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 2.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 The Usual Suspects
Lowest review score: 0 Lost Souls
Score distribution:
764 movie reviews
  1. Sometimes, when you watch a Stillman movie, you can't help thinking that the guy ought to get out more.
  2. Freundlich's problem is that he has made an essentially interesting movie that never seems brave enough to say what it really intends.
  3. The vibe is acoustic-cafe: cute, catchy and ironic given its wimpy point of view.
  4. A tedious, soapy romp about overlapping lives and destiny.
  5. Turturro tricks you into thinking there's magic realism streaming through this ode to art and commited love - despite there being little magic and not a trace of reality to speak of.
  6. Collapses under its own contempt.
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  7. A high-spirited, big-bottomed Polaroid of the comedian in a fat suit.
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  8. Directing his first movie, Jack Green, cinematographer on several Clint Eastwood films, shows an ease with the material (written by Jim McGlynn), but there's something a bit dull about the movie.
  9. The director bludgeons us dumb with her genius.
  10. Too smitten with the Eisenhower-era nostalgia.
  11. For all its lazy beauty, the movie is rooted in the personalities of its lead characters and they, unfortunately, are bloodless, affectless, emotionless dopes who turn their considerable lack of scruples on the business of senseless killing, for which they seemingly have no remorse. [13 Feb. 1998]
  12. 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.
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  13. What makes Shadow Boxers special is how Bankowsky restores the woman's touch that always seems intentionally excised from coverage of the sport without comprising their participation in the sport.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Offers insights from a host of former players.
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  14. Hackman is, as ever, a master performer, an actor at the peak of his powers. However, he can't carry the whole movie.
  15. Simply an endurance contest, one almost worth staying the 82 minutes to see who wins.
  16. The film is obviously a long-form episode of a show better digested in 22-minute segments.
  17. Really just a lurid potboiler.
  18. A mixed bag with the promise of a better sequel.
  19. An enervated adaptation of E.B. White's Stuart Little escapades.
  20. Queasy comedy.
  21. 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.
  22. Fans of sci-fi, special effects, big explosions, panicky crowd scenes and theater sound systems cranked up way beyond the capacity of the human ear to hear comfortably will love this movie. I am not among you.
  23. At its best the film serves as a music appreciation class taught by embattled artists whose cloudy livelihoods grow increasingly uncertain with each bittersweet symphony.
  24. This is not the addictive, hot-wired movie you want.
  25. If the movie crumbles under its own stiffness at times, at least it has the two old pros' good performances to cheer us along the way.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Sure, it's the same trite teenage fantasy it was 20 years ago when it was first released, but somehow now the energy seems infectiously giddier, the songs zingier, the camp higher.
  26. Woo delivers a vintage breakneck, break-arm, break-face 20-minute finale.
  27. Of course, there's little else of interest about Pokemon beyond the consumption factor. Buy more.
  28. As entertaining, charming and conceited as other Robert Redford joints, but it's also insufferably obvious.

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