Portland Oregonian's Scores

  • Movies
For 3,355 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 5.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 The Conformist (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 Welcome to Mooseport
Score distribution:
3355 movie reviews
  1. 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.
  2. One lucky guy, on a roll with rock.
    • Portland Oregonian
  3. Thoroughly unique work of art.
  4. 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.
  5. Franju conjures images -- sometimes gory, sometimes poetic, sometimes fantastical -- that genuinely haunt: the essence of the cinema distilled.
  6. More than just a good crime story about the guilt or innocence of Arnold and Jesse Friedman. It's also a fascinating portrait of a seemingly normal middle-class family crumbling before our eyes.
  7. There’s plenty of fun to be had, but in the long term, American Hustle may be remembered more for its superficial pleasures than the depth of its impact. Kind of like the 1970s.
  8. It's refreshing that something once considered terribly new and modern can still feel contemporary three decades later.
  9. You can learn about the grand shifts of history from Persepolis, but you learn about a handful of lives as well.
  10. The Act of Killing is exemplary as a history lesson, a character study and a powerful argument for confronting the past.
  11. It's a bento box of shifts, feints, hints and small, sharp insights, built around a surprisingly deep core of feeling. And it confirms Coppola as an artist to watch and relish.
  12. In exchange for a small piece of your life, you receive an infinity.
  13. It's so full-blooded, smart, sexy, tense and absorbing, so cleverly written and shot and cut, so filled with superb acting and music, so perfect in its closing moment, that it surely ranks with the most impressive debuts in world cinema.
  14. The second action melodrama released in the United States this year by director Zhang Yimou, and if I prefer the previous one, "Hero," it's partly a matter of degrees.
  15. Takes on the air of a heist film as the preparations proceed, and even knowing the outcome, tension still remains.
  16. As slapstick, as satire, as sheer gut-busting comedy, Borat is top notch.
  17. 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.
  18. Two Days, One Night is timely and timeless, a social statement about current economic conditions and a parable about individual and community. Cotillard's performance is revelatory, one to be admired and studied for generations.
  19. It's hard to say what's more fascinating: The engaging explication of various paintings by the remarkably articulate docents, the behind-the-scenes looks at the preservation and restoration processes, or the boardroom discussions about the appropriateness of marketing efforts. Actually, that third one probably isn't the most fascinating, but I still wanted more of it.
  20. Mad Max: Fury Road sets new standards in old-school stunt work and car chases and does it in service of an idea-driven story with a beating heart and an action star for our troubled times in Charlize Theron.
  21. The first to take a big-picture view of just how the plans for postwar occupation went so far off track.
  22. 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.
  23. The acting is flawless, the world feels utterly real, and the finale accomplishes the miracle of finding in the everyday world something profound.
  24. A film this heartfelt and intelligent about social justice will never be unimportant, but it feels especially relevant today.
  25. A wonderful documentary.
  26. It's a bit precious, yes, but its earnestness and joy carry you along, and its climax simply delights.
  27. Adventuresome, melancholy and exhilarating.
  28. Letters isn't a fun night at the picture show. It's slow and gloomy and achingly tragic. But it's a truly impressive achievement both in moviemaking and in its understanding of history.
  29. Music aside, what finally puts Once over and makes it a film you can watch more than once is its slight but thoroughly credible realism.
  30. Teems with pot smoke, body parts and profane outbursts -- you ride a giggly wave throughout, jokes and turn-ons and shocking sights alternating in buoyant fashion.
    • Portland Oregonian

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