San Francisco Examiner's Scores

  • Movies
For 799 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 3.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 The Wind Will Carry Us
Lowest review score: 0 Lost Souls
Score distribution:
799 movie reviews
  1. A complete misfire.
  2. A downright dumb movie that, with its breathless pace, lack of character development and uninventive gags, might be torture for even the kids to sit through.
  3. Dante's Peak expands the concept of badness in movies.
  4. A slick, supercharged popcorn flick of the erstwhile Bruckheimer-Simpson brigade in which the only thing more shameful than the proceedings is a very well-paid male star assigned to make you less aware of that sucking sound.
  5. One of the most self-in-dulgent, muddled, badly written, vague and pointless exercises in filmmaking I have ever had to sit through.
  6. As movies about relic sex machines go, this one lacks mojo.
  7. When Annabel Chong sits in front of Gough Lewis' camera and complains about her need to have one of those normal everyday lives, you want to tell her that having intercourse on camera with more than 200 men is probably not the way to get to normal.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    The closest this movie comes to delivering any titillation are a few open-shirted shots of Grammer that display major chest fur. You know you're bored when you have to devise a comparative body hair study to amuse yourself.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    The movie itself simply misses the mark.
  8. Wesley Snipes runs around a lot shooting people in plotless film.
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  9. Baumbach is obviously a bright man, but this material is too thin for anything more than a slight New Yorker short story about thoughtful screw-ups.
  10. While it may be true that in space no one can hear you scream, groaning should be a perfectly audible way of saying the intergalactic alien-buster Wing Commander sucks.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Schnabel can't decide whether he wants to tell a traditional rise-and-fall morality tale or make an art film. His attempt at telling Basquiat's story straightforwardly collapses under its own banality.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    And once, just once, I'd love to see a teen flick that doesn't send out a message to young girls that to be acceptable, you have to conform. I liked the artist girl much better before.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    The sudden cranking of the volume that makes us jump, even if we're just watching a cow chew on its cud.
  11. The best that can be said about this film is that it's watchable, and that's not the way it could or should be.
  12. Ludicrously written and appallingly directed by ex-film critic Rod Lurie, seems to pride itself on the fact that it never (ever) leaves the greasy-spoon milieu in which the president and his staff are trapped by heavy snowfall.
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  13. A depressing show of how truly, madly, deeply outmoded Hollywood can be.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 12 Critic Score
    Several times during this film, you wish you were a bottle rocket so you could explode out of your seat and leave this tedious mess behind.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 12 Critic Score
    Crude, stupid and unfunny.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 12 Critic Score
    The entire film rings totally fake and the resulting dishonest sentimentality makes you fidget in your seat and count the seconds until the sweet but completely predictable ending.
  14. It's too cryptic and unfulfilled to serve as a tool for anything beyond its own obfuscation.
  15. Mildly satisfying.
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  16. One of those truly biodegradable experiences.
  17. Cult shocker has been turned into throwaway megaplex fodder.
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  18. Godawful.
  19. Like two hours of outtakes in search of a studio audience.
  20. Grumpier Old Men certainly isn't relying on its mawkish and hokey story to put warm bodies in the seats. There's no reason to see the picture - a sequel to their 1993 hit, “Grumpy Old Men" - other than to relish the talents of these two veterans, plus Sophia Loren, a newcomer to the series.
  21. If filmmaking has ever been less thrilling and more disengaging, I'd like to see it.
  22. The single worst movie David Lynch never made.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 12 Critic Score
    Like "Rocky Horror Picture Show," Heavy Metal makes most sense as a midnight weekend feature, when many of its viewers are likely to be herbally and chemically addled. Without the help of intoxicants, Heavy Metal comes across as what it is - a wildly sophomoric and stupid cartoon celebrating gore, rape and bad music.
  23. Most of American Psycho just sits there, looking at trouble, rather than looking for it - complacent, overjoyed in fact to exist at all.
  24. A terribly bad movie, one of the worst of its kind in recent years.
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  25. Highfalutin swill determined to pass itself off as a jazzy caper.
  26. If your name's on the marquee, chances are your agent's already dead.
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  27. Breaks new ground both as an abominable enterprise in guy-talk and as no-budget hackwork.
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  28. It's an experience as frustrating as watching Jeff Gordon drive a stock car through a bowl of oatmeal.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 0 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, the contemporary horror movie has ceased being an individual work full of surprises and fresh manifestations of the Gothic imagination - it has, instead, been reduced to the level of an inflexible, repetitious, ritualistic event.
  29. If only director Luis Llosa and his cast could see the joke and seize upon it; instead, like its computer-morphed snake, the film doesn't have a clever bone in its body.
  30. Overlong, naggingly pretentious, more absurd than absurdist and a cruel, cruel bore.
  31. It is a traffic jam of broken hearts, fluxing racial identities and deplorable outfits that has everything but a salsa overhaul of "I Will Survive."
    • 1 Metascore
    • 0 Critic Score
    This film may set an all-time record for shortest time between the big screen and your local video store.
  32. Another "Exorcist" bastard -- one with a chick-flick pedigree.
  33. That Berkley cannot act is indisputable. But her dancing looks like a seizure.
  34. One long offensive treatise on just how vile two human beings can be.

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