San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

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For 5,947 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 Quinceañera
Lowest review score: 0 20 Dates
Score distribution:
5,947 movie reviews
  1. Film anybody's trip to Italy, and it would be more interesting than this, or at least equally boring.
  2. More than confusing. It's opaque.
  3. Approximately the last hour of Dante's Peak is made up of action scenes, and how well one likes computer-generated destruction will determine how well one likes the movie.
  4. This latest from director Wayne Wang, about the friendship of two young women, travels from 2011 to 1997 to 1829 to 1838, in search of a reason for the audience to keep watching and start caring. That reason is never found.
  5. In an attempt to be complex and fair-minded, a simple story becomes a jumble of confused motivations.
  6. To call this effort misguided would be kind. The job this "prequel" does on the original Dumb and Dumber is the movie equivalent of surgery that removes all the vital organs and then gives the patient a prosthetic third arm. What's needed isn't there, and what's here we don't need.
  7. It's just horsing around that comes to nothing. No, it's worse. It's horsing around designed to disguise nothing as something.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Plays like a movie that some teenage boy cooked up in his chemistry lab. There are lots of potent things floating around in it - sexual initiation, drugs, fantasy-land wealth, brute violence, primitive rituals, Diane Lane and Donald Sutherland - but the mix just sits there without producing any notable reactions.
  8. If, while watching The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, you start wondering why Ben Stiller is acting strange, the answer comes during the closing credits: "Directed by Ben Stiller."
  9. It is an embarrassment and an insult to a character that has been beloved by kids for 45 years.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Those who stuck with the troubled pop icon after his universe shifted from the charts to the tabloids probably will find equal measures of inspiration and heartbreak in the documentary. For everyone else, it's a strange offering.
  10. The Dutch thriller Borgman gets credit for being original, but not for being original in a compelling way.
  11. So disturbing it makes you uncomfortable watching it.
  12. A mostly inoffensive nothing of a film with one or two mild chuckles and lots of chop-socky commotion.
  13. Rendered nearly unwatchable by overblown close-ups and an unrelenting shaky-cam.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Degenerates in the second half.
  14. As for Fraser, his clumsy humanity is endearing, but by now, assuming he has invested wisely, he should have enough money saved so as to not have to waste his talent anymore.
  15. Dismal final installment.
  16. There's no point complaining that Honey is a tired reworking of an old formula, because it's intended for a young audience that doesn't know the formula.
  17. Oliver Twist" meets "A Clockwork Orange" meets a reckless abandonment of credibility.
  18. Witless banter might have won Ginger Rogers for Fred Astaire, but Thompson is too smart for that.
  19. The bad outweighs the good and the cringes outnumber the laughs in Brüno, a disappointment from Sacha Baron Cohen, whose "Borat" was one of the funniest movies of the decade.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    A letdown despite its intriguing premise.
  20. Imagine if instead of creating new music, a recording artist kept putting out the exact same album, just playing the songs a little louder each time. That's what it feels like watching Transformers: Age of Extinction.
  21. No longer fresh -- though that's to be expected in a sequel -- it contains none of the virtues that made the first one anarchic and original.
  22. Cmera work can't do anything about the barrenness of the screenplay, nor the sense of fundamental insincerity at the core of the film. [03 Sep 1993]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
  23. Cheesy.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    If only it weren't based on a true story. It might have been a good movie.
  24. Hellion is so sincere and so dull that some might mistake it for a true work of art.
  25. The movie is a mess.

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