Portland Oregonian's Scores

  • Movies
For 3,084 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 The City of Lost Children
Lowest review score: 0 Cop Out
Score distribution:
3,084 movie reviews
  1. To be fair, there are moments when the film seems better than, finally, it is.
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  2. You might be better off reading the book and imagining Nolte as Socrates.
  3. The action scenes and plot points frequently defy logic, the apparent assumption being that it's just comic-book stuff and doesn't really need to make sense.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    See it for Belle. See it for the parkour. And for the wonderfully magical spectacle of a man flying.
  4. In the films at least, there's something so naked about the Potter/Percy story parallels that's it's hard not to sit there as a viewer and get distracted playing connect the dots.
  5. It's earnest but shallow, and condescends to the youth market it's obviously designed for. [05 Mar 1993]
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  6. At its best during the anachronistic nightclub scenes and anytime prolonged dancing is on screen. It's mostly music video stuff, but the young actors are likable enough, and the film works up just enough momentum to give it some significance.
  7. It all passes quickly, as far as that goes, but when it’s over it passes entirely. And something that sells for a premium price ought to linger.
  8. In many places it's genuinely, absurdly funny--crass, sleazy and morally questionable, yes, but still funny.
  9. Has enough kicks and verve to keep the winter blues at bay, at least for a little while.
  10. Its cool, glib observations, delivered by good-looking creative people who live like the cast of "Friends" gone cynical, becomes forced and often stupid. The film goes off the track enough to make for an interesting train wreck.
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  11. A genial and watchable film.
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  12. Sometimes funny but mostly stupid film directed by Adam Shankman might have worked had it been made on TV by Norman Lear in the 1970s.
  13. Nicolas Cageologists will be sad to hear that he's entirely too normal in National Treasure -- he's mildly funny but doesn't make any of the kooky dramatic choices (needless accents, ranting about the orifices of Greek gods) that made his other Bruckheimer performances so much fun to watch.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Credit to Aaron Paul for fully committing to this ridiculousness. There isn’t a scene he doesn’t play with the utmost seriousness.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    It's a spectacle, all right -- but mostly just of a lot of people, some of whom should know better, making an utter ash of themselves.
  14. The writing is lazy, the movie focuses on all the wrong things and the tone lurches unpleasantly between gum-soft comedy and lukewarm thriller.
  15. Miller, who's still trying to find her way as an actress, isn't bad, and the Iranian-born Farahani is convincing, but their characters are blandly angelic, in stark contrast to the vast majority of men they encounter.
  16. It's fun junk. And it doesn't satisfy. Dot the I is a weird, pretty film with a dumb script, a skilled cast and a good twist, plus one hot sex scene and one brilliant scene-chew by D'Arcy.
  17. Limps shallowly along.
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    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    The only thing missing from this steaming casserole, in fact, is the one crucial ingredient: A sense of humor.
  18. Though no classic, the concept is a clever one.
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  19. A dreary, overlong and occasionally laughable classical epic about the great Macedonian world conqueror, it's guilty of a sin that no Stone film has ever committed: It's boring.
  20. Grating attempt at comedy, the latest failed attempt to capitalize on McCarthy's considerable charm.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    On a week when many people just want a good reason to put down their packages and smile for a couple of hours, P.S. I Love You arrives -- signed, sealed and delivered just on time.
  21. Why did they think anyone would want to watch a Fat Albert adaptation that can't answer a simple question: "Who is this movie for?"
  22. Like a dog walking on its hind legs across a freshly waxed floor -- awkward, slow, deliberate, seeking approval -- the action thriller Reign of Fire gets from start to finish, somehow, without tumbling into complete disaster.
  23. The film strives to be poetic, but it exposes nothing especially moving or relevant. Rather, the engaging leads wander around like actors lost in an ill-fated exercise in subtext.
  24. When it sticks to its central flirtation, the latest movie based on a Nicholas Sparks romance, The Lucky One, is blandly pleasant enough.
  25. Simultaneously boring and cringe-inducing; you can't decide whether to flee the theater or lightly nap.

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