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 2.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Rififi (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Score distribution:
764 movie reviews
  1. It's the boys' most immediately gratifying movie: The goods are delivered in a hearse.
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  2. Priceless.
  3. Troisi, who was a star in Italy, hasn't been seen widely in the United States, and from this film it is difficult to be certain how he achieved his fame.
  4. Blair Witch forgoes a literal boogeyman in favor of the unseen, which, in this case, is as scarily bone-chilling as anything they could show you.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A 140-minute film masterpiece.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The story of a trainer and three of his boxers trying to break away from the confines of a gym in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Each story is strong, gripping in its own way. But you've heard them all before.
  5. Troubling and troubled.
  6. The script, by director Richard Kwietnioski and adapted from the Gilbert Adair novel, is poignant and well constructed.
  7. Timeless, and as fine a depiction of human folly as you're likely to see at the movies.
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Superbly acted by its young cast, written and directed with great sophistication, Wild Reeds moves with a sad assurance through that domain that most American filmmakers explore only clumsily: the mysteries of the human heart.
  8. Big Night's beauty is the fact that it is about passion.
  9. Salles' solid narrative is only deceptively simple; there is a lot of dimension and depth to this gentle, sometimes painful portrait of two wanderers.
  10. De Felitta has taken potentially overripe material and given it real heart.
  11. Like laughing into a mirror for 113 minutes.
  12. With its fine courtroom scenes, excellent performances, great writing and superb direction it reminds me more than anything else of Barbet Schroeder's "Reversal of Fortune."
  13. 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.
  14. Misses some creative opportunities to really drive this story home, but it's a naturally haunting story nonetheless.
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  15. This is a nearly miraculous conjunction of director, material and actor.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    You may have surmised that Americans have held the copyright on turning out awful movies about serious musicians (especially musicians with physical or mental afflictions), but along comes the high-gloss weepie.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Powerful war spectacle neglects novel's heart and much of story.
  16. Franklin juggles it all with wit and style, and suddenly you feel fine that this is only Mosley's first Easy Rawlins novel. Several more are just waiting to be adapted.
  17. The welcome hints at emotional excess are compromised by the blunt force of the movie's political point-making.
  18. At its best when it's hovering around the muted dysfunction between a father and a son, who never understood each other to begin with.
  19. Gets blue-ribbon results from its thoroughbred cast of improvisational comics.
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  20. You find yourself absorbed in simply looking at them to the extent that it's hard to hear what they're saying. It's a nice dilemma for a movie to present.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    This is the bluest film you'll ever see. The haunting color resounds throughout Empire like a sustained, melancholy chord...Empire is essential viewing for lovers of science fiction. [Special Edition]
  21. 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.
  22. Segues from the merely quirky into the bizarrely unthinkable.
  23. A knock-down, haywire ballad of the adrenalinization of love and despair.
  24. 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.

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