San Francisco Examiner's Scores

  • Movies
For 768 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 Night of the Living Dead
Lowest review score: 0 Men Cry Bullets
Score distribution:
768 movie reviews
  1. The drawbacks to Little Voice might sink a lesser movie, but not this one.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    The best-looking bad movie in years.
  2. A charming and moving film about a slightly racy subculture in a highly rule-bound society.
  3. The comedy-drama is worth seeing for Christie's performance as a former B-actress married to a philandering handyman. She radiates a mature sexuality that's a rare treat on screen these days, and when the camera strays from her, you want to reach over and turn it back.
  4. Works more as an object of pop curiosity than as a work of popular entertainment.
  5. Add to that a perfect cast and one's only complaint will be that this is, at heart, another tear-jerker about how good it is to love and be alive and all of that.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    There are plenty of good sight gags here, and anyone who can work the phrase "ass clown" into a script is all right with me.
  6. Implausibly dainty.
  7. As formulaic, but occasionally outré multiplex-bound behemoths go, Gladiator is a foaming beast.
  8. One of Lee's unsung gifts as a filmmaker is his discovery of that place between eye-popping surrealism and wrenching Greek tragedy.
  9. Leans so heavily on its stars that their performances are marred by their emptiness.
  10. It's too cryptic and unfulfilled to serve as a tool for anything beyond its own obfuscation.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Smart and unsentimental as it is, Shallow Grave is more than a little forbidding.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Everything you would want from a Big Brother film: Good-looking, preachy in an Old West kind of way, wobbling between humor and murder, hellbent and periodically brilliant.
  11. Ronin shows the mark of a veteran hand and is entertaining in fits and starts.
  12. Private Parts is a sparkling, nonstop entertainment written by Len Blum and Michael Kalesniko and directed by Betty Thomas, but sometimes it gives the impression that Stern is nothing short of Nobel Peace Prize material.
  13. In general, the script is just slightly above sitcom level, but a few lines, owing to great delivery by terrific actors, raise this a few notches on the comedy scale.
  14. An old-fashioned movie. It is simplistic, full of stock characters and easy solutions to difficult problems, and I absolutely loved it.
  15. You can't help cheering for Selena, but the good feeling is diminished by the sense that her story's been simplified and sanitized.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    There's a novel, engaging story trying to transmit through the storm of special effects and convoluted plot twists that mar the movie.
  16. Things stay standard-issue French self-analytical from here.
  17. The film is alt-schmaltz, and it'll do.
  18. The deft, hilarious Notting Hill finds Grant's dour-droll-deprecating affliction at its most dead-on.
  19. The least opaque of Antonioni's films, unburdened by stylishness and his imagistic inflammations.
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  20. I tried to find in Paltrow what all her admirers in numerous magazine articles have reported. I tried to ignore a less than enchanting English accent and a tendency to be wiped off the screen whenever other actors were given much to do.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's too slick to be truly disturbing, but it's that slickness that keeps you on the edge of your chair.
  21. Tennant and company do a fine job of retaining the otherworldliness of a fairy tale while at the same time explaining all the archaisms for a modern audience.
  22. Director Eastwood favors naturalism and sometimes the effort to reproduce what it is like to meet someone new bogs the picture down irreparably.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It starts out well and winds up no worse than most of the stuff that comes out of Hollywood.
  23. It's the rawest, most hot-blooded, provocatively audacious, dangerous movie to come of out Hollywood this year.

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