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
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The Spanish filmmaker goes back to what he does better than any other living director - post-modernizing the melodrama.
  1. The film is alt-schmaltz, and it'll do.
    • 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.
  2. The journey's a kick.
  3. The sort of smutty scandalmongering the average moviegoer can really get behind.
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  4. The result is a thrill ride with enough plunges and turns and loop-the-loops to make it worth a spin. What the picture lacks is the magic and resonance you feel in the best of popular entertainments.
  5. Bay has two great assets in Connery and Cage. The special effects give The Rock a James Bondian feel so Connery's wry, world-weary devil-may-careishness looks right at home here.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    An excellent human-interest documentary that unlike so many others has a genuine appeal beyond someone already interested in the subject matter.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The movie is strongest when Lee keeps his eye on the prize: the experiences of ordinary people in an extraordinary time.
  6. Overall a well-played chess match of a movie.
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  7. Sometimes the movie lacks a quietness, an omission most egregiously felt at the end.
  8. Entertaining but predictable, and too long.
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  9. Coppola again shines his intelligence on this bestseller material, rather than just shoving it through the Hollywood mill unsifted.
  10. The drawbacks to Little Voice might sink a lesser movie, but not this one.
  11. The movie is well made by director Michael Winterbottom ("Jude"), with a minimum of overdramatics.
  12. Works a familiar mine and produces more than a few nuggets. It's a good tonic, if one's still needed, for '80s-style cynicism: Greed is not good.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's fast-moving, it's got fine special effects, the hero and heroine are pure and quick-thinking, the bad people die badly, and the script draws its fair share of laughs.
  13. This overall good feeling helps smooth over the sometimes shocking lapses in logic.
  14. Stooge-filled farce offers low laughs but lacks a point.
  15. A shockingly eloquent, nearly moving feat of Y2K-trendiness.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A Little Princess is a delightful film. Bring your children, or just bring yourself.
  16. Fancher's placid, eerily subdued first directorial feature.
  17. Shows how Tinseltown sensibilities can be well thought out even on a low budget.
  18. Gets blue-ribbon results from its thoroughbred cast of improvisational comics.
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  19. Of course, turning a novel by Woolrich into a light romantic froth is a little like turning King Lear into a musical comedy. But Benjamin has the right comic touch to pull this off.
  20. Pi
    Pi will not be for everyone, but for those who are fed up with the mainstream idiocy that gets dumped into theaters each summer, this movie willbe like a great big palate-clearing taste of sorbet.
  21. What's on the screen may not be a letter-perfect Mansfield Park, but something true to its spirit.
  22. A sobering documentary.
  23. With an original score by Alan Menken and Gilbert and Sullivan-ish songs by Menken and lyricist Stephen Schwartz, the movie is the cartoon equivalent of a full-scale, high-quality Broadway musical.
  24. A charming and moving film about a slightly racy subculture in a highly rule-bound society.

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