San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

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For 5,925 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 Last Life in the Universe
Lowest review score: 0 Spy Hard
Score distribution:
5,925 movie reviews
  1. Funny, riveting look at the music scene that ruled Manchester, England, from 1976 to 1992.
  2. 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.
  3. An unforgettable examination of a host of dark impulses.
  4. In the hands of visionary filmmaker Alexander Sokurov, this simple material makes for a haunting drama about war, generational relationships and the human condition.
  5. A great piece of filmmaking and a legitimate science-fiction/horror classic.
  6. The magic here is all in the telling: in the graceful, laconic direction of Jacques Becker.
  7. [Soderbergh] plays with time and narrative to reveal character, mood and longing in ways you just don't find in a mainstream crime picture.
  8. At times trying and perplexing, but it also contains some of the most psychologically insightful and ecstatic filmmaking imaginable.
  9. All things considered, The Long Day Closes is a remarkable film -- tender and intelligent, long on mood and short on ''action,'' a cinematic poem that stands head and shoulders above the summer harvest of bonehead action thrillers. [23 July 1993, p.C9]
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  10. An exquisite and powerful documentary -- one whose elegance only heightens its devastating impact.
  11. A documentary with the emotional power of the very best in narrative film. It has characters impossible to forget, moments impossible to shake and an ending that leaves the audience both moved and rattled.
  12. A story that's startling, soulful and absolutely unforgettable.
  13. Children of Men is CuarĂ³n's run for freedom, with a riveting story, fantastic action scenes and acting so universally solid that even the dogs perform masterfully under his direction.
  14. An extraordinary film, mythic in feeling.
  15. That's why American Movie cuts so deep: It's about the American dream, about not giving up, about being true to yourself.
  16. The formality of Moonrise Kingdom - the orderly structure and dreamlike perfection of it all - is as poetic as any film I've seen this year.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Remarkable.
  17. Stuns with writing, acting, direction.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Love has become a tired movie theme, but rarely is it relegated to a subplot as it is in Broadcast News. That's just one of the reasons that makes James Brooks' ingenious film a different sort of movie. Another is how it subtly reveals the complex mingling of work lives and love lives, showing how they feed each other and, indeed, feed off each other, careers devouring entire relationships in hungry 30-second sound bites. [10 Jan 1988, p.17]
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  18. With Milk, a great San Francisco story becomes a great American story.
  19. 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.
  20. Rippingly good, old-fashioned movie epic.
  21. Chilling, superbly acted.
  22. The movie is a stunner, so hypnotic that the length hardly matters.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The interplay between Starling and Lector as they share an indefinable, dark understanding gives the film its unforgettable and unsettling power. [14 February 1991, Daily Notebook, p.E1]
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  23. Its virtues are velocity, energy, innovative storytelling - and something that seems even more the province of young directors: a certain heartlessness and ironic distance in the tone.
  24. Interviews with Pinochet's victims put a human face on the systematic torture that existed under his rule.
  25. It's an exuberant, well- crafted film that gets the audience involved on a gut level even before the opening credits are over.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Bujalski's writing is so good, and every shot and edit seems exactly right. Hopefully, there will always be a place for a film like this on a theater screen, no matter the whims of the marketplace.
  26. This is human drama at its most intense and universal. This is the rare film that can change the way you think and see the world.

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