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 Welcome to the Dollhouse
Lowest review score: 0 Showgirls
Score distribution:
769 movie reviews
  1. "The Big Sleep" and "The Maltese Falcon" echo loudly throughout.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    While this movie hasn't many surprises, it does offer strong performances, especially from Gyllenhaal.
  2. Comes on like an "After School Special'' psychodrama that's been taken off its medication.
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's too slick to be truly disturbing, but it's that slickness that keeps you on the edge of your chair.
  3. Driver, who is padded but not fat, is an actress with self-possession to spare. Her looks defy conventional rules about modern beauty, but the directness of her gaze and the honesty of her smile make it difficult to look anywhere else when she is on screen.
  4. This movie has a first-rate script, and director Joseph Ruben ( "True Believer," "The Stepfather" ) knew exactly what to do with it.
  5. Because the movie is otherwise so well made and so full of sweet emotion and "good" values, I was happy to ignore the shortcomings.
  6. At once a stifling exercise in thwarting emotional dynamics and a heated invitation to engage in the film's discourse on the shortcoming of sexual politics and justice in a media-saturated land.
  7. Never has this war been filmed with such ragged glory.
  8. Crassly funny passages.
  9. Her first feature, a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age comedy, is a nicely directed, well-written debut.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    An exceptionally funny science-fiction comedy.
  10. A fascinating, sometimes profound curiosity.
  11. A crafty, sometimes craven, but hardly worshipful snapshot of an unlikely candidate for biggest rock act on earth.
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  12. This is grim material, but director Hilary Brougher -- working from her own script that won a Sundance award -- examines the lives of these two suffering women without sensationalism or preaching.
  13. Director John McTiernan outdoes the previous "Die Hards" (McTiernan directed the first, Renny Harlin the second) with machinery, stunts, noise, bullets and guts. Hand-held camerawork tweaks the audience's sense of anxiety further, and for the most part it works well.
  14. That's not to say the entertaining Antz" was made by Woody, just that it's full of his personality.
  15. An edgy, hypnotic entertainment that's like a Club Med production of "Lord of the Flies."
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    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Still, Singleton's willingness to take risks makes this a worthy, thoughtful film. Especially noteworthy: His sensitive handling of a love triangle between Kristen and her boyfriend and Kristen and another woman.
  16. DeVito, whose singing sounds like a cross between coughing and Jimmy Durante on a good day, is a gruff and lovable mentor with a Brooklyn accent and a New Yorker's intolerance for sentimentality. Egan's Meg is a fiery dame with lots of gall. Tate Donovan gives voice to the adult Hercules, and he is just right as an almost Dudley Doright-ish lug who thinks heroics have more to do with physical daring than with big-heartedness. Alan Mencken's original score is boisterous and hummable, and lyrics by David Zippel perfectly suit the story and Disney's recent style for cleverness.
  17. Hot-blooded.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Without much of a plot to speak of and relying almost entirely on the girls' star power and charisma - which they have in spades - turns out to be a truly entertaining movie for anyone with even a bare knowledge of the Spice Girls' history, which in this age of absolute over-saturation, is hard to avoid.
  18. Dogma' is Kevin Smith's fourth film and it looks like his first but I'm not ready to quit him -- there's a landmark in him. I just wish the crafty, raucous Dogma was it.
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Such an ambitious, well-acted film that it's easy to overlook its flaws as relatively minor.
  19. Broadway-sized performances.
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Flawed but scrappy, confusing yet exhilarating, the Brit-made Lock, Stock is far from a perfect movie. And it's not for anyone squeamish about violence. But it is, like Green Day, a rockin' good time.
  20. While amusing and sometimes touching, Pleasantville is far from challenging.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It is both the best-looking James Bond film and the best-looking James Bond.
  21. The good guys metamorphose into bad guys and back into good guys with dazzling efficiency in Brian Helgeland's disturbing, comic script.
  22. Nunez's style is quiet, simple and deliberate, but the film never drags.

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