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 1.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 The Talented Mr. Ripley
Lowest review score: 0 Luminarias
Score distribution:
764 movie reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A Little Princess is a delightful film. Bring your children, or just bring yourself.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The Spanish filmmaker goes back to what he does better than any other living director - post-modernizing the melodrama.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Forceful and well-acted. Fear truly lives up to its title.
    • 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.
  1. 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.
  2. Huston manages to bring the unavoidable brutality of this story to the screen without seeming exploitative. And she gets good performances out of Malone, Leigh and Eldard. Glenne Headly gives a great performance as Leigh's saintly sister.
  3. From Juan Ruiz-Anchia's florid, eruptive photography to the pinpoint editing by Howard E. Smith that enhances it, everyone involved with The Corruptor understands that action is the bottom line - except Chow.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    [Krishnamma] gives the story a dimension of pent-up anguish and melancholy.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    An excellent human-interest documentary that unlike so many others has a genuine appeal beyond someone already interested in the subject matter.
  4. Less ambitious than the highly successful "Secrets & Lies," Career Girls has its own modest merits - a real sense of wit, much of it expressed in Hannah's sharp verbal sallies, and a melancholy truth that both women realize.
  5. A tedious, soapy romp about overlapping lives and destiny.
  6. A movie drunk on its very existence, one that misses more frequently than it hits and couldn't care less.
  7. It's handsome filmmaking that doesn't surface until the final 25 minutes during which Stevo and company's sense of marginalization achieves the palpable, emotional import that's more expressive than anything its characters' have to bitch about.
  8. Sometimes, when you watch a Stillman movie, you can't help thinking that the guy ought to get out more.
  9. Any movie that opens with a Goo Goo Dolls song and ends with a line like "I'm going to live -- just not as long as you" is bound to leave somebody reaching for a Kleenex.
  10. The glory of the picture is the eye-popping, surreal backgrounds that blast the conventional characters off the screen.
  11. The movie's primary narrative weakness is that its racism plot points seem ripped from the headlines of a "Geraldo" newsletter and stretched into a string of terribly executed car chases.
  12. What could have been an insightful, irresistible movie is instead a simple, self-contained fable, pleasing to look at but meaningless
  13. Woo delivers a vintage breakneck, break-arm, break-face 20-minute finale.
  14. Leave it to Ron Howard to turn a plaintive Dr. Seuss ditty into a C-grade Tim Burton psychodrama.
  15. This is not the addictive, hot-wired movie you want.
  16. The vibe is acoustic-cafe: cute, catchy and ironic given its wimpy point of view.
  17. A runny intimate portrait that doesn't trust Tammy Faye Messner and her story to enthrall you. So they've all but spelled it out: k-i-t-s-c-h.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    There's a novel, engaging story trying to transmit through the storm of special effects and convoluted plot twists that mar the movie.
  18. If Restaurant feels like a high-caliber TV drama, it's one that tries to pack an entire season (plus pilot, plus backstory) into one episode.
  19. You're smarter than this, but occasionally it tricks you into thinking it might be up to something you haven't considered, like an above-average, extra-bloody episode of "Scooby Doo."
  20. The film is in the key of "Romeo and Juliet," and it's a one-note tune.
  21. As involved as Crudup and Connelly beseech you to be with this story, their very youthfulness, their nagging lack of adulthood, keeps the film from being anything more credible than a tight grad-school tryst.
  22. As entertaining, charming and conceited as other Robert Redford joints, but it's also insufferably obvious.
  23. Roth, though, is like a sociopathic arsonist, one enthralled with his ability to start little blazes and one who would even call the fire department, but wouldn't stick around to see whether anyone put them out.

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