Portland Oregonian's Scores

  • Movies
For 3,140 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 City of God
Lowest review score: 0 3000 Miles to Graceland
Score distribution:
3,140 movie reviews
  1. The picture's strength is comedy -- but the love and crime stories too often drag, falter or just plain frustrate.
  2. An unfortunate example of a small picture that feels small.
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    • 27 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Cute and funny, with plenty of slapstick and cuddly creatures for the kids and enough adult wit to keep parents reasonably amused.
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  3. Basinger herself doesn't have the vibrancy of a female hero.
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  4. Blue Crush, which might appear exciting in an "Endless Summer"/"Where the Boys Are" kind of way, actually is really boring.
  5. You can't just rework a beloved Christmas classic, set it in reverse and expect it to run smoothly.
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  6. Short on both life and laughs.
  7. Scattered and silly. If it evokes any strong feelings from you, it will probably be hunger -- the food all looks so good.
  8. This one's painful.
  9. Passingly engaging. But you emerge from the film knowing as much -- or, indeed, as little -- as when you went in, and that's not exactly what documentary filmmaking is all about.
  10. Gallo makes some fatal mistakes in his direction. As Griffin talks, he adds sound effects that are distracting and annoying. It's actually an insult to the comic -- as if his jokes aren't clever enough on their own.
  11. The pleasures of Buffalo Soldiers mainly come early on, before the film becomes a sloppy mixture of tones and story lines. Afterward, you're left mainly puzzled and looking for a way to wash a bitter aftertaste out of your mouth.
  12. So what is the picture saying? With its uneven tone, flat direction (on bad-looking digital video) and varied performances, very little.
  13. Despite moments of atmospheric tension and a core of compelling mystery, the film feels remote, cold and, oddly, obvious.
  14. For all the beauty it struggles to bring forth, Snow Falling on Cedars is painfully prosaic.
  15. 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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  16. 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.
  17. Works as pure escapist entertainment, but it's on the cusp of being smarter -- making it all the more frustrating.
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  18. 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.
  19. 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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  20. A lifeless, confused mess, peppered with laughs, yes, but illogically and crudely plotted and smothered in tonedeaf music cues.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. Bullock maintains a luster and comic naturalness that most actresses couldn't pull off in such mediocrity.
  25. 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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  26. A sequel that never rises to the giddy pitches of skewed humor that the original managed to toss off with such unexpected glee.
  27. It's possible to be dazzled by a movie and still not like it very much.
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  28. 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.
  29. For the most part it's a completely ordinary, completely familiar, professionally executed film. Nothing truly awful, but nothing unexpected, either.

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