Portland Oregonian's Scores

  • Movies
For 3,198 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 5.5 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:
3,198 movie reviews
  1. It's first-rank filmmaking, through and through, even if it struggles to find closure.
  2. One of the great marvels of the medium, a film that you cannot miss if you hope to be literate in cinema -- or, indeed, if you seek acquaintance with the great works of modern times.
  3. Malle, only 25 when the film was released, bounces confidently among several threads -- classic French policier, juvenile delinquent film, doomy tale of tragic love, clock-ticking thriller.
  4. In the year's least surprising news, Toy Story 3 continues Pixar's near-perfect streak.
  5. Brilliantly colored and passionately acted, Moolaade teems with incidents, personalities and drama and is never less than vivid.
  6. A gorgeous, engrossing, utterly alien and fresh movie that has the human truth and impact of classic Greek myth and the overwhelming beauty and mastery of the greatest epic films.
    • Portland Oregonian
  7. Sissako, whose previous film, 2006's "Bamako," also tackled political issues with aplomb and complexity, doesn't need to craft an overwrought denunciation of ignorant fanaticism. The humanism with which he approaches both the perpetrators and the victims of the violence inherent in this petty, small-minded tyranny makes the strongest argument possible against the Boko Harams of the world.
  8. An unrelenting and important exposé of a system that, as depicted here, has no place in the modern world.
  9. It is a pure, streamlined delight, the advent of a talent with no exact equal in modern film.
  10. The Queen is all-together remarkable not only for what it is but for what it isn't.
  11. When a film like Stories We Tell comes along, you're reminded how powerful and universal even the most intimate and individual lives can be when captured with intelligence and perspective.
  12. It easily is the most beautiful picture released in America so far this year, perhaps one of the most beautiful films ever made.
    • Portland Oregonian
  13. The film ends on an absolutely sick-making note, with live-action footage of the massacre and its aftermath.
  14. In the main this is a muscular, exact and thrillingly cool movie.
  15. For a film that consists largely of a series of talking-head interviews, The Gatekeepers is a riveting a documentary.
  16. Ida
    Just as austere and demanding as you'd expect a black-and-white film about a Polish nun to be. Don't let that scare you, though.
  17. The adaptation of "King Lear" to feudal Japan is an extraordinary spectacle.
    • Portland Oregonian
  18. One of the best films ever made in this country, filled with our proudest national virtues, cognizant of our deeply rooted human weaknesses and frighteningly able to evoke emotions.
  19. Long and sometimes grueling, but it never feels indulgent or excessive. In order to be subtle about the horrifying transformation he records, Audiard needs to let it unfold slowly, so that only when we reach the end can we see Malik as a new man who has come unimaginably -- and terribly -- far.
  20. With a level-gazed approach to its milieu, empathetic but clear-eyed, Winter's Bone practically makes up for 40 years of "Deliverance"-style hillbilly cartoons.
  21. No matter how many times you've seen it, you marvel at how terrifying, gorgeous and surreal the jungle, the yellow napalm and, finally, the disturbed face of Martin Sheen lying under a swirling fan appear on the large screen. This is indeed, a dream.
  22. It's raw, visceral stuff that precious few movies are capable of equaling.
  23. Her
    As the relationship between Theodore and Samantha evolves, it hews too closely to the expected arc of a romantic drama. In a desire to show how such a pairing could produce the same joys, sorrows, jealousies and insecurities as a human-to-human one, the movie edges close to parody, which it doesn't want to be.
  24. It's as full a movie as you can imagine -- exhausting and exhilarating and continually fascinating.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Hawke is not a brilliant actor, but here he rises to the occasion: Every inch of him registers the weight of this moment.
  25. It's hilarious, thrilling and filled with "life-truth" -- but it also conceals its effort under a layer of great writing and subtle craftsmanship.
  26. One lucky guy, on a roll with rock.
    • Portland Oregonian
  27. Thoroughly unique work of art.
  28. I am here to tell you that Greengrass has fashioned one of the most powerful films I have ever seen, and that watching it makes you value your loved ones and your privileges more, perhaps, than you ever have. He has made a film that makes you feel, makes you think and makes you want to connect. And that, finally, might be the greatest thing that art can do.
  29. Franju conjures images -- sometimes gory, sometimes poetic, sometimes fantastical -- that genuinely haunt: the essence of the cinema distilled.

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