Portland Oregonian's Scores

  • Movies
For 3,304 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 5.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 The Namesake
Lowest review score: 0 Rollerball
Score distribution:
3,304 movie reviews
  1. It's witty, gripping good fun.
  2. A pure, sweet romance that moves along with bouncy comedy and a touch of grown-up realism and rue.
  3. Once you lose yourself in Ruiz's stunning achievement -- a wonderfully acted, beautifully realized vision of Proust -- you'll be enchanted.
  4. Without passing moral judgments on either group, Cartel Land provides a vivid illustration of the dangers inherent whenever a government fails to meet its citizens' needs to the extent that they take matters into their own hands.
  5. If you think the "Star Wars" prequels are a disease, then Serenity is the cure.
  6. It's similar to 2011's "The Loneliest Planet," which examined a similar dynamic between a couple backpacking in the Caucasus Mountains. But Force Majeure (which, as a legal term, refers to unforeseeable events or "acts of God") is sharper and smarter, combining precision-strike storytelling, directorial art, and impressive, often invisible visual effects, including that avalanche scene.
  7. Moves at a stately pace; it's a long film, to boot. But there's real drama and pathos in the story, in the blend of matter-of-factness and potential catastrophe, in the depiction of innocence imperiled.
  8. Genuinely breathtaking.
  9. 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.
  10. In Almodóvar and Cruz we have a real collaboration of artist and inspiration that only seems to improve and deepen over time.
  11. Full of life, wit, smarts, thrills and sheer gratifying entertainment that it launches the mind on a stream of merry somersaults.
  12. In the annals of monster movies, one name stands above all the rest, way above: Godzilla.
  13. This film insists on being taken on its own terms -- the sort of demand, in other words, that defines the best art.
  14. 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.
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. Feels as true as a documentary, as painful as a blow to the heart.
    • Portland Oregonian
  19. 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.
  20. The combination of immediacy and intimacy in Armadillo is exceedingly rare.
  21. To dismiss Ex Machina as just another robot movie would be like calling the Grand Canyon a hole in the ground. It's one of the most original, smart, thought-provoking science fiction movies of recent years.
  22. So filled with riches that it seems a bit unfair to single out Szabo and Fiennes, no matter how outstanding their work.
  23. 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.
  24. It's surreal, erotic, creepy, frustrating, absorbing, transporting and torturous in the way only a Lynch film can be.
  25. With this amoral business environment, it's not a question of if there will be another Enron, but when.
  26. Weaver is hilarious and horrifying.
  27. Oacks more heat, acid, danger and drama into its brief running time than most films of nearly double the length.
  28. 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.

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