San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

  • Movies
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For 5,777 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 Bowling for Columbine
Lowest review score: 0 Red Planet
Score distribution:
5,777 movie reviews
  1. Friedkin has said the new, expanded version of his film has a more spiritual tone. But it's still a shocker.
  2. Best “performances,'' however, are given by the movie's almost agonizingly beautiful historical settings -- luxurious households, rich architecture, furnishings, ornaments, draperies, fineries and such are often more captivating than the hushed tones of the lovers. [17 Sept 1993, Daily Notebook, p.C1]
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  3. What is astonishing about this movie is how all the elements are so deftly mixed - the technology of real sets and people interwoven with the cartoon world, and yet Zemeckis hardly sacrifices a beat in laying out a curlicuing '40s-style thriller. [22 June 1988]
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  4. Perhaps the best teen date movie ever set in the year 1914, "Tuck" represents a brave leap against the tide. No sex, no car crashes and minimal violence. It just might be a hit.
  5. Riveting.
  6. Flows in a way that seems effortless, following its own path, arriving at its own place. Only after the movie is over are the outlines of its story apparent. I found it impossible to outguess it. [12 July 1991]
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  7. The film is exciting in two big ways: its simplicity of story (Tanovic does not get bogged down trying to give us an epic history) and the breadth of Tanovic's vision.
  8. 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.
  9. As close to perfect as filmmaking gets.
  10. Leigh goes right to the core of his character's lives and mines the place where we're weakest, most alone and sometimes the cruelest.
  11. Full of drama, poignancy and some heartbreaking moments.
  12. One of the great Holocaust films.
  13. There may not be a better- acted film this year.
  14. A story that's startling, soulful and absolutely unforgettable.
  15. It will be the most talked-about comedy of summer.
  16. The Coens' plotting, with its suspense and reversals, is a source of amazement and delight.
  17. One of the great portraits of artists fighting, even with murderous rage, to reach the sublime.
  18. It's that rare kind of movie that comes along only a handful of times each year -- gut-level entertainment that's oddly profound.
  19. 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.
  20. Unique and courageous. It may be counted as one of the year's few steps forward in cinema.
  21. Emily Watson is ravishingly good -- and brings an amazing focus and intensity to what could have been a disease-of-the-week picture.
  22. The most entertaining movie of the year. Funny and action-packed, it's also got that rare thing, heart.
  23. Presented without preachiness or affectation, Kandahar is a short, matter-of-fact visit to hell.
  24. Lone Scherfig, the writer-director, has made a film so unabashedly hopeful that it actually makes the heart soar. Yes, soar.
  25. That's why American Movie cuts so deep: It's about the American dream, about not giving up, about being true to yourself.
  26. A wonderful movie, sincere and inspired, with four terrific performances and a story that doesn't let up. The picture has the gentle, nourishing quality of a fairy tale that you want to believe, and the unsoftened impact of gut-level entertainment. [13 July 1990, Daily Datebook, p.E1]
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  27. Riveting.
  28. Exceptional.
  29. The funniest film to come along since "South Park," and one that succeeds in a more difficult and satisfying way.
  30. With Boogie Nights, we know we're not just watching episodes from disparate lives but a panorama of recent social history, rendered in bold, exuberant colors.

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