San Francisco Examiner

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 73%

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

"Even though the new film comes up short compared to Raimi's work, it still hits the mark."

Posted Jul 6, 2012

Jeffrey M. Anderson

2 94%

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

""Moonrise Kingdom," which could be Anderson's most honest movie yet, also contains arguably his two most mature characters, who both happen to be 12."

Posted Jun 8, 2012

Jeffrey M. Anderson

3 73%

Prometheus (2012)

"While the old Scott would have cooked up an ending worthy of his material, the new Scott at least has delivered three-fourths of a great movie."

Posted Jun 8, 2012

Jeffrey M. Anderson

4 70%

Men in Black III (2012)

"Brolin captures Jones' essence to such a high degree that he falls right into the old chemistry with Smith. It's a smooth transition, and happily, the old comedy team is back."

Posted May 25, 2012

Jeffrey M. Anderson

5 34%

Battleship (2012)

"If this is entertainment, we're sunk."

Posted May 20, 2012

Jeffrey M. Anderson

6 74%

Sound of My Voice (2012)

"Marling is more than a dramatic presence. She co-wrote the screenplay with director Zal Batmanglij and created the mysterious, powerful, showy character of Maggie for herself. With raw skill and charisma, she turns in one of this year's best performances."

Posted May 4, 2012

Jeffrey M. Anderson

7 92%

Marvel's The Avengers (2012)

"This movie has it all: gorgeously clear action, humor, suspense and even passion. It's not going too far to guess that no other summer movie will touch it."

Posted May 4, 2012

Jeffrey M. Anderson

8 86%

The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012)

"It's hard to emphasize enough just how intricate it is, abundant with rich details... At the same time, it's also warmly human, with characters so expressive you'll want to join the crew."

Posted May 1, 2012

Jeffrey M. Anderson

9 82%

Goon (2012)

"The characters in "Goon" are so pure and honest, the movie sails through on momentum, like a well-placed slap shot."

Posted Apr 6, 2012

Jeffrey M. Anderson

10 43%

American Reunion (2012)

"When the first movie came out in the summer of 1999, it was a refreshing, irreverent new brand of comedy. Nowadays, it seems a bit too ... nice."

Posted Apr 6, 2012

Jeffrey M. Anderson

11 49%

Mirror Mirror (2012)

"Singh, famous for directing music videos and creating striking and glitzy shots, is not particularly good at moving the tale forward."

Posted Apr 3, 2012

Jeffrey M. Anderson

12 84%

The Hunger Games (2012)

"Even the most stalwart viewers, prior fans or not, will be squirming in their seats."

Posted Mar 23, 2012

Jeffrey M. Anderson

13 85%

21 Jump Street (2012)

"Rigorous planning likely was involved in taking the dumb concept of "21 Jump Street" and turning it into something that seems so effortlessly brilliant."

Posted Mar 21, 2012

Jeffrey M. Anderson

14 66%

The Woman in Black (2012)

"The filmmakers understand the simple power of ghosts, and they deliver a tense and chilling spook-fest."

Posted Mar 9, 2012

Jeffrey M. Anderson

15 26%

This Means War (2012)

"McG's weakness is in developing character and story... and since they make up about 80 percent of the movie, we're left stranded."

Posted Mar 9, 2012

Jeffrey M. Anderson

16 94%

The Secret World of Arrietty (2012)

"Most will be caught up in its beautiful spell, immersed in great storytelling at its finest."

Posted Mar 9, 2012

Jeffrey M. Anderson

17 86%

Khodorkovsky (2011)

"As Tuschi's film digs deeper, it seems to offer less information. Clearly, many people have been, and still are, affected by this phantom of a subject. This story is not over."

Posted Mar 9, 2012

Jeffrey M. Anderson

18 51%

John Carter (2012)

""John Carter" enthusiastically remains a pulp story at heart."

Posted Mar 9, 2012

Jeffrey M. Anderson

19 54%

Dr Seuss' The Lorax (2012)

"A happy success."

