San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

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For 5,970 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 Mademoiselle Chambon
Lowest review score: 0 20 Dates
Score distribution:
5,970 movie reviews
  1. Robert Redford's exceptionally handsome and provocative Quiz Show manages a trick that few films even dare try -- to take a hard look at personal and public moral issues and still provide dazzling entertainment.
  2. Payback has a completely different spirit from "L.A. Confidential'' -- more wild, more silly -- but it has the same attention to the fine points of plot and character.
  3. Sly, near-perfect comedy.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Sad funny and richly romantic, everything that makes Allen’s movies so beloved. [7 February 1986, Daily Notebook p.76]
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    • 59 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This film has a voice of its own. And at a time when the romantic comedy seems to be a lost art form, that's saying something.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Takashi's film is sumptuous, with rich cinematography, costumes and set design. Half the time it is a game of chess - the battle of wits between Motome and the lord. Half of the time it is a moving melodrama.
  4. Stone's feisty, intensely personal style of film making is well-known. With Born on the Fourth of July we are treated to a poignant, spirited and captivating - for the broken heartedness of it all - performance by Tom Cruise. [25 Dec 1989, p.E1]
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  5. Just in physical terms, Eddie Redmayne transformation’s into Stephen Hawking is something remarkable.
  6. A film of great hilarity, humanity, idiosyncrasy and grade-A, eyebrow-singeing raunch.
  7. The film is its own beast, and it's a rare one.
  8. Acting rarely gets better than this.
  9. Dan in Real Life fires on so many circuits that at times it's actually shocking how good it is.
  10. I'd be shocked if we see a better horror film in 2013.
  11. A great piece of filmmaking and a legitimate science-fiction/horror classic.
  12. A very smart, very shrewd movie, and the smartest, shrewdest thing about it is the way it masquerades as just a fluffy comedy, a diversion, a trifle.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Unfolds as a masterful chess match of wit and ingenuity, a cat-and-mouse chase of the highest order.
  13. A masterpiece.
  14. A heartbreaking, powerful drama.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A minimalist masterpiece.
  15. Under Fontaine's direction, family dysfunction is an intense experience with unexpectedly positive repercussions, even if the steps between are painful and potentially deadly.
  16. You leave Cinema Paradiso with that feeling that's kind of like getting kicked in the stomach, but nice. It's one of those breathless, swept-away-by-a-movie experiences that you might have once a year, if you're lucky. [16 February 1990, Daily Notebook, p.E-1]
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  17. Absorbing and exquisite.
  18. It's extremely funny, one of the funniest films of 2012, with a particularly winning style - far-fetched, extreme and nonstop.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Beautiful and utterly entrancing documentary.
  19. This is the kind of pure entertainment that, in its fullness and generosity, feels almost classic.
  20. 12 Years a Slave has some of the awkwardness and inauthenticity of a foreign-made film about the United States. The dialogue of the Washington, D.C., slave traders sounds as if it were written for "Lord of the Rings." White plantation workers speak in standard redneck cliches. And yet the ways in which this film is true are much more important than the ways it's false.
  21. An important new documentary that cites countless examples of self-censorship, under-reporting of serious issues, and -- worse than this -- deliberate neglect and outright conflicts of interest.
  22. Deliciously witty and entertaining… A first-rate thriller, one that's likely to generate as much word-of-mouth as “Alien,'' “Carrie'' and “Psycho'' did in their time. [23 Aug 1991, Daily Notebook, p.F1]
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  23. Perhaps the best teen date movie ever set in the year 1914, "Tuck" represents a brave leap against the tide. No sex, no car crashes and minimal violence. It just might be a hit.
  24. Make no mistake, Blue Is the Warmest Color constitutes a breakthrough, in addition to being the best film of 2013.

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