San Francisco Examiner's Scores

  • Movies
For 764 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 2.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 The Virgin Suicides
Lowest review score: 0 Bio-Dome
Score distribution:
764 movie reviews
  1. What remains of the book's psychological underpinnings -- there are enough here to leave a permanent dent in the couch of any Freud-loving shrink
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  2. Spirited, madly educational docu-quickie.
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  3. I think the script by television writer Channing Gibson (no relation) is the funniest of them all.
  4. Certainly it isn't about to give "Das Boot" a run for its money - but nevertheless it is irresistible entertainment.
  5. A smart, funny and endearing movie. It has enough cynicism to satisfy the part of DiCillo that would mock a blue-eyed superstar, yet enough genuine sentiment to make it possible for us to swallow the cynicism.
  6. Revelatory.
  7. It succeeds because of the frenzied, kinetic direction by Mike Newell, one of the most interesting big-hit directors.
  8. Funny enough that it could make buddy pictures respectable again.
  9. The acting and writing is a cut above the ordinary.
  10. Tyler is a find for a director like Bertolucci. She is a blank slate of prettiness with her unadulterated, thoroughbred, long-limbed looks.
  11. Loose and funny with verve.
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  12. De Felitta has taken potentially overripe material and given it real heart.
  13. 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.
  14. All the performances are good, the script is subtle and waste-free and Danny Elfman's score is evocative and appropriate, but the direction is what gives the movie its sweep.
  15. A gorgeous sliver of grown-up ambrosia.
  16. It's the most liberated and alive [DeNiro]'s been since his deluded Rupert Pupkin tried to kidnap Jerry Lewis in "King of Comedy."
  17. 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.
  18. The deft, hilarious Notting Hill finds Grant's dour-droll-deprecating affliction at its most dead-on.
  19. To enumerate exactly how Bean messes up would be to expose the silliness of this movie, and since Bean's humor is terribly silly, rather, wonderfully silly, there isn't much point in going into detail.
  20. Succeeds better than it ought to, largely because of the personality and prodigious talents of its director and star, the Italian comedian Roberto Benigni.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    In the movie, the truth will (and does) out itself. Mulder and Scully have seen the future and it's a giant leap for each of them to comprehend.
  21. There's enough sexual manic depression to justify house calls from Dr. Laura.
  22. A flyweight, humongously entertaining ensemble number.
  23. Fallen Angels is proof that Wong will try anything, and the result is an eclectic mix of images and disjointed editing, sounds and rhythms that are at times as powerful as any piece of filmmaking likely to be seen all year. It can also, every once in awhile, be tedious and trying.
  24. The standard noir trappings are here: the femme fatale, double-crossing, fatalism, broken dreams, innocence betrayed and the rest of it. But Stone pushes it all so far and so relentlessly that it becomes absurdist comedy.
  25. From Juan Ruiz-Anchia's florid, eruptive photography to the pinpoint editing by Howard E. Smith that enhances it, everyone involved with The Corruptor understands that action is the bottom line - except Chow.
  26. Delpy and Hawke begin to grow on you and Linklater and his actors achieve a point midway through the film when the characters are so attractive and smart and emotionally daring that you'll be happy to spend the night with them.
  27. "The Big Sleep" and "The Maltese Falcon" echo loudly throughout.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    While this movie hasn't many surprises, it does offer strong performances, especially from Gyllenhaal.
  28. Comes on like an "After School Special'' psychodrama that's been taken off its medication.
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