San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

  • Movies
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For 6,470 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 46% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Goodfellas
Lowest review score: 0 The Last Airbender
Score distribution:
6470 movie reviews
    • 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.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Original, winning entertainment, and well executed. No pun intended.
  6. Block's hypnotic documentary, among the finest of the year.
  7. 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.
  8. An inspiring translation of biblical grandeur, turning the story of one of history's greatest heroes into an entertaining, visually dazzling cartoon.
  9. People who see it may feel like dancing out of the theater afterward. Go for it.
  10. It's a glamorous revenge romp, a "9 to 5" mixed with "Auntie Mame," and it gives each star the opportunity to do her best work in a long, long time.
  11. Ida
    Ida is a rarity, a film both intensely grounded in painful historical reality and genuinely otherworldly.
  12. Heart and tenderness are rare in cartoon movies. But in an age of frenetic children's fare, the new animated adventure The Iron Giant dares to show a lot of both, and it comes up a winner.
  13. Coraci has given us a film that is not only amusing, but well-acted, and not only well-acted, but gorgeous. Micha Klein's animated transitions alone, which are used to signal each change in location, are wondrous and lovely to behold.
  14. Michelle Williams doesn't just survive. Called upon to glow, she glows. Her performance doesn't solve all the riddles of that personality; none could, and it's for the best that Williams doesn't try.
  15. In many ways - in all ways - The Artist is a profound achievement.
  16. An extraordinary and effective film.
  17. Shame has a lolling pace and stunning visual clarity. Structurally, it's close to perfect - its precision echoed in the Glenn Gould piano recordings of Bach keyboard works that Brandon listens to obsessively.
  18. An overwhelming experience.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Cconsistently entertaining.
  19. Jacob Bernstein’s documentary about his mother, Nora Ephron, is unbearably funny for much of the way, and then it is sad, but bearably so because Everything Is Copy is about one woman’s realization that some things in life are more than material for her writing.
  20. A movie of intelligence and power, of beauty, universality and largeness of spirit.
  21. Intelligent and crackling with crisp, provocative visual energy, Copycat, the new thriller starring Sigourney Weaver and Holly Hunter, is so creepy and dangerous-feeling that it's like a knife edge pressed against the jugular.
  22. Rarely does a movie come along that captures an aspect of everyday consciousness that has not yet made it onto film.
  23. Follows the country pop singer on what has to be one of the most amazing farewell concert tours in music history.
  24. An enchanting, beautiful and brilliantly imagined film.
  25. Sweet, funny, sad and profound -- the sort of film that becomes more remarkable when you realize it's based on someone's real life.
  26. A further, captivating extension of Oshima's marriage of the oblique and the erotic.

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