San Francisco Examiner's Scores

  • Movies
For 786 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 3.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Sense and Sensibility
Lowest review score: 0 Mission to Mars
Score distribution:
786 movie reviews
  1. Voight's Wright is one of many examples of how Singleton and Poirier succeed in suggesting the ambivalence and shadings that make movie characters believable.
  2. Eastwood is perfect as the bad guy (a thief) you root for.
  3. Perhaps a bit miscast, and with a penchant for too many double-takes, Perry nonetheless is game.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Then there are times when the humor and the pathos of these losers catch you off-guard. Those moments are nearly profound, and elevate the film above the slacker cliches in which it wallows.
  4. Dante's Peak expands the concept of badness in movies.
  5. Now and then the script reaches admirable heights of humor.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Nowhere near as funny as "Spinal Tap," but fans of this kind of deadpan humor are guaranteed to get a few chuckles out of this one. All of the actors are marvelously horrible, and in this movie, bad equals good.
  6. Amazing comic performances...give this comedy its lovely manic pace, kept just within the realm of sanity.
  7. But then, just when it appears the race is lost, Steve James' love for his character and art form kicks in and wins the day, and, though flawed, Prefontaine is an engrossing portrait of a complex figure.
  8. A workmanlike effort. It's not startling and it's not incompetent.
  9. It took four people to write the screenplay for The Relic. All I can say is that I hope these people have not quit their day jobs.
  10. 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."
  11. Unfortunately, this movie needed an attractive, irresistibly charismatic performer to give us some reason for watching. Madonna is made up to look like Eva, but this is hardly enough to carry the movie.
  12. The best movie she ever directed was "This Is My Life," a biting comedy she also wrote that was soundly defeated by both critics and audiences. I think she's lost her nerve and her edge ever since.
  13. A harmeless concoction.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    An artificial and hypocritical effort to escape the artistic limitations of teenage slasher flicks.
  14. The picture seems to have been intended as a political satire, but only a Hollywood executive could mistake it for the real thing.
  15. 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.
  16. Huston manages to bring the unavoidable brutality of this story to the screen without seeming exploitative. And she gets good performances out of Malone, Leigh and Eldard. Glenne Headly gives a great performance as Leigh's saintly sister.
  17. Now "Rod Tidwell," with Jerry Maguire as a supporting character, would be a movie to pay to see.
  18. Nicholson squeezes every wretched drop of buffoonery from this character, and it's distressing to watch him play an easy role for easy laughs.
  19. Dern is nothing short of brilliant here.
  20. I can't help thinking, though, that maybe Thornton was too ambitious in trying to wear three hats.
  21. Dalmatians proves an apt playground for Hughes as one could surmise that his inspiration for treating comic bad guys in his movies so violently comes from a cartoon sensibility.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Even those unfamiliar with the entire "Star Trek" phenomenon (it's now been 30 years since the original TV show sprang from the fertile mind of creator Gene Roddenberry) will find this a clever action movie, with a well-written screenplay and tight direction of a fine cast.
  22. The movie is meant to be uplifting and to the degree that you can ignore its unquestioning treatment of mental illness, I suppose it is.
  23. Minghella is an artist and he has painted himself a masterpiece.
  24. Ransom is every bit as taut and expertly directed, and it's another in the emergency genre, one in which Howard excels.
  25. This is a piece of gloriously literary and serious filmmaking, but again it falls prey to misjudgments in pacing and rhythm.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score

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