Portland Oregonian's Scores

  • Movies
For 3,055 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 Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Lowest review score: 0 Keeping the Faith
Score distribution:
3,055 movie reviews
  1. Aggressively loud, terminally mediocre.
  2. Sobol, directing his second feature, should have been able to prod this story to life, especially considering the cast he was provided. But everything proceeds in such an orderly fashion, right through the ostensibly 'twist' ending, that maintaining interest is a serious challenge.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Credit to Aaron Paul for fully committing to this ridiculousness. There isn’t a scene he doesn’t play with the utmost seriousness.
  3. In a movie that strives to offend with every spat profanity and cruel insult, the most shocking thing about Bad Words is that it expects us to care about its main character at all.
  4. Goodbye World will remind you more of "Gilligan's Island" than "Lost."
  5. The scenes between Gainsbourg and Skarsgard are fewer and less engaging than in the first volume, and the dichotomy between them is simpler and more obvious. And that doesn't even include an ending that is as impulsive and deranged as anything Joe comes up with during all of her taboo-breaking adventures.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It's mostly full of schlock.
  6. Partridge is a smidgen less abhorrent here than in previous incarnations, but just a smidgen.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The potentially huge audience for Million Dollar Arm deserves a better movie, less derivative and cynical and more like something real.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Palo Alto is "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" without the wit; "River's Edge" without the depth. It's like reading a first novel by a talented writer who has something to say but isn't yet sure how to say it.
  7. Shrunk is a sometimes funny, occasionally clever comedy adventure. But the fun stuff consumes only about one-fourth of the film, nowhere near enough for a feature-length movie. [24 June 1989, p.C06]
  8. For all the film's patness and lame predictability, Candy gives it a strange charm. He seems to be inherently funny, and his subtle weirdness, so useful on SCTV, is handy here as well. It helps make seeing Uncle Buck marginally worthwhile. [18 Aug 1989, p.E13]
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    This is the sort of film that only makes sense as a rental, with, perhaps, a couple of friends and a very generously mixed pitcher of margaritas.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Its director, Rob Reiner, is 67 himself. So his film takes a less ageist tone, seeing its characters – played by Michael Douglas, 69, and Diane Keaton, 68 – not as old people but simply as people, living vital but complicated lives. If only the movie itself were as vital and complicated.
  9. To be fair, the film is trash and doesn't aspire to very much, but it's bad trash -- inept -- and that really isn't forgivable.
  10. The clothes are worth it; nothing else is.
  11. Watching Rocks shows, we know he's sharper than the average actor. But watching him flail and play funny in movies that aren't as smart as him is simply depressing. Someone give this man a good role. And please, let him do a few more takes -- these scenes can't be his best efforts.
  12. Though it's debatable whether Sandler is squandered or just supremely annoying here, the film's flaws aren't entirely his fault.
  13. For all its bells and whistles, only when it lingers on Jones' dry wit and pained, rheumy eyes does this film about aliens ever seem alive, let alone human.
  14. Bad comedy.
  15. It's a yawn for the most part, depending on dull characters and uninvolving twists.
  16. It's a gorgeous picture and features three substantial performances, but the material is chatty, forced and excessively arch.
  17. Conveys an almost pulseless Nora Ephron style of homespun wisdom.
  18. You need to accept the fact that practically everyone in the picture, particularly the leading lady, is a boneheaded nitwit.
  19. The tone of the film malingers somewhere between hyper-real comedy and thriller, but neither element really shines through.
  20. America's favorite romantic comedian is miscast in Kate & Leopold -- a disappointment with the warm and charming Jackman around.
  21. An unsteady and uneven film, which bangs up against its ambitions gracelessly and distractingly.
  22. After a cheeky, campy start, The Ninth Gate leaves you with a bitter and dull aftertaste.
  23. Terrible, unnamable enemies turn out to be uncompelling indeed.
  24. What it plays like is a trifling story strung out to great length without much narrative drive, tinged with some disturbing racial undertones.

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