Posted Mar 3, 2012

Jeffrey M. Anderson

20 32%

Man on a Ledge (2012)

"Asger Leth's "Man on a Ledge" does the kind of thing movies do well. "

Posted Jan 30, 2012

Jeffrey M. Anderson

21 84%

Tucker & Dale vs Evil (2011)

"It thrives on Tucker and Dale's winning personalities, and the chemistry so evident in the shrewd coupling of Tudyk and Labine, veteran performers who rarely enjoy top billing but make the most of it here."

Posted Sep 30, 2011

Rossiter Drake

22 94%

Moneyball (2011)

"I'm still wondering how people indifferent to baseball will respond to the story of the 2002 Oakland Athletics and their smartest-kid-in-the-sandbox general manager. But I will say this - the casting is strong, and the human drama has universal appeal."

Posted Sep 22, 2011

Rossiter Drake

23 88%

The Hedgehog (2011)

"Portrayed by Balasko with nuance, grace, intelligence and humor, Renee is a quietly terrific portrait of a deserving, dynamic woman who has long gone unnoticed."

Posted Sep 16, 2011

Anita Katz

24 61%

Final Destination 5 (2011)

"Do the kills measure up? They do, in a fashion as laughably over-the-top as you'd expect. The movie is as thrilling as a roller-coaster ride (another instrument of death, put to sinister use in Final Destination 3) and about as profound."

Posted Aug 12, 2011

Rossiter Drake

25 95%

The Guard (2011)

"It belongs to Gleeson, whose thickly accented growl lends a lyrical quality to McDonagh's wordplay in one of the year's funniest and most spirited offerings."

Posted Aug 11, 2011

Rossiter Drake

26 36%

Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)

"The runaway success of the franchise, which has long raised its middle finger at our collective intelligence, would seem to suggest otherwise, but if 'Dark of the Moon' is the final chapter of this inane trilogy, it is also the least insulting."

Posted Jun 29, 2011

Rossiter Drake

27 39%

Cars 2 (2011)

"Without the warm-hearted innocence Mater brings to screenwriter Ben Queen's madcap espionage adventure, Lasseter's sequel would be little more than a superior technical exercise, visually impressive but so slight as to seem superfluous."

Posted Jun 25, 2011

Rossiter Drake

28 69%

Beautiful Boy (2011)

"'Boy,' for all its exploitation of the sensational, is a tense affair that challenges us with questions we may never have thought to ask."

Posted Jun 16, 2011

Rossiter Drake

29 82%

Super 8 (2011)

"None of this is exactly fresh - '8' pays homage to venerable sci-fi clichés and revisits territory Spielberg has covered before. But what's so refreshing is how effortlessly entertaining it turns out to be. The plot's engine practically purrs."

Posted Jun 9, 2011

Rossiter Drake

30 87%

X-Men: First Class (2011)

"It reinvigorates the series with a sense of purpose and direction. It's exactly what the professor ordered to make the heroes of 'X-Men' seem super again."

Posted Jun 6, 2011

Rossiter Drake

31 66%

Hobo With a Shotgun (2011)

"There's nothing here that you haven't seen before in Lloyd Kaufman's Troma pictures and the grindhouse films of the '70s, save for perhaps better production values and an impressively grizzled Rutger Hauer."

Posted May 8, 2011

Rossiter Drake

32 41%

Ceremony (2011)

"[Angarano] and Thurman have scenes of such honesty and raw emotional energy that it's almost possible to forgive "Ceremony" its sometimes sluggish pacing and its peevish protagonist. Almost, but not quite."

Posted Apr 22, 2011

Rossiter Drake

33 58%

Scream 4 (2011)

"It's exactly what a 'Scream' sequel should be - fun, feisty and, after 11 years out of sight and mind, both refreshed and refreshing."

