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 The Opposite of Sex
Lowest review score: 0 Lost Souls
Score distribution:
764 movie reviews
  1. Staggering, gorgeously ambiguous.
  2. The least opaque of Antonioni's films, unburdened by stylishness and his imagistic inflammations.
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  3. The first more-than-halfway-decent movie of a new millennium.
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    A triptych whirling on a Lazy Susan of revolving character perspectives.
  5. There isn't a whole lot of fancy subplotting, just a potpourri of funny and engaging characters.
  6. This movie has the jaunty good cheer of another great movie about hit men, "Prizzi's Honor." And that is high praise indeed.
    • 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.
  7. Feels like it could go blow up at any time. It implodes instead, and the meltdown, though visible in one of the final sequences, is still corrosive.
  8. The only film sequels in history that just keep getting better.
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  9. The amazing thing about the film, for anyone who hasn't had an intentional Hollywood scare lately, is that it still delivers on the most visceral level
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  10. Leigh has a gift for demonstrating character from the outside in.
  11. With its fine courtroom scenes, excellent performances, great writing and superb direction it reminds me more than anything else of Barbet Schroeder's "Reversal of Fortune."
  12. Boys Don't Cry's intensity sneaks up on you like a snake.
  13. Madhouse satire manages to disarm the second you realize it's laughing with you - and sometimes harder.
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  14. Imbued with infectious pluck. It's also a lucid, competent, titanically entertaining movie loaded with workable gags.
  15. More often than not the film casts an infectious, evocative spell.
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  16. It's a more intelligent and dimensional epic than, say, "Anna and the King." Emperor is worth every single penny.
  17. Hysterical-depressing, vividly sobering.
  18. A work of strangely bold, distinctly American pop art - proud to be ashamed, ashamed to be proud, unafraid to ignore its commercial bearings.
  19. The dialogue is hip, natural and observational.
  20. I'm not sure all of this works out as convincingly as Anderson intends in the movie's somewhat unsatisfying ending, but getting there is a wickedly enjoyable journey.
  21. Its brazen mixture of the comic and dramatic, the high and low and the emotional and intellectual is positively Shakespearean.
  22. The Coens haven't been this sharp, focused and fluid since their first film. This is "Blood Simple's" promise fulfilled.
  23. Almodovar imbues his Harlequin-novel-meets-Marvel-comic-book melodramas with something more than a wink and a smile, and it's beguiling.
  24. A knock-down, haywire ballad of the adrenalinization of love and despair.
  25. Blair Witch forgoes a literal boogeyman in favor of the unseen, which, in this case, is as scarily bone-chilling as anything they could show you.
  26. Like laughing into a mirror for 113 minutes.
  27. Beautiful, wandering little love story that wants to break your heart and probably will.
  28. In Criminal Lovers, the "Bonnie and Clyde" model of killing-as-erotica gets a shrewd, funny, decidedly French workout.
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  29. Through it all, Ozon supplies a sense of pathos that makes fun of its own soullessness, transforming a self-serious suicide note into an existential love letter.
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