San Francisco Examiner's Scores

  • Movies
For 785 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 3.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Toy Story
Lowest review score: 0 Bio-Dome
Score distribution:
785 movie reviews
  1. A counterfeit of a Woo movie, even though Woo himself co-produced it.
  2. The ordinariness of the material gives way to the winning personalities of the stars.
  3. 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.
  4. This is middling Woody, at best: For every funny line or sequence, there's at least one misfire.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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."
  8. The punch line isn't that funny.
  9. A complete misfire.
  10. Often grating in its presentation.
  11. Not the sweaty midnight stroll through the garden of carnal delights that its title wants you to believe.
  12. As always, Duvall is magnificent. Even in this small part, he manages to give one of the most stirring performances in the movie.
  13. In another universe - though it is difficult to imagine which one - Garry Shandling might be sexy.
  14. This is a piece of gloriously literary and serious filmmaking, but again it falls prey to misjudgments in pacing and rhythm.
  15. One long offensive treatise on just how vile two human beings can be.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    With more sophisticated writing, one suspects they could really soar: Even here, slowed by clunky, character-establishing lines and an all-devouring plot, they hit more often than they miss.
  16. More altruistic would be if Williams stopped torturing us with weepy endearments so he could look for that complex clown who used to mug just for laughs.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Muddled futuristic thriller.
  17. What we get are quirky characters who are such cartoons that they undermine the effectiveness of the scare scenes (Brad Dourif's turn as the weird doctor is an example) and well-composed camera angles that mean nothing.
  18. Entertainment made well enough that you can overlook its absurdities.
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  19. This Paramount-DreamWorks collaboration, with Stephen Spielberg credited as executive producer, is competently made, strongly focused on its characters' relationships and surprisingly light on special effects.
  20. There's the world-alteringly scary possibility that (Leder) might be trying to kill us with a star-studded "After School Special."
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  21. It's a movie drenched in narcissism and wish-fulfillment, almost a textbook on how to make a formulaic, romantic film.
  22. It's mesmerizing nonetheless for its flagrant disregard for narrative, character, pacing, performance and good lighting.
  23. Miserable as it crawls for two eternal hours toward being "life-affirming."
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  24. Because the movie is otherwise so well made and so full of sweet emotion and "good" values, I was happy to ignore the shortcomings.
  25. The result is a thrill ride with enough plunges and turns and loop-the-loops to make it worth a spin. What the picture lacks is the magic and resonance you feel in the best of popular entertainments.
  26. Too much of nothing and far from the potentially star-making material that Foxx deserves.
    • San Francisco Examiner
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Watching movies like this strain to fit new technologies like VR into old genres and plot conventions, you can't help wondering whether the real artificial intelligence experiment these days isn't Hollywood itself. Plug the psychological profiles of 200 hit movies into its hive-mind, and out comes one plastic-bodied, loop-brained clone after another.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    The closest this movie comes to delivering any titillation are a few open-shirted shots of Grammer that display major chest fur. You know you're bored when you have to devise a comparative body hair study to amuse yourself.

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