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 1.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Being John Malkovich
Lowest review score: 0 Showgirls
Score distribution:
764 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    An excellent human-interest documentary that unlike so many others has a genuine appeal beyond someone already interested in the subject matter.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    Trouble is, it's too close-up.
  1. Capably made but simplistic story.
  2. Like a Sally Field movie by Vittorio De Sica: Zhang wants to affect you with the subtle sting of his politics.
  3. The first more-than-halfway-decent movie of a new millennium.
  4. From both sides of the camera, Eastwood works the crowd better than he has in years.
  5. When you really think about Breakdown - and believe me, that would probably require spending more time thinking about the movie than the filmmakers did - it doesn't make much sense.
  6. Loose and funny with verve.
  7. Where most effects-laden extravanganzas aspire to be nothing more than a live-action comic book, The Matrix sees things with the venturesome clarity of a graphic novel.
  8. I'm not really sure who would enjoy this movie.
  9. Go
    A triptych whirling on a Lazy Susan of revolving character perspectives.
  10. That's not to say the entertaining Antz" was made by Woody, just that it's full of his personality.
  11. Ruiz has made the most ambitious adaptation of a Proust work yet.
  12. A guilty pleasure and one of the best films of the year.
  13. The movie is well made by director Michael Winterbottom ("Jude"), with a minimum of overdramatics.
  14. Pi
    Pi will not be for everyone, but for those who are fed up with the mainstream idiocy that gets dumped into theaters each summer, this movie willbe like a great big palate-clearing taste of sorbet.
  15. While Birdcage has many isolated funny moments, long bits of slowness interrupt the energy.
  16. The success of Felicia's Journey lies in the work of the steady and here understated Hoskins, who gives one of his best performances, and young Cassidy, who displays a weary maturity even through her deer-in-the-headlights character.
  17. The ballad as it turns out is a duet between a dad and his girl, who'd often rather accentuate the positive than exploit pain, quietly proving that she is her father's daughter.
  18. Coppola again shines his intelligence on this bestseller material, rather than just shoving it through the Hollywood mill unsifted.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    There's not much mystery here; there's only one outcome that could possibly make dramatic sense. And once you realize that, there's not much to do besides watch some very adept performers chew on their lines.
  19. McTiernan's film mines what substance it has from its two stars, but is admittedly about keeping up its own appearances.
  20. Leaves the audience on such a devastatingly dramatic ledge.
  21. There isn't much to hold onto with this movie. If anything, Cry trivializes the plight of the South Africans in its breezy treatment of apartheid.
  22. The intention is there, but the needed emotional maturity isn't.
  23. The film's premise is totally implausible yet great performances, directing and script allow us to transcend the concept of believability and enjoy nevertheless.
  24. Priceless enough to flush "Metro," "Dr. Dolittle" and "Holy Man" from memory.
  25. Fallen Angels is proof that Wong will try anything, and the result is an eclectic mix of images and disjointed editing, sounds and rhythms that are at times as powerful as any piece of filmmaking likely to be seen all year. It can also, every once in awhile, be tedious and trying.
  26. An engaging, well-written film that is surprisingly gentle in tone and easily paced.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Like a Les Brown tune, a really dry martini and a hug from a good buddy, Swingers makes you feel warm all over, baby.

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