Portland Oregonian's Scores

  • Movies
For 3,182 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 The Conformist (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 Thomas and the Magic Railroad
Score distribution:
3,182 movie reviews
  1. In the annals of monster movies, one name stands above all the rest, way above: Godzilla.
  2. This film insists on being taken on its own terms -- the sort of demand, in other words, that defines the best art.
  3. One of the most vital and strangely gripping films in recent years, a thriller more opaque, involving and realistic than just about anything that Hollywood is capable of.
  4. 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
  5. The end result is the best documentary you'll see this year, as thrilling a competition as any Super Bowl and as suspenseful a story as any Hitchcock film.
  6. John Hawkes has, until now, been known primarily as the skilled character actor who brought an earthy authenticity to roles on TV's "Deadwood" and the Oscar-nominated "Winter's Bone." With The Sessions, he makes his mark as a bona fide member of screen acting's elite. And he does it while barely moving a muscle.
  7. Feels as true as a documentary, as painful as a blow to the heart.
    • Portland Oregonian
  8. Don't go if "Star Wars" isn't your bag: You'll only resist and resent it. But if you're a fan, it's hard to see how you'd be disappointed. Me? I can't wait for May 2005. "Episode III": Hot diggity!
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The director manages to maintain a steady streak of grim humor. Extreme repression can be bleakly funny in its idiocy, when viewed from a distance.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A savagely partisan indictment of George W. Bush's presidency.
  9. The combination of immediacy and intimacy in Armadillo is exceedingly rare.
  10. So filled with riches that it seems a bit unfair to single out Szabo and Fiennes, no matter how outstanding their work.
  11. Although the plot might sound like the stuff of a soap opera, a smart script, strong performances and an ideologically determined lack of filmmaking niceties result in a shattering, deeply felt work.
  12. It's surreal, erotic, creepy, frustrating, absorbing, transporting and torturous in the way only a Lynch film can be.
  13. With this amoral business environment, it's not a question of if there will be another Enron, but when.
  14. Weaver is hilarious and horrifying.
  15. Oacks more heat, acid, danger and drama into its brief running time than most films of nearly double the length.
  16. It's creepy, but it's not horrifying. Still, the movie has its distorted, haunting moments that will stick with you, and it's stunning to look at.
  17. It's as full a movie as you can imagine -- exhausting and exhilarating and continually fascinating.
  18. A man can be a treasure just as a work of art can be, and O'Toole is one of the handful of living film actors worthy of a museum of his own. Venus would make a brilliant final exhibit.
  19. A volatile film. But it's not a specifically political one. With only superficial alteration, it could be set in Cold War Berlin, or colonial Boston, or any time and place where the dynamics of power conspire to create an atmosphere of paranoia and mistrust.
  20. Its got a deliciously audacious and cheeky tenor.
  21. Among the film's highlights are an interview with Grand Wizard Theodore, who is generally uncontested in his claim to have invented the idea of scratching vinyl.
  22. Even the finest troupe of thespians would be wasted without Allen's guiding hand as writer and director. But Blue Jasmine, which might rank among Allen's 10 best films, shows what can happen when it all comes together.
  23. As unpleasant as so many of its going-on are, Wake in Fright works both as an early instance of "Ozploitation" cinema and as a harsh critique of Australian colonialism and the absurdity of trying to bring so-called civilization to this vast arid wilderness.
  24. A nasty little tube of frozen horror concentrate.
  25. 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.
  26. Thoroughly unique work of art.
  27. Babies will capture your eye -- and, probably, your fancy.
  28. De la Iglesia is a mercilessly agile talent.

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