San Francisco Examiner's Scores

  • Movies
For 764 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 2.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 The English Patient
Lowest review score: 0 Halloween H20: 20 Years Later
Score distribution:
764 movie reviews
  1. A film that can be enjoyed by all ages and that insults no one's intelligence.
  2. What's best about this script is the premise: a lawyer who doesn't lie.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A poignant and racy movie. The dancing is pretty great, too.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Forceful and well-acted. Fear truly lives up to its title.
  3. Entertainment made well enough that you can overlook its absurdities.
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  4. There must be nine or 10 thwacks to the neck throughout Sleepy Hollow, and Burton finds a different way to make the resulting severed noggin fall as though you'd forgotten the last one.
  5. Slightly more mature and better assembled, Road Trip goes one better on "American Pie" by teasing out the idiosyncrasies in four guys existing in a personality grab bag.
  6. Like a Sally Field movie by Vittorio De Sica: Zhang wants to affect you with the subtle sting of his politics.
  7. It was only natural that Allen would eventually have to make a Greek drama.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    [Krishnamma] gives the story a dimension of pent-up anguish and melancholy.
  8. In Winona Ryder's case, Girl Interrupted is a showcase in which her brittle, angry portrait shows she has graduated from ingenue to actress.
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  9. Prince-Bythewood's movie is an occasionally clunky, mostly engaging coming out party for herself.
  10. Where most effects-laden extravanganzas aspire to be nothing more than a live-action comic book, The Matrix sees things with the venturesome clarity of a graphic novel.
  11. An adrenaline-pumping, post-musical musical.
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  12. From both sides of the camera, Eastwood works the crowd better than he has in years.
  13. A meticulously assembled dramatization of a grossly controversial moment in TV history.
  14. Misses some creative opportunities to really drive this story home, but it's a naturally haunting story nonetheless.
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  15. Private Parts is a sparkling, nonstop entertainment written by Len Blum and Michael Kalesniko and directed by Betty Thomas, but sometimes it gives the impression that Stern is nothing short of Nobel Peace Prize material.
  16. The ending is a disappointment, a perfunctory upbeat gesture.
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  17. About as warm, pleasing and inviting as a film about divorce, infidelity and terminal cancer can be.
  18. Think of this as "Die Hard" in a suit, with an election coming up.
  19. The script, by director Richard Kwietnioski and adapted from the Gilbert Adair novel, is poignant and well constructed.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A great date movie: engaging enough to grab your attention while it's unfolding, thought-provoking enough to fuel cafe and cocktail lounge chatter long after the closing credits roll.
  20. The ordinariness of the material gives way to the winning personalities of the stars.
  21. The veteran Baker anchors the proceedings, and you would like to see more of her character.
  22. Hamlet finds in Hawke's greatish performance a Great Dane for this, or any other, modern moment.
  23. An impressively competent "how will male teen star get with female teen star at high school dance?" romance.
  24. The disappointing ending aside, there is much to enjoy in The Game, a creation with a sheen so highly burnished that sometimes you feel you must look away.
  25. It's funnier, and bitchier, than Clare Boothe Luce's "The Women," and, best of all, it showcases three wonderful actresses who have rarely been better.
  26. By its hilarious, grotesquely over-the-top climax, Holy Smoke is ideologically, metaphorically out of control, as if it has risen from the '70s ashes.
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