Portland Oregonian's Scores

  • Movies
For 2,980 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 5.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Toy Story 3
Lowest review score: 0 The Counselor
Score distribution:
2,980 movie reviews
  1. The plot's very sparsity gives "Life" its own special suspense. It is rarely possible to guess where the film will be in the next 10 minutes, yet nothing in it is improbable. That is another reason why the upbeat finale works. For all of the film's quirks and absurdity, it never strains credulity. [27 Dec. 1991, p.13]
  2. What makes the Dardennes' films so powerful is their refusal to judge, positively or negatively, their characters.
  3. It's a celebration of American female screen acting, it's a study of early feminism that feels relevant today, it's a carefully mounted exercise in period filmmaking and it's a beloved novel come to life for the fourth time. [23 Dec 1994]
  4. Like "Amadeus," Shakespeare in Love works splendidly as an appreciation of an artist in the heat of creation, and it breathes life into "Romeo and Juliet."
  5. The Missing Picture feels akin to last year's great documentary, "The Act of Killing."
  6. The sense of inescapability, the mood of capitulation and resignation, becomes the story. What is being made clear is the thoroughgoing rot of a civilization; there is literally no place to find peace, solace or consolation.
  7. It has the feel of something slaved over lovingly in merry isolation, and it is virtually the only thing I've seen this year that conveys in the viewing the obvious enjoyment its makers had in whipping it up.
  8. The pacing is perfect, and the action, mostly filmed in a studio, is never less than utterly believable. The director’s first feature, “Margin Call,” was full of rapid-fire dialogue, and he shows off considerable range by following it up with this film.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Astonishes on many levels.
  9. It's clear that Weerasethakul knows exactly what he wants to do and that he does it in his own way. And that's why his film, even if it can't be recommended to everyone, blossoms inside you the longer you allow it to.
  10. Beautiful, poetic, mournful, at once rich and spare, Brokeback Mountain takes a daring conceit and creates of it an overwhelming work of art that should speak to anyone capable of love.
  11. It's a melodrama, but played with rigorous and surehanded spareness, and it never panders, even as it gets a mite hysterical near the end.
  12. The excellent news is that Yates and company took their time adding visual depth to the film -- they shot it as 3-D -- and the result feels immediate and real and not at all slathered-on.
  13. I reckon that for everyone who's enthralled by the film there will be others who wish they'd heard about it rather than seen it.
  14. It's as full and rich a portrait of the lives of athletes as we've seen since "Hoop Dreams."
  15. Brimming with bittersweet wit and emotion and built with deceptively fluent craft.
  16. It's a sports story, yes, because without baseball there's no Beane. But it's far more a tale of a man's triumph over himself and his doubters. And you don't need math to make sense of that.
  17. It may not be the most memorable saga put on film, but as far as Miike is concerned, it doesn't have to be.
  18. Audacious, gorgeous and unique.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Ernest & Celestine delivers a sweet message that should prove delightful to young and old alike. Though the premise makes it sound like it could be preachy, this cute children's story is anything but.
  19. Spielberg manages to give us a Lincoln for our times, inspiringly heroic but demonstrably human.
  20. 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.
  21. Even the tiny roles in this Rockwell-meets-Breughel panorama are perfectly, although almost cruelly, cast.
  22. Boyle, one of the premier stylists in the world fills "Slumdog" with ebullient energy and ceaseless invention.
  23. An empathetic portrait of humanity on a house-by-house, heart-by-heart basis.
  24. A truly powerful, masterful work.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Watching a group of kindergartners learning to crack an egg into a bowl is hardly the stuff of drama, and yet watching it, you suspect that something important is happening. And it is.
  25. A kick to the heart, and Swank is a marvel. Any problems in the storytelling are more than balanced by her wholly committed work.
  26. It is, in a way, the first glimpse of the cinema, right there at the dawn of humankind. And it is utterly remarkable to see.
  27. The story told by I'm Going Home is small and perhaps not terribly universal. But there's something poignant about an artist of 90-plus years taking the effort to share his impressions of life and loss and time and art with us.

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