San Francisco Examiner's Scores

  • Movies
For 771 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 2.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 The Woman Chaser
Lowest review score: 0 Anaconda
Score distribution:
771 movie reviews
  1. This splatter film is set in Norway, but rest assured, it sticks with the formula. The young people to be killed off are just as obnoxious as their counterparts in American gorefests.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Call it "Rosemary's Nephew." Or, simply call The Devil's Advocate a muddled metaphysical thriller that takes a small eternity to engage the observer with its flimsy characters and its tired special effects.
  2. Writer-director Mark Herman seems genuinely moved by the plight of the mining communities, but his attempt to translate those feelings into a story shows the effects of hard labor.
  3. A filmmaker of Jordan's capability is not likely to make anything less than a competent, watchable movie, and that Michael Collins is. I think content rather than form detracts from the cogency of the finished product in this case.
  4. The artificiality peculiar to moviemaking rubs up counter-productively against the artificiality peculiar to live theater, making the movie version of Gray's material seem arch, contrived and starchy, not the spontaneous eruption that his theater work manages to resemble.
  5. The considerable appeal of this movie has to do with its roots in those nice, comforting love stories of the 1930s.
  6. The thrill is most certainly not in the script by David Koepp, written from Michael Crichton's novel....Most of the writing is the blandest sort of twaddle, jokes you can practically recite along with actors.
  7. But what McNally, director Joe Mantello and a cast brought straight from the original New York stage production all accomplish is the creation of an honest, clever, poignant work about men who also happen to be gay, rather than a self-conscious polemic about gays who it turns out just happen also to be men.
  8. A romantic sitcom that never transcends its gimmicky plot, but offers enough screen time to Gwyneth Paltrow to satisfy even her most rabid fans.
  9. The seriousness and simplicity with which he approaches his subject in Night Falls on Manhattan are refreshing even if the vivacity of the thing never really has a chance to develop.
  10. A limp excuse for a coming-of-age flick, more interested in sexploits than sex, more adept at gross-out than girls.
  11. The World Is Not Enough, like a 19th version of anything, is inanely self-parodic. So much so that one wonders why Austin Powers need have bothered in the first place.
  12. Like sitting on the beach under a cozy, warm afternoon sun. The view is beautiful, but not much is happening and soon you drift peacefully to sleep.
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  13. Linklater has less success telling a story; time passes amiably, but the film has no center.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    An impressive low-whistle, hardscrabble look at the world of pool sharks and the people who crisscross their lives.
  14. The dramatic payoff is a bit disappointing; the movie is often overwrought; and its sense of its own importance finally wears you down.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It's a fun movie - full of laughs and touching moments.
  15. Particularly anticlimactic - the film itself seems sprung from molting yuppie catalogs.
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    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    What mystifies, too, is the complete absence of information about Salerno-Sonnenberg's private life.
  16. It's fun, but the blatant, obvious kind that mistakes allusive cool for mature filmmaking and subtle ideasmanship.
  17. Sublimely ridiculous.
  18. It's hard not to like a movie like Men of Honor, but it's entirely possible.
  19. What director Charles Russell ("The Mask") and co-writers Walon Green ("RoboCop 2") and Tony Puryear do right is supply the kind of non-stop action and laconic one-liners we live for in Arnold movies.
  20. It feels like a trumped up trifle, disinterested in narrative exercises, using instead technique (cinematography, editing and, omigod, a soundtrack!) to swing moods and heighten reality, then send it crashing to earth.
  21. When Party Girl isn't being silly, it tries to be endearing and socially redeeming, and to a good degree succeeds.
  22. Congratulations to director Mick Jackson and writers Jerome Armstrong and Billy Ray for liberating themselves from the tedious demands of believability.
  23. Becky Johnston ( "The Prince of Tides" ) did creditable work on the screenplay, but there are times when this story about a truly rotten fellow seems to be one big jump cut.
  24. A big, silly movie about the famed goatish painter that stars the nearly perfect Anthony Hopkins.
  25. City of Angels will probably work better for some people than it did for a crusty fellow like me. I feel guilty that I don't like this movie more. I think the devil got the better of me.
  26. Director Joel Schumacher and screenwriter Akiva Goldsman seem incapable of emphasizing what's important and relegating the rest to secondary status.

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