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 2.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 The Straight Story
Lowest review score: 0 Men Cry Bullets
Score distribution:
764 movie reviews
  1. If your name's on the marquee, chances are your agent's already dead.
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  2. A depressing show of how truly, madly, deeply outmoded Hollywood can be.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Vampire is hardly a consequential film, nor does it suggest hitherto buried reserves of Murphy's talent. But it's a diverting mixture of horror, romance and comedy.
  3. Doesn't have what it takes to be truly terrible.
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  4. Dead Man on Campus, a supposed black comedy produced by MTV, is simply awful.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    A gooey-sweet, beautifully photographed romantic fantasy…It's also -- at the risk of sounding like a Grinch -- a mess.
  5. Highfalutin swill determined to pass itself off as a jazzy caper.
  6. Godawful.
  7. Any movie that opens with a Goo Goo Dolls song and ends with a line like "I'm going to live -- just not as long as you" is bound to leave somebody reaching for a Kleenex.
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  8. There are enough mullets to win this movie a Stanley Cup.
    • San Francisco Examiner
    • 25 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Could have been maudlin from start to finish. Instead, more than half the 154-minute film is riveting - filled with funny, touching bits that don't stoop to cheap sentimentality.
  9. This movie may not be brilliant, but every now and then it's really funny.
  10. Fails to be the histrionic bubble bath that you want to carry you away.
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  11. Brainless thriller.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The movie is decidedly old-fashioned, aiming to send kids and their parents out of the theater feeling good about themselves.
  12. A terribly bad movie, one of the worst of its kind in recent years.
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  13. A dimwitted, fill-in-the-blanks horror opus that slanders a fine and useful mammal.
    • San Francisco Examiner
    • 23 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    It's a truly strange coupling of mooning romanticism and rank stupidity that fairly screams, "Teenage America, we love your money!"
  14. SORRY, SALLY. I didn't like it. I really didn't like it.
    • San Francisco Examiner
  15. This is my idea of a nightmare.
  16. There's gangsta rap with funnier insights into the opposite sex.
  17. As movies about relic sex machines go, this one lacks mojo.
  18. In stupidity, this movie ranks up there among the greats.
  19. The best that can be said about this film is that it's watchable, and that's not the way it could or should be.
  20. It's a movie so foul even the folks at the NAACP Image Awards would have to look the other way.
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  21. While it may be true that in space no one can hear you scream, groaning should be a perfectly audible way of saying the intergalactic alien-buster Wing Commander sucks.
  22. Whatever It Takes is DOA -- dated on arrival.
  23. An archaic rail-ride into the heart of boredom.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    8MM
    This is not a movie for the squeamish, by any means. But for those who like their thrillers dark and their heroes a bit more complicated and flawed than the average shoot-without-a-blink type so prevalent in today's movies, 8MM fills the bill.
  24. An hour into the picture, Spade offers a pretty funny imitation of belter Neil Diamond, but it's a long 60 minutes for such a pitiful payoff.

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