San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
For 5,874 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 Ran (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 Spy Hard
Score distribution:
5,874 movie reviews
  1. In many ways - in all ways - The Artist is a profound achievement.
  2. An extraordinary and effective film.
  3. 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.
  4. An overwhelming experience.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Cconsistently entertaining.
  5. A movie of intelligence and power, of beauty, universality and largeness of spirit.
  6. 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.
  7. Rarely does a movie come along that captures an aspect of everyday consciousness that has not yet made it onto film.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Follows the country pop singer on what has to be one of the most amazing farewell concert tours in music history.
  8. An enchanting, beautiful and brilliantly imagined film.
  9. Sweet, funny, sad and profound -- the sort of film that becomes more remarkable when you realize it's based on someone's real life.
  10. A further, captivating extension of Oshima's marriage of the oblique and the erotic.
  11. The films never lose sight of Mesrine the man, a fascinating character in that he's brutal yet extremely intelligent, has a skewed but discernible conscience, and, under the right circumstances, can be warm and generous.
  12. Not a routine cut-and-paste horror but a full-fledged revenge fantasy -- and a completely satisfying one.
  13. The difference is that Iain Softley, who directed Wings of the Dove, and his screenwriter Hossein Amini, who wrote the overlooked "Jude," are keen observers who bring a wealth of ambiguity and mystery to the surface -- and release their characters from the cliches that easily could have swallowed them.
  14. Part fairy tale and part bogeyman thriller -- a juicy allegory of evil, greed and innocence, told with an eerie visual poetry.
  15. Die Hard 2 is a huge movie done right. [3 July 1990, p.E1]
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  16. Daring in its affirmation that a dowdy woman in her late 60s still can let go of her inhibitions and exhibit a lascivious side.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    [Branagh] shows an understanding of the medium worthy of a veteran, and an intuitive grasp of how to make Henry V not only comprehensible, but compelling for contemporary audiences. [13 Dec 1989]
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  17. Sir! No Sir! is far from a dry rehashing of what may seem for some like ancient history. Driving guitar rock and lively editing add to the film's urgency. The voices of the veterans alone, however, make this an important and poignant film that can speak to any generation.
  18. Appropriately structured like a ride on skateboard: It swoops back and forth in time, hovers in midair, twists back on itself over and over again, then rolls into silence.
  19. Soft, evanescent and bittersweet.
  20. The King's Speech is a warm, wise film - the best period movie of the year and one of the year's best movies.
  21. Utterly enchanting.
  22. The documentary shows the stranglehold that the teachers union has on politicians, particularly Democratic politicians. The arrogance and ignorance of some of these politicians is galling.
  23. Robert Redford's exceptionally handsome and provocative Quiz Show manages a trick that few films even dare try -- to take a hard look at personal and public moral issues and still provide dazzling entertainment.
  24. Payback has a completely different spirit from "L.A. Confidential'' -- more wild, more silly -- but it has the same attention to the fine points of plot and character.
  25. Sly, near-perfect comedy.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Sad funny and richly romantic, everything that makes Allen’s movies so beloved. [7 February 1986, Daily Notebook p.76]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 59 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This film has a voice of its own. And at a time when the romantic comedy seems to be a lost art form, that's saying something.

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