San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
For 6,646 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 0.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Last Life in the Universe
Lowest review score: 0 8MM
Score distribution:
6646 movie reviews
  1. AKA
    An unforgettable film.
  2. The writing, by Rapp and Catherine Dussart, is exquisite, and the performers, including Francois Truffaut's old colleague Jean-Pierre Leaud as a magistrate, are all first-rate.
  3. Magnificent but somewhat frustrating movie.
  4. Wetlands, an in-your-face story about bodily fluids and the collateral damage of a family gone wrong, is crass, vulgar and brilliant.
  5. A film that doesn't let go from the very first moment.
  6. It's hard to dislike a picture with flying cows and oil trucks.
  7. One of the rare films that directly responds to and expresses modern anxieties, this debut feature from director Henry Alex Rubin interweaves the stories of three sets of people, whose lives are upended through various bad things that happen over the Internet -- including bullying and identity theft. A fascinating and riveting thriller.
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  8. It's the picture that proves action films don't have to be silly, that a few thrill sequences don't mean every other value has to be shot to pieces.
  9. The movie is laugh-until-your-stomach-hurts hilarious.
  10. [Soderbergh] plays with time and narrative to reveal character, mood and longing in ways you just don't find in a mainstream crime picture.
  11. So it's two guys traveling, eating and talking. Doesn't sound like much. But it's terrific.
  12. The Maid would have been worthwhile just as a showcase both for good acting and for the director's virtuosity. But the movie's ultimate virtue is its humanity.
  13. So good it's scary.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An exceptionally powerful film driven by contradictory forces.
  14. One great monster movie. [11 June 1993, Daily Notebook, p.C1]
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  15. A complicated family story that takes place in three distinct time periods, and that's handled with astonishing ease and fluidity by director Claude Miller.
  16. This one enters the pantheon of great American war films.
  17. Now that she's past 50, can we all stop holding Michelle Pfeiffer's looks against her and just admit that she's a great actress?
  18. In his big-screen directing debut, British film maker Danny Boyle demonstrates wit, intelligence and economy of style.
  19. 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.
  20. 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."
  21. There's an edge to this exemplary family movie, just as there is in the story.
  22. Dares to present a flat-out heroic president, without the safety net of irony. It succeeds.
  23. 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.
  24. Magical and haunting, The Piano has the power and delicate mystery of a gothic fairy tale. [19 Nov 1993]
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  25. Enchanting documentary that also serves as an animated gallery of Goldsworthy’s uniquely ephemeral art.
  26. Exhilarating and enchanting family picture. It's the best I've seen this year and highly recommended for girls and for boys, too.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With House Party, the Hudlins have made a happy, harmless romp of a movie that, in its own minor way, manages to make a contribution to black cinema. There is a measure of social equality in the mere fact that black teens get stupid movies made about them, too. [9 Mar 1990, p.E6]
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  27. It’s coolheaded and incisive, a thorough and informative study of corporations, their origins and their place in the modern world.

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