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 Magnolia
Lowest review score: 0 Men Cry Bullets
Score distribution:
764 movie reviews
  1. Mike Leigh's great big, superbly performed homage to the creative process.
  2. Boys Don't Cry's intensity sneaks up on you like a snake.
  3. Salles' solid narrative is only deceptively simple; there is a lot of dimension and depth to this gentle, sometimes painful portrait of two wanderers.
  4. Handsome, well-acted, well-written and beautifully directed movie.
  5. Segues from the merely quirky into the bizarrely unthinkable.
  6. This movie has the jaunty good cheer of another great movie about hit men, "Prizzi's Honor." And that is high praise indeed.
  7. More often than not the film casts an infectious, evocative spell.
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  8. It's the rawest, most hot-blooded, provocatively audacious, dangerous movie to come of out Hollywood this year.
  9. Hysterical-depressing, vividly sobering.
  10. Imbued with infectious pluck. It's also a lucid, competent, titanically entertaining movie loaded with workable gags.
  11. Madhouse satire manages to disarm the second you realize it's laughing with you - and sometimes harder.
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  12. I'm not sure all of this works out as convincingly as Anderson intends in the movie's somewhat unsatisfying ending, but getting there is a wickedly enjoyable journey.
  13. Staggering, gorgeously ambiguous.
  14. If there's a granddaddy of breezy situationalism, it's probably Buñuel.
  15. No-fat filmmaking aided by Berri's muscular formalism that, here, occasionally assumes the gritty focus of a taut, action thriller.
  16. The Coens haven't been this sharp, focused and fluid since their first film. This is "Blood Simple's" promise fulfilled.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A 140-minute film masterpiece.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Jingoistic politics are not proper or prudent in the pluralistic human society of the 1990s. It's much easier to assuage these baser urges by facing a real nonhuman enemy that just wants to kill you. War is gore. You or them. That message is the real strength of "Starship Troopers," although many may find it morally flawed. No matter, this is powerful entertainment that appeals to our most basic instincts.
  17. Austin is funny, extremely funny, because he is so ridiculous, and because Myers is a brilliant mimic who, like Martin Short, knows how to do ridiculous.
  18. One of the qualities that makes "12 Monkeys" so good is the fact that it is almost too complicated to explain.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Superbly acted by its young cast, written and directed with great sophistication, Wild Reeds moves with a sad assurance through that domain that most American filmmakers explore only clumsily: the mysteries of the human heart.
  19. Like laughing into a mirror for 113 minutes.
  20. Shelton has a talent for using the specific to illustrate the universal. Avowed baseball haters loved "Bull Durham." And if watching golf sounds like an excellent insomnia cure, you will probably still enjoy Tin Cup.
  21. May be the funniest movie about parental and spousal abuse ever made.
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  22. Foster has whipped the actors into the sort of comic frenzy usually reserved for farce, and the ready-for-anything energy serves the material well.
  23. Tennant and company do a fine job of retaining the otherworldliness of a fairy tale while at the same time explaining all the archaisms for a modern audience.
  24. Dalmatians proves an apt playground for Hughes as one could surmise that his inspiration for treating comic bad guys in his movies so violently comes from a cartoon sensibility.
  25. An army of rolled abs and their owners give the state of American race relations a beginner's workout.
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  26. A movie that features rich Mexican American characters and an uncompromising story line is always timely.
  27. The End of the Affair's masterfully heartbroken final scene is scarier in its nightmarishly wry suggestion of ill fate than anything that ever happened on Elm Street.
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