Portland Oregonian's Scores

  • Movies
For 3,144 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 5.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Bad Education
Lowest review score: 0 The Heartbreak Kid
Score distribution:
3,144 movie reviews
  1. Deeply phony, strangely static, disengaged, flaccid and, quite often, silly, it’s a film that tries to bully you into emotions with flourishes of music, contorted camera angles, screams of special effects, smears of gore, and earnest close-ups of its woefully miscast star.
  2. Tt is a comeback, and if it leads the director to better work, it can be forgiven as a warm-up.
  3. 360
    As the action moves from Vienna to Paris to London to Denver to Phoenix and then back again, the vignettes blur into one another.
  4. Freedomland is the worst kind of bad movie: one that thinks it's important.
  5. When characters are required to grow old over the course of a decades-spanning story, as in Love in the Time of Cholera, it's still a hit-or-miss proposition whether the combination of makeup and performance skills will convince us that a character is 40 years older than the actor.
  6. More of a bunt than a home run.
    • Portland Oregonian
  7. The Young Unknowns flails about, sometimes realistically, but the cumulative effect is "so what?" These characters may be young and unknown, but they feel old and in the way.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Junk this is and ever was, but this is well-acted junk.
  8. The film is competent without being spectacular or thrilling.
  9. When it works, it's decent family fun; the kids are incredibly sharp. But the script's not as sharp as they are, and not everyone brings his A-game.
  10. This film disappointingly feels like a sometimes brilliantly acted, often gorgeously filmed re-enactment of the television show "Unsolved Mysteries."
  11. The movie works reasonably well at this for its first half, but by then we've pretty much figured everything out.
  12. Has some good laughs courtesy of its cast -- but they're basically papering over a script that's masquerading as urbane and trenchant, when it's really self-involved and didactic and more than a little foolish.
  13. Bullock maintains a luster and comic naturalness that most actresses couldn't pull off in such mediocrity.
  14. Fine moments, images and performances stand cheek-by-jowl with the clichéd, the on-the-nose and the slightly dopey.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 0 Critic Score
    Director David Cronenberg has made a movie about a man who apparently needs to get his eyes checked. [08 Oct 1993]
    • Portland Oregonian
  15. Mostly it's about taxes -- namely, the argument that the Federal Income Tax, enacted in 1913, is unconstitutional and has been ruled as such by the Supreme Court, and that no law exists today requiring Americans to pay it.
  16. Quite simply, the "Tomb Raider" series has been flat-out boring, even with the talented and fun Jolie -- who needs to take off those harnesses and get back to real movies. She deserves better.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    Panders to the worst traits in the target audience of spoiled third-grade girls.
  17. Jumping repeatedly and randomly from present-day Shanghai to 1997 to 1829 and periods in between, the film has a pace that seems almost willfully tedious.
  18. As someone new to the material, I found Jackson’s film soulful, respectful, masterful, horrifying, rending and emotionally true. It may not be the Lovely Bones that you have in mind, but it’s a fine and powerful one.
  19. While there are some glittery bits in it, the film is frustrating, cluttered, inelegant and garish.
  20. You can't just rework a beloved Christmas classic, set it in reverse and expect it to run smoothly.
    • Portland Oregonian
  21. At 80 minutes, it feels truncated and abandoned -- a sketch of a comic thriller rather than the real thing.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    Even when the details of their lives feel unbelievable, these actresses compel our faith and keep us watching.
  22. Far too often, the film has to submit to the inevitable and stop so that Affleck can struggle like a yoga student to bend his face into a human emotion. He even cries. So might you.
  23. With more discipline and a keener sense of family dysfunction, these ingredients could have gelled into something impressive. As it is, Awful Nice is closer to the former than the latter.
  24. A thoroughly mundane experience.
  25. You end up with a movie that takes that real problem and makes it feel like an exploitation contrivance.
  26. Terrible, unnamable enemies turn out to be uncompelling indeed.
    • Portland Oregonian

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