Portland Oregonian's Scores

  • Movies
For 3,149 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 Black Hawk Down
Lowest review score: 0 Welcome to Mooseport
Score distribution:
3,149 movie reviews
  1. If anyone could take a movie about a bunch of jerks who play poker and make it interesting, it should be Curtis Hanson. Or rather, it should have been.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Mary Reilly tries, but fails, to revive the oft-told Jekyll and Hyde horror story. [23 Feb 1996]
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  2. Stunningly photographed, acted with occasional bravura and structured with exacting precision, it fails to sing more than once or twice, and then only briefly. [2 Feb 1996]
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  3. Hoffa might have been - should have been - at least ambiguous about its controversial hero. [25 Dec 1992]
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    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The script is simply shameless, taking some of the details of the Shues' lives and then slathering them with a thick layer of Hollywood frosting.
  4. The movie's not good, strictly speaking, but it is kind of fun.
  5. 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    A decent second chapter in the tourist horror saga.
  6. It's earnest but shallow, and condescends to the youth market it's obviously designed for. [05 Mar 1993]
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  7. There's not much of a spell to The Loss of Sexual Innocence, which is a shame, because anything this moody and pretty ought to be spellbinding. [16 Jul 1999]
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    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    When all is said and done, The Favor is just another comedy about comfortable yuppies wondering what they might have done differently, dipping a toe in adventure, then returning to the cocoon of yuppie comfort. [03 May 1994]
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  8. The acting is the strongest thing about the film. Pitt nicely balances the dashing and wounded sides of Tristan's character. [13 Jan 1995]
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  9. It's as beautifully acted throughout as it is photographed, and it has a quizzical tone somewhere between sociological documentary and farce. [22 Aug 1989]
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  10. Almost nothing that's said or done here is convincing. And the energy is set at near-coma level.
  11. Whatever the faults of Goya's Ghosts -- and there are several -- you've got to hand it to director Milos Forman: It takes real chutzpah to cast Randy Quaid as the king of Spain.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The troubling thing about "Chuck & Larry" is the hypocrisy. It's a comedy that ridicules the people it's supposed to be championing.
  12. If you like this sort of thing, this is the sort of thing you'll like.
  13. Clumsiness follows clumsiness -- the acting, the staging, the details of the plot -- until you reach the point of cool indifference. There's a lot more wrong here than can be corrected in a small space in the newspaper.
  14. The characters devolve into boring narcissists. And the movie devolves into a broad-brush dark satire of emergency bureaucracy that feels a lot sillier than the post-9/11 panic attack of the first half-hour.
  15. Modest in every sense but one: Its cast is huge.
  16. Well-intentioned but overblown environmental agitprop.
  17. Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig are adequate leads, but no great actor will be more squandered this year than Jeffrey Wright, who does nothing but speak in vast paragraph blocks of exposition while looking haggard and bored.
  18. Serious Acting Opportunities abound! Unfortunately, sharp dialogue and characters who keep you riveted do not.
  19. It gives me no pleasure to report that the Pimentel biopic Music Within plays like a well-intentioned TV movie.
  20. It's not a disaster: Branagh is an actor's director, and there are biting moments throughout and solid performances from Caine and Law.
  21. 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.
  22. While it's hard to dismiss his intention or effort, Harrelson's one-note performance sinks the film.
  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. Do yourself a favor. Rent "My Bodyguard" instead.
  25. If Schaefer's intent was to provide some sort of insight into Chapman's character, some hint of explanation for this senseless tragedy, he fails, probably because there's none to be found beyond one lonely guy's addled brain chemistry.

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