Portland Oregonian's Scores

  • Movies
For 3,198 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 5.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 All About My Mother
Lowest review score: 0 Fair Game
Score distribution:
3,198 movie reviews
  1. 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.
  2. In I'm Reed Fish, Jay Baruchel is cast as a leading man with two attractive girlfriends, and, sorry, I'm frankly more prepared to accept Stephen Hawking as an action hero.
  3. 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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  4. With little cohesion and no respect for the editing process, Old School often feels like someone threw film clips on the floor and strung them together willy-nilly.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Rush gives everything he has and manages to make Oldman (such an obvious name) into more than an automaton. Not so Sylvia Hoeks, who struggles to make Claire any more alluring than oil dripped on canvas.
  5. Comedy means different things to different people, but I'm pretty sure that most everyone agrees that it's best when it's quick and funny. The Five-Year Engagement is neither.
  6. As satire, it doesn't add up -- but it's an admirable, if dull, experiment.
  7. It's just another bland, junior-high-basketball riff on "The Bad News Bears" formula, one that takes every single dramatic cue from the underdog sports-movie playbook.
  8. Keaton offers glimpses of a directorial gift, but this odd little piece feels like a warm-up for something more compelling.
  9. By and large it's formulaic and dull.
  10. There's visual poetry here, in small doses, but it doesn't take long for one's patience to run out.
  11. Unfortunately, the precision and presence Hurt brings to the table aren't enough to carry this warmed-over Southern melodrama.
  12. It wallows in misery so much that the two-hour experience ends up being about as much fun as a real divorce.
  13. Does have its charms. While the videography and most of the supporting performances are amateurish, Clark and Caland are winning actors.
  14. Though the acting in "Sidewalks" is uniformly fine, particularly among the female cast, it's hard to glimpse any meaningful vision, sly insights or cinematic flair.
  15. Unfortunately, neither of these fascinating artistic giants is given much of a personality.
  16. This will personally go down as the flick that really made me realize how much I hate CGI stunts.
  17. That cast is precisely what makes the new Arthur so frustrating.
  18. 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.
  19. An unfortunate example of a small picture that feels small.
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  20. Despite moments of atmospheric tension and a core of compelling mystery, the film feels remote, cold and, oddly, obvious.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Junk this is and ever was, but this is well-acted junk.
  21. With its lackluster surfaces and thin core, his (Russell) film displays neither heart nor brains enough to earn its whimsy.
  22. It's probably not a good idea to examine the political content of a film in which the leader of the free world proves that the pen is mightier than the sword by stabbing someone in the neck with one.
  23. Freeman and Nicholson mostly stand in front of special-effects green screens and have the locales projected, like they're in a "Road" picture.
  24. If you've recently watched that great skateboarding documentary "Dogtown and Z-Boys," Grind will play like a soft-pedaled Afterschool Special.
  25. Whereas "Liaisons" mixed cruelty, wit, sensuality and drama into a deliciously tart frappe, Cheri is pretty, tepid and dull.
  26. The film is competent without being spectacular or thrilling.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The Book Thief renders a dark history in the most bland and inoffensive hues. Most of its success relies on our foreknowledge of history. Its own efforts are hollow, squandering a good cast on lazy writing.
  27. Freddie Prinze Jr. gives cute a bad name.
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