Portland Oregonian's Scores

  • Movies
For 3,230 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 Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Lowest review score: 0 The Counselor
Score distribution:
3,230 movie reviews
    • 25 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    The ensemble actors give it their all, and that's as it should be in an absurdist comedy of this sort.
    • Portland Oregonian
  1. Never maintains the spark necessary to sustain a feature film.
  2. A movie full of actors improvising their idea of how cops in a Scorsese flick would talk. It's a special sort of cartoonishness, a hard-to-pin-down brand of emotionally grandstanding fakeness you sometimes see in movies trying way too hard to be "gritty."
  3. Joins the growing list of blandly made erotic thrillers that contain no eroticism, few thrills and fewer likable characters.
  4. It's a cartoon that thinks it isn't one.
  5. As a technical accomplishment it is extrely impressive. But as a work of entertainment, almost any 10 minutes of it are enough. [14 Jul 1992]
    • Portland Oregonian
  6. ASM 2 makes too many of the same mistakes that have brought other superhero movies low (including Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man 3"). It tries to pack in too many characters and plot lines, for one.
  7. The movie is not so much horrible as it is drab -- from its lazy plotting to its uninspired yuks to its cop-out ending to its relentlessly yellow-brown sets. "Mad Money" does little more than take up space, and you will be two hours closer to the grave when you leave the theater.
  8. A mild disaster.
  9. Quite simply, the "Tomb Raider" series has been flat-out boring, even with the talented and fun Jolie -- who needs to take off those harnesses and get back to real movies. She deserves better.
  10. The result is a hybrid of "Falling Down" and "Short Cuts" without the iconic central character of the former or the latter's clear-eyed humanism.
  11. The clothes are worth it; nothing else is.
    • Portland Oregonian
  12. There are two solid sight gags and funny supporting work by Amy Poehler as a boozy publicist.
  13. An old-fashioned story of courage and self-sacrifice in the face of war and deprivation. It's also sappy, boring and obvious.
  14. Accuracy and realism are terrific, but if your film becomes boring, and your dialogue isn't smart, then you need to use more poetic license.
  15. Three stories in one. This might be two stories too many.
  16. Far too often, the film has to submit to the inevitable and stop so that Affleck can struggle like a yoga student to bend his face into a human emotion. He even cries. So might you.
  17. 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.
  18. Brainless, witless, inept, ugly and crude,
  19. The result is a frustrating and disturbing mishmash of vague philosophical noodling, which even the best-chosen cast can't imbue with zip.
  20. 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."
  21. 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.
  22. Time to retire OSS 117's license to kill before any more innocent people suffer.
  23. 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?
  24. 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?
  25. Toothless, limp and clumsy.
  26. All guts, no glory and, worse, bad story.
    • Portland Oregonian
  27. 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.
  28. Plot, comedy and characterization? It's absolutely anemic.

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