Portland Oregonian's Scores

  • Movies
For 3,259 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 Kill Bill: Vol. 2
Lowest review score: 0 Eban and Charley
Score distribution:
3,259 movie reviews
  1. It wallows in misery so much that the two-hour experience ends up being about as much fun as a real divorce.
  2. Does have its charms. While the videography and most of the supporting performances are amateurish, Clark and Caland are winning actors.
  3. 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.
  4. Unfortunately, neither of these fascinating artistic giants is given much of a personality.
  5. This will personally go down as the flick that really made me realize how much I hate CGI stunts.
  6. That cast is precisely what makes the new Arthur so frustrating.
  7. 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.
  8. An unfortunate example of a small picture that feels small.
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  9. 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.
  10. With its lackluster surfaces and thin core, his (Russell) film displays neither heart nor brains enough to earn its whimsy.
  11. 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.
  12. Freeman and Nicholson mostly stand in front of special-effects green screens and have the locales projected, like they're in a "Road" picture.
  13. If you've recently watched that great skateboarding documentary "Dogtown and Z-Boys," Grind will play like a soft-pedaled Afterschool Special.
  14. Whereas "Liaisons" mixed cruelty, wit, sensuality and drama into a deliciously tart frappe, Cheri is pretty, tepid and dull.
  15. 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.
  16. Freddie Prinze Jr. gives cute a bad name.
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  17. Banderas' direction is a bit of everything and a lot of not much.
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  18. It's the sort of sophomoric exercise that will be appreciated chiefly by viewers already convinced they love it even before they've bought their tickets.
  19. The movie is slow, dreary, clumsily staged, and lacks a compelling lead.
  20. For starters, everything's grimy and humorless in a way that infects even Aniston.
  21. Maybe it's too early to say MacFarlane can't make a movie. He's still young, he's compulsively creative. He'll keep getting more chances. He could figure it out, but I don't think I want to watch him try.
  22. A slight, smartly dressed bit of melodrama that thinks it's gritty when it's really a bit of puff.
  23. If you've seen more films in your life than you have fingers, much of it will be forgotten by the time you floss the last popcorn skin from between your teeth.
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  24. Hollow, frequently boring picture.
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  25. Hoffa might have been - should have been - at least ambiguous about its controversial hero. [25 Dec 1992]
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  26. The dialogue is dippy. And there's no real suspense: The filmmakers are so deadly earnest about the power of music and love and all that stuff, you just twiddle your thumbs waiting for the inevitable.
  27. Man of Steel has too many characters and too much plot, resulting in a movie that feels overstuffed and overlong.
  28. Doesn't add much to the oft-told story of a boy and his dog, and it never establishes the rules of the dogs-in-space myth it creates, but it is perked up by the gentle intelligence of writer/director John Hoffman.

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