Portland Oregonian's Scores

  • Movies
For 3,365 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 5.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 The Flower of My Secret
Lowest review score: 0 M. Butterfly
Score distribution:
3365 movie reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    This apocalyptic vision of London-as-Hell is a far cry from Leigh's earlier work, the relatively gentle social comedies, High Hopes and Life Is Sweet. But, working with the actors in his usual improvisatory style, Leigh dares to drop into depths he has never before explored. With its aura of horror and hopelessness, Naked is a very brave work. If you can take it, it's a film you won't soon forget. [28 Jan. 1994, p.AE13]
    • Portland Oregonian
  1. It's a testament to Van Sant's way with actors that the performances are better than the lines and that the film tugs undeniably at the heart as the awful finale falls. But a lack of poetry and freshness in the writing nags.
  2. Almost more valuable as a piece of foreign policy than as the highly accomplished work of cinema it is.
  3. Far From Heaven would have been one of the great American films of the '50s; it is certainly the finest American melodrama of our time.
    • Portland Oregonian
  4. Nguyen reportedly worked on War Witch for a decade, and it shows in both the immediacy and authenticity of his tale, and the meticulous craft with which it's told.
  5. It's sometimes uneven, but it's glorious, too, with constantly churning invention and the guarantee that you have never seen anything like it before -- unless it came from Winnipeg and Guy Maddin.
  6. Eastwood has crafted one of the most powerful American dramas in years.
  7. A keenly observed, typically high-quality family drama of the sort only the French seem capable of making anymore.
  8. The slowness and stillness in the film are, actually, a slow boil, and in Lie's taciturnity there is pain and even horror.
  9. While the third act inevitably bogs down a bit in gunplay and chases, there are more than enough moments of visual wonder and storytelling surprise to make it worth the trip.
  10. Funny, irreverent and moving, the unconventional Shrek may mock fairy tales, but in the process, creates its own.
  11. It is well-acted and written with a rigorous effort to skirt cliche, and it has the savor of real life throughout.
  12. Perhaps the most indispensable cast member is the Jacobs' dwelling, their residence since 1966.
  13. The overall thrust of the story -- that downtrodden folks in desperate circumstances have the capacity for goodness -- is one too rarely seen.
  14. In Volver, the latest marvel to emerge from his sharp and joyful mind, Almodovar blends autobiography, gossip, melodrama, music, the supernatural and the suffocatingly quotidian in a story about a woman -- indeed, a tribe of women -- struggling through a life of pain and disappointment.
  15. Earnest, smart, handsome, well-acted and made with mastery.
  16. There are ample opportunities for the film to soak in pathos, righteousness, farce, or pictorialism, and Payne manages to nod at those pitfalls without falling into them. In a way, it's just like Matt King's world: enviably plush but filled with the real pain of real life.
  17. Emotionally brutal, ferociously acted, crafted with unflagging expertise and relentlessly locked in its vision of human darkness, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead is as grim and despairing as any tragedy by Sophocles or Shakespeare.
  18. Here's a movie that's jam-packed with bizarre sci-fi concepts, political allegory, a fascinating international cast and some truly over the top set pieces. But for just about everything maniacally cool in the movie, there's a flaw, sometimes a near-fatal one.
  19. It's the best kind of complaint. You can see why the $50 million man refers to something he gave away as "the best single day of my career."
  20. The film reveals itself to be not so much a historical allegory as an Iliad of the heart. It's sad and smart and beautiful and true.
  21. It wouldn’t be surprising to hear about moviegoers demanding their money back after seeing The Dallas Buyers Club, but not because the film isn’t good. It’s actually very nearly great.
  22. Nominated for an Oscar for best documentary feature, it's deeply humane and even more deeply unsettling, in a way that most documentaries about Iraq, which tend toward the polemic, never manage.
  23. It's an exemplary and incendiary instance of documentary filmmaking as real-world advocacy.
  24. The halting dialogue, full of awkward pauses and restarts, seems improvised in the way that only carefully scripted material can.
  25. You have to experience the thing to understand its simultaneous recklessness and care, its humor and sadness in the name of failure, its playful but dismal take on formulaic Hollywood endings.
  26. Is it a great movie? Maybe not. But it is a great step forward in moviemaking. Shrug it off if that makes you feel better, but starting today you live in a post-Avatar movie world.
  27. For all the ostensible immaturity of its form, Fantastic Mr. Fox is the most grown-up thing the director has done in years.
  28. One of those should-I-laugh-or-cry satires.
  29. Gorgeous and saddening, Osama makes the human-scale claim for the overthrow of governments ruled by the iron hand of religious fundamentalism far more persuasively than any of the rhetoric coming out of the White House or No. 10 Downing St.

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