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 2.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 The English Patient
Lowest review score: 0 Halloween H20: 20 Years Later
Score distribution:
764 movie reviews
  1. The laserdisc of media movies - it plays fine, but it's clunky and cumbersome.
  2. Doesn't have what it takes to be truly terrible.
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  3. While the premise is intriguing, the movie is gluey, bumbling and singularly un-thrilling.
  4. Troisi, who was a star in Italy, hasn't been seen widely in the United States, and from this film it is difficult to be certain how he achieved his fame.
  5. More altruistic would be if Williams stopped torturing us with weepy endearments so he could look for that complex clown who used to mug just for laughs.
  6. As cosmetically sanitized revisions of history go: This is as good as it gets.
  7. It's often a lapsed, under-informed documentary with restagings.
  8. Modestly better than last year's awful "End of Days," though it falls well short of Arnold's "Terminator" peak period.
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  9. A shameless "Shawshank" redux.
  10. A slew of writers and an enthusiastic cast all do their jobs admirably enough to provide a couple of hours of unembarrassing entertainment.
  11. As insulting as taking the queen to the Olive Garden.
  12. Timely in that it joins an already mammoth list of bad movies about post-hippie static, including the recent "Steal This Movie."
  13. This is the kind of movie that mistakes heartbreak for being housebroken.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    A gooey-sweet, beautifully photographed romantic fantasy…It's also -- at the risk of sounding like a Grinch -- a mess.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    A movie that barely lives.
  14. It's a movie drenched in narcissism and wish-fulfillment, almost a textbook on how to make a formulaic, romantic film.
  15. At some point, the movie itself crosses the line, from a modestly thoughtful attempt to extrapolate a drama from real and urgent events to a generic action piece with predictable good and bad guys and pat, civics-book morals.
  16. Generates very little heat.
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  17. Earnest and kid-friendly -- also simplistic and dramatically creaky.
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  18. It is a visual tour de force, but as a whole the movie slowly deflates into a cross between "Arizona" and "The Hudsucker Proxy".
  19. An independent film so enamored of itself it refuses to have any fun.
  20. Too much of nothing and far from the potentially star-making material that Foxx deserves.
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  21. A romantic sitcom that never transcends its gimmicky plot, but offers enough screen time to Gwyneth Paltrow to satisfy even her most rabid fans.
  22. Needs a gritty intervention.
  23. The needle on the laugh-o-meter barely budges.
  24. There isn't much to recommend this movie until Pacino and De Niro finally share the first of their two scenes together.
  25. A limp excuse for a coming-of-age flick, more interested in sexploits than sex, more adept at gross-out than girls.
  26. Tired comedy.
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  27. Latest Freddie Prinze Jr. vehicle stalls at on-ramp.
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  28. Good-looking and empty.

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