San Francisco Examiner's Scores

  • Movies
For 769 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 3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 When We Were Kings
Lowest review score: 0 House on Haunted Hill
Score distribution:
769 movie reviews
  1. Ronin shows the mark of a veteran hand and is entertaining in fits and starts.
  2. Martin Scorsese is certainly one of the great living movie directors. Sadly, this does not mean he can't make a mistake. Kundun is a mistake.
  3. It's fun, but the blatant, obvious kind that mistakes allusive cool for mature filmmaking and subtle ideasmanship.
  4. The needle on the laugh-o-meter barely budges.
  5. Fails to be the histrionic bubble bath that you want to carry you away.
    • San Francisco Examiner
    • 27 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    A gooey-sweet, beautifully photographed romantic fantasy…It's also -- at the risk of sounding like a Grinch -- a mess.
  6. A limp excuse for a coming-of-age flick, more interested in sexploits than sex, more adept at gross-out than girls.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It's a fun movie - full of laughs and touching moments.
  7. There isn't much to recommend this movie until Pacino and De Niro finally share the first of their two scenes together.
  8. It also goes out of its way to give you a schlocky B-movie vibe by wrangling bait in the form of a bunch of Big-Gulp stupid stock characters - that's a whopping 44 oz. more stupid than you probably were bargaining for.
  9. What director Charles Russell ("The Mask") and co-writers Walon Green ("RoboCop 2") and Tony Puryear do right is supply the kind of non-stop action and laconic one-liners we live for in Arnold movies.
  10. A filmmaker of Jordan's capability is not likely to make anything less than a competent, watchable movie, and that Michael Collins is. I think content rather than form detracts from the cogency of the finished product in this case.
  11. Director Joel Schumacher and screenwriter Akiva Goldsman seem incapable of emphasizing what's important and relegating the rest to secondary status.
  12. Capably made but simplistic story.
  13. Timely in that it joins an already mammoth list of bad movies about post-hippie static, including the recent "Steal This Movie."
  14. A counterfeit of a Woo movie, even though Woo himself co-produced it.
  15. So while at times, Penn's film is moving and insightful about the way the heart survives tragedy, at other times it seems to have been made by a gifted schizophrenic who thinks that weird behavior is perfectly normal.
  16. The artificiality peculiar to moviemaking rubs up counter-productively against the artificiality peculiar to live theater, making the movie version of Gray's material seem arch, contrived and starchy, not the spontaneous eruption that his theater work manages to resemble.
  17. Excess Baggage aims to broaden her appeal beyond her established, youthful audience. It won't, because it's a messy mixture of so-so comedy and unmoving drama; its inconsistent tone suggests a production where no one was fully in charge.
  18. If I wanted a Nora Ephron cuddle-ganza, I'd rent one.
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  19. The one outstanding ingredient in this exercise is Miller, an English actor who is not only irresistibly adorable and a good actor, but also speaks in a perfect American accent.
  20. The film finally seems to stagger under the weight of its own significance.
  21. This bloated, self-important and logically absurd movie, made by the director of the equally historically hysterical "Forrest Gump," pretends to the thrones of Serious Thinking, of Important Messages and of Intellectual Provocation. If there were truly anything serious, important or intellectual about this movie, this planet would be in big trouble.
  22. Director Simon West makes an impressive feature debut in this relentless action-comedy that is, more than anything else, about how funny it is to see hundreds of people exploded, shot, knifed, propellered and burnt to death, and how to land a plane on the crowded Vegas strip.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Watching movies like this strain to fit new technologies like VR into old genres and plot conventions, you can't help wondering whether the real artificial intelligence experiment these days isn't Hollywood itself. Plug the psychological profiles of 200 hit movies into its hive-mind, and out comes one plastic-bodied, loop-brained clone after another.
  23. Like sitting on the beach under a cozy, warm afternoon sun. The view is beautiful, but not much is happening and soon you drift peacefully to sleep.
    • San Francisco Examiner
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    An impressive low-whistle, hardscrabble look at the world of pool sharks and the people who crisscross their lives.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Vampire is hardly a consequential film, nor does it suggest hitherto buried reserves of Murphy's talent. But it's a diverting mixture of horror, romance and comedy.
  24. An arcade game disguised as a love story, nearly comatose with cute.
  25. The best and worst of old school -- retro but stale. Frankenheimer, along with Ben Affleck, donates what cool there is.

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