San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

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For 5,944 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 0.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 AKA
Lowest review score: 0 Trixie
Score distribution:
5,944 movie reviews
  1. An exquisite and powerful documentary -- one whose elegance only heightens its devastating impact.
  2. Qualifies as director Giuseppe Tornatore's second full-fledged masterpiece. His first: "Cinema Paradiso."
  3. Nostalgia for the Light is a strange and stunning work of art: a poem disguised as a movie about astronomers in the Atacama desert of Chile.
  4. There is no turning away from the screen.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    For the most part, Cowperthwaite keeps the preachiness in check, letting the scientists, former SeaWorld trainers and other witnesses tell it as it is. Indeed, the scary training scenes - uniformly gripping - do most of the talking.
  5. Original, truthful and moving.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One of this year's better studies of the human soul.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A film filled with beauty and pain that moves at the pace of molasses and snails. That is to say, some of it is in real time. Audiences would be advised to stay caffeinated.
  6. Her (Anderson) performance is a study in the difference between hubris and pride, remarkable for how unshowy but profoundly devastating it is.
  7. They are naturals at acting, not because they're good at lying but because they can't be phony.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's a movie that seems simple, yet its subtle and brilliant complexity is not to be denied.
  8. A mesmerizing film that is the most stunning, tempestuous love story in a decade or two of movie making.
  9. A gorgeous piece of work. It pulls every heartstring a good romance should, yet bursts with G-rated fun, wonderfully human characters and several solid and hummable songs.
  10. The very best thrillers -- a select group to which The Clearing clearly belongs -- exploit subconscious fears that bubble up at vulnerable moments.
  11. On a deeper level -- and this is where When We Were Kings exceeds its expectations and becomes a great film -- Gast examines African American pride.
  12. The humor manages to be simultaneously sophisticated, supremely silly and very dark.
  13. The movie is a total blast, and what a surprise.
  14. Handily beats back the evils of boredom.
  15. A breathtaking story of defiance and triumph that has to be considered one of the year's most sublime films.
  16. Powerful and outrageous.
  17. Best “performances,'' however, are given by the movie's almost agonizingly beautiful historical settings -- luxurious households, rich architecture, furnishings, ornaments, draperies, fineries and such are often more captivating than the hushed tones of the lovers. [17 Sept 1993, Daily Notebook, p.C1]
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  18. Ghobadi infuses his movie with a humor that can almost be called Seinfeldian, and it's this mix of laughter with tears that gives Marooned in Iraq its big impact.
  19. The studio made a great film.
  20. The Past makes conventional movies feel artificial. Watching the characters interact in this movie feels like "Here is real life," and real life just happens to be strangely compelling.
  21. An ideal introduction to Toback's output as well as a welcome elucidation for longtime fans. Apart from those worthy functions, The Outsider is also shrewdly made, illuminating its subject in a variety of settings and, at times, subtly assuming the style of Toback's films.
  22. Delivers a full emotional palette without undue sentimentalizing.
  23. You needn't have colorful Italian relatives, like myself, to enjoy this boisterous and warm-hearted film, which sidesteps cliche while embracing the hope and love in loony dysfunctional families everywhere.
  24. Extraordinary and beautiful.
  25. An original, inspired piece of work.
  26. Potent.

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