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 Apollo 13
Lowest review score: 0 House on Haunted Hill
Score distribution:
764 movie reviews
  1. A sweaty-browed exercise in precision filmmaking, but one that doesn't cheat you with wisps of tension and the pretense of attitude.
  2. The scenes with Stalin and his frightened underlings, his giddy yes-men tip-toeing around him, are written and directed by Duncan with a grace, agility and comic deftness one rarely is treated to at the movies these days.
  3. It's that rare movie with a sense of timeliness that is eternal, and a protagonist whose soul-crushed angst, even at its most fatal, speaks to the little boy/girl lost in everyone.
  4. Gets diagnosably schizo.
  5. The film's premise is totally implausible yet great performances, directing and script allow us to transcend the concept of believability and enjoy nevertheless.
  6. Unlike so many other movies of literary provenance, it is clear from the start that this one is going to be entertainment, not homework. Lee serves up this sweetmeat without fuss, without the super-seriousness of filmmakers awed by their literary material.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A marvelous child of Star Wars technology, the advanced sound design makes a celebratory re-viewing of George Lucas' legendary, 20-year-old space opera a thrilling experience. [Special Edition]
  7. Ethereal.
  8. Makes a term like neo-noir seem like a fatuous catch phrase.
  9. This movie has everything but Humphrey Bogart, and I'm sure he's sorry he was unavailable.
  10. It's the film we leave most movie theaters wishing we'd seen instead.
  11. Part aerobics workout, part self-styled dreamscape, Sense is a hyperactive piece of performance art that begins as the stripped-down dress rehearsal of a garage band and builds into a mighty, exhausting spectacle that shakes as much ass as it kicks. [Review of re-release]
  12. The amazing thing about the film, for anyone who hasn't had an intentional Hollywood scare lately, is that it still delivers on the most visceral level
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  13. Leigh has a gift for demonstrating character from the outside in.
  14. There isn't a whole lot of fancy subplotting, just a potpourri of funny and engaging characters.
  15. The script by Ed Solomon is tight, well-paced and lighthearted. If this were a musical, Fred Astaire could have played the Jones role, although somewhat more dashingly.
  16. Classic in feel and loaded with sumptuous performances.
  17. A monumentally graceful union of two extremely dissimilar stars, one inspired cinematographer and an exceptionally patient, curious, independent-minded director.
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  18. Go
    A triptych whirling on a Lazy Susan of revolving character perspectives.
  19. Amazing comic performances...give this comedy its lovely manic pace, kept just within the realm of sanity.
  20. It's the hypnotic long-form music video Smoke never got to make.
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  21. A warm-hearted valentine to old traditions in China that are being obliterated by modern - and admittedly more efficient - technology.
  22. It's the boys' most immediately gratifying movie: The goods are delivered in a hearse.
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  23. The majestic pageant of images - no sylvan landscape has been this indelibly, dimensionally alive - is inextricably welded to the multifold spiritual / ecological questions about the future that Miyazaki is contemplating.
  24. This is filmmaking of high energy and wit. What it adds up to is debatable. You can view it as a bright twist on the being-a-cop-is-lonely sort of police picture, or as a mini-anthology of quirky not-quite-love stories. If it's hard to say where Chungking Express arrives, the trip is still exhilarating.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Like a Les Brown tune, a really dry martini and a hug from a good buddy, Swingers makes you feel warm all over, baby.
  25. Its brazen mixture of the comic and dramatic, the high and low and the emotional and intellectual is positively Shakespearean.
  26. The least opaque of Antonioni's films, unburdened by stylishness and his imagistic inflammations.
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  27. Beautiful, wandering little love story that wants to break your heart and probably will.
  28. Ryan has an edge that is extremely becoming…This is her best work yet.

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