San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

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For 5,827 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 0.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Waking the Dead
Lowest review score: 0 Love Object
Score distribution:
5,827 movie reviews
  1. It's a gallant battle against flawed material, and Hirschbiegel fights it to a draw.
  2. Hannibal Rising isn't a classic, but it's entertaining and a surprisingly fitting addition to the franchise.
  3. Something so sappy, no one would believe me if I told them. It has to be seen to be disbelieved.
  4. This is trash on a big budget, but trash nonetheless.
  5. There still is no life on Mars. Red Planet is airless.
  6. It's funny, easily the funniest and least self-conscious movie that director Nora Ephron has made.
  7. I laughed hysterically, but in the interest of balanced reporting, I should add that the guy parked next to me at the screening - a boyfriend who was there under duress - emitted a series of low guttural noises suggesting profound psychological anguish.
  8. As British comedy sometimes will, A Long Way Down has an occasional attack of the cutes, but the actors' commitment keeps the movie on the plus side.
  9. For all it does right, there's something seriously wrong.
  10. Extremely boring.
  11. Has some laughs - more than a few thanks to Michael Douglas as a dead swinger (the movie's Jacob Marley) - and some moments of tenderness, too.
  12. It is a boilerplate action comedy.
  13. The movie has some clumsy dialogue and awkward turns, but the picture is brisk and likable.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    A cliché movie about love, orneriness and several maddening tourists.
  14. It's an entertaining movie, which is half the game, but it's not scary, which it should be. Neither is it something to be taken seriously, though it's intended to be.
  15. The picture is more impressive as it goes along, revealing a symmetry of construction underneath the rudiments of a thriller.
  16. Surprisingly decent.
  17. Vigilante movies hold a firm place in cinematic history, but for them to work, the vigilante needs to be a sympathetic anti-hero.
  18. The reboot of the "Friday the 13th" series is a pretty big mess - not particularly scary or interesting or even gory by 21st century movie standards.
  19. Year One has one joke, but it's a good one, played for many variations over the course of an often very funny comedy.
  20. The movie's narrative tension hinges on, well, nothing.
  21. Instead of concealing it, I'll just come out and say that I find it difficult to be enthusiastic about this well-acted and gracefully directed movie, but for reasons that might be called philosophical.
  22. With almost nothing else going for it, the sequel will likely be a disappointment to everyone except 10-year-old barf joke aficionados and a few stoned adults.
  23. Like most movies based on games, this film appears to have been quite literally doomed from the start.
  24. There's so much torture and suffering in this movie, it starts to feel like "Zero Dark Smurfy."
  25. As it stands,The Fourth Kind boasts a creepy kind of joke - and a confusing kind of horror.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    If it seems like a stupid idea, well, it is. This is one of those romantic comedies that rely on wild coincidences and misunderstandings that could be cleared up with a simple cell phone call, but then, that wouldn't help the "plot" along.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Heavy on the eye candy, light on plot and logic.
  26. A few amusing moments mixed in with the painful ones.
  27. It's a gorefest, a borefest and a snorefest.

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