San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

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For 5,946 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 Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring
Lowest review score: 0 Spy Hard
Score distribution:
5,946 movie reviews
  1. Original enough to come up with new ways to go wrong. For one, the film is a blatant showcase to promote O'Neal as a rap artist.
  2. A stink bomb of a movie.
  3. Great to look at but not much fun to watch… An emotionally uncommitted picture that's smirky and mawkish, by turns, and at heart, empty. [14 Dec 1990, Daily Datebook, p.E1]
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    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Quid Pro Quo, billed as a "neo-noir" about a paraplegic journalist drawn into a shadowy world of disability fetishists, is choked by allegory and pretension. It's an O. Henry tale gone wrong.
  4. What's completely baffling is that everyone in the film thinks Nomi is one heck of a dancer, even though her one move -- throwing her arms out stiffly -- is straight out of "Dr. Strangelove."
  5. What is meant to be brave comes off as gimmicky and immature.
  6. Yet, it's watchable -- not remotely enjoyable, but watchable.
  7. Depressing. So is director Marshall Curry's avowal in the press notes that the film will leave viewers with "a more nuanced view of the world."
  8. RV
    RV is a horrible movie about horrible people, and just because they call it a comedy doesn't mean we have to play along.
  9. Bornedal invests so much time in the characters - Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick play the split parents of the girls - that there are times you will forget this is a horror movie. It's Kramer vs. Kramer vs. Lucifer.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    A ho-hum thriller about corporate spying in the high-tech world, comes off as a lot more preposterous than paranoid, and it takes no more than a few frames for the eye rolling to commence.
  10. "Spider-Man 2" was a textbook example of how to make a sequel: Deepen it, make it funnier, give it more heart and come up with a strong villain and a good story. Spider Man 3, by contrast, shows how not to make a sequel.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    The plot’s outrageousness — which includes Michael Stuhlbarg as a Ted Kaczynski-esque town crazy — would go down better if there were a sympathetic character or two (or, absent that, some laughs), but no dice.
  11. Hoodwinked is a computer-animated, "Shrek"-style satire of "Little Red Riding Hood" that offers a few laughs but overall is pretty tired.
  12. Even the element of surprise isn't enough to save this film, which has too many slow parts and features an ending that's extremely tepid by 21st century horror movie standards.
  13. It's a dreadful exercise, tin-eared and sincere, bereft of any truth or inspiration.
  14. Crooklyn is loud and raucous and occasionally cruel. The actors shout their dialogue, the kids trade insults and the movie has the strained, desperate-for-fun anxiety of a TV sitcom. [13 May 1994, p.C1]
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  15. Lacks the clever twists and turns that made the original such fun. The sequel has exactly one twist, and it's not very clever.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    This is a needlessly dull movie that should have gone back to the drawing board.
  16. But the film suffers from a major and unforgivable flaw, one that grows more implausible and ridiculous over time.
  17. A wildly implausible thriller.
  18. It's hard to tell if Cage's performance is a grand stab at all-out, no-holds-barred comic acting or one of the worst dramatic performances in a film this year. [2 June 1989, Daily Datebook, p.E8]
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  19. With its flat story, numbed-out protagonist, and faux artistic lighting and set design - everything is dark or moody or darkishly moody or moodily dark - Max Payne seems a good half hour longer than its running time.
  20. They try to make Beverly adorable, and the movie comes off strained and dishonest as a result.
  21. This lurid thriller comes to life in fits and starts, and then sinks into the bog of its own cleverness once again.
  22. By the end A.I. exhibits all its creators' bad traits and none of the good. So we end up with the structureless, meandering, slow-motion endlessness of Kubrick combined with the fuzzy, cuddly mindlessness of Spielberg.
  23. The movie's bereftness of invention can be measured by how no story element builds on another. Instead, Happy Feet Two is plotted so that a bunch of disparate things happen, until it's time to end the movie.
  24. It is a very good performance in a very bad movie.
  25. A third-rate effort, with a weak script, cheap-looking effects and no genuine frights.
  26. Film anybody's trip to Italy, and it would be more interesting than this, or at least equally boring.

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