San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

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For 5,925 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 higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Sex and the City
Lowest review score: 0 Baby Geniuses
Score distribution:
5,925 movie reviews
  1. The pacing is superb, quick and agile without being frenzied, and the special effects are jaw-dropping.
  2. Anyone not romantically inclined going into Shakespeare in Love surely will be by the end.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This wise and warm man, who died in 2002, is captured in all his glory by the remarkable documentary.
  3. Delightfully comic - and the funniest moments are rich in meaning - A Man of No Importance is laced with memorable scenes.
  4. In scene after scene -- the long wedding sequence, John Marley's bloody discovery in his bed, Pacino nervously smoothing down his hair before a restaurant massacre, the godfather's collapse in a garden -- Coppola crafted an enduring, undisputed masterpiece. [21 Mar 1997, Daily Datebook, p.C3]
  5. The all-time great talking-pig movie, a lovely, intelligent gem of G-rated entertainment that is also rib-tickling funny.
  6. An engrossing tale of class differences that reveals tiny details of one man’s descent into hell.
  7. Don't be too quick to jump on Hurt with complaints of old-fashioned gay stereotyping. Only with a development well into the movie will the audience realize the layers he brought to Molina's role-playing.
  8. In Darkness is an extraordinary movie, and somehow good art creates its own uplift.
  9. Bride Flight gives a panoramic sweep of lives as they're lived, as there is a lot of beauty in it.
  10. Excellent.
  11. Anvil lives somewhere in that thoroughly entertaining gray area between self-parody and the triumph of human spirit.
  12. This is an intense and complicated story, and the film doesn't rush it. It lets it unfold and build, methodically.
  13. The Details has a light tone, but it's anything but light in purpose. It's committed and passionate, one of the most perceptive and morally persuasive movies of 2012.
  14. An intense, powerful film.
  15. There's a lot to process when watching The War Tapes, and that's probably why the documentary gets even better a few days later.
  16. A hard, funny and realistic movie about the future.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Director Jesse Moss was basically a one-man production crew, which explains how he was able to film such intimate, painful conversations. His work is haunting — one of the best documentaries of the year.
  17. An engrossing new drama from France.
  18. All the actors are good, but it's Farnsworth's brilliantly simple performance that brings The Straight Story so close to greatness.
  19. One of the great movies -- a triumph of storytelling and character development, and a whole new ballgame for computer animation. Pixar Animation Studios has raised the genre to an astonishing new level.
  20. There are moments of genuine pathos, genuine humor, genuine surprise. As much as the film adheres to the strictures of the standard comic-book movie, it also pops with a knowing, loving, Whedon-world jokiness that keeps everything barreling along.
  21. If you're the type who doesn't go to art-house films , Murderball should be your exception. It's hard to imagine anyone could walk away from this movie disappointed.
  22. Documentary reaches an exalted level of filmmaking. It explains the very fabric of American society.
  23. The silence captured in this documentary -- a meditative look at life in the Carthusian monastery of the Grande Chartreuse in the French Alps -- may be the most eloquent you'll ever hear.
  24. Riveting.
  25. The Visitor, is, if anything, more imaginative and touching than his first.
  26. Screenwriters Bridget O'Connor and Peter Straughan have clarified a few things that needed clarifying, camouflaged a few things that needed camouflaging - and gently tugged some passive flashbacks into the active present. It's a cagey adaptation.
  27. The movie rarely, if ever, feels mechanical. Instead, you may find yourself marveling at the fertility of an imagination that could allow itself to toss so many vivid characters and stories—enough to supply four or five movies — into one generous package.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A heartrending film, Lee's Poetry is indeed a work of art.

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