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 4.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Life Is Beautiful
Lowest review score: 0 M. Butterfly
Score distribution:
3369 movie reviews
  1. There are ample opportunities for the film to soak in pathos, righteousness, farce, or pictorialism, and Payne manages to nod at those pitfalls without falling into them. In a way, it's just like Matt King's world: enviably plush but filled with the real pain of real life.
  2. An extraordinarily gut-wrenching, intense story of survival against all odds.
  3. V for Vendetta puts its ideological intent first, and happens to provide smashing entertainment only as a vehicle for delivering its message.
  4. 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.
  5. One False Move is a small, nearly flawless gem of a film noir, a suspense drama that never lets up until the final credits. [17 July 1992, p.17]
    • Portland Oregonian
  6. Adventuresome, melancholy and exhilarating.
  7. Predictable, contrived, sappy and, ultimately, against all odds, remarkably fulfilling.
  8. It's a wonderful debut, despite all the pain you may feel watching it.
  9. The pressure cooker atmosphere builds for almost too long, but when the resolution finally occurs, the sense of relief is that much more palpable.
  10. It's witty, gripping good fun.
  11. A pure, sweet romance that moves along with bouncy comedy and a touch of grown-up realism and rue.
  12. Once you lose yourself in Ruiz's stunning achievement -- a wonderfully acted, beautifully realized vision of Proust -- you'll be enchanted.
  13. 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.
  14. If you think the "Star Wars" prequels are a disease, then Serenity is the cure.
  15. What's most endearing about "Taxi," as well as Panahi's earlier films made under repression, is the lack of righteous anger.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. Genuinely breathtaking.
  19. 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.
  20. In Almodóvar and Cruz we have a real collaboration of artist and inspiration that only seems to improve and deepen over time.
  21. Full of life, wit, smarts, thrills and sheer gratifying entertainment that it launches the mind on a stream of merry somersaults.
  22. In the annals of monster movies, one name stands above all the rest, way above: Godzilla.
  23. This film insists on being taken on its own terms -- the sort of demand, in other words, that defines the best art.
  24. 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.
  25. 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
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. Feels as true as a documentary, as painful as a blow to the heart.
    • Portland Oregonian
  29. 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.

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