Portland Oregonian's Scores

  • Movies
For 3,198 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 5.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Lowest review score: 0 M. Butterfly
Score distribution:
3,198 movie reviews
  1. You should come out of a film like Apres Vous with your heart as light and fluffy as a souffle. But this farce, credited to four chefs, er, writers, is as heavy and leaden as meatloaf.
  2. It's the screenwriting equivalent of those fat substitutes used by snack food manufacturers: the finished product looks all right but the taste is off, and the aftereffects are embarrassing and uncomfortable.
  3. Unsurprisingly, the formulaic "Breakfast Club" casting yields a formulaic narrative.
  4. Aggressively loud, terminally mediocre.
  5. 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]
    • Portland Oregonian
  6. Partridge is a smidgen less abhorrent here than in previous incarnations, but just a smidgen.
  7. The leads are just too good to commit fully to something this baldly formulaic. It's sad.
  8. It's unfortunate that the lack of originality in plot and character keeps Akeelah and the Bee stuck firmly in "After-School Special" territory.
  9. Short on both life and laughs.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Those who watch Unbroken, Angelina Jolie's movie about Zamperini's life, only have to suffer for a little more than two hours, but it's a cruel and unusually harsh punishment.
  10. A hodgepodge of bits cribbed from such films as "Centurion," "Apocalypto," "300" and "Gladiator."
  11. The new footage adds almost nothing and feels like a lame, double-dipping cash-grab.
  12. You can't just rework a beloved Christmas classic, set it in reverse and expect it to run smoothly.
    • Portland Oregonian
  13. Starts with a flourish, staggers along for a bit and finally collapses -- even die-hard De Palma fans, will be left hungry.
    • Portland Oregonian
  14. Could easily be seen as little more than a commercial for his (Jakes) life-changing influence. Call him the first of a new breed: the cinevangelist.
  15. Unfortunately, the film's charm ends with the plot gimmick.
  16. Written and edited by Sayles, "Casa" is certainly the artist's baby, but he crams too much into a relatively brief running time. Worse, though it should be longer, we're not especially unhappy that it isn't, for being around these women gets tedious.
  17. As with so many of his appearances, Franco manages to bring a jolt of energy to the film even while skewering its credibility.
  18. A sequel that never rises to the giddy pitches of skewed humor that the original managed to toss off with such unexpected glee.
  19. Comes to be dominated by the acting, and this is an unfortunate fate.
  20. Getting worked up about John Tucker Must Die is a bit like getting worked up about the taste of flan.
  21. Jim Carrey kills it every time he shows up in his supporting role as street magician Steve Gray.
  22. Miller, who's still trying to find her way as an actress, isn't bad, and the Iranian-born Farahani is convincing, but their characters are blandly angelic, in stark contrast to the vast majority of men they encounter.
  23. Amazing-looking sequel to cult fave "Pitch Black"; unfortunately, the film's wrecked by a surprisingly weak, goofy script.
  24. It's not that The Beach is a stinker, exactly. It's that nothing in it -- and that includes the gifted DiCaprio -- ever feels other than perfunctory.
    • Portland Oregonian
  25. The movie's atmosphere is moody and intense, bubbling like a caldron. Unfortunately, the broth turns out to be stone soup.
    • Portland Oregonian
  26. The authenticity of its setting and its actors make this effort worth a look.
  27. Serious Acting Opportunities abound! Unfortunately, sharp dialogue and characters who keep you riveted do not.
  28. There’s nothing approaching a unique take on the story.
  29. Tedious "message movie" proves hunting war criminals amid right-wing Catholic conspirators can be plenty dull.

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