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 Neil Young: Heart of Gold
Lowest review score: 0 Rollerball
Score distribution:
3,213 movie reviews
  1. At its best during the anachronistic nightclub scenes and anytime prolonged dancing is on screen. It's mostly music video stuff, but the young actors are likable enough, and the film works up just enough momentum to give it some significance.
  2. Brainless, witless, inept, ugly and crude,
  3. The result is a frustrating and disturbing mishmash of vague philosophical noodling, which even the best-chosen cast can't imbue with zip.
  4. The result is an exercise in emoting that features one of the worst Southern accents in recent memory and does about as much to establish the actor's range as "Battlefield Earth."
  5. Somewhere along the way, Stephen Herek's Rock Star decided to become a dippy, cliche-ridden drama and, worse, an odd indictment of metal music. Joy.
  6. Time to retire OSS 117's license to kill before any more innocent people suffer.
  7. Closed Circuit ultimately feels like a cynical attempt to capitalize on security-state anxieties while examining them in only the shallowest ways.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    The larger question is not whether these two will wind up together, but rather, if the filmmakers wanted to make a teen movie, why didn't they use real teenagers?
  8. Not that Chan isn't lovable; he is. But he's making it harder to feel warm and fuzzy about him with films like The Medallion. It's OK to age, but Chan needs to broaden his horizons. He is a trained singer. Where's that musical he's always dreamed of making?
  9. Toothless, limp and clumsy.
  10. All guts, no glory and, worse, bad story.
    • Portland Oregonian
  11. Even the show-stopper "Tomorrow" comes off as half-hearted and obligatory. The choreography looks like it was improvised by the young actors who play Wallis' fellow foster kids — all listless jumping and arm-folding, no inventiveness or energy.
  12. Plot, comedy and characterization? It's absolutely anemic.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    The exhibits in this Night at the Museum may still come to life nightly. But their latest movie stays stubbornly inert.
  13. Good intentions and strong thespians aside, Seidelman's writing and filmmaking are bland, obvious and uninvolving.
  14. The whole thing has the feel of a fact-based dinner-table anecdote absurdly puffed up to feature length.
  15. Director Stefen Fangmeier, a well-regarded special-effects man and second-unit director ("Master and Commander," "Galaxy Quest") does a superb job visualizing the CGI dragon. But Fangmeier is working with a script without a single memorable line and far too many characters and creatures with silly names.
  16. Fiction can sometimes be used to access a deeper truth than mere fact, but in this case all it does is obscure and confuse a fascinating life story.
  17. Before dismissing Zhou Yu's Train as the over-conceived, over-edited, under-written perfume ad that it is, the following must be said: It's great to see Gong Li onscreen again.
  18. Bad comedy.
    • Portland Oregonian
  19. Terrible, unnamable enemies turn out to be uncompelling indeed.
    • Portland Oregonian
  20. Talky, didactic and essentially free of any real narrative, it views Iraq through the lens of Vietnam, which is fair enough, but ends up making the whole polemic seem like a condescending effort from aging baby boomers to get the younger generation to step up to the plate.
  21. Goes overboard in its presentation of supposed reality.
  22. Feels more TV movie-of-the-week than Oscar contender.
    • Portland Oregonian
  23. Starts out dark, thrilling and inventive, then, regrettably, becomes sappy, mainstream and mundane.
  24. By the time the film reaches its convoluted, bombastic and preposterous climax, any sense of real magic that it once conveyed has utterly vanished.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    If an eardrum-damaging score and people getting routinely slammed into stone walls at a 100 miles an hour without so much as chipping a tooth is your idea of a good time, then Van Helsing won't disappoint.
  25. Lacks the perfect timing, luster and true vitality of its predecessors.
  26. Jumping repeatedly and randomly from present-day Shanghai to 1997 to 1829 and periods in between, the film has a pace that seems almost willfully tedious.
  27. A snore.

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