Portland Oregonian's Scores

  • Movies
For 3,282 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 No Man's Land
Lowest review score: 0 Thomas and the Magic Railroad
Score distribution:
3,282 movie reviews
  1. If you've recently watched that great skateboarding documentary "Dogtown and Z-Boys," Grind will play like a soft-pedaled Afterschool Special.
  2. Whereas "Liaisons" mixed cruelty, wit, sensuality and drama into a deliciously tart frappe, Cheri is pretty, tepid and dull.
  3. 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.
  4. Freddie Prinze Jr. gives cute a bad name.
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  5. Banderas' direction is a bit of everything and a lot of not much.
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  6. 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.
  7. The movie is slow, dreary, clumsily staged, and lacks a compelling lead.
  8. For starters, everything's grimy and humorless in a way that infects even Aniston.
  9. 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.
  10. If the filmmakers had opted to play things closer to the vest, this could have been the clever "Pineapple Express"-meets-"The Bourne Identity" mashup it wants to be instead of the shallow, gratuitously violent exercise it actually is.
  11. A slight, smartly dressed bit of melodrama that thinks it's gritty when it's really a bit of puff.
  12. 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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  13. Hollow, frequently boring picture.
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  14. Hoffa might have been - should have been - at least ambiguous about its controversial hero. [25 Dec 1992]
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  15. 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.
  16. Man of Steel has too many characters and too much plot, resulting in a movie that feels overstuffed and overlong.
  17. 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.
  18. Almost nothing that's said or done here is convincing. And the energy is set at near-coma level.
  19. Aselton is clearly trying to broaden her reach as both actress and director beyond the rumpled indie comedy of "The Freebie," her directing debut, and the concept is there, but a movie like this needs a much more polished execution that Black Rock gets.
  20. 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.
  21. This overwatered trifle is doomed to wilt and fade quickly from memory.
    • 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.
  22. The film moves too slowly and dispassionately to resonate as it should.
  23. Eventually the movie wants to have things both ways: to approvingly entertain mainstream audiences with the glittering spectacle of space battles and to pay lip service to the notion of conscience.
  24. Do yourself a favor. Rent "My Bodyguard" instead.
  25. Some of the performances -- Mitchell, Fischler and especially Lucas -- are lively, but Barr never gets under Kerouac's skin to show the pain of an artist who can't hold his life together. It's a tragedy, played entirely on the surface.
  26. Surprisingly dull.
  27. If the film doesn't touch the original, it doesn't hit rock bottom, either.
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  28. There's handmade and then there's amateurish. This, alas, is the latter.

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