Portland Oregonian's Scores

  • Movies
For 3,213 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 A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Lowest review score: 0 M. Butterfly
Score distribution:
3,213 movie reviews
  1. A perfectly irreverent counterpoint to movies that take their superheroes a bit too seriously.
  2. An empathetic portrait of humanity on a house-by-house, heart-by-heart basis.
    • Portland Oregonian
  3. We laugh, yes, but we're touched, too, a delicate balance that the film manages again and again, right through to its bittersweet conclusion.
  4. It's the most charming and buoyant film Spielberg's ever made.
  5. This is grand, inspiring entertainment of a sort that Hollywood aspires to and rarely achieves.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. The result feels less like selling out than growing up.
  9. A brilliantly flinty movie about writers angry at the world for failing to live up to their standards and recognize their genius.
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. Chow's specialty is over-the-top slapstick action in the Hong Kong style, and the new film doesn't disappoint on either count.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. A riveting and impeccably researched documentary.
  17. 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.
  18. This film could serve as a potent tool for those trying to change 40 years of public policy.
  19. Isn't easy to watch, but it's beautifully written and acted, with a sharp eye for the small embarrassments of divorce.
  20. An altogether astounding testimony to the band's longevity, vitality and verve.
  21. This unique cinematic experience is a parable of greed and revenge that could take place anywhere.
  22. Delirious. Hilarious. Absolutely one-of-a-kind.
  23. 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.
  24. Almodovar loves the human flesh -- indeed, one of his films is titled "Live Flesh" -- and with the quietly subversive Talk to Her, he utilizes it not just as mere decoration but weaves with it textured themes of powerlessness, love and obsession.
  25. It's an entirely conceived work of art, dark and hopeless and maybe even callous, but glittering and wonderful in its determination and in its craft.
  26. Phantom may not be the best entry in the series, but it's the most technically accomplished, and it makes you as hungry for the next film as you've been for this one.
    • Portland Oregonian
  27. Highly entertaining chronicle of a dream unfilmed.
  28. With its sweet soul and sharp mind, it's one of the most heartening films of the year.
    • Portland Oregonian
  29. Parker jams South Park with so much comic "stuff" that the effect is dizzying, at least for those who haven't left the auditorium in a huff before the end.

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