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 Cookie's Fortune
Lowest review score: 0 Whipped
Score distribution:
764 movie reviews
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A poignant and racy movie. The dancing is pretty great, too.
  1. In 80 minutes, the film accumulates a staggering gravity.
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  2. Ultimately affecting mix 'n' match weeper.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    An exceptionally funny science-fiction comedy.
  3. 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.
  4. At once a stifling exercise in thwarting emotional dynamics and a heated invitation to engage in the film's discourse on the shortcoming of sexual politics and justice in a media-saturated land.
  5. Where most effects-laden extravanganzas aspire to be nothing more than a live-action comic book, The Matrix sees things with the venturesome clarity of a graphic novel.
  6. Broadway-sized performances.
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Flawed but scrappy, confusing yet exhilarating, the Brit-made Lock, Stock is far from a perfect movie. And it's not for anyone squeamish about violence. But it is, like Green Day, a rockin' good time.
  7. While amusing and sometimes touching, Pleasantville is far from challenging.
  8. Marshall has an astounding instinct for popular entertainment. He's done it again with The Other Sister.
  9. I think the script by television writer Channing Gibson (no relation) is the funniest of them all.
  10. Her first feature, a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age comedy, is a nicely directed, well-written debut.
  11. That's not to say the entertaining Antz" was made by Woody, just that it's full of his personality.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    One of the funniest movies to come along in awhile.
  12. The delight of the movie is Keitel, who finally gets to play someone who doesn't look like he's about to mug you.
  13. The script, by director Richard Kwietnioski and adapted from the Gilbert Adair novel, is poignant and well constructed.
  14. Eastwood is perfect as the bad guy (a thief) you root for.
  15. Think of this as "Die Hard" in a suit, with an election coming up.
  16. Especially fine are Spade and Louiso, the latter possessing a quality of injured integrity that is priceless here.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Without much of a plot to speak of and relying almost entirely on the girls' star power and charisma - which they have in spades - turns out to be a truly entertaining movie for anyone with even a bare knowledge of the Spice Girls' history, which in this age of absolute over-saturation, is hard to avoid.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A great date movie: engaging enough to grab your attention while it's unfolding, thought-provoking enough to fuel cafe and cocktail lounge chatter long after the closing credits roll.
  17. The acting and writing is a cut above the ordinary.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's fast-moving, it's got fine special effects, the hero and heroine are pure and quick-thinking, the bad people die badly, and the script draws its fair share of laughs.
  18. This movie has everything.
  19. The ordinariness of the material gives way to the winning personalities of the stars.
  20. Delpy and Hawke begin to grow on you and Linklater and his actors achieve a point midway through the film when the characters are so attractive and smart and emotionally daring that you'll be happy to spend the night with them.
  21. Because the movie is otherwise so well made and so full of sweet emotion and "good" values, I was happy to ignore the shortcomings.
  22. While I was watching "Lone Star," I realized that what makes Sayles a good and socially responsible person - his ability to look at one thing a hundred different ways - is exactly what makes him a muddy filmmaker.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    In the movie, the truth will (and does) out itself. Mulder and Scully have seen the future and it's a giant leap for each of them to comprehend.

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