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 1.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Being John Malkovich
Lowest review score: 0 Showgirls
Score distribution:
764 movie reviews
  1. The script, based on British pulp writer James Hadley Chase's novel "Just Another Sucker," is a muddle, and no actors, no matter how compelling or talented, could make its silly dialogue work.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It starts out well and winds up no worse than most of the stuff that comes out of Hollywood.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The spectacle is huge; the animation, breathtaking. In many ways, it is the epic of biblical proportions the filmmakers hoped for. But, like the Good Book itself, The Prince of Egypt can also be tedious, self-important and at times exhausting.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    You can draw a straight line from "Reservoir Dogs" to "Pulp Fiction" to Suicide Kings.
  2. Cop Land presents a fairly involved plot, and Mangold is not equipped to do more than blurt all the information onto the screen and let the nuances settle where they may.
  3. What's pleasing about this movie is its enduring adherence to the Bondian ideal.
  4. This bloated, self-important and logically absurd movie, made by the director of the equally historically hysterical "Forrest Gump," pretends to the thrones of Serious Thinking, of Important Messages and of Intellectual Provocation. If there were truly anything serious, important or intellectual about this movie, this planet would be in big trouble.
  5. Director Gary Fleder seems to be trying for the mood and atmosphere of "Seven," another Freeman film about murder and police work, but this movie isn't as stylish and the script by David Klass, based on the James Patterson novel, doesn't really hang together.
  6. Neither offensive nor inspired.
  7. This is the kind of story that might have been interesting had it not been populated with dreary characters played by actors who were clearly coached to be as dull as possible.
  8. Most disappointing is the fact that the movie ends so abruptly that you can't help wondering what the whole story amounts to, moving as it is.
  9. Director Simon West makes an impressive feature debut in this relentless action-comedy that is, more than anything else, about how funny it is to see hundreds of people exploded, shot, knifed, propellered and burnt to death, and how to land a plane on the crowded Vegas strip.
  10. Lane, with his extensive stage experience, is acerbic, profoundly cynical and endlessly disgruntled. As the foil, Evans strike the right comic nice-guy note; he has fun with the character's sweetness and refuses to degrade him.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Call it "Rosemary's Nephew." Or, simply call The Devil's Advocate a muddled metaphysical thriller that takes a small eternity to engage the observer with its flimsy characters and its tired special effects.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    One of those things that probably seems hilarious when a couple of guys are sitting around hashing out the plot over a couple of beers.
  11. Becky Johnston ( "The Prince of Tides" ) did creditable work on the screenplay, but there are times when this story about a truly rotten fellow seems to be one big jump cut.
  12. You can't help cheering for Selena, but the good feeling is diminished by the sense that her story's been simplified and sanitized.
  13. Martin Scorsese is certainly one of the great living movie directors. Sadly, this does not mean he can't make a mistake. Kundun is a mistake.
  14. The thrill is most certainly not in the script by David Koepp, written from Michael Crichton's novel....Most of the writing is the blandest sort of twaddle, jokes you can practically recite along with actors.
  15. The Patriot makes the Revolutionary War look like super-produced studio footage of the L.A. riots.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    If you haven't taken your mother to a movie in a while, this is the ticket, with its PG-13 rating, lack of violence and like that.
  16. There's more gymnastic yammering in Loving Jezebel than in a season of "Dawson's Creek."
  17. Implausibly dainty.
  18. Leans so heavily on its stars that their performances are marred by their emptiness.
  19. It's hard not to like a movie like Men of Honor, but it's entirely possible.
  20. Out of Sight needed the energetic and stylish hand of "Get Shorty" director Barry Sonnenfeld. Instead, a sad-sackish Soderbergh ( "sex, lies and videotape") comes at this material looking as if his mind was on something else, something much, much more depressing.
  21. Sublimely ridiculous.
  22. This is a prodigious something. It's just difficult to say whether that something is good or evil.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The movie is decidedly old-fashioned, aiming to send kids and their parents out of the theater feeling good about themselves.
  23. Spiritually it's a John Woo-George Romero-Jim Thompson picture, outrageously bloody and weird.

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