Portland Oregonian's Scores

  • Movies
For 3,084 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 Beat That My Heart Skipped
Lowest review score: 0 Keeping the Faith
Score distribution:
3,084 movie reviews
  1. Despite moments of atmospheric tension and a core of compelling mystery, the film feels remote, cold and, oddly, obvious.
  2. For all the beauty it struggles to bring forth, Snow Falling on Cedars is painfully prosaic.
  3. Starts with a flourish, staggers along for a bit and finally collapses -- even die-hard De Palma fans, will be left hungry.
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  4. This one is shot, recorded and edited without so much as a pinch of craft -- it's one of the ugliest big studio films in a long while.
  5. Works as pure escapist entertainment, but it's on the cusp of being smarter -- making it all the more frustrating.
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  6. Fuqua has made three films before his newest, Tears of the Sun, and they've all begun well enough but then collapsed under the weight of his heavy-handed visual technique and his indifference to plot, character and logic.
  7. Though not terrible, and blessed with some nice performances, this Irish-eyes-are-smiling-despite-the-rain-and-nasty-nuns story is Hallmark Hall of Fame material.
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  8. A lifeless, confused mess, peppered with laughs, yes, but illogically and crudely plotted and smothered in tonedeaf music cues.
  9. Though it's enjoyable, you can't help but feel the squandered situations and talent, flattened by mediocre writing and direction. Scoff if you will, but the gifted Sandler and his audience deserve better.
  10. But with a potentially fascinating study of ethics, of how cheating rich boys become cheating rich men while humble souls do more good in the world, The Emperor's Club doesn't take the audience anywhere smart.
  11. Two-thirds of the way through, it falls apart into TV-movie-of-the-week land, even with the rhapsodic Nastassja Kinski in the lead.
  12. Bullock maintains a luster and comic naturalness that most actresses couldn't pull off in such mediocrity.
  13. The two stories never come close to meshing the way the filmmaker intended. The result is a well-acted movie that simply doesn't gel.
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  14. A sequel that never rises to the giddy pitches of skewed humor that the original managed to toss off with such unexpected glee.
  15. It's possible to be dazzled by a movie and still not like it very much.
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  16. It's a little depressing to see such a thrilling talent deployed in such an ordinary and sordid movie. Training Day isn't awful, but it's absolutely nothing special.
  17. For the most part it's a completely ordinary, completely familiar, professionally executed film. Nothing truly awful, but nothing unexpected, either.
  18. Really, we'd rather just watch a good documentary about the subject. And as the camera flings around, we occasionally forget about what could help the teens and think more about what could help the director: How about a tripod?
  19. Another Bond film that turns out to be an unspectacular spectacle, at times winking and fun but too often plodding and hackneyed. That said, as usual Brosnan is terrific, walking through dunderhead moments and a tedious plot with grace.
  20. As two-dimensional animation, Sinbad is passably attractive, reaching a visual height when it arrives in the surreal, shifting Tartarus.
  21. The story sounds horrifying, but the film takes some unfortunate twists and never presents us with a multifaceted character in Paxton. Paxton just doesn't play the nice-but-nuts role with a modicum of terror.
  22. It's a Ritalin-deprived sensibility, but it keeps you skating over the dull spots, in which the film unfortunately is rich.
  23. Strictly for boys -- grown-up boys -- the more boyish and less grown-up the better.
  24. It's not that The Beach is a stinker, exactly. It's that nothing in it -- and that includes the gifted DiCaprio -- ever feels other than perfunctory.
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  25. A tepid disappointment that contains one mediocre chase scene and a lot of wasted talent.
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  26. The script doesn't give Bigelow enough human stuff to balance the mechanical. For good or ill, like so many other submarine thrillers before it, K-19 is more about the machine than the men.
  27. Too sugary to be funny or offensive or even offensively funny, though any kind of funny would be welcome here.
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  28. The plot is straight off the shelf, the performances are television-caliber and the message of providing solace through deception is a little creepy. Then again, that formula resulted in record-breaking ticket sales for "Greek Wedding."
  29. A slight, smartly dressed bit of melodrama that thinks it's gritty when it's really a bit of puff.
  30. The authenticity of its setting and its actors make this effort worth a look.

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