San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

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For 6,025 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 The Flat
Lowest review score: 0 Shanghai Knights
Score distribution:
6,025 movie reviews
  1. If it happens to hit you right - that is, if you happen to catch its wavelength of tear-and-a-smile whimsicality - the movie will speak to you.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    A cliché movie about love, orneriness and several maddening tourists.
  2. A comedy so unfunny, it's tragic.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    The movie’s ridiculous.
  3. That closing-credits sequence is by far the funniest thing in the disappointing movie,
  4. In the same genre as the Farrellys' "There's Something About Mary" and "Dumb and Dumber," only lousy.
  5. A well-intentioned, but all-thumbs down drama.
  6. Lacks a certain je ne sais quoi.
  7. The Signal starts off as an alien version of "Blair Witch Project" and then drifts off into cold plotlessness. But for a while, a little while, it seems like it just might be interesting.
  8. This is trash on a big budget, but trash nonetheless.
  9. It's a complete mess, the spectacle of filmmakers blowing up their movie and everything in it, because they can't think of anything else to do.
  10. The bottom line with Andrea Arnold's Wuthering Heights is that the writer-director has taken Emily Brontë's tale of undying passion and rendered it passionless.
  11. Why, if Chase is such a funny guy, does he make such unfunny movies?
  12. It provokes nothing but yawns, and the sex it explores is stuff everybody knows about and says, "So what?"
  13. It takes about 20 minutes to catch on that Friday is without narrative drive - and about as long to figure out that the film offers nothing better in place of it.
  14. The laughs come in all the wrong places when they come at all.
  15. The comedy, to the extent there is any, consists mainly of Carrey's verbal asides and strained reactions to people. The script gives him very little to work with.
  16. Just about everything in The Chronicles of Riddick is impenetrable, from the convoluted story to the dark and baroque art direction. It's an inane film rendered sometimes laughable by an atmosphere of dead-serious reverence.
  17. Like most movies based on games, this film appears to have been quite literally doomed from the start.
  18. As vile, unredeeming and thoroughly unpleasant experiences go, I Spit on Your Grave at least has one thing interesting about it. It's a document of the most paranoid fantasies that urban, Northern people have about a rural Southern people.
  19. Liotta's acting can't redeem senseless violence.
  20. About as close to pure mall fodder as you'll see.
  21. All the brains, heart and courage in the world can't save a movie that doesn't have a third act.
  22. Father-daughter relationship lacks impact.
  23. It looks spiffy. It has an attractive cast. Marcel Zyskind's cinematography seethes and shines. And it's a crock.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Anyone who puts production gloss above performance, plot, dialogue and editing may thrill to Drawing Restraint 9.
  24. It shambles and ambles, seemingly without focus or pattern, from one thing to the next. Yet at the same time, it's predictable, not from moment to moment, but in its outlines.
  25. An unbearable exercise in provocation.
  26. Until its final seconds, Seven Days in Utopia is just a piece of gee-whiz, G-rated, nicely shot evangelism outfitted as a golf movie. Then it cuts away at the pivotal moment that's normally the life's blood of inspirational sports dramas - and becomes something vastly more obnoxious.
  27. Depictions of an aide talking about her hospital vigil and her words of comfort to a distraught Laura Bush are creepy and exploitative -- and borderline disgusting.

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