San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

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For 6,613 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 0.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Tower
Lowest review score: 0 Love Object
Score distribution:
6613 movie reviews
  1. Needs to be seen and savored.
  2. Coming now, today, In Time is not just satisfying. I wouldn't go so far as to say it's important, because that would overstate it, but it certainly feels like part of the national conversation. It arrives in theaters at a time when people are camped out in New York saying the same things as the people in the movie. It's weird the way films often anticipate the near future.
  3. A lovely, smart and beautifully understated film.
  4. American Hustle is David O. Russell's best film, one that finds him in that ideal zone of spontaneity and complete control.
  5. A grounded and unusually matter-of-fact adaptation.
  6. This lushly photographed, brilliantly acted and wonderfully entertaining movie has its own claims to uniqueness. It's the most thoughtful of the three films, and its climax brings the entire series into sharper focus. [25 Dec 1990, Daily Datebook, p.E1]
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  7. Where it really counts, though, it's the same good old comic action fantasy.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Kempner once again educates and entertains with unexpected tidbits and just plain good old-fashioned filmmaking.
  8. Love & Mercy captures with striking immediacy the unbound power of the artist in his element.
  9. Presents us with characters of such humanity and dignity that it begins to seem obscene that until now we haven't exactly given all that much thought to the Kurds.
  10. The word "delightful" is thrown around so much that it often means nothing. Movies that truly have the capacity to delight - that amuse and lift the spirits and create a warm feeling - are rare. Romantics Anonymous is one of those rare delights.
  11. 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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    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    And there lies the greatest flaw with Citzenfour and Snowden himself. Despite the film’s virtues, we’re no closer to understanding Snowden than we were a year ago when this saga began.
  12. The script and direction are virtually flawless.
  13. Gets it right. It's a wonderful movie. Watching it, one can't help but get the impression that everyone involved was steeped in Tolkien's work, loved the book, treasured it and took care not to break a cherished thing in it.
  14. If In the Cut falls short of the masterpiece Campion intended, it's unquestionably the most ambitious and important film to come along in months.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Cause for celebration. It's not only a cracking good film, but it is the first by Taiwanese master Hou Hsiao-hsien to gain a national (though limited) release.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    He has very shrewdly interwoven crime, sex and suspense, blended the real and the unreal in fascinating proportions and punctuated his film with several quick, grisly and unnerving surprises.
  15. The pacing is superb, quick and agile without being frenzied, and the special effects are jaw-dropping.
  16. 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.
  17. Delightfully comic - and the funniest moments are rich in meaning - A Man of No Importance is laced with memorable scenes.
  18. 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]
  19. The all-time great talking-pig movie, a lovely, intelligent gem of G-rated entertainment that is also rib-tickling funny.
  20. An engrossing tale of class differences that reveals tiny details of one man’s descent into hell.
  21. 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.
  22. In Darkness is an extraordinary movie, and somehow good art creates its own uplift.
  23. Bride Flight gives a panoramic sweep of lives as they're lived, as there is a lot of beauty in it.
  24. Excellent.
  25. Anvil lives somewhere in that thoroughly entertaining gray area between self-parody and the triumph of human spirit.

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