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 Rumble in the Bronx
Lowest review score: 0 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Score distribution:
764 movie reviews
  1. An engaging, well-written film that is surprisingly gentle in tone and easily paced.
  2. Overall a well-played chess match of a movie.
  3. It is an important work, and a very good one.
  4. Never has this war been filmed with such ragged glory.
  5. At its best when it's hovering around the muted dysfunction between a father and a son, who never understood each other to begin with.
  6. A flyweight, humongously entertaining ensemble number.
  7. "The Big Sleep" and "The Maltese Falcon" echo loudly throughout.
  8. Misses some creative opportunities to really drive this story home, but it's a naturally haunting story nonetheless.
  9. The film is alt-schmaltz, and it'll do.
  10. Priceless.
  11. The ballad as it turns out is a duet between a dad and his girl, who'd often rather accentuate the positive than exploit pain, quietly proving that she is her father's daughter.
  12. A crafty, sometimes craven, but hardly worshipful snapshot of an unlikely candidate for biggest rock act on earth.
  13. 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.
  14. Spirited, madly educational docu-quickie.
  15. Like a Sally Field movie by Vittorio De Sica: Zhang wants to affect you with the subtle sting of his politics.
  16. Nunez's style is quiet, simple and deliberate, but the film never drags.
  17. Works a familiar mine and produces more than a few nuggets. It's a good tonic, if one's still needed, for '80s-style cynicism: Greed is not good.
  18. History rendered with enough brains and imagination to more than make up for its few stumbles.
  19. An ecstatic sensory experience so overloaded it hardly matters that the narrative has been placed on a back burner.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Beautiful. Simply, beautiful.
  20. From both sides of the camera, Eastwood works the crowd better than he has in years.
  21. Binoche is the ideal creature for that kind of cosmetic expansion, and, here, her thorough modernity takes on an almost cruddy, Italian sadness.
  22. Crassly funny passages.
  23. The author calls the movie "perfect" - reassurance that the director hasn't tried to pull any fast ones.
  24. The drawbacks to Little Voice might sink a lesser movie, but not this one.
  25. A fascinating, sometimes profound curiosity.
  26. It was only natural that Allen would eventually have to make a Greek drama.
  27. Where Never Been Kissed succeeds is in its unabashed refusal to stoop to choosing sides in the high-school hipness war.
  28. Certainly it isn't about to give "Das Boot" a run for its money - but nevertheless it is irresistible entertainment.
  29. There's an unstable genius brewing beneath Mary Katherine's scarlet headband. As "SNL" women go, only Gilda Radner seemed as willing to rib so much of herself for our pleasure.

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