Portland Oregonian's Scores

  • Movies
For 3,370 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 4.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Traffic
Lowest review score: 0 Thomas and the Magic Railroad
Score distribution:
3370 movie reviews
  1. Undefeated puts us inside his locker room, and you simply cannot fail to be moved by the human affection, commitment and passion you feel there.
  2. Down Terrace is so intimate and hilariously offhanded (a hit man shows up for a job pushing his 3-year-old in a stroller) that it is all the more shocking when murderous violence finally erupts about halfway through.
  3. As someone new to the material, I found Jackson’s film soulful, respectful, masterful, horrifying, rending and emotionally true. It may not be the Lovely Bones that you have in mind, but it’s a fine and powerful one.
  4. A wonderful documentary.
  5. Amir Bar-Lev shows in the absorbing, eye-opening and sometimes enraging film The Tillman Story, if there was one thing that you could count on Pat Tillman to do it was speak his mind: loudly, intelligently, and often in salty, pointed language.
  6. It's hot and sweet and made with inspiration and cheek. And it is not your children's animated fare -- which, in this case, is a recommendation.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It's all jolly bad fun, but the primo aspect of the exercise is the phenomenally intense performance by Kingsley as a careening sociopath who is every bit as dangerous to his friends as to his foes.
  7. This is the sort of film for which the phrase 'movie-movie' was coined -- and coined as a term of highest praise.
  8. A picture so powerfully harrowing, its slight shortcomings are forgettable compared to the entire film's cumulative effect. It's that searing.
  9. German director Christian Petzold's new movie is a testament to the way textured performances and a skillfully woven script can entice a remarkable suspension of disbelief.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. One of the most affecting true-life character studies in quite some time.
  14. A perfectly irreverent counterpoint to movies that take their superheroes a bit too seriously.
  15. An empathetic portrait of humanity on a house-by-house, heart-by-heart basis.
    • Portland Oregonian
  16. We laugh, yes, but we're touched, too, a delicate balance that the film manages again and again, right through to its bittersweet conclusion.
  17. It's the most charming and buoyant film Spielberg's ever made.
  18. This is grand, inspiring entertainment of a sort that Hollywood aspires to and rarely achieves.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. The result feels less like selling out than growing up.
  22. 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.
  23. A brilliantly flinty movie about writers angry at the world for failing to live up to their standards and recognize their genius.
  24. 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.
  25. 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
  26. 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.
  27. Chow's specialty is over-the-top slapstick action in the Hong Kong style, and the new film doesn't disappoint on either count.
  28. 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.

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