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 2.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope
Lowest review score: 0 Halloween H20: 20 Years Later
Score distribution:
764 movie reviews
  1. 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.
  2. Works more as an object of pop curiosity than as a work of popular entertainment.
  3. 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.
  4. Implausibly dainty.
  5. One of Lee's unsung gifts as a filmmaker is his discovery of that place between eye-popping surrealism and wrenching Greek tragedy.
  6. Leans so heavily on its stars that their performances are marred by their emptiness.
  7. 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.
  8. Ronin shows the mark of a veteran hand and is entertaining in fits and starts.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. An old-fashioned movie. It is simplistic, full of stock characters and easy solutions to difficult problems, and I absolutely loved it.
    • 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.
  12. Things stay standard-issue French self-analytical from here.
  13. The film is alt-schmaltz, and it'll do.
  14. The deft, hilarious Notting Hill finds Grant's dour-droll-deprecating affliction at its most dead-on.
  15. The least opaque of Antonioni's films, unburdened by stylishness and his imagistic inflammations.
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  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. It's the rawest, most hot-blooded, provocatively audacious, dangerous movie to come of out Hollywood this year.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Flawed but scrappy, confusing yet exhilarating, the Brit-made Lock, Stock is far from a perfect movie. And it's not for anyone squeamish about violence. But it is, like Green Day, a rockin' good time.
  20. It's full of visual flash, and can be enjoyed as a giddy ride, but you would waste your time trying to puzzle out the nuances of the story.
  21. If the idea is to teach us something about the 37th president of the United States, then you would think Stone would resolve to stick to what can be proven about the man's life, or at least indicate when he's speculating. But Stone is the Great Explainer, and facts have an annoying habit of mucking up his explanations.
  22. While Blanchett glows with intelligence, passion and a quirky kind of beauty, the movie she is in fails her in a number of essential ways.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A great date movie: engaging enough to grab your attention while it's unfolding, thought-provoking enough to fuel cafe and cocktail lounge chatter long after the closing credits roll.

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