Portland Oregonian's Scores

  • Movies
For 3,078 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 Rififi (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 Eban and Charley
Score distribution:
3,078 movie reviews
  1. One of the purest instances of indie cinema this year. "Pure" meaning that in every aspect of filmmaking and intent this picture is peerless, so truly real, funny, poignant and sexy that it almost feels like a watershed cinematic moment.
  2. Discreet, delicate, and cautious, Monsieur Lazhar takes you by surprise -- and that goes for both the movie and the man.
  3. Such a treat for the eyes, ears and funny bone that you feel cheated that it clocks in at less than an hour-and-a-quarter.
  4. It's one of those works that presents the deeds of both humans and animals and leaves you wondering which is the more civilized.
  5. Apparently it’s the second film of a trilogy Demme intends on Young -- and the middles are always the hardest parts to get right, yeah?
  6. One of the most affecting true-life character studies in quite some time.
  7. Spider-Man 2 succeeds in pretty much the same way "Superman II" did -- only more so.
  8. 20 Feet From Stardom spends time as well with Claudia Lennear, Táta Vega and Lisa Fischer. None of the three ever found much success as a solo artist, but you probably can't listen to a classic-rock radio station for a half-hour without hearing one of them backing up Joe Cocker, David Bowie, Tina Turner or the Rolling Stones.
  9. Van Sant has been quoted in recent media reports as being done with the type of filmmaking that these four movies represent. If that's true, then Paranoid Park is a fine summation of what he learned from making them.
  10. Pina, so exquisitely made and filled with such powerful beauty, suggests thrilling new possibilities for the marriage of movies and dance.
  11. Frightening stuff, and made all the more so because of how matter-of-factly by writer-director David Michôd plays it.
  12. The performances are universally good, the 3-D is utterly gorgeous, and the nutshell history of the early days of movies is inspiring.
  13. The pressure cooker atmosphere builds for almost too long, but when the resolution finally occurs, the sense of relief is that much more palpable.
  14. Exciting spectacle of a master director reining in his abilities to create a work that is etched in acid, burnished in smoke.
  15. This edition -- clean and tight as Scott would have it -- presents a strong case for Alien as both the greatest horror film and the greatest science-fiction film ever made.
  16. One of this year's funniest movies -- and its most inspirational sports drama -- is a documentary.
  17. Raimi as a filmmaker is clearly having more fun than he's had in years. So will his fans.
  18. Every profile is fascinating, but certain ones stand out.
  19. If you're willing to do the work, Triad Election pays you in tragedy.
  20. For much of its going, Up in the Air moves with the same refreshing pace and attitude that marked Reitman's "Thank You for Smoking" and "Juno" -- with the added frisson that the subject matter is so torn-from-the-headlines that it feels, in a good way, like reality TV.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    While Tarantino's famous fight sequences are grisly, funny and genuinely entertaining, his love scenes are so tender, so fraught, you fear for the safety of your own heart.
  21. In absorbing drama and staggering emotions, it renders an issue too often seen as black or white in heartbreaking gray.
  22. One of the most vital and strangely gripping films in recent years, a thriller more opaque, involving and realistic than just about anything that Hollywood is capable of.
  23. The longer it goes on, the less your mind settles. You may not believe in a hell in which a lake of fire rages, but we live in a nation and at a time when many people have little lakes of fire in their heads and hearts. Kaye is determined that we never forget that truth or its price.
  24. A picture so powerfully harrowing, its slight shortcomings are forgettable compared to the entire film's cumulative effect. It's that searing.
  25. No other sporting figure has ever been afforded so much screen time for self-revelation: just another instance of Iron Mike's one-of-a-kind status.
  26. Branagh's Henry is inevitably darker and more violent than Olivier's, but also even more youthful and energetic at times. He is generally far more direct, with fewer sly implications. [17 Dec 1989]
    • Portland Oregonian
  27. The film works as well as it does thanks to Kimberly Roberts' magnetic screen presence.
  28. They've made a movie-movie of Sweeney Todd, and if you've got the stomach and ear for it, you'll be grateful.
  29. A man can be a treasure just as a work of art can be, and O'Toole is one of the handful of living film actors worthy of a museum of his own. Venus would make a brilliant final exhibit.

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