San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

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For 6,492 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 0.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 The White Ribbon
Lowest review score: 0 AVP: Alien vs. Predator
Score distribution:
6492 movie reviews
  1. The kind of picture to whip out the clichés for: Surprisingly original. Delightful. Brilliant. Funny as all heck. When 1989 is through, sex, lies, and videotape may well be remembered as the best film of the year. [11 Aug 1989, Daily Datebook, p.E1]
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  2. By the way, The Tillman Story has an R rating because of language. Think about that one, too: Lies are rated G and can be heard around the clock on television, but try saying the truth with the proper force and you end up with a restricted audience.
  3. In the end, the film shakes down as a kind of eat-your-spinach exercise, a movie that’s worthy and perhaps good for you, but is labored and only enjoyable intermittently.
  4. An authentic piece of Americana. There's no lying or condescending from this director. Nebraska feels pure.
  5. Doesn't hit its stride until the last 30 minutes, and by then, it's just a little too late.
  6. The murder plot is a cheap turn that says nothing about the nature of Suzanne's ambition. Without Suzanne's media-obsession as its focus, To Die For becomes just another fairly good black comedy.
  7. This is an amazing record of a group of lives -- and probably more resonant than anyone could have imagined when the project began.
  8. All the actors are good, but it's Farnsworth's brilliantly simple performance that brings The Straight Story so close to greatness.
  9. With its dry, throwaway humor and constant stream of chuckles, it creates its own category of stealth comedy.
  10. Ages well in memory because it gradually seems to mean more. Its meaning can't be summed up in a sentence, but it has to do with a view of life as inexpressibly sad and yet always right.
  11. It may be as emotionally exhausting for the viewer as for the participants.
  12. What results isn’t a straight autobiography, obviously, but rather the autobiography of a career and, most importantly, the autobiography of a spirit.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    At its heart, The Babadook is a story of mother and son, whose relationship ultimately determines whether they survive the demon — or die trying.
  13. A film of great sadness, but also a galvanizing depiction of heroism.
  14. The movie is as interesting as spying on your neighbors during the most interesting 85 minutes of their lives.
  15. Like her (Cholodenko) other movies, this one has vivid characters and strong performances and flows like a slice of life set in an appealing, interesting world. But this one also has a good story and, if you're paying attention, a distinct point of view.
  16. There may not be a better- acted film this year.
  17. A little abhorrent yet strangely appealing. I found it arty and pretentious, but still couldn't turn my eyes away from its almost hypnotic coolness and fascinating psychological horrors. [23 Sept 1988]
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  18. Art history lessons don't get much better: Cave of Forgotten Dreams presents the world's oldest paintings captured by one of film's great visionaries.
  19. When it's over, this documentary lingers as a testament to extraordinary human bravery. It stands as one of the most heartbreaking and suspenseful sagas of the year.
  20. A famous French actor using his art to work through the loss of his wife and daughter in a car accident. The strategy works, at least for a while.
  21. A lot of actors are labeled "brave" for taking on difficult scripts like this, but Spacek is the real thing: an artist first, without vanity, and a movie star almost by default.
  22. Ten
    A minimalist film, Ten looks and feels like a documentary. At the end, there is no big denouement, but a profound realization that the people we see on camera are all aching for answers -- and struggling to come to terms with their lives.
  23. The movie examines the possibility of maintaining one's humanity in a truly oppressive society.
  24. This is a beautiful film, full of gray-and white-haired men who grow in stature before our eyes.
  25. A lively experience.
  26. A visually spectacular film, distinguished by strong performances and brilliant Steadicam photography that snakes through the U-boat as its patrols the North Atlantic during World War II. [Director's Cut]
  27. The spellbinding power of this almost certain Oscar nominee for best documentary comes from its chilling subject matter.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    I just don't know how all this sweetness and light will go down with a teenaged movie audience presumably gung-ho with Rambo - especially now that he's got the presidential seal of approval. And that's no joke, son! [3 July 1985, p.58]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I'll go ahead and call Drug War the best Hong Kong action movie since "Infernal Affairs" (the 2002 film that Martin Scorsese remade as "The Departed"), even though technically it's a Chinese film.

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