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
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    The movie itself simply misses the mark.
  1. The chief terrorist is played nicely with war-weary desperation by Marcel Iures, a Romanian actor with the sucked-in cheeks and ennui of a Jeremy Irons.
  2. A weakly performed rehash of master-slave role-reversal tales.
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    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    A piece of baseball fluff...Costner cinema, pure and simple.
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  3. 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.
  4. Dante's Peak expands the concept of badness in movies.
  5. You feel the full weight of the movie's three hours, since the filmmakers only had 90 minutes' of plot.
  6. An impressively competent "how will male teen star get with female teen star at high school dance?" romance.
  7. Blakeney can't decide if this is a quirky romantic comedy or a quirky mob essay, and you can see the movie thinking itself into a rhythmless hole with cement shoes.
  8. In tackling 1000 A.D., (McTiernan)'s suddenly an unwieldy, clunky filmmaker.
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  9. Overstays its welcome until the jokes curdle and the satire becomes a blunt instrument, but not before Busch throws some priceless one-liners.
  10. Reinforcing the chasm between movie magic and wishful thinking.
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  11. There's an unstable genius brewing beneath Mary Katherine's scarlet headband. As "SNL" women go, only Gilda Radner seemed as willing to rib so much of herself for our pleasure.
  12. 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.
  13. The picture is a relentless blast of color and movement that's based on the old TV show, but boils down to a supercharged version of old-time Saturday-afternoon movie serials.
  14. This is the most-off-the-mark adaptation of a novel since Brian DePalma's what-was-that "Bonfire of the Vanities."
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  15. A counterfeit of a Woo movie, even though Woo himself co-produced it.
  16. The ordinariness of the material gives way to the winning personalities of the stars.
  17. The absence of substance, or its banishment, and the director's reliance on allure (in the film's casting and in its look and sound, which features haunting music by Beethoven and Chopin), leave Innocence with the quasi-profound, giggly overreach of a magazine layout come to shameless, shallow life.
  18. This is middling Woody, at best: For every funny line or sequence, there's at least one misfire.
  19. It's also troublesome that Murphy, a generally charismatic actor, is downright dull here. He and Goldblum are curiously flat in their line readings; they don't seem convinced by the story they're asked to act out, and with good reason.
  20. In a sense, Sandler is damned if he develops, damned if he devolves. But he needn't apologize for being who he is by turning a goldmine sitcom into a tame "Baby Boom" for guys.
  21. It is a traffic jam of broken hearts, fluxing racial identities and deplorable outfits that has everything but a salsa overhaul of "I Will Survive."
  22. The punch line isn't that funny.
  23. A complete misfire.
  24. Often grating in its presentation.
  25. Not the sweaty midnight stroll through the garden of carnal delights that its title wants you to believe.
  26. As always, Duvall is magnificent. Even in this small part, he manages to give one of the most stirring performances in the movie.
  27. In another universe - though it is difficult to imagine which one - Garry Shandling might be sexy.
  28. This is a piece of gloriously literary and serious filmmaking, but again it falls prey to misjudgments in pacing and rhythm.

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