. The miniseries may veer into obvious melodrama from time to time, especially in the latter two nights, but the fact that it never loses credibility owes to the care with which the moral bases of the characters are created. ... The performances are staggering throughout the entire miniseries.
  9. Friday Night Lights, like "Battlestar Galactica," also proved initial assumptions wildly wrong and deserves credit for being vastly better than either a show about high school football or an irksome teen drama.
  10. The TV epic that will be remembered for its depiction of the implosion of the postwar American dream in the 1960s.
  11. Difficult People is proudly absurd and wallows in our hope that people as hilariously obnoxious as Julie Kessler and Billy Epstein couldn’t possibly exist in the real world.
  12. At least the first episode of the new Cosmos is terrific. And if the other 12 episodes are as good, the series will serve as a valuable continuation of Sagan's legacy.
  13. The film has all the hallmarks of a Ken Burns production, including period music (arranged by Wynton Marsalis), a utilitarian narration (by Keith David this time) and a lot of vintage still photos and film footage, some of which aren’t specific to the story of Jackie Robinson but set the scene, perhaps so much so that at times the film feels padded.
  14. It’s great writing with a savvy juxtaposition of comedy and sometimes ugly everyday real life.
  15. Michael Douglas is astonishing.... Damon is just as good, somehow convincing us that he's far younger than he is in real life and artfully keeping us guessing about Thorson's true motivation as he worms his way into Liberace's life.
  16. All of this may seem complicated but is not only easy to follow, but impossible to ignore because of the care with which Gobert, Fabien Adda and other writers weave the stories and characters together. You come away from each episode of The Returned more deeply involved in the story and characters than you may be used to with other TV shows. It’s a series that will haunt you, in the best possible way.
  17. Directed by Jon Alpert and Ellen Goosenberg Kent, Wartorn is convincing on a number of levels.
  18. It's in dire need of tighter editing, most of all. Yes, the images from the '30s are powerful, but after a while, their power is diminished by repetition.
  19. The highlights of Wednesday's season premiere are the return of the anger translator and an insanely brilliant take-off on the film version of "Les Miserables," which is so beautifully detailed, it may actually take you a second to realize it is a satire and the song lyrics aren't what you think they are.
  20. The best advice for those seeking something completely different and utterly refreshing on television is to spark up the VCR and create your own library, because it would be a shame to miss this potentially frail, possibly misunderstood work of genius.
  21. Although Blick's structural concept skirts close to mannered gimmickry, it also makes artistic sense. We are slowly but unavoidably drawn into the ever thickening mire of secrets, lies and shifting allegiances in both the lives of the characters and, of course, in the constant strife in the Middle East.
  22. Not only are the first two episodes of the new season smart, edgy and funny as hell, but Falk also has moved the story forward in a way that makes logical sense and keeps things delightfully fresh and sassy.
  23. None of its quirky charm and tone-shifting mix of comedy and drama has lagged since we last witnessed Nancy's precarious situation.
  24. The first two episodes of Dallas 2.0, the TNT reboot of the classic nighttime soap, have all the fixin's for a juicy second season.
  25. Hollander more than succeeds in making Corkoran completely repulsive, despite the fact that the character is unwaveringly loyal and smart enough to realize Pine isn’t who he seems to be. That said, the role is offensively homophobic. ... Otherwise, The Night Manager is a class act, not only because of the care that has gone into the writing, direction and performances, but in the great respect the creators show to the quality of le Carré’s novel.
  26. The writing and acting are hit out of the ballpark on this one, and that's not a vibe you pick up out of nowhere.
  27. Despite what we know about his troubled childhood, Fischer remains enigmatic.
  28. An eye-opener that’s also funny, real and compelling, the series is a heartwarming reminder that no matter who we are, we’re all born this way.
  29. Little Dorrit is anchored by an extraordinary performance by one of England's best actors. And like "Twist," that central performance is only one of many elements that make Dorrit not only terrific entertainment, but, in some ways, perhaps even better than its source material.
  30. All of this would be so much Hollywood melodrama were it not for a superb script and stunning performances by West and Carter.

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