San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

  • Movies
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For 5,946 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 lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring
Lowest review score: 0 Spy Hard
Score distribution:
5,946 movie reviews
  1. There's just nothing artful about it, and it's Greengrass who deserves the credit. These nonactors don't act the way most people do when playing themselves. They act the way people do when they're being themselves.
  2. An original, inspired piece of work.
  3. A superb documentary.
  4. American Hustle is David O. Russell's best film, one that finds him in that ideal zone of spontaneity and complete control.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A rare chance to see a major cinematic work on the big screen.
  5. It's striking how much emotion Satrapi is able to convey through blocky drawings.
  6. A delicate, beautifully observed study of impossible romance, Lost in Translation is one of the best films this year.
  7. So in-depth, so appealing, so easy to sit through and so anomalously grand scale that few who see it will ever forget it.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Director Jesse Moss was basically a one-man production crew, which explains how he was able to film such intimate, painful conversations. His work is haunting — one of the best documentaries of the year.
  8. A great film, the best I've seen since Terrence Malick's "The New World," and far and away the richest and most brilliantly acted picture to be released this Oscar season.
  9. 4 Little Girls brilliantly captures a moment in American history and tells an achingly painful story of injustice and family loss.
  10. Beautiful but hollow.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Delightful.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. It’s sincere and intelligent — but it’s weak as a social statement and even weaker as drama.
  14. Yet all this wit and effort and occasional beauty is in the service of a movie that is little more than a two-hour chase scene, one that seems founded on the assumption that if you show one set of people chasing another, that’s enough to get an audience excited: Oh, no, let’s hope they don’t get caught!
    • 89 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    For art lovers, though, there is plenty to savor.
  15. 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Almost frighteningly alive.
  16. Has there ever been a live concert film as vibrant or as brilliantly realized? I don't think so. [Review of re-release]
  17. 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A heartrending film, Lee's Poetry is indeed a work of art.
  18. In many ways - in all ways - The Artist is a profound achievement.
  19. Magical and haunting, The Piano has the power and delicate mystery of a gothic fairy tale. [19 Nov 1993]
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  20. 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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  21. 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.
  22. An excellent film noir.
  23. 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.
  24. This is a very little film with a very large heart.

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