Portland Oregonian's Scores

  • Movies
For 2,979 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 6.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 The Conformist (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 Eban and Charley
Score distribution:
2,979 movie reviews
  1. Suffers from sludgy pacing, flat writing and acting, and a strange and puzzling fondness for scatology and coarse language.
  2. King is good enough that you can't help but root for her. But frankly, I can't imagine paying full ticket price plus concessions for that privilege.
  3. The fun thing about Eclipse is watching Lautner emerge as the Han Solo of this series, getting all the laughs and calling Edward and Bella on their preciousness.
  4. Unfortunately, neither of these fascinating artistic giants is given much of a personality.
  5. With Paul Rudd as the would-be mocker and Steve Carell as the mockee, and all manner of new supporting characters and plot lines thrown in, and much less energy, delight, wit, humor and fun than the original was able to muster without any evident strain. There's the occasional bubble, I confess, but almost no delight.
  6. The drama is telegraphed and glossy and un-fascinating; the edges have been belt-sanded until any camp value is lost. And it's filmed in that "Moulin Rouge"/"Chicago" style where you see half a dance move before the shot cuts -- which somehow makes a lot of difficult, sexy work seem simultaneously frenetic and boring.
  7. Still, this feels like minor Phillips to me -- something in the neighborhood of 2006's "School for Scoundrels," quality-wise, though with a much grimmer heart.
  8. Carrey fearlessly gives it his best shot, but this fundamental schizophrenia strong-armed me out of the film, and left me feeling like McGregor's more grounded performance existed in another movie entirely.
  9. It wallows in misery so much that the two-hour experience ends up being about as much fun as a real divorce.
  10. A hodgepodge of bits cribbed from such films as "Centurion," "Apocalypto," "300" and "Gladiator."
  11. If you believe that, as one interviewee says, "Science is just another story," then these ideas may ring true. If you're looking for actual solutions to global problems, rather than ways to feel better about them, I Am will be a frustrating experience.
  12. It's certainly all Araki up there, and the film is handsome and swiftly paced. But it also feels terribly routine and even, strangely, for all the trangressiveness it strives for, retrograde.
  13. That cast is precisely what makes the new Arthur so frustrating.
  14. The storyline would appear trite and the message muddled even to someone who'd never heard the name Mel Gibson.
  15. Surprisingly dull.
  16. There's plenty of blood and screaming and mayhem, and it's not particularly well-staged, shot or cut -- though I suppose actually caring about film craft denotes one as a spoilsport in this context.
  17. The cinematography is crisp but sterile, and no one's clothes ever seem to get muddy or torn -- in short, there's no real sense of the atmosphere of a sticky, buggy, fetid jungle, and no intensity to a story that cries out for a sense of moral outrage.
  18. Dolphin Tale is inoffensive enough -- little kids will probably dig it -- and I'm not suggesting that family-friendly docudramas should tightly conform to real life. But when they do embellish, they should distill the story into something more compelling, rather than watering it down with pleasant-but-utterly-forgettable inspirational boilerplate.
  19. The only thing that could make this movie more French would be a guillotine.
  20. A modestly charming family crowd-pleaser despite too-broad characterizations by many in the supporting cast.
  21. To my thinking, this splendid low-key bummer of a ghost story was eventually undermined by the film's increasing reliance on shock-scares, in which something suddenly and noisily jumps into the frame, over and over and over.
  22. The nearest thing to W. E. is Sofia Coppola's "Marie Antoinette," which tried to make a sympathetic victim of another of history's most notorious royal wives.
  23. When it sticks to its central flirtation, the latest movie based on a Nicholas Sparks romance, The Lucky One, is blandly pleasant enough.
  24. 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.
  25. 'Bloodless' is the word for the whole enterprise.
  26. There's handmade and then there's amateurish. This, alas, is the latter.
  27. The end result is mediocre, slightly sloppy and a mild waste of a great cast.
  28. 360
    As the action moves from Vienna to Paris to London to Denver to Phoenix and then back again, the vignettes blur into one another.
  29. The movie's excessive and logistically goofy in a way "Taken" wasn't.
  30. War of the Buttons means well. But ultimately there's only marginally more edge to this treatment of World War II than there is to the average episode of "Hogan's Heroes."

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