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 3.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Citizen Kane
Lowest review score: 0 Mission to Mars
Score distribution:
768 movie reviews
  1. It's hard not to like a movie like Men of Honor, but it's entirely possible.
  2. There's more gymnastic yammering in Loving Jezebel than in a season of "Dawson's Creek."
  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. These pictures need a light touch and a lot of attitude, but this time you can hear heavy breathing in the background.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The cast and crew and screenwriters seem to have had some fun with it, and the audience, coming along for the ride, has some fun with it, too.
  5. The laserdisc of media movies - it plays fine, but it's clunky and cumbersome.
  6. This movie may not be brilliant, but every now and then it's really funny.
  7. Congratulations to director Mick Jackson and writers Jerome Armstrong and Billy Ray for liberating themselves from the tedious demands of believability.
  8. A shameless "Shawshank" redux.
  9. While the premise is intriguing, the movie is gluey, bumbling and singularly un-thrilling.
  10. Here he has Whoopi Goldberg, Mary-Louise Parker, Drew Barrymore and James Remar to distract us from the depths to which Ross habitually stoops in the never-ending quest to reacquaint an audience with its cheapest emotions.
  11. Competent, to be sure, with some good lines.
  12. Linklater has less success telling a story; time passes amiably, but the film has no center.
  13. As innocuous as the love songs on its soundtrack.
  14. Latest Freddie Prinze Jr. vehicle stalls at on-ramp.
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  15. The movie hits the ground running, so Beatty the actor is forced to go all out from the start.
  16. Needs a gritty intervention.
  17. Doesn't have what it takes to be truly terrible.
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    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Not as predictable as the rest of its ilk.
  18. Right up to its deliberate thud of a closer, Polanski had me.
  19. A workmanlike effort. It's not startling and it's not incompetent.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    A piece of baseball fluff...Costner cinema, pure and simple.
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  20. If it's difficult to find straight laughs in a colorblind prison movie (It's difficult enough to find a colorblind prison movie), finding straight laughs in a black one is almost impossible.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    You can draw a straight line from "Reservoir Dogs" to "Pulp Fiction" to Suicide Kings.
  21. Sublimely ridiculous.
  22. Not the sweaty midnight stroll through the garden of carnal delights that its title wants you to believe.
  23. This is neither a psychological thriller nor an erotic one, so any interest in the story is purely the work of its stars.
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  24. Feels like an interminable pilot for a show to fill that deadly 8:30 slot between "Friends" and "Will and Grace."
  25. Earnest and kid-friendly -- also simplistic and dramatically creaky.
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    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    What mystifies, too, is the complete absence of information about Salerno-Sonnenberg's private life.

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