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 1.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Being John Malkovich
Lowest review score: 0 Showgirls
Score distribution:
764 movie reviews
  1. It's hard not to keep thinking that this movie is basically "Yentl" with a nose job.
  2. It's the hypnotic long-form music video Smoke never got to make.
  3. Voight's Wright is one of many examples of how Singleton and Poirier succeed in suggesting the ambivalence and shadings that make movie characters believable.
    • 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.
  4. It's as sunny as you would expect a Hanks project to be.
  5. What's on the screen may not be a letter-perfect Mansfield Park, but something true to its spirit.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Nowhere near as funny as "Spinal Tap," but fans of this kind of deadpan humor are guaranteed to get a few chuckles out of this one. All of the actors are marvelously horrible, and in this movie, bad equals good.
  6. Beautiful, wandering little love story that wants to break your heart and probably will.
  7. While amusing and sometimes touching, Pleasantville is far from challenging.
  8. Lee seems to think that all his major characters are basically good people who deserve another chance, and so for the sake of an inappropriate happy ending, everyone important gets one.
  9. 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.
  10. If the movie crumbles under its own stiffness at times, at least it has the two old pros' good performances to cheer us along the way.
  11. Szabo doesn't bring the film to its senses until just past the halfway point.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    While this movie hasn't many surprises, it does offer strong performances, especially from Gyllenhaal.
  12. The script by Ed Solomon is tight, well-paced and lighthearted. If this were a musical, Fred Astaire could have played the Jones role, although somewhat more dashingly.
  13. The vibe is acoustic-cafe: cute, catchy and ironic given its wimpy point of view.
  14. Though short on subtlety, A Walk on the Moon does offer the consolation of some decent performances.
  15. The delight of the movie is Keitel, who finally gets to play someone who doesn't look like he's about to mug you.
  16. Even if the movie is not a work of comic - or philosophical - genius, its existence does foretell of tolerance gaining a foothold in a largely intolerant world.
  17. Hamlet finds in Hawke's greatish performance a Great Dane for this, or any other, modern moment.
  18. Turns into something like a screwball farce, an intimate, self-aware one.
  19. What makes Shadow Boxers special is how Bankowsky restores the woman's touch that always seems intentionally excised from coverage of the sport without comprising their participation in the sport.
  20. An ecstatic sensory experience so overloaded it hardly matters that the narrative has been placed on a back burner.
  21. Meanders around Holly Springs, Mississippi, with the fuzzy benevolence of a Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    An exceptionally funny science-fiction comedy.
  22. Woody Allen's questionable toe-tapping faux-documentary.
  23. There's a sense of genuineness throughout Girlfight.
  24. Prince-Bythewood's movie is an occasionally clunky, mostly engaging coming out party for herself.
  25. Unfortunately, the movie never really goes anywhere. It's all pleasant enough to watch, but you never feel that Danny and Arthur's craziness (eventually Danny is committed), Sid's stoicism, Selma's selflessness and Steven's despair coalesce to mean anything significant or illuminating.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Sure, it's the same trite teenage fantasy it was 20 years ago when it was first released, but somehow now the energy seems infectiously giddier, the songs zingier, the camp higher.

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