San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

  • Movies
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For 6,090 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 0.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Hairspray
Lowest review score: 0 Harry + Max
Score distribution:
6,090 movie reviews
  1. An ambitious and exciting piece of work, a movie about sex and movies made by a filmmaker who understands the power of each to set off fantasy, create addiction, incite danger and transform the spirit.
  2. Crisply funny and fleetly paced, it's in its quiet way one of the saddest things in the theaters all year.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is a serious film, but it is also entertaining. Ngassa and Ntuba should be galvanizing figures for a nation stuck on "Judge Judy" and "Jerry Springer."
  3. There's an edge to this exemplary family movie, just as there is in the story.
  4. Dares to present a flat-out heroic president, without the safety net of irony. It succeeds.
  5. At its slowest, the film has value as a historical document. At its best, the film gives a human face to stories of unimaginable suffering and unexpected triumph.
  6. Magical and haunting, The Piano has the power and delicate mystery of a gothic fairy tale. [19 Nov 1993]
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  7. Enchanting documentary that also serves as an animated gallery of Goldsworthy’s uniquely ephemeral art.
  8. Exhilarating and enchanting family picture. It's the best I've seen this year and highly recommended for girls and for boys, too.
  9. It’s coolheaded and incisive, a thorough and informative study of corporations, their origins and their place in the modern world.
  10. Anyone who enjoys stylized hyper-violence should be enthralled by this long, sweeping, murderously vivid dramatization of ancient Chinese warfare, circa A.D. 208.
  11. Often is on the verge of spilling over into melodrama, but that doesn't bother me because life is the same way.
  12. Philippe Blasband's screenplay is witty and economical, and the film's editing is crisp.
  13. A wonderfully twisted comedy.
  14. A compact British drama that does more with only three people and a few modest settings than most movies do with computerized bloat and a cast of hundreds.
  15. The best movie of 2008? The most revealing war film ever made? The greatest animated feature to come out of Israel? All these descriptions could apply to Waltz With Bashir.
  16. An extraordinary film, mythic in feeling.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Perhaps no director has so thoroughly explored the American concept of police work, prosecution and legal justice, and Find Me Guilty is a film that brings the 81-year-old filmmaker thematically full circle, back to his starting point, 1957's "12 Angry Men."
  17. The thrills in Spike Lee's singularly savvy thriller are in small unexpected moments.
  18. Ferocious brutality is presented without commentary or judgment, yet with unmistakable moral understanding and vision. [21 September 1990, Daily Notebook p.E-1]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Martel's vision is so visually rich and complex it borders on the impressionistic, but The Headless Woman would be nowhere without the precise tour de force performance by Onetto.
  19. A thoroughly entertaining and hilarious look at a board game that's an occasional amusement for some -- and a serious obsession (or disturbing addiction) for others.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An astonishingly beautiful, irresistibly grim movie.
  20. Burns has created an endearing gathering of people we all know, and every one of them is so much fun that leaving the theater at the end elicits a touch of regret.
  21. Unlike Sean Penn's demagogue in "All the King's Men," you're able to forget that Whitaker is acting. He embodies the role. When clips of the real Amin are shown at the end, it's almost shocking to realize the extent to which Whitaker has become him.
  22. Seemingly loose and free-associative in style, Experimenter builds to an effect and, for all its humor — or rather, through its humor — makes a sober and chilling point.
  23. A movie about an obese Harlem teenager who's raped by her father and abused by her mother. It's depressing, devastating, harrowing and repulsive. But there are lyric flights of hope interspersed among that raw naturalism, and that's what makes this movie amazing.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Original, winning entertainment, and well executed. No pun intended.
  24. Block's hypnotic documentary, among the finest of the year.
  25. A documentary with the emotional power of the very best in narrative film. It has characters impossible to forget, moments impossible to shake and an ending that leaves the audience both moved and rattled.

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