San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

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For 6,355 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 0.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Lowest review score: 0 Big Daddy
Score distribution:
6355 movie reviews
  1. Amy
    The short, sad life of Amy Winehouse is compellingly told in a new documentary that sidesteps sensationalism and dime-store psychologizing and lets archival footage do much of the work.
  2. The experience of seeing this film is cumulative, sober and profound.
  3. The right mix of humor and horror and with not even a shred of sentimentality.
  4. As good as the film is in conveying the feeling of the walls closing in, it has to be said that the script won't win any prizes for subtlety - the director seems to relish ham-fisted ironies.
  5. A remarkable documentary about an almost unfathomable ordeal.
  6. This is sublime filmmaking, a textbook example of how indies can tell groundbreaking stories in a way that Hollywood simply can’t match.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A fascinating and entertaining glimpse into the world of high-level and socially conscious graffiti artists?
  7. Wong denies us the satisfaction of resolution, but in sharing his mastery of cinema, and his gift for conveying mood, desire and vivid emotions, he's more than generous.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Although its message is deadly serious, is is filled with wit and winning characters.
  8. Knocked Up has some rough edges, but it's a noteworthy film by a significant and blossoming talent.
  9. Sad yet offering glimpses of hope.
  10. There's no attempt at greatness here, just a fabulously successful attempt at a good crime movie. The Oscar-bait self-consciousness of "Gangs of New York" and "The Aviator" is gone. In its place is a buoyancy, an impish delight in telling a harsh urban story in the most effective terms possible.
  11. A masterful portrait of the seasons of a life.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Must-see cinema for any serious rock fan.
  12. Hornby's humane and humorous screenplay is true to the film's title: In short order, young Jenny finds out important truths about identity, glamour and how adults really think and live.
  13. Screenwriters Bridget O'Connor and Peter Straughan have clarified a few things that needed clarifying, camouflaged a few things that needed camouflaging - and gently tugged some passive flashbacks into the active present. It's a cagey adaptation.
  14. You never catch Gosling doing anything out of character. It's the first Oscar-caliber performance I've seen so far this year.
  15. What this uncaring man is doing to her (Ida), he's about to do to a nation of 50 million people. And all of them will hate themselves in the morning.
  16. A crime gem that is darkly funny even when it's chilling -- and certain to become a classic.
  17. A seriously good movie, a challenge to viewers, a rebuke of the way many Americans live their lives.
  18. Not as profound as it is pretty, Hero nevertheless gives us something to ponder beyond Zhang's feat in mounting such a magnificent production.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A snapshot of a fabled career that's of little interest to anyone outside Young's fans.
  19. Directed with playful wit and energy, with steamy sex scenes played as much for laughs as anything else.
  20. Falters in its final 15 minutes, when the funny lines peter out and the flashbacks get fuzzy.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    One of the most visually sumptuous movies you will see this year.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It must be fun to make a film about a con artist when the con artist is a full and willing participant, literally going to the ends of the Earth to prove she is the real deal.
  21. The Past makes conventional movies feel artificial. Watching the characters interact in this movie feels like "Here is real life," and real life just happens to be strangely compelling.
  22. Funny, riveting look at the music scene that ruled Manchester, England, from 1976 to 1992.
  23. 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.
  24. An unforgettable examination of a host of dark impulses.

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