San Francisco Examiner's Scores

  • Movies
For 764 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 49% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Brazil
Lowest review score: 0 Luminarias
Score distribution:
764 movie reviews
  1. I can't help thinking, though, that maybe Thornton was too ambitious in trying to wear three hats.
  2. Leaves the audience on such a devastatingly dramatic ledge.
  3. You're smarter than this, but occasionally it tricks you into thinking it might be up to something you haven't considered, like an above-average, extra-bloody episode of "Scooby Doo."
  4. As involved as Crudup and Connelly beseech you to be with this story, their very youthfulness, their nagging lack of adulthood, keeps the film from being anything more credible than a tight grad-school tryst.
  5. You may find yourself weeping toward the end, and, later, you may also find yourself wondering why. The revelations are staggeringly obvious.
  6. An unsteady stab at noir.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    The cast's control and Dobkin's assured pacing keep most of the funny things funny and make most of the scary things scary - while maintaining the tricky balance between humor and fear.
  7. Overstays its welcome until the jokes curdle and the satire becomes a blunt instrument, but not before Busch throws some priceless one-liners.
  8. It's not as good as the original - which was fresher, funnier and scarier - but if it were, then by the criteria of the film's resident movie scholar, it wouldn't be a genuine sequel.
  9. Woody Allen's questionable toe-tapping faux-documentary.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    There's a novel, engaging story trying to transmit through the storm of special effects and convoluted plot twists that mar the movie.
  10. I like that Sheridan's girlfriend works at Starbucks. Snipes plays the part with the kind of high energy that large doses of caffeine would explain.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Smart and unsentimental as it is, Shallow Grave is more than a little forbidding.
  11. It's the year's funniest, most absurd sight gag.
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  12. A proudly unsophisticated demonstration of racial progress.
  13. The cliches are all here.... Eszterhas works around these scripting difficulties deftly enough, but the real pleasure here is in watching Bacon and Renfro as idol and adorer.
  14. Lacks the spark of the best recent Disney spectaculars, like "Beauty and the Beast."
  15. Has a silly, insouciant glamour often employed to sell hair conditioners and perfume.
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  16. A satire whose dead aim stops wounding - and starts making - stereotypes of white middle-classness.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    All the parts of Return that deal with Luke's faith in his father and his appeals for him to reject the dark side of The Force are very emotional. In fact, the best sections of Return are extensions of the melancholy implications of "The Empire Strikes Back." [Special Edition]
    • 32 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    A wicked, light-headed first half dissolves into a bloody, head-bashing second half . The previews make it seem like a comedy. It isn't.
  17. A runny intimate portrait that doesn't trust Tammy Faye Messner and her story to enthrall you. So they've all but spelled it out: k-i-t-s-c-h.
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Nowhere near as funny as "Spinal Tap," but fans of this kind of deadpan humor are guaranteed to get a few chuckles out of this one. All of the actors are marvelously horrible, and in this movie, bad equals good.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    It's not easy to wrench belly laughs out of contract killing, but Nine Yards does just that.
  18. The film is in the key of "Romeo and Juliet," and it's a one-note tune.
  19. Troubling and troubled.
  20. The movie is meant to be uplifting and to the degree that you can ignore its unquestioning treatment of mental illness, I suppose it is.
  21. Aiming to keep it real, the cast of the new dance casserole Center Stage sweats spunk.
  22. Sandra Goldbacher, writing and directing her first feature, is a sure-handed filmmaker. The movie is a tableau of sensuality.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Powerful war spectacle neglects novel's heart and much of story.

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