Portland Oregonian's Scores

  • Movies
For 3,158 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 Three Kings
Lowest review score: 0 Rollerball
Score distribution:
3,158 movie reviews
  1. All the up-from-under satisfaction of an underdog getting over, with the added oomph of the truth.
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  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. A snappy little heist movie with acting performances both deft and brilliant
  4. A masterfully varied set of images, paces and moods.
  5. Simultaneously modern and yet gorgeously primitive with its budget sets and simple but influential score, this is not just a film re-release but a film event.
  6. A witty, frightening, well-acted picture with near-perfect cinematic timing.
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  7. The moments of accidental sweetness that emerge from these odd, ultra-lives are meltingly funny and touching.
  8. Can a film so expertly capture the odious and bitter that it becomes deliciously, disgustingly beautiful? Yes, if that film is 1957's Sweet Smell of Success.
  9. Though Michael Winterbottom's Wonderland appears as gritty as they come, it uncommonly has a romantic heart.
  10. 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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  11. Movies don't get any more real than this.
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  12. Not a masterpiece, but still fabulous.
  13. A near-perfect movie.
  14. It's a heap of contradictions that will leave your head spinning.
  15. One of the most joyous, diverting and original mainstream American movies in years.
  16. Unafraid of walking the fine line between the repellent and the human, Shallow Hal is wickedly funny but heartfelt.
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  17. 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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  18. Searing, intense and unrelenting, Affliction moves to the deepest centers of experience and desire and brings its characters to unflinching life.
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  19. A gorgeous, engrossing, utterly alien and fresh movie that has the human truth and impact of classic Greek myth and the overwhelming beauty and mastery of the greatest epic films.
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  20. Utterly thrilling and enthralling, a commercial film that paces itself wonderfully, never allowing the action or romance to outweigh its story and characters. For mainstream adventure fare, that's quite an accomplishment.
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Scott superbly re-creates the sense of individuals facing astounding odds, with barely a few minutes' respite over a 12-hour battle.
  21. It's a triumph of the film that it manages to make Jeffrey Dahmer a human being -- at least a member of the species -- without ever bending toward empathy with or excuses for him.
  22. With its eye-popping color, bold personality and snazzy tunes, Chicago is a breathtaking experience.
  23. 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.
  24. Audacious, gorgeous and unique.
  25. Daring work of genius.
  26. Isn't just a horror film, but an American classic. Watch again and reflect for days after -- at your own risk.
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  27. Almost more valuable as a piece of foreign policy than as the highly accomplished work of cinema it is.
  28. It's a remarkable, thoughtful achievement that will make you want to watch it twice. You should.
  29. The adaptation of "King Lear" to feudal Japan is an extraordinary spectacle.
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