San Francisco Examiner's Scores

  • Movies
For 769 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 46% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 A Moment of Innocence
Lowest review score: 0 Bio-Dome
Score distribution:
769 movie reviews
  1. A shameless "Shawshank" redux.
  2. While the premise is intriguing, the movie is gluey, bumbling and singularly un-thrilling.
  3. Here he has Whoopi Goldberg, Mary-Louise Parker, Drew Barrymore and James Remar to distract us from the depths to which Ross habitually stoops in the never-ending quest to reacquaint an audience with its cheapest emotions.
  4. Competent, to be sure, with some good lines.
  5. Linklater has less success telling a story; time passes amiably, but the film has no center.
  6. As innocuous as the love songs on its soundtrack.
  7. Latest Freddie Prinze Jr. vehicle stalls at on-ramp.
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  8. The movie hits the ground running, so Beatty the actor is forced to go all out from the start.
  9. Needs a gritty intervention.
  10. Doesn't have what it takes to be truly terrible.
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    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Not as predictable as the rest of its ilk.
  11. Right up to its deliberate thud of a closer, Polanski had me.
  12. A workmanlike effort. It's not startling and it's not incompetent.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    A piece of baseball fluff...Costner cinema, pure and simple.
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  13. If it's difficult to find straight laughs in a colorblind prison movie (It's difficult enough to find a colorblind prison movie), finding straight laughs in a black one is almost impossible.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    You can draw a straight line from "Reservoir Dogs" to "Pulp Fiction" to Suicide Kings.
  14. Sublimely ridiculous.
  15. Not the sweaty midnight stroll through the garden of carnal delights that its title wants you to believe.
  16. This is neither a psychological thriller nor an erotic one, so any interest in the story is purely the work of its stars.
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  17. Feels like an interminable pilot for a show to fill that deadly 8:30 slot between "Friends" and "Will and Grace."
  18. Earnest and kid-friendly -- also simplistic and dramatically creaky.
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    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    What mystifies, too, is the complete absence of information about Salerno-Sonnenberg's private life.
  19. But what McNally, director Joe Mantello and a cast brought straight from the original New York stage production all accomplish is the creation of an honest, clever, poignant work about men who also happen to be gay, rather than a self-conscious polemic about gays who it turns out just happen also to be men.
  20. Too much of nothing and far from the potentially star-making material that Foxx deserves.
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  21. The talented Murphy is appealing here, performing with sincerity and restraint - a wise choice, since his co-stars are a menagerie of wisecracking animals.
  22. A romantic sitcom that never transcends its gimmicky plot, but offers enough screen time to Gwyneth Paltrow to satisfy even her most rabid fans.
  23. 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.
  24. Writer-director Mark Herman seems genuinely moved by the plight of the mining communities, but his attempt to translate those feelings into a story shows the effects of hard labor.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    With a few quiet, moving scenes and a lovely ending, the film betrays an artist's touch, no matter how hard Kitano tries to make it look easy.
  25. The movie's coda is completely ridiculous and, worse yet, boring.

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