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 When We Were Kings
Lowest review score: 0 Lost Souls
Score distribution:
764 movie reviews
  1. This is the sort of movie that doesn't become irritating even when it's predictable.
  2. An impressively competent "how will male teen star get with female teen star at high school dance?" romance.
  3. By its hilarious, grotesquely over-the-top climax, Holy Smoke is ideologically, metaphorically out of control, as if it has risen from the '70s ashes.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Everything you would want from a Big Brother film: Good-looking, preachy in an Old West kind of way, wobbling between humor and murder, hellbent and periodically brilliant.
  4. A shockingly eloquent, nearly moving feat of Y2K-trendiness.
  5. There must be nine or 10 thwacks to the neck throughout Sleepy Hollow, and Burton finds a different way to make the resulting severed noggin fall as though you'd forgotten the last one.
  6. Gets blue-ribbon results from its thoroughbred cast of improvisational comics.
  7. A meticulously assembled dramatization of a grossly controversial moment in TV history.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Spacek and Walken are pure comic energy.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    8MM
    This is not a movie for the squeamish, by any means. But for those who like their thrillers dark and their heroes a bit more complicated and flawed than the average shoot-without-a-blink type so prevalent in today's movies, 8MM fills the bill.
  8. Aspires to the boundlessness of a kid's imagination.
  9. About as warm, pleasing and inviting as a film about divorce, infidelity and terminal cancer can be.
  10. A collection of arbitrary sketches, bits and improvs jammed into a locker room-style variety show masquerading as some semblance of a narrative.
  11. Deadly funny.
  12. Groovy.
  13. The journey's a kick.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    While this movie hasn't many surprises, it does offer strong performances, especially from Gyllenhaal.
  14. Stooge-filled farce offers low laughs but lacks a point.
  15. There's not a whole lot to Waking Ned Devine, but it may be enough for those who like their quirky comedies from the British Isles - a burgeoning genre now - both atmospheric and gentle.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Such an ambitious, well-acted film that it's easy to overlook its flaws as relatively minor.
  16. An edgy, hypnotic entertainment that's like a Club Med production of "Lord of the Flies."
  17. A film where suspense and exhilaration are incompatible, and a receding plot line is merely the platform for cars to fly through panes of glass.
  18. A gorgeous sliver of grown-up ambrosia.
  19. One of Lee's unsung gifts as a filmmaker is his discovery of that place between eye-popping surrealism and wrenching Greek tragedy.
  20. Prince-Bythewood's movie is an occasionally clunky, mostly engaging coming out party for herself.
  21. Succeeds better than it ought to, largely because of the personality and prodigious talents of its director and star, the Italian comedian Roberto Benigni.
  22. As formulaic, but occasionally outré multiplex-bound behemoths go, Gladiator is a foaming beast.
  23. Pi
    Pi will not be for everyone, but for those who are fed up with the mainstream idiocy that gets dumped into theaters each summer, this movie willbe like a great big palate-clearing taste of sorbet.
  24. A film that can be enjoyed by all ages and that insults no one's intelligence.
  25. The emphasis is on comedic interaction, not plot - too bad, "48 HRS" had both - but the pair adds spice to the predictable opposites-detract gags.

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