Portland Oregonian's Scores

  • Movies
For 3,369 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 4.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Vera Drake
Lowest review score: 0 Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Movie
Score distribution:
3369 movie reviews
  1. Katz, who has been saddled with the deadly label "mumblecore" in the past, and Stephens ("Pilgrim Song") combine sensibilities of dry wit and warm earnestness in precise proportions. It's also further proof, if it were needed, that smart, funny, entertaining films are always around, even in the dog days of summer. You just have to know where to look.
  2. A riveting and impeccably researched documentary.
  3. This is a first-class film that will appeal to anyone who wants to see a plausible, witty, absorbing human story told well -- indeed, told gorgeously.
  4. This film could serve as a potent tool for those trying to change 40 years of public policy.
  5. Isn't easy to watch, but it's beautifully written and acted, with a sharp eye for the small embarrassments of divorce.
  6. An altogether astounding testimony to the band's longevity, vitality and verve.
  7. This unique cinematic experience is a parable of greed and revenge that could take place anywhere.
  8. Delirious. Hilarious. Absolutely one-of-a-kind.
  9. At over two hours, it might test the patience of some younger viewers (and some impatient older ones as well), but for anyone willing to take the time, it's an utter treat.
  10. Almodovar loves the human flesh -- indeed, one of his films is titled "Live Flesh" -- and with the quietly subversive Talk to Her, he utilizes it not just as mere decoration but weaves with it textured themes of powerlessness, love and obsession.
  11. It's an entirely conceived work of art, dark and hopeless and maybe even callous, but glittering and wonderful in its determination and in its craft.
  12. Phantom may not be the best entry in the series, but it's the most technically accomplished, and it makes you as hungry for the next film as you've been for this one.
    • Portland Oregonian
  13. Highly entertaining chronicle of a dream unfilmed.
  14. With its sweet soul and sharp mind, it's one of the most heartening films of the year.
    • Portland Oregonian
  15. Parker jams South Park with so much comic "stuff" that the effect is dizzying, at least for those who haven't left the auditorium in a huff before the end.
  16. Exciting spectacle of a master director reining in his abilities to create a work that is etched in acid, burnished in smoke.
  17. This is harsh and acid stuff, but it's exhilarating on a number of counts. For one thing, Jenkins moves with real authority between scenes of low life, tender intimacy and gripping violence; made on the cheap, her film has the iron certainty of the best art.
  18. Whether your tastes are delicate or coarse, whether you prefer the ballet or horror movies, there is plenty in the film for you.
  19. It's a horrific tale, filled with fear, confusion, anger, disfigurement, and loss. Weissman and Weber don't milk the pathos and they don't have to. Their interview subjects are brilliantly chosen, not only for their specific vantage points on the events but for their eloquence and depth of feeling. Time and again, the spoken and visual record of what happened overwhelms you.
  20. In the main this is a muscular, exact and thrillingly cool movie.
  21. Bouncing giddily from subplot to subplot and wisecrack to wisecrack, Mamet and company (and this is one of the truest ensemble works in years) satirize the slippery morals of the film racket and the surface-only decency of small town America.
  22. Crowd-pleasing, feel-good stuff.
  23. It's quietly brutal stuff, beautifully acted by Fanning, Englert, Christina Hendricks and a word-twisting Alessandro Nivola.
  24. Powerfully explores the struggles faced by those whom DNA testing has exonerated after years behind bars.
  25. 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.
  26. It's a riveting character study/soap opera.
  27. Takes on the air of a heist film as the preparations proceed, and even knowing the outcome, tension still remains.
  28. [Murphy] makes a thrillingly flesh-and-blood creature of Kitten, with her yearning, her droll, self-deprecating wit, her breathless romanticism and her puckish vibrancy. It's easily the most fun bit of screen acting this year, and as rich and nuanced as the lead in any drama.
  29. Leconte's signature on the film alone makes it worth seeing.
    • Portland Oregonian
  30. The performances are universally good, the 3-D is utterly gorgeous, and the nutshell history of the early days of movies is inspiring.

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