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 1.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 The Woman Chaser
Lowest review score: 0 House on Haunted Hill
Score distribution:
764 movie reviews
  1. A handbook on cinematic lucidity. All events are described clearly. Motives of all the characters are set right there on the table next to the pasta for our consideration.
  2. A sweaty-browed exercise in precision filmmaking, but one that doesn't cheat you with wisps of tension and the pretense of attitude.
  3. If there's a granddaddy of breezy situationalism, it's probably Buñuel.
  4. A documentary with a keen eye, a playful sense of timing and an inquisitive soul.
  5. The film will intoxicate children and charm the parents in their company.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A marvelous child of Star Wars technology, the advanced sound design makes a celebratory re-viewing of George Lucas' legendary, 20-year-old space opera a thrilling experience. [Special Edition]
  6. Elegant.
  7. Leigh has a gift for demonstrating character from the outside in.
  8. Kurosawa pulled out all the stops with Ran, his obsession with loyalty and his love of expressionistic film techniques allowed to roam freely.
  9. The effect is riveting and frightening. You feel you are under siege with the combatants.
  10. Mike Leigh's great big, superbly performed homage to the creative process.
  11. It's the film we leave most movie theaters wishing we'd seen instead.
  12. More often than not the film casts an infectious, evocative spell.
  13. A crowd pleaser that caters to our horror of totalitarianism, our love of personal freedom, our belief - justified or deluded - that knowledge is a powerful tool and that access to information is a God-given right.
  14. Part aerobics workout, part self-styled dreamscape, Sense is a hyperactive piece of performance art that begins as the stripped-down dress rehearsal of a garage band and builds into a mighty, exhausting spectacle that shakes as much ass as it kicks. [Review of re-release]
  15. It's a glimmering hunk of fractured brilliance riddled with Orwellian paranoia encased in a production design seemingly pieced together from the shared dreams of Franz Kakfa and Salvador Dali, and shot from cruelly low angles.
  16. Imbued with infectious pluck. It's also a lucid, competent, titanically entertaining movie loaded with workable gags.
  17. Its brazen mixture of the comic and dramatic, the high and low and the emotional and intellectual is positively Shakespearean.
  18. Almodovar imbues his Harlequin-novel-meets-Marvel-comic-book melodramas with something more than a wink and a smile, and it's beguiling.
  19. Minghella is an artist and he has painted himself a masterpiece.
  20. Kiarostami's genius is elusive. His films may be unknowable, but they are undeniably hypnotic, charismatic.
  21. The only film sequels in history that just keep getting better.
  22. A momentously, shockingly moving fit of shape-shifting by a filmmaker grown tired of the macabre.
  23. A weird, wonderful and funny work that stands as a true original. As if that weren't enough, director and co-writer Anderson has given Bill Murray his best role in years.
  24. Boys Don't Cry's intensity sneaks up on you like a snake.
  25. If you know Federico Fellini's "La Dolce Vita," you'll be unable to watch The Great Beauty without thinking about it. This gorgeous Italian movie, like its predecessor, balances pungent satire and a more melancholy mood in portraying the dissolute world of the upper crust in contemporary Rome.
  26. I'm not sure all of this works out as convincingly as Anderson intends in the movie's somewhat unsatisfying ending, but getting there is a wickedly enjoyable journey.
  27. The Coens haven't been this sharp, focused and fluid since their first film. This is "Blood Simple's" promise fulfilled.
  28. Soberly, deeply effective.
  29. Hysterical-depressing, vividly sobering.

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