San Francisco Examiner's Scores

  • Movies
For 764 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 2.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 A Moment of Innocence
Lowest review score: 0 House on Haunted Hill
Score distribution:
764 movie reviews
  1. A remarkable study of the corrosive effects of fear and power on an establishment insider who puts duty above all else.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Rumble in the Bronx has the explosive escapades that Stallone/Schwarzenegger followers crave - hair-raising free falls, hovercrafts out of control, crazed turf wars, collapsing buildings, gun-happy gangsters and other boy-film staples - plus the kind of oddball comedy and independent spirit usually found only outside the current Hollywood empire. Chan is a true artist of a genre that ordinarily does all it can to avoid art.
  2. A documentary with a keen eye, a playful sense of timing and an inquisitive soul.
  3. It's a glimmering hunk of fractured brilliance riddled with Orwellian paranoia encased in a production design seemingly pieced together from the shared dreams of Franz Kakfa and Salvador Dali, and shot from cruelly low angles.
  4. Spellbinding.
  5. Kurosawa pulled out all the stops with Ran, his obsession with loyalty and his love of expressionistic film techniques allowed to roam freely.
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  6. With no frills and no commentary, Howard and company have made the kind of absorbing thriller we have in mind when we wistfully sigh, "They don't make movies like they used to."
  7. Elegant.
  8. A handbook on cinematic lucidity. All events are described clearly. Motives of all the characters are set right there on the table next to the pasta for our consideration.
  9. A momentously, shockingly moving fit of shape-shifting by a filmmaker grown tired of the macabre.
  10. Kiarostami's genius is elusive. His films may be unknowable, but they are undeniably hypnotic, charismatic.
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  11. The effect is riveting and frightening. You feel you are under siege with the combatants.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Extraordinary, entertaining cinema.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
  12. Dern is nothing short of brilliant here.
  13. It's the year's best movie sex.
  14. If you know Federico Fellini's "La Dolce Vita," you'll be unable to watch The Great Beauty without thinking about it. This gorgeous Italian movie, like its predecessor, balances pungent satire and a more melancholy mood in portraying the dissolute world of the upper crust in contemporary Rome.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One of the most complex and powerful literary scripts in recent times.
  15. Minghella is an artist and he has painted himself a masterpiece.
  16. The film will intoxicate children and charm the parents in their company.
  17. A movie that has an odd plot, quirky characters and a real edge, but it's not in-your-face, a re-invention of a genre or a smirky independent. It's different because it's flat-out great.
  18. Ruiz has made the most ambitious adaptation of a Proust work yet.
  19. This is a nearly miraculous conjunction of director, material and actor.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Todd Solondz's grand prize winner at this year's Sundance Film Festival lapses into satire, but its parodistic slant only exaggerates what is truthful, making the unpleasantness of that awkward age all the more disturbing and hilarious. It's a horror film starring reality in the monster role.
  20. So phenomenal that Bill Murray can't even steal it. And he tries. So excellent that Murray's MTV progeny Tom Green can't sink it.
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  21. Turns into something like a screwball farce, an intimate, self-aware one.
  22. With Election, Payne announces himself as one of the keenest purveyors of the scattered pieces that once was an American morality.
  23. Meanders around Holly Springs, Mississippi, with the fuzzy benevolence of a Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation.
  24. Big Night's beauty is the fact that it is about passion.
  25. Timeless, and as fine a depiction of human folly as you're likely to see at the movies.
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