Portland Oregonian's Scores

  • Movies
For 3,110 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 Rififi (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 Eban and Charley
Score distribution:
3,110 movie reviews
  1. The film oddly mirrors "The Passion of the Christ," as a show trial leads inexorably toward an almost sadistically filmed public execution (it doesn't hurt that Jim Caviezel plays the reporter). Like that movie, it gets its point across with all the subtlety, sorry to say, of a rock upside the head.
  2. Despite some arresting visual flourishes and Downey’s inherent likeability, it’s nearly incoherent both as cinema and as story. No, this isn’t your grandfather’s or your father’s Sherlock Holmes, but if theirs featured Basil Rathbone or Jeremy Brett in the lead, it was better by miles.
  3. The film is competent without being spectacular or thrilling.
  4. Sporadically clever and chilling.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    If you're a big Michael Jackson fan, you'll love This Is It. If you're not, it's like watching two hours of band practice.
  5. Feels like a movie that wants to bare its fangs, but only manages a mild gumming.
  6. I appreciate that talented people wanted to honor Shelly by making this film. They likely would have better honored her by mounting her script as a play.
  7. Eventually, the inconsistency wears, and the film provokes mostly indifference and restlessness.
  8. Unfortunately, the precision and presence Hurt brings to the table aren't enough to carry this warmed-over Southern melodrama.
  9. Fine moments, images and performances stand cheek-by-jowl with the clichéd, the on-the-nose and the slightly dopey.
  10. A movie that tells -- or rather, circles -- the story of the band's formation and abortive career.
  11. It all passes quickly, as far as that goes, but when it’s over it passes entirely. And something that sells for a premium price ought to linger.
  12. Suffers from sludgy pacing, flat writing and acting, and a strange and puzzling fondness for scatology and coarse language.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Unfortunately, neither of these fascinating artistic giants is given much of a personality.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. It wallows in misery so much that the two-hour experience ends up being about as much fun as a real divorce.
  21. A hodgepodge of bits cribbed from such films as "Centurion," "Apocalypto," "300" and "Gladiator."
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. That cast is precisely what makes the new Arthur so frustrating.
  25. The storyline would appear trite and the message muddled even to someone who'd never heard the name Mel Gibson.
  26. Surprisingly dull.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.

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