San Francisco Examiner's Scores

  • Movies
For 779 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 3.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Magnolia
Lowest review score: 0 Lost Souls
Score distribution:
779 movie reviews
  1. Prince-Bythewood's movie is an occasionally clunky, mostly engaging coming out party for herself.
  2. Unfortunately, the movie never really goes anywhere. It's all pleasant enough to watch, but you never feel that Danny and Arthur's craziness (eventually Danny is committed), Sid's stoicism, Selma's selflessness and Steven's despair coalesce to mean anything significant or illuminating.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Sure, it's the same trite teenage fantasy it was 20 years ago when it was first released, but somehow now the energy seems infectiously giddier, the songs zingier, the camp higher.
  3. Fans likely to rave about Living.
  4. The movie's afraid of [Stiles], turning Kat from riot grrrrl to Solid Gold dancer in the time it takes to drop one Notorious B.I.G. song at that house party - which is why it's the Spam of processed teen movies.
  5. Underscores everything that was utterly wrong-headed about the original material.
  6. What's best about this script is the premise: a lawyer who doesn't lie.
  7. A movie that has an odd plot, quirky characters and a real edge, but it's not in-your-face, a re-invention of a genre or a smirky independent. It's different because it's flat-out great.
  8. The weird thing about the films David Mamet has directed is that they have about as much emotion as a cyborg in a science fiction movie, yet by the end of the picture it isn't necessary; by then the audience has supplied their own.
  9. Driver, who is padded but not fat, is an actress with self-possession to spare. Her looks defy conventional rules about modern beauty, but the directness of her gaze and the honesty of her smile make it difficult to look anywhere else when she is on screen.
  10. The acting and writing is a cut above the ordinary.
  11. Happy Together is Wong's most fully realized work. It is a pleasure to watch an interesting mind feel his way, and the result is something more than just a passing fancy.
  12. Never has this war been filmed with such ragged glory.
  13. A supremely silly movie, which means that it has moments of boring idiocy mixed with moments of inspired hilarity.
  14. Stooge-filled farce offers low laughs but lacks a point.
  15. It is a visual tour de force, but as a whole the movie slowly deflates into a cross between "Arizona" and "The Hudsucker Proxy".
  16. Groovy.
  17. Her first feature, a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age comedy, is a nicely directed, well-written debut.
  18. Revelatory.
  19. A runny intimate portrait that doesn't trust Tammy Faye Messner and her story to enthrall you. So they've all but spelled it out: k-i-t-s-c-h.
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  20. The real trouble with this movie is that it represents the continuing departure of Almodovar from the chaotic, riotous and anti-social roots that gave his best movies their zest.
  21. Some nice performances and modest laughs highlight this amiable British comedy.
  22. This overall good feeling helps smooth over the sometimes shocking lapses in logic.
  23. Roth, though, is like a sociopathic arsonist, one enthralled with his ability to start little blazes and one who would even call the fire department, but wouldn't stick around to see whether anyone put them out.
  24. Gets diagnosably schizo.
  25. The movie is an ill-advised work of egomania by someone who clearly has some talent, but not as much as he seems to think.
  26. It's one of the most beautifully unpleasant movies ever made - its reverse charge being that it is no fun at all.
  27. Binoche is the ideal creature for that kind of cosmetic expansion, and, here, her thorough modernity takes on an almost cruddy, Italian sadness.
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  28. Big swirls of computer-generated dirt, a bickering couple and the dead certainty that the fiancee will leave and the bickerers will get back together. An exciting night out, or what?
  29. A tedious, soapy romp about overlapping lives and destiny.

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