San Francisco Examiner's Scores

  • Movies
For 764 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 46% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 The Usual Suspects
Lowest review score: 0 Bio-Dome
Score distribution:
764 movie reviews
  1. A football epic on performance enhancers that may be more flagrantly flawed, more shockingly predictable and just plain cornier than its rickety predecessors.
  2. Ineptly written and shot like a fashion mag, rings hollow throughout. It's a long, long way from "Jules and Jim."
  3. Between fights, the film can't even rely on the luxury of Lindo, Isaiah Washington, Russell Wong, Rottweiler rapper DMX or the scary Henry O as Han's father to make it watchable - the dialogue is wreaking more havoc than Li.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    And once, just once, I'd love to see a teen flick that doesn't send out a message to young girls that to be acceptable, you have to conform. I liked the artist girl much better before.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Half-comedy, half-coming-of-age movie with another half or so of sports film and maybe another quarter of soundtrack that adds up to 175 percent of a bad movie.
  4. While the original conception of The Saint gave us a debonair, sophisticated and roguish detective, the new movie, directed stiffly by Phillip Noyce ( "Clear and Present Danger" ), gives us Val Kilmer as a greedy high-tech daredevil thief with the moves of Batman, the clunky disguises of Tom Cruise in "Mission: Impossible" and the morals of an alley cat.
  5. Flawless is what happens when a filmmaker has no sense of naturalism, no sense of realism and no real natural sense.
  6. I HATE to whine, but if Michael Douglas is half as tired of playing yuppie scum as I am of watching him do it, then he must be napping on a regular basis by now.
  7. Ludicrously written and appallingly directed by ex-film critic Rod Lurie, seems to pride itself on the fact that it never (ever) leaves the greasy-spoon milieu in which the president and his staff are trapped by heavy snowfall.
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    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    The sudden cranking of the volume that makes us jump, even if we're just watching a cow chew on its cud.
  8. Spoof both of P.I.s and independent filmmakers is languidly paced and not very funny.
  9. Ideological disaster!
  10. A slick, supercharged popcorn flick of the erstwhile Bruckheimer-Simpson brigade in which the only thing more shameful than the proceedings is a very well-paid male star assigned to make you less aware of that sucking sound.
  11. So it's hard to know who gets the blame for Payback. I say we cut Mel some slack and put the hex on Helgeland.
  12. Grumpier Old Men certainly isn't relying on its mawkish and hokey story to put warm bodies in the seats. There's no reason to see the picture - a sequel to their 1993 hit, “Grumpy Old Men" - other than to relish the talents of these two veterans, plus Sophia Loren, a newcomer to the series.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Imagine if "On the Road" ended with Sal and Dean settling down in the 'burbs. Or if the carnal encounters in Henry Miller's "Sexus" were prefaced with admonitions to the reader not to "objectify" women. The Basketball Diaries is a similar travesty: It turns a celebration of outlaw life into a just-say-no cautionary tale that Nancy Reagan would love.
  13. Things to do in the movie theater until you mercifully die of boredom sums up this witness' response to the ordeal of sitting through this movie.
  14. If only it wasn't such bloody nonsense.
  15. Unfortunately, this movie needed an attractive, irresistibly charismatic performer to give us some reason for watching. Madonna is made up to look like Eva, but this is hardly enough to carry the movie.
  16. Wields its Middle America values and moralistic flogging of idiosyncratic lifestyle choices like a flipped bird.
  17. My question is, why has director Costa-Gavras taken it upon himself to dissect American cultural foibles when he has so clearly proven himself unequipped for the job?
  18. A wildly dull, predictable script whose holes seem to be courtesy of random sniper fire.
  19. Legends of the Fall never makes you think too hard; its woes-of-a-proud-family formula takes a back seat to a self-conscious visual style that strains toward the level of myth.
  20. With the exception of a couple of inspired moments, Mary Reilly is merely a curious variation of an often-told story.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    A scary example of bad movies happening to good people.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    The movie itself simply misses the mark.
  21. It's a tale of two missused Academy Award winners trying to justify their participation in a moribund, noisome redux of any disposable prison movie you care to remember by lobbing Oscar clips at each other.
  22. Dante's Peak expands the concept of badness in movies.
  23. In tackling 1000 A.D., (McTiernan)'s suddenly an unwieldy, clunky filmmaker.
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  24. Maybe there's a real use for Carrie 2 after all. Stand it up against the original, and you have a pretty good lesson in what's happened to the movies in the last couple of decades.

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