Portland Oregonian's Scores

  • Movies
For 3,211 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 A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Lowest review score: 0 M. Butterfly
Score distribution:
3,211 movie reviews
  1. Watching skinny-armed little Will pretend to be the spawn of Sly Stallone in a series of botched feats of derring-do is a treat, as is much of this film.
  2. Controversy aside, there's no denying that Kinsey was a pivotal figure in 20th-century America, and one whose fascinating story makes for a fascinating film.
  3. A fine and sturdy picture, capable of standing alongside the many such films made when Westerns were one of our chief entertainments.
  4. In the parlance of the kids today, the movie totally goes there.
  5. The excellent news is that Yates and company took their time adding visual depth to the film -- they shot it as 3-D -- and the result feels immediate and real and not at all slathered-on.
  6. The results are inspiring, demonstrating that an artistic eye is an innate thing.
  7. As fascinating as all the film history is, the movie's core is the dynamic between a famous but distant parent and his child.
  8. It's a refreshing sensation, even if it makes you feel a touch seasick at first, and the fittingly eerie conclusion to a lavish and unsettling movie.
  9. It's hard to say what's more fascinating: The engaging explication of various paintings by the remarkably articulate docents, the behind-the-scenes looks at the preservation and restoration processes, or the boardroom discussions about the appropriateness of marketing efforts. Actually, that third one probably isn't the most fascinating, but I still wanted more of it.
  10. Lawrence steps up. And her character's fierce independence provides a welcome alternative to certain vampire-fixated young-adult heroines who define themselves entirely through the attention of much-much-older men.
  11. But this is pretty honest and true filmmaking, nonetheless; try as you might, you can't detect the leer of the satirist.
    • Portland Oregonian
  12. Ida
    Just as austere and demanding as you'd expect a black-and-white film about a Polish nun to be. Don't let that scare you, though.
  13. Social critique isn't the main concern of director James Ponsoldt ("Smashed"). What he does is take us inside an unexpected, but not unrealistic, high school relationship and provide a splendid stage for two young and very promising actors.
  14. The sense of inescapability, the mood of capitulation and resignation, becomes the story. What is being made clear is the thoroughgoing rot of a civilization; there is literally no place to find peace, solace or consolation.
  15. Like the bits of home life its pioneers have brought with them to an alien landscape, the careful craft grounds the film in a reality that is as much felt as it is observed.
  16. One of the most exciting American movies about recent political history since, ironically, Oliver Stone's "JFK."
  17. It mostly manages the impressive feat of mixing jaw-droppingly gross jokes with characters that are worth caring about.
  18. Hold onto your hats, True Believers! This one's got the most massive, momentous montage of Marvel's merry mutants ever mashed into one movie!
    • 54 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The big battle in Thor: The Dark World is one of Marvel’s more genuinely rousing sequences. Once this movie gets warmed up, it’s warm through and through.
  19. Barrymore is terrific with her actors, finding moments for even the smallest supporting players.
  20. Both deeply weird and charmingly dear.
    • Portland Oregonian
  21. The story is ingeniously intricate but never gimmicky or implausible. As it develops, the suspense grows about what direction the story could possibly take next.
  22. The first to take a big-picture view of just how the plans for postwar occupation went so far off track.
  23. A diverting, playful and puzzling documentary.
  24. If the presence of Cheadle and his handsome pal George Clooney can entice otherwise resistant viewers to learn about the ongoing travesty in western Sudan, then Darfur Now has done its job.
  25. It's charming, funny, exceedingly well-made and features enough comically thrilling flying-lizard mayhem to cause your child's head to lightly explode.
  26. Possesses the open-ended, continual off-kilterness of Shepard theater.
  27. A gripping movie about espionage, loyalty and betrayal.
  28. The overall effect is awe and affection -- and a strange urge to get on a board and, uh, shred, dude.
  29. Favreau's a big man who knows how to wield a chef's knife and shoots the food truck scenes with a hectic good nature that's infectious.

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