Portland Oregonian's Scores

  • Movies
For 3,213 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 64% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 5.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Neil Young: Heart of Gold
Lowest review score: 0 Rollerball
Score distribution:
3,213 movie reviews
  1. About as good a movie as you could have hoped for. Really good. Hole-in-one good.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Astonishes on many levels.
  2. Filled with wonderful performances, especially by Hedaya and Walsh, Blood Simple remains a tight, beautifully ugly, neo-noir classic.
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  3. The thrilling cinematic joyride that, among other improbable feats, puts Michael Keaton, as Thomson, smack in the middle of the Oscar race for best actor.
  4. Every profile is fascinating, but certain ones stand out.
  5. Demanding, harrowing and very, very real. You won't shake its impact easily.
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A more sober, less in-your-face documentary than Peralta's great skateboarding flick.
  6. In "Upside" Allen's marble face acts as the pressure-cooker lid on a hilarious hissy fit.
  7. The Boys of Baraka leaves you outraged in the way only the best documentaries can.
  8. Not a masterpiece, but still fabulous.
  9. We've seen documentaries with more daring themes, greater drama, sharper craft and timelier subject matter. But few have been as affecting as The Real Dirt on Farmer John.
  10. It easily is the most beautiful picture released in America so far this year, perhaps one of the most beautiful films ever made.
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  11. The moments of accidental sweetness that emerge from these odd, ultra-lives are meltingly funny and touching.
  12. It's a fine, absorbing work, built with brilliance and without excessive showiness or flash. It feels, in fact, like a classic virtually upon its arrival.
  13. An exhilarating slap in the face, bracing and sexy, smart and visceral, stylish and raw -- the advent of a fabulously exciting new moviemaking talent.
  14. Not only does this film make you think, it makes you want to think. Few films -- few works of art of any stripe -- can claim that.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Hawke is not a brilliant actor, but here he rises to the occasion: Every inch of him registers the weight of this moment.
  15. A snappy little heist movie with acting performances both deft and brilliant
  16. The result is a film that outrages and fills the viewer with poetry that's at once epic and intimate, scandalizing and life-affirming -- a real work of art.
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  17. It's hard to recall the last time a big-ticket summer movie delivered so fully on its promise.
  18. Heart of Gold feels like an ample slice of the real America, the one truly worth caring for. And it's such a rare thing in this benighted age that the simple clarity with which it's presented feels like nothing less than a miracle.
  19. I am here to tell you that Greengrass has fashioned one of the most powerful films I have ever seen, and that watching it makes you value your loved ones and your privileges more, perhaps, than you ever have. He has made a film that makes you feel, makes you think and makes you want to connect. And that, finally, might be the greatest thing that art can do.
  20. With its eye-popping color, bold personality and snazzy tunes, Chicago is a breathtaking experience.
  21. It's quite possible that Titanic is one of the greatest romantic epics ever filmed.
  22. She (Cho) can tell a joke, mimic, offer commentary, play cute, play ugly and be so hilariously absurd that tears will run down your cheeks.
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  23. The film reveals itself to be not so much a historical allegory as an Iliad of the heart. It's sad and smart and beautiful and true.
  24. Unpretentiously fantastic.
  25. Neither the social commentary nor the story ever overpower the other, a feat that allows this remake to stand proudly alongside the original, its equal in every way.
  26. An all-hell-breaks-loose, panicky fever of a story, all of it drenched in grainy, color-saturated cinematography.
  27. Brimming with bittersweet wit and emotion and built with deceptively fluent craft.
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