San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

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For 6,684 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 0.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Bound
Lowest review score: 0 xXx: State of the Union
Score distribution:
6684 movie reviews
  1. 4 Little Girls brilliantly captures a moment in American history and tells an achingly painful story of injustice and family loss.
  2. The quietly stirring, exquisitely photographed Columbus is an art-house gem that beautifully illuminates not only the architecture of a small Indiana town, but also the characters that inhabit it.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
  3. The director has said that, though the story was inspired by the deaths of his parents, he hoped to make a film "brimming with life." He's succeeded.
  4. It's screamingly, hysterically, laugh-through-the-next-joke, laugh-for-the-next-week funny. It's so inventive…This is a film by an original and significant comic intelligence.
  5. Verhoeven creates an elegant frame for his lead actress and lets her fill it, and what we end up with is Huppert’s best collaboration with a director since the death of Claude Chabrol.
  6. Almost too much to bear. But brace yourself and see it anyway. It’s worth it.
  7. The most coolheaded of the Iraq war documentaries, the most methodical and the least polemical. Yet it's the one that will leave audiences the most shattered, angry and astounded.
  8. It’s a delicious, yet far-fetched setup that pushes the limits of believability, even when we consider how powerful denial can be. But director Christian Petzold never loses control of his taut film.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Almost frighteningly alive.
  9. Has there ever been a live concert film as vibrant or as brilliantly realized? I don't think so. [Review of re-release]
  10. This is a remarkable performance, remarkable not only in its force, but in its strength and precision. Oyelowo is reason alone to see Selma, and if you need another reason, there’s Carmen Ejogo, as a lovely, strong and haunted Coretta Scott King.
  11. In many ways - in all ways - The Artist is a profound achievement.
  12. Magical and haunting, The Piano has the power and delicate mystery of a gothic fairy tale. [19 Nov 1993]
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  13. Ferocious brutality is presented without commentary or judgment, yet with unmistakable moral understanding and vision. [21 September 1990, Daily Notebook p.E-1]
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  14. The thinking is shallow. The emotions are tepid. But the creativity is dazzling. If that sounds like a slam, consider that most Hollywood screenplays are predictable, rote and functional -- and those are the good ones, folks.
  15. Today, Blade Runner works better than ever: Scott's version not only has more dramatic integrity, but its visual aesthetic and futuristic vision are more in sync with today's movie-goers. [11 Sept 1992]
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  16. An excellent film noir.
  17. Far superior to its companion piece, "Flags of Our Fathers," released earlier this year, "Letters" is a grim and humane film that has to be counted among the director's better efforts.
  18. This is a very little film with a very large heart.
  19. Bests most other teen comedies right off the bat. If you got a kick out of "Crumb," this film will crack you up.
  20. Frank, funny and true as "Ghost World."
  21. A triumph that goes well beyond Hoffman's tour de force performance.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A tender, unforgettable comedy about a vanishing way of life.
  22. The soundtrack, full of jazz standards, is an enjoyable feature, though in the context of the movie, audiences will mostly feel anxiety hearing them. The amount of work required to sound breezy and effortless is daunting.
  23. Overlord is an ambitious, important experiment that has come to light after three decades of neglect.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A history lesson about the Holocaust well worth teaching.
  24. Hardly a riveting experience. It has slow patches, but it has a cumulative effect, thanks equally to Hansen-Love and Huppert. We come away feeling enriched and expanded, without exactly knowing how or why.
  25. That perception of Fiennes and Gustave is central to the whole enterprise. Without it, the movie just breaks off and flies away. But with it, The Grand Budapest Hotel becomes something wonderful.
  26. Make no mistake, Blue Is the Warmest Color constitutes a breakthrough, in addition to being the best film of 2013.

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