Portland Oregonian's Scores

  • Movies
For 3,198 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 5.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 The Conformist (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Movie
Score distribution:
3,198 movie reviews
  1. Powerful, subtle, quietly terrifying film about the consequences of a widow's stab at a May-December romance.
  2. One of the most joyous, diverting and original mainstream American movies in years.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    While Tarantino's famous fight sequences are grisly, funny and genuinely entertaining, his love scenes are so tender, so fraught, you fear for the safety of your own heart.
  3. If you enjoyed any of Frank's previous work, or thought "Brick" was the bomb, you'll love this.
  4. Daring work of genius.
  5. One of the best films ever made in this country, filled with our proudest national virtues, cognizant of our deeply rooted human weaknesses and frighteningly able to evoke emotions.
  6. The writing, acting and filmmaking make Hustle & Flow nothing short of amazing.
  7. Bad Education, in this light, is Almodovar's "8-1/2" or "Day for Night," a lens through which all of his movies appear as a seamless whole. It's not the story of his actual life but, more excitingly, the deft, witty, bittersweet story of the life of his art.
  8. The Host isn't just a terrific monster movie. This South Korean box-office smash is also a laugh-out-loud comedy and a surprisingly angry political satire.
  9. It is a pure, streamlined delight, the advent of a talent with no exact equal in modern film.
  10. It's hilarious, thrilling and filled with "life-truth" -- but it also conceals its effort under a layer of great writing and subtle craftsmanship.
  11. As a fable, The City of Lost Children may not have a resonantly significant moral, but as a film, it is without a doubt the most incredible thing that the cinema has brought us this year. [22 Dec 1995]
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  12. From the acting to the special effects to the landscapes to the cinematography, editing and music, to the details of decor, wardrobe and armaments, we never once feel that we are in anything but the hands of an absolute master of the medium.
  13. This is one of Downey's most enjoyable performances, and one of Kilmer's funniest. It's a relationship comedy wrapped in sharp talk and gunplay, a triumphant comeback for Black, and one of the year's best movies.
  14. Anyone who shares Ebert's love of movies and who followed his career will be exceptionally moved by Life Itself, but anyone who appreciates a well-lived life should be touched as well.
  15. It's a heap of contradictions that will leave your head spinning.
  16. Though Michael Winterbottom's Wonderland appears as gritty as they come, it uncommonly has a romantic heart.
  17. The film is uncommonly evocative. [19 Dec 1990, p.D6]
    • Portland Oregonian
  18. It's the best kind of complaint. You can see why the $50 million man refers to something he gave away as "the best single day of my career."
  19. It is, in its quiet, precise, classical way, nearly perfect.
  20. The film, built around McKellen's magnificent performance, is a sleek and deceptively artful work, a bio-pic that manages to encompass the whole of a man's rich life by concentrating solely on the final months of it.
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  21. It's a teeming, steaming, bubbling stew, a tremendous good time, a rich entertainment and a heck of a lesson in music, human etiquette and the politics of making it (or not) in show biz.
  22. It's a remarkable, thoughtful achievement that will make you want to watch it twice. You should.
  23. As flawless as any film this year and rock-solid confirmation that Joel and Ethan Coen are the greatest filmmakers working in America (and perhaps anywhere else) today.
  24. It has the feel of something slaved over lovingly in merry isolation, and it is virtually the only thing I've seen this year that conveys in the viewing the obvious enjoyment its makers had in whipping it up.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Like dark chocolate -- not semi-sweet, but the exotic, nearly black stuff -- Coffee and Cigarettes won't appeal to everyone. Jarmusch is the 70 percent cacao of contemporary filmmakers, and people who love this kind of chocolate swear by it.
  25. By presenting murderers as actors and then filming those actors discussing their sins, the line between performance and soul-searching blurs in unnerving ways.
  26. In absorbing drama and staggering emotions, it renders an issue too often seen as black or white in heartbreaking gray.
  27. One of the purest instances of indie cinema this year. "Pure" meaning that in every aspect of filmmaking and intent this picture is peerless, so truly real, funny, poignant and sexy that it almost feels like a watershed cinematic moment.
  28. Shot to shot, scene to scene, The Social Network nearly never puts a foot wrong or, really, does anything to make you feel less than compelled.

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