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 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:
5,944 movie reviews
  1. The year's best romantic drama.
  2. One of the great Holocaust films.
  3. A story that's startling, soulful and absolutely unforgettable.
  4. The most entertaining movie of the year. Funny and action-packed, it's also got that rare thing, heart.
  5. In addition to being extremely funny, the film has a warm spirit and respect for the characters.
  6. It's big, perfectly cast and entertaining in every way, but more than that it feels like a generous public event.
  7. The new Planet of the Apes is not a remake, and it's not a sequel. It is an amazing display of imagination.
  8. Its virtues are velocity, energy, innovative storytelling - and something that seems even more the province of young directors: a certain heartlessness and ironic distance in the tone.
  9. The film benefits most of all from Rees' careful screenplay, which dances that shifting line between fear and emergent hope. One of Alike's poems says it best: "Even breaking is opening. And I am broken. I am open."
  10. The thing most people will take away from Stand Up Guys is that it contains Al Pacino's best performance in years. So if you don't think Al Pacino still has it in him, this is a welcome chance to be proved wrong. But here's something interesting. Stand Up Guys also contains Christopher Walken's best performance in years. In addition, the film is extraordinarily well cast, and the acting, even in the smaller roles, is more than noteworthy.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One of the greatest of all epics.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Artful, beautiful in parts and unbelievably brutal in others, and no less honest for its stagecraft.
  11. Superb.
  12. A movie that is not only achingly funny but also full of serious and philosophical truisms.
  13. Potentially oppressive subject matter is redeemed by impeccable moral integrity and stunning artistry.
  14. An exceptional example of Shakespeare on film.
  15. Wise and wondrous.
  16. Extraordinary.
  17. As close to perfect as filmmaking gets.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The interplay between Starling and Lector as they share an indefinable, dark understanding gives the film its unforgettable and unsettling power. [14 February 1991, Daily Notebook, p.E1]
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  18. A fable about women struggling to free themselves from that myth, and even at its most obvious, it's exhilarating.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Don't expect an in-depth study or exposé in Carol Channing: Larger Than Life. But director Dori Berinstein does capture the essence of Carol as one of those creatures of the theater that when you see her onstage, you know you've seen something special.
  19. All bets are off. For my money, Vincent Gallo wins the Triple Crown of indie filmmaking -- for writing, directing and starring in Buffalo '66.
  20. Evokes grand emotions -- anxiety, sadness, joy -- sometimes within moments of one another. Broken Wings has heart and a poetic soul.
  21. A lot of actors are labeled "brave" for taking on difficult scripts like this, but Spacek is the real thing: an artist first, without vanity, and a movie star almost by default.
  22. An alluring piece of work, an artful whodunit that melds shrewd plotting with resourceful camera work and sympathetic characters that are fascinatingly, morbidly off.
  23. The nagging desire to help these people underscores the involvement of the audience in this superbly told story. You can almost taste the saltwater, and the fear.
  24. Payne's little marvel.
  25. This is a smart film, told in a minor key, that augurs well for Whaley's directing career.
  26. A masterful portrait of the seasons of a life.

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