San Francisco Examiner's Scores

  • Movies
For 769 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 3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Welcome to the Dollhouse
Lowest review score: 0 Showgirls
Score distribution:
769 movie reviews
  1. Director Gary Fleder seems to be trying for the mood and atmosphere of "Seven," another Freeman film about murder and police work, but this movie isn't as stylish and the script by David Klass, based on the James Patterson novel, doesn't really hang together.
  2. The comedian's thankful willingness to do anything for Blue its redeeming grace.
  3. This is neither a psychological thriller nor an erotic one, so any interest in the story is purely the work of its stars.
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  4. If only it wasn't such bloody nonsense.
  5. This movie would have had a chance of being interesting had it been about Sally Hemmings.
  6. The adorable overacting of the twins [Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen] make this otherwise dopey movie watchable.
  7. This is the kind of story that might have been interesting had it not been populated with dreary characters played by actors who were clearly coached to be as dull as possible.
  8. 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.
  9. Too smitten with the Eisenhower-era nostalgia.
  10. Hackman is, as ever, a master performer, an actor at the peak of his powers. However, he can't carry the whole movie.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Carrey's style is to keep the jokes moving so quickly and with such force that you can hardly stop to consider how stupid they are.
  11. Wields its Middle America values and moralistic flogging of idiosyncratic lifestyle choices like a flipped bird.
  12. 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?
  13. A wildly dull, predictable script whose holes seem to be courtesy of random sniper fire.
  14. This is the kind of movie that mistakes heartbreak for being housebroken.
  15. 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.
  16. Works as a quixotic study of emotional quirks.
  17. Its finest moments come in sequences such as Alice and Darlene's prison break and the girls' final wrenching plea for freedom.
  18. Right up to its deliberate thud of a closer, Polanski had me.
  19. The dialogue is hip, natural and observational.
  20. One of the most blithely, giddily ridiculous movies to come along in ages.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    With a few quiet, moving scenes and a lovely ending, the film betrays an artist's touch, no matter how hard Kitano tries to make it look easy.
  21. The needle on the laugh-o-meter barely budges.
  22. 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.
  23. As cosmetically sanitized revisions of history go: This is as good as it gets.
  24. The script, based on British pulp writer James Hadley Chase's novel "Just Another Sucker," is a muddle, and no actors, no matter how compelling or talented, could make its silly dialogue work.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    You can draw a straight line from "Reservoir Dogs" to "Pulp Fiction" to Suicide Kings.
  25. A laughably disconnected hostage drama that rails against the perceived nightmare of inner-city public schools.
  26. An edgy, hypnotic entertainment that's like a Club Med production of "Lord of the Flies."
    • San Francisco Examiner

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