Portland Oregonian's Scores

  • Movies
For 3,172 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 5.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Lowest review score: 0 M. Butterfly
Score distribution:
3,172 movie reviews
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    So god-awful it falls into the category of needing to be seen to be believed. A purported satire of the 1975 camp horror classic, it succeeds in failing on almost every level, including knowing what it's actually satirizing.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    An Italian import that isn't sure what it's supposed to be but knows it's not funny.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The Austen cosplay is too exaggerated, as are the other guests.
  1. Freeman and Nicholson mostly stand in front of special-effects green screens and have the locales projected, like they're in a "Road" picture.
  2. A slick disappointment -- though there's much unintentional humor to be enjoyed.
  3. Not a great movie -- not even a great sci-fi action movie based on toys. But it is brisk and eye-catching, it builds to a truly impressive action set piece, and it's the most fully-realized 3D film since "Avatar."
  4. Not content to make his point through sharp-tongued comedy, Hogan ends up beating a dead horse -- or shark, as the case may be.
  5. Does have its charms. While the videography and most of the supporting performances are amateurish, Clark and Caland are winning actors.
  6. The perfect thriller. Nothing too gross to creep you out.
    • Portland Oregonian
  7. Your 12-and-unders will dig it, and it might even serve as a sort of movie-Bookmobile and get them to read a little history, or at least a little Wikipedia. But otherwise it's utterly dispensable.
  8. When Bekmambetov is in full stride and the gore, oaths and silver bullets are flying, it's a kick. The title may sound like a joke, but Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is serious fun.
  9. The movie pads the good stuff out with a bunch of mediocre mainstream-thriller junk. It takes too long to get started, it pulls some key punches, its dialogue is deeply uninteresting, it relies way too heavily on endless jump-scares and its finale is pure slasher-flick formula.
  10. I was annoyed by Levasseur and Aja's desertion of their tense, simple plot in favor of tedious "plot twists" that could, frankly, use a rest. It's a waste of a good first half. (Grade: A- for first hour, C- thereafter.)
  11. There's not much of a spell to The Loss of Sexual Innocence, which is a shame, because anything this moody and pretty ought to be spellbinding. [16 Jul 1999]
    • Portland Oregonian
  12. This is a semi-mean-spirited movie; had it remained that way, it could have redeemed itself.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 16 Critic Score
    If you want genuine laughs and romance in a carnival setting, go rent "Adventureland."
  13. By being judicious with CGI, Proyas gives the film's handful of disaster sequences great impact.
  14. As a director, Hanks makes some nice choices (Larry Crowne lives in a very naturally integrated suburb, for one) but there's little in the film that doesn't feel made-for-TV.
  15. Getting worked up about John Tucker Must Die is a bit like getting worked up about the taste of flan.
  16. The movie is not so much horrible as it is drab -- from its lazy plotting to its uninspired yuks to its cop-out ending to its relentlessly yellow-brown sets. "Mad Money" does little more than take up space, and you will be two hours closer to the grave when you leave the theater.
  17. Amusing, funny (intentionally and unintentionally -- it's dubbed, so many lines come out ludicrous) and, by the ending, exciting.
    • Portland Oregonian
  18. There's almost nothing to Battleship beyond its grindingly dull, digitally rendered naval warfare.
  19. The script is inane, and though Ferri has some funny moments, the acting is annoying or hopelessly bland.
  20. The movie is simple fun.
  21. It's often said that actors with distinctive vocal styles could compellingly read the phone book -- in this case, it would absolutely be a more entertaining hour-and-a-half.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    For 100 minutes, I didn't think about anything else at all. And sometimes that small relief is the best thing a movie can give.
  22. There are two solid sight gags and funny supporting work by Amy Poehler as a boozy publicist.