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 Sense and Sensibility
Lowest review score: 0 Bio-Dome
Score distribution:
764 movie reviews
  1. A wildly dull, predictable script whose holes seem to be courtesy of random sniper fire.
  2. My guess is you'll probably have more fun watching a game at the ballpark than you will at The Fan.
  3. Tedious, unfunny.
  4. Ineptly written and shot like a fashion mag, rings hollow throughout. It's a long, long way from "Jules and Jim."
  5. About a moron - oxy and otherwise.
  6. Clooney's stiff cornball delivery and tendency to smile during the most tragic moments bring this as close to the cartoonish Batman television series of the 1960s as any of the movies have come.
  7. Ideological disaster!
  8. It's a tale of two missused Academy Award winners trying to justify their participation in a moribund, noisome redux of any disposable prison movie you care to remember by lobbing Oscar clips at each other.
  9. I HATE to whine, but if Michael Douglas is half as tired of playing yuppie scum as I am of watching him do it, then he must be napping on a regular basis by now.
  10. An undernourished exercise in pop critique.
  11. With the exception of a couple of inspired moments, Mary Reilly is merely a curious variation of an often-told story.
  12. It's downright boring.
  13. The big trouble with the movie is that it's difficult to care whether these two get together. Ultimately I did care - when I realized that their union would presumably represent a chance that the movie might end soon.
  14. Stinks from the Earth to the moon.
  15. It's also troublesome that Murphy, a generally charismatic actor, is downright dull here. He and Goldblum are curiously flat in their line readings; they don't seem convinced by the story they're asked to act out, and with good reason.
  16. Neeson simply has no spark here. He is good and honest and honorable until your face turns blue. He's just no fun.
  17. It's mesmerizing nonetheless for its flagrant disregard for narrative, character, pacing, performance and good lighting.
  18. Most of the movie seems stilted and uncomfortably girdled by efforts to work around the cumbersome Brando, who is shot mostly from above the waist, where the full effects of gravity and avoirdupois do not seem so egregious as they do at belt level.
  19. When a movie is nothing but relentless action, there's little chance for dramatic tension to develop.
  20. It just doesn't work.
  21. Otherwise, the movie, which borrows from a dozen pop sources and improves on none of them, is pretty much a washout.
  22. Underscores everything that was utterly wrong-headed about the original material.
  23. There's gangsta rap with funnier insights into the opposite sex.
  24. Too screwy to be really funny.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Muddled futuristic thriller.
  25. An infuriatingly indulgent piffle of adolescent wish-fulfillment.
  26. My question is, why has director Costa-Gavras taken it upon himself to dissect American cultural foibles when he has so clearly proven himself unequipped for the job?
  27. This is my idea of a nightmare.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    You may have surmised that Americans have held the copyright on turning out awful movies about serious musicians (especially musicians with physical or mental afflictions), but along comes the high-gloss weepie.
  28. What keeps coming to mind throughout The Jackal is that for what it cost to make this movie you could probably pay some nice hit man to eliminate everyone at Universal who thought making the movie would be a good idea, and still have enough left over to throw one of those hit man parties and have a really great time.

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