Portland Oregonian's Scores

  • Movies
For 3,283 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 Boyhood
Lowest review score: 0 Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Movie
Score distribution:
3,283 movie reviews
  1. A picture so powerfully harrowing, its slight shortcomings are forgettable compared to the entire film's cumulative effect. It's that searing.
  2. This compelling piece of historical detective work is, in fact, less about what people have done to the islands than about what living on the islands has done to people.
  3. The result is a gripping film which, despite the annoying rugrat, demonstrates how part of leaving childhood behind is learning how and when to lie, and to do it well.
  4. Recoing's performance is chillingly low-key -- sometimes you can swear that he believes his own fictions -- and Livrozet, making his film debut, has a perfect long-in-the-tooth charm.
    • Portland Oregonian
  5. One of the most affecting true-life character studies in quite some time.
  6. A perfectly irreverent counterpoint to movies that take their superheroes a bit too seriously.
  7. An empathetic portrait of humanity on a house-by-house, heart-by-heart basis.
    • Portland Oregonian
  8. We laugh, yes, but we're touched, too, a delicate balance that the film manages again and again, right through to its bittersweet conclusion.
  9. It's the most charming and buoyant film Spielberg's ever made.
  10. This is grand, inspiring entertainment of a sort that Hollywood aspires to and rarely achieves.
  11. By an order of magnitude --- the strongest (or at least the most mature, subtle and emotional) entry in the series thus far.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Like the toy it's based on, it's goofy and colorful and something adults and children can enjoy together.
  12. Beautifully shot and cut, written with a visceral aversion to cliche, deftly skirting sentimentality, sensationalism and simplicity, it continually surprises, engages and satisfies. For a small, unheralded film, it's a knockout.
  13. The result feels less like selling out than growing up.
  14. The End of the Tour can feel like a down-home deification at times: Like Einstein riding a bike, only it's Wallace going to the Mall of America. It's not sentimental, though, at least not until the very end, and is moving in beautiful, unexpected ways.
  15. A brilliantly flinty movie about writers angry at the world for failing to live up to their standards and recognize their genius.
  16. Anderson delivers a satisfyingly quirky, cinematically masterful valentine that contains more seeds of truth about the human heart than a hundred big fat Greek comedies.
  17. A rousing and agreeable movie that resurrects a small but important episode in baseball history that parallels the larger history of the nation.
    • Portland Oregonian
  18. It's a topic that's been handled in films before, perhaps most notably in Jane Campion's "Holy Smoke," but Durkin offers the most persuasively believable peek into the psyche of such a character I've ever seen.
  19. Chow's specialty is over-the-top slapstick action in the Hong Kong style, and the new film doesn't disappoint on either count.
  20. Along the way it provides the grand, intelligent entertainment of a superior cast playing smart people amid a compelling plot. It may not be perfect, but it's decidedly a cut above.
  21. Katz, who has been saddled with the deadly label "mumblecore" in the past, and Stephens ("Pilgrim Song") combine sensibilities of dry wit and warm earnestness in precise proportions. It's also further proof, if it were needed, that smart, funny, entertaining films are always around, even in the dog days of summer. You just have to know where to look.
  22. A riveting and impeccably researched documentary.
  23. This is a first-class film that will appeal to anyone who wants to see a plausible, witty, absorbing human story told well -- indeed, told gorgeously.
  24. This film could serve as a potent tool for those trying to change 40 years of public policy.
  25. Isn't easy to watch, but it's beautifully written and acted, with a sharp eye for the small embarrassments of divorce.
  26. An altogether astounding testimony to the band's longevity, vitality and verve.
  27. This unique cinematic experience is a parable of greed and revenge that could take place anywhere.
  28. Delirious. Hilarious. Absolutely one-of-a-kind.
  29. At over two hours, it might test the patience of some younger viewers (and some impatient older ones as well), but for anyone willing to take the time, it's an utter treat.

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