Portland Oregonian's Scores

  • Movies
For 3,075 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 Bad Education
Lowest review score: 0 Keeping the Faith
Score distribution:
3,075 movie reviews
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The Hundred-Foot Journey fails to replicate the sensation of sharing a quality meal. Movies of this kind should leave you feeling hungry. Compare the Indian love story "The Lunchbox" from earlier this year. You'd swear you could smell the tandoori chicken while watching it.
  1. First-time director Jeff Baena struggles with framing, editing, tone and casting, leading to an unimpressive entry in the ever-burgeoning zombie comedy genre.
  2. 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.
  3. The clothes are worth it; nothing else is.
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  4. 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.
  5. Though it's debatable whether Sandler is squandered or just supremely annoying here, the film's flaws aren't entirely his fault.
  6. 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.
  7. Bad comedy.
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  8. It's a yawn for the most part, depending on dull characters and uninvolving twists.
  9. It's a gorgeous picture and features three substantial performances, but the material is chatty, forced and excessively arch.
  10. Conveys an almost pulseless Nora Ephron style of homespun wisdom.
  11. You need to accept the fact that practically everyone in the picture, particularly the leading lady, is a boneheaded nitwit.
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  12. The tone of the film malingers somewhere between hyper-real comedy and thriller, but neither element really shines through.
  13. America's favorite romantic comedian is miscast in Kate & Leopold -- a disappointment with the warm and charming Jackman around.
  14. An unsteady and uneven film, which bangs up against its ambitions gracelessly and distractingly.
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  15. After a cheeky, campy start, The Ninth Gate leaves you with a bitter and dull aftertaste.
  16. Terrible, unnamable enemies turn out to be uncompelling indeed.
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  17. What it plays like is a trifling story strung out to great length without much narrative drive, tinged with some disturbing racial undertones.
  18. Isn't sexy, funny, smart or fun.
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  19. The Dardennes are talents, clearly. Watching Rosetta is like watching them flip you the bird.
  20. Goes overboard in its presentation of supposed reality.
  21. Lacks the perfect timing, luster and true vitality of its predecessors.
  22. Never maintains the spark necessary to sustain a feature film.
  23. Too often monochromatic, programmatic and just plain lost.
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  24. Takes a fabulous idea and overplays it, making an average picture out of some truly extraordinary material.
  25. Capable but not transporting, never unraveling the mystery of its hero's genius or, worse, making us care enough to look deeper.
  26. The picture is pinched and predictable. Even with the immensely talented Steve Zahn, an actor who's known to steal scenes and, sometimes, save pictures, the movie is a yawn.
  27. Its cool, glib observations, delivered by good-looking creative people who live like the cast of "Friends" gone cynical, becomes forced and often stupid. The film goes off the track enough to make for an interesting train wreck.
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  28. Among the things made vividly clear here is that Jeremy cannot act.
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  29. It's Zahn who truly conveys what Marshall and Barrymore are going for -- laughing through your tears.

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