Posted Apr 14, 2011

Rossiter Drake

34 ——

Mary Jane's Not a Virgin Anymore (1997)

Posted Apr 4, 2011

Craig Marine

35 ——

Treasure Island (1998)

Posted Apr 4, 2011

Edvins Beitiks

36 53%

The Mechanic (2011)

"If Bronson moved to the cadence of a death march, a drawn-out requiem for an executioner losing his taste for the work, Statham's hurtles toward a climax that's less diabolical but more satisfying."

Posted Jan 28, 2011

Rossiter Drake

37 67%

The Company Men (2011)

"'Men' is neither as gritty nor as unsentimental as David Mamet's more uncompromising assessment of office politics, 'Glengarry Glen Ross,' but that doesn't mean there is no place for Wells' vision, which has its own resonance."

Posted Jan 24, 2011

Rossiter Drake

38 96%

True Grit (2010)

"A character actor rather than a Hollywood monument, Bridges so thoroughly cloaks himself in Cogburn's darkness that he threatens to disappear altogether. The same could never be said of Wayne, but the point of 'True Grit' is not to invite comparisons."

Posted Dec 22, 2010

Rossiter Drake

39 51%

Tron Legacy (2010)

"Buoyed by its story, sometimes convoluted but hard to resist, 'Legacy' is a worthy sequel, both in its fantastic look and its admirable sense of wonder."

Posted Dec 18, 2010

Rossiter Drake

40 43%

Faster (2010)

"Johnson, as WWE fans quickly learned, has charisma to spare. In person, he is sharp-witted, funny and effortlessly engaging. Those qualities translate easily to the screen, but 'Faster' never gives him a chance."

Posted Nov 26, 2010

Rossiter Drake

41 89%

Tangled (2010)

"Seventy years after Walt Disney first sent Rapunzel's story into development comes Tangled, his empire's 50th animated feature and, since Pixar ushered the studio into the digital age with Toy Story, one of its most rewarding."

Posted Nov 26, 2010

Rossiter Drake

42 78%

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (2010)

"Readers expecting everything plus the kitchen sink - or, in this case, seven magical Horcruxes - should not be disappointed."

Posted Nov 19, 2010

Rossiter Drake

43 15%

Skyline (2010)

" If 'Skyline' never seems interested in pushing the envelope, it at least begins with enough promise to suggest a competent thriller. No such luck."

Posted Nov 14, 2010

Rossiter Drake

44 71%

Monsters (2010)

"'Monsters' is no 'Jaws,' but the comparison is apt on one level: Edwards, like Spielberg, manages to sustain tension even in the absence of early or frequent payoffs. "

Posted Nov 7, 2010

Rossiter Drake

45 82%

American: The Bill Hicks Story (2011)

"It is more a celebration than a lament, and the emotions it evokes are as potent as the force behind Hicks' most inspired comedy."

Posted Oct 26, 2010

Rossiter Drake

46 50%

South of the Border (2010)

"The film is one-sided, but it's a side rarely seen by U.S. audiences, most of whom get their news from sources including FOX, CNN and even The New York Times. (Stone skewers the lot.) "

Posted Oct 26, 2010

Rossiter Drake

47 55%

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)

"In hindsight, Stone should have left Gekko behind bars, a casualty of his own hubris and shark-like appetites, but here he is, back on the New York streets he once owned, in 'Money Never Sleeps.' And to what end?"

Posted Oct 1, 2010

Rossiter Drake

48 96%

The Social Network (2010)

"In some ways Fincher, who has portrayed serial killers both fictional ('Seven') and real ('Zodiac'), has never presented a character as remorselessly vicious as the implacable cyberpunk."

Posted Sep 30, 2010

Rossiter Drake

49 15%

The Romantics (2010)

"If only we had a better feel for these people, some reason to care as much as they clearly do, who's to say how satisfying 'The Romantics' might have been?"

Posted Sep 24, 2010

Rossiter Drake

50 94%

The Town (2010)

"'The Town' holds its own with crisp, ferocious dialogue and a disquieting aura of danger, most palpable when Jeremy Renner is on screen."

Posted Sep 16, 2010

Rossiter Drake

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