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 Ran (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 M. Butterfly
Score distribution:
3,158 movie reviews
  1. Weaver is hilarious and horrifying.
  2. Music aside, what finally puts Once over and makes it a film you can watch more than once is its slight but thoroughly credible realism.
  3. The first of von Trier's efforts to be certifiably farcical.
  4. As writer/director, he manages to make both Morrison and the period seem real without being self-conscious, an observed milieu rather than a film set. [01 Mar 1991]
    • Portland Oregonian
  5. Hilarious. And more proof that Pixar is in a class of its own.
  6. So good at what it does that it can exhaust you: In the later going, one big number follows on the heels of another so quickly that it feels more like an opera than a regular musical.
  7. It's a relentless finale to the "Bourne" movie trilogy that raises the stakes, pumps up the action and develops old characters while introducing new villains
  8. A dry, vicious and deeply moving little comedy that sort of takes the structure of a teen sports movie, then undermines that structure at every turn.
  9. This was a story that made front pages in its day but has been largely lost to history, and now is brought bracingly and compellingly back to life.
  10. Funny and weird and surprising and action-packed and genuinely beautiful.
  11. Cronenberg has, as Guillermo del Toro did in "Pan's Labyrinth," crafted both a drama and a fairy tale -- and he's done it in an entertainment as cracking as you could wish for.
  12. At once spare and dense, chilly and thrilling, literate and visceral, it feeds in gray areas, teasing ambiguities and conundrums out of shadows and making strengths of inconclusiveness and uncertainty.
  13. Emotionally brutal, ferociously acted, crafted with unflagging expertise and relentlessly locked in its vision of human darkness, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead is as grim and despairing as any tragedy by Sophocles or Shakespeare.
  14. That rarest of movie biographies: a warts-and-all exploration of the life and times of its subject.
  15. In the main this is a muscular, exact and thrillingly cool movie.
  16. This film insists on being taken on its own terms -- the sort of demand, in other words, that defines the best art.
  17. Mathieu Amalric, best known as an arms dealer in "Munich." In a role that strips him entirely of vanity and denies him virtually every expressive tool, Amalric makes a genuinely touching impression.
  18. It's first-rank filmmaking, through and through, even if it struggles to find closure.
  19. Reaches truly terrifying heights as it becomes clear how possible the worst outcome can be. Like "Pan's Labyrinth," this is a movie about children made very much for adults.
  20. As numbing as the drumbeat of downbeat documentaries can be, as hard as it is to even be shocked at the depravities committed in our name, a film like this remains important, both as an indictment of the present day and as a warning to future generations that the ends don't always justify the means.
  21. The result feels less like selling out than growing up.
  22. An altogether astounding testimony to the band's longevity, vitality and verve.
  23. Akin is German-born but of Turkish heritage, and his films have often been concerned with the particular clashes and conflicts between those cultures. This film, though, does so in a much more oblique way than 2004's "Head-On."
  24. Takes on the air of a heist film as the preparations proceed, and even knowing the outcome, tension still remains.
  25. By an order of magnitude --- the strongest (or at least the most mature, subtle and emotional) entry in the series thus far.
  26. It's one of the great horror films of recent years -- and a welcome antidote to the in-your-face sonic assaults that all too often pass for genre fare.
  27. In effect, Caden's life passes before his eyes while he is living it. And Kaufman shares this effect with us through a strange process he achieves with invisible strings; it's a knockout.
  28. The film is exquisitely realized, with a tremendous, naturalistic performance by Michelle Williams at its heart and a pervasive, assuring sense that Reichardt and Raymond have distilled everything nonessential from their story and imparted exactly the impact they wished.
  29. It's a raw and honest film, and it keeps its feet firmly on the ground, even as The Ram flies through the air to deliver -- or receive -- another beating in the squared circle of life.
  30. The film ends on an absolutely sick-making note, with live-action footage of the massacre and its aftermath.

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