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 Gimme Shelter (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 Whipped
Score distribution:
764 movie reviews
  1. Marshall has an astounding instinct for popular entertainment. He's done it again with The Other Sister.
  2. In 80 minutes, the film accumulates a staggering gravity.
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  3. Parents should note the PG rating. There's little bloodshed, but several fight scenes, lots of loud roaring and some overwhelming special effects sequences could vex younger viewers.
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  4. McTiernan's film mines what substance it has from its two stars, but is admittedly about keeping up its own appearances.
  5. Copycat is as steady and reliable as a pulse and as exhilarating as a surge of adrenalin.
  6. The weird thing about the films David Mamet has directed is that they have about as much emotion as a cyborg in a science fiction movie, yet by the end of the picture it isn't necessary; by then the audience has supplied their own.
  7. Softley and Amini say they consciously viewed Kate as a film noir kind of heroine, a beauty leading a good man astray. And that, added to the setting of the second half of the movie in canal-riven Venice, gives the story the kind of moral haziness that verges on Thomas Mann territory.
    • 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. There's a sense of genuineness throughout Girlfight.
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  9. Groovy.
  10. It's a half-life better than Martin Lawrence treading similar, simpler water in "Big Momma's House."
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Sad but still bouncy.
  11. Priceless.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Beautiful. Simply, beautiful.
  12. A collection of arbitrary sketches, bits and improvs jammed into a locker room-style variety show masquerading as some semblance of a narrative.
  13. 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.
  14. William H. Macy is fine as the detective Arbogast, wearing a hat he could have borrowed from Martin Balsam in the original role.
  15. It is familiarly old-fashioned, complete with montages of newspaper clippings fluttering past and calendar days slipping by. The sets, costumes, old cars and general atmosphere all beautifully recall moviemaking of a bygone era. And for that, hats off to Duke.
  16. Add to that a perfect cast and one's only complaint will be that this is, at heart, another tear-jerker about how good it is to love and be alive and all of that.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    In spite of how hard everything is to believe, you believe what Damon is doing.
  17. 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.
  18. A dashing fusion of the literary and the cinematic.
  19. An alt-country paean to libidinal mothers and the little girls who clean up the mess.
  20. A finely coiffed, cream-cheese "8 1/2" remix with Gere, a Marcello Mastroianni for Oprah Winfrey times.
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Even those unfamiliar with the entire "Star Trek" phenomenon (it's now been 30 years since the original TV show sprang from the fertile mind of creator Gene Roddenberry) will find this a clever action movie, with a well-written screenplay and tight direction of a fine cast.
  21. The author calls the movie "perfect" - reassurance that the director hasn't tried to pull any fast ones.
  22. This is the sort of movie that doesn't become irritating even when it's predictable.
  23. Franklin juggles it all with wit and style, and suddenly you feel fine that this is only Mosley's first Easy Rawlins novel. Several more are just waiting to be adapted.
  24. Especially fine are Spade and Louiso, the latter possessing a quality of injured integrity that is priceless here.
  25. Deceptively keen as both a paranoid political thriller and a caveat against the trustworthiness of your friends and neighbors.

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