San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

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For 6,955 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 0.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Quest
Lowest review score: 0 AVP: Alien vs. Predator
Score distribution:
6955 movie reviews
  1. To members of the Darko cult, this may not be an improvement, but it could help this compelling and extremely moving film find the audience it deserves.
  2. The King's Speech is a warm, wise film - the best period movie of the year and one of the year's best movies.
  3. What Mackenzie has crafted here is a crowd-pleaser with undeniable art-house elements.
  4. Up
    Has some great movie moments but also boring stretches.
  5. Robert Redford's exceptionally handsome and provocative Quiz Show manages a trick that few films even dare try -- to take a hard look at personal and public moral issues and still provide dazzling entertainment.
  6. Aquarius has a lot of things on its mind, and sometimes the plot machinations in the last third seem a tad heavy-handed, almost as if they’re being piled upon a delicate character sketch.
  7. Anomalisa may simply be a brilliant one-off, but it’s pointing a new direction for animation, if anyone cares to follow it.
  8. Jacob Bernstein’s documentary about his mother, Nora Ephron, is unbearably funny for much of the way, and then it is sad, but bearably so because Everything Is Copy is about one woman’s realization that some things in life are more than material for her writing.
  9. The most entertaining movie of the year. Funny and action-packed, it's also got that rare thing, heart.
  10. Chadwick Boseman commands every moment of this film, radiating probity and purpose, and it’s only later on that you realize that, with another actor, this wouldn’t have been a sure thing. The Black Panther is a superhero with lots of uncertainty.
  11. This is a remarkable feat, not only of cinematography, but of choreography. Just to film Michael Keaton and Edward Norton walking down a Manhattan street, everything had to be timed as in a dance — when the camera swirls ahead, when it goes behind, when it swoops back around. It’s all accomplished so smoothly that it would be worth doing merely as a stunt, except this is no stunt. This method carries the mood and soul of one of the best movies of 2014.
  12. The film, winsome and tragic at once and finely attuned to the rhythms of childhood, always seems quite close to real life.
  13. Life Is Sweet, a comedy with wonderfully touching moments by off-beat British director Mike Leigh, is an absolute gem of eccentric humor about family life. Fresh and quirky, the film dishes up astonishing vitality in its look at what is ostensibly a plain, lower middle-class family in Middlesex. [22 Nov. 1991, p.C5]
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  14. An outstanding effort that maintains the integrity and purpose that distinguished "The Fellowship of the Ring."
  15. For all the squalor and extremely upsetting subject matter, you can't take your eyes off the screen.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    As Whelan slowly comes to terms with the loss of her identity, she begins to forge a new one as a contemporary dancer, going on to produce her own performances on a national tour titled “Restless Creature.”
  16. Meticulously crafted, and warmly acted by a cast that includes Winona Ryder as Jo and Susan Sarandon as her mother, the devoted Marmee, Little Women is one of the rare Hollywood studio films that invites your attention, slowly and elegantly, rather than propelling your interest with effects and easy manipulation.
  17. A heartrending film, Lee's Poetry is indeed a work of art.
  18. Anyone not romantically inclined going into Shakespeare in Love surely will be by the end.
  19. This is a vision of hell conveyed in a simple, documentary style, far removed from the sumptuous American Mafia fables.
  20. Gets its punch from simple scenes and conversations.
  21. The magic of Brooklyn can’t be analyzed, but something in the richness of its relationships puts an essential truth before us — the brevity and immensity of life. We know all about that, of course, but that’s the beauty of great art: It takes what you already know and makes you feel it.
  22. It's a film of sensitivity, observation and humor - a must-see for Fellini enthusiasts and a worthwhile investment for everyone else.
  23. A mesmerizing documentary.
  24. Both as writer and director, Farhadi is skilled at depicting the spiraling growth of social malignancies, as duplicity and uncertainties beget confusion, fear and anger. It’s an incisive portrait of a particular society, but it should resonate everywhere.
  25. Unlike other recent films noirs -- ''The Grifters,'' for example, or ''After Dark, My Sweet,'' both of which were based on Thompson stories -- One False Move lacks style and wit, and doesn't explore its characters beyond their cheap, cruddy exteriors. [24 June 1992, p.E1]
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  26. Jane is lopsided, thoroughly exploring her early career but encapsulating later decades too neatly.
  27. Despite the increase in seriousness, the film's mood is buoyant, as it's impossible not to root for these appealing if flawed youngsters.
  28. Spartacus isn't the greatest epic ever made, but it's head and shoulders above most of the sword-and-sandal wheezers that came out in the '50s and '60s. And, given the prohibitive costs of shooting an epic today, it's the kind of movie we're not likely to see anymore -- except in well-deserved revivals like this one. [13 May 1991, p.E1]
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  29. Very imaginative and can be enjoyed by audiences of all ages.

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