San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

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For 5,827 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 0.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 American Beauty
Lowest review score: 0 Venom
Score distribution:
5,827 movie reviews
  1. In the important things, in all the ways that really count, Caché is a handsome fraud.
  2. On its own terms, the film is overlong, repetitive and lacks impact. Even if this were the first gorilla-in-love movie ever made, audiences would come away vaguely dissatisfied, suspecting there was an intriguing idea buried somewhere in here, but it didn't quite come off.
  3. This picture is disgusting. [15 Aug 1986]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Things happen in a flat, deadpan way.
  4. Only Lovers Left Alive is simply dead, an exercise in style, bland humor and vague gesture that yet seems to have been made in the naive expectation of a conventional response - that is, of an audience's actually caring.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Without a compelling - and convincingly compelled - character at its center, the details in this film lack an agonizing drop-by-drop tension. The various pieces fall apart like the shattered mirrors that figure in the crimes. [15 Aug 1986]
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  5. Noirish thrillers live or die by their plot twists and dialogue -- talk literally being cheap compared to action shots. Unfortunately, the script by first-time filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson fails on both counts.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Seems more appropriate for a science museum than the Metreon, but that's not the film's problem. The problem is that oceanic movies in actual science museums are far more interesting and nuanced than this documentary.
  6. Martha Marcy May Marlene is a strange case, a drama that's disturbing and yet inert. Writer-director Sean Durkin builds an atmosphere of dread, which means that he persuades us to believe in the characters and in the central situation. But he doesn't build interest.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Listen Up Philip wants to say something meaningful about human relationships. But like a frustrated writer staring at a blank piece of paper, the words just never appear.
  7. Film anybody's trip to Italy, and it would be more interesting than this, or at least equally boring.
  8. Attack the Block is the other alien-invasion movie opening today, the lousy one, the one from Britain. In Britain, it's probably just a regular bad movie, but here - with accents that are barely comprehensible and in-jokes about council flats, not to mention a swerving handheld camera and some of the cheapest effects since "Night of the Lepus" - it's surprising this thing ever got released.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    The director's most painfully slow movie yet.
  9. This is not one of the good Altmans. This isn't even one of the mediocre Altmans.
  10. Great to look at but not much fun to watch… An emotionally uncommitted picture that's smirky and mawkish, by turns, and at heart, empty. [14 Dec 1990, Daily Datebook, p.E1]
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  11. It will bring joy in a way certainly not intended, as one of the most gloriously and unwittingly silly films ever devised by a major American filmmaker.
  12. Here's a tiresome feature that could be made into a wonderful 20-minute film -- or, with a few adjustments, into two or three 10-minute shorts.
  13. Anyone can make a bad movie, but it takes a good filmmaker to make one as bad as I'm Not There.
  14. The movie suffers from two fatal ailments -- a dearth of vitality and a story that's shapeless and uninflected.
  15. Features an exceedingly dapper Richard Gere in a series of nice suits and handsome close-ups that serve no purpose other than to remind us how exceedingly dapper Richard Gere looks in nice suits and handsome close-ups. The rest of the movie registers as a loss of: time, money, talent and logic.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    In a word, bull - cruddy, foul-smelling and fly-specked, an excuse for a series of cheap sex scenes and single-entendre gags. [15 June 1988]
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  16. It's astonishing that so much money, talent, technical expertise and visual imagination can be put in the service of something so stupid.
  17. Despite good reviews at this year's Sundance Film Festival, this is the kind of squishy lost cause that gives liberal guilt a bad name.
  18. Despite its actors, its lush photography and its obvious seriousness of purpose, is as close to a form of torture as any film ever devised. I can't think of any individuals I dislike so much as to force them to see this picture.
  19. Mean-spirited and not remotely clever, though it strives for archness at every turn.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Goodbye to Language seems like an appropriate title if it’s meant to suggest that logic and sanity have completely disappeared from this world.
  20. It's an assaultive work about an assaultive fellow.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Dull and unilluminating.
  21. Muddled and endless.
  22. Liotta's acting can't redeem senseless violence.

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