San Francisco Chronicle's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
For 5,810 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 Class Action
Lowest review score: 0 Gigantic
Score distribution:
5,810 movie reviews
  1. One of Miyazaki's most kid-accessible movies, but still an unnerving film.
  2. An intense and chilling documentary.
  3. Ernest & Celestine builds a delicate and charming animated world, but you wouldn't want to live there.
  4. A wonder of a film -- a luminous, beautifully executed drama that gathers the best cast of the year -- the best American film of the year.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Whatever you may feel about each side, it's hard to watch as city officials order explosives to be dropped on the MOVE house (which has a bunker on top) - and then sit idly by as the resulting fire burns the entire neighborhood. You'll keep asking yourself: How did it come to this? And hauntingly, no one has any answers.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Fan has visual panache - Last Train Home has some gorgeously composed shots - but he also has something that can't be taught: The patience and understanding to allow a family to tell their heartbreaking story in their own way.
  5. The film is its own beast, and it's a rare one.
  6. It's an horrific and tragic story, but somehow made beautiful through the care and attention of Schnabel's direction and Bardem's tender, unforgettable performance.
  7. A thoughtful, satisfying action thriller.
  8. It's simply a quiet and heartbreaking look at the dynamics of one family. That's the beauty of it.
  9. One of the great Holocaust films.
  10. With Boogie Nights, we know we're not just watching episodes from disparate lives but a panorama of recent social history, rendered in bold, exuberant colors.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    City of Life and Death, a stunning re-creation of the Japanese army's annihilation of Nanking in 1937, will make you flinch, even as you admire its brilliant black-and-white cinematography, breathtaking art design and unerring direction.
  11. The experience of seeing this film is cumulative, sober and profound.
  12. The right mix of humor and horror and with not even a shred of sentimentality.
  13. 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.
  14. A remarkable documentary about an almost unfathomable ordeal.
  15. Nostalgia for the Light is a strange and stunning work of art: a poem disguised as a movie about astronomers in the Atacama desert of Chile.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A fascinating and entertaining glimpse into the world of high-level and socially conscious graffiti artists?
  16. 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.
  17. Knocked Up has some rough edges, but it's a noteworthy film by a significant and blossoming talent.
  18. Sad yet offering glimpses of hope.
  19. A masterful portrait of the seasons of a life.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Must-see cinema for any serious rock fan.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. You never catch Gosling doing anything out of character. It's the first Oscar-caliber performance I've seen so far this year.
  23. 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.
  24. A crime gem that is darkly funny even when it's chilling -- and certain to become a classic.

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