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 A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Lowest review score: 0 M. Butterfly
Score distribution:
3,182 movie reviews
    • 36 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    It has some good actors, and some quick dialogue, which also has the feel of real-life. But the plot forces things a bit, and the direction is uncertain; just when it seems willing to take some risks, it retreats.
  1. The first "Barbershop" was no classic but, as so often with sequels, if this were the first there would be no second.
  2. Its smallness of scale, and undemonstrative nature, could make it a welcome change of pace from Hollywood bombast, especially for fans of the life aquatic.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    So funny and sweet and observant - and so much warmer than other family films that feign hipness through product placement and pop culture references - you won't mind that the steps feel familiar.
  3. The film never gets beyond Chapman's obsession with "Catcher in the Rye" and a few bits of "Taxi Driver" dialogue to show us anything we didn't already know.
  4. Lost in this beguiling labyrinth, Vanilla Sky is more fascinating as a bit of evidence than as a movie -- and ultimately less pleasing than most audiences will want.
  5. Remove the razzle-dazzle provided by Azaria, Hoffman, Baldwin, the gross jokes and that ferret, and you wind up with a pretty dull and ordinary face.
  6. Ends up being one of those heartbreaking movies that gets off to a promising start but never quite creaks to life, despite everyone's obvious best efforts.
  7. Has cheesy effects and a hoary plot, but its macabre, self-deprecating sense of humor makes up for a lot.
    • Portland Oregonian
  8. Filled with skewed humor, inventive animation and earthy jokes.
  9. Herzog's drive to bring Dengler's story to a wide audience might have paradoxically caused him to do what he seems normally to abhor: compromise.
  10. Succeeds only in fits and starts.
  11. Eventually becomes tedious.
    • Portland Oregonian
  12. The biggest problems are Solondz's themes of forgiveness and glib, misplaced patriotism.
  13. I still kind of find myself admiring the actor, and the film. Love Guru is insane and self-indulgent but also fully committed, and there's a surprising undercurrent of earnestness to its philosophy portions.
  14. If the star does his utmost to make a one-dimensional character interesting, his director, Clint Eastwood, adapts Kyle's memoir — a life story rife with moral complexity — by hammering it flat.
  15. Gives just enough to forgive any of its initial flaws and eventually grows on you.
  16. If the behavior of the characters had been more recognizably human in its venality, and the film's perspective more ruthless, this custom-made compound might have worked.
  17. Makes good, unobtrusive use of its European locations, and has a couple of well-orchestrated urban chase scenes. But, even in these days of renewed U.S.-Russian tensions, its Cold War demeanor feels anachronistic, and its simple cynicism comes off as recycled and cheap.
  18. For every gag that flies there are at least one-and-a-half that don't.
  19. So sloppily and unabashedly sentimental that it can make you laugh and cry at the same time -- and often at the same things.
  20. Phoenix makes an interesting case of Leonard's twitchiness and mooning, but neither Paltrow nor Shaw is particularly credible as a Brooklynite, and Rossellini and Moshonov seem like they've wandered in from another film altogether.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    An endearing romantic comedy that pokes fun at the ridiculous things people do for love.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, this rich story about actual adults takes up maybe a third of Prime. The rest of the time, we're hanging with David and Rafi as they act out relationship cliches.
  21. Tasty, but, finally, a little unfulfilling.
  22. A tiresome, didactic and, once the novelty of the graphics has worn off, charmless film.
  23. All that talent behind and in front of the camera is mostly wasted due to a rare substandard screenplay.
  24. The man has gifts -- but acting and, it's increasingly clear, storytelling aren't among them.
  25. The script's contrivances and the director's lax handling aren't enough to hold you.
  26. While breezy and fun, the film is also flimsy and sloppy in style and content.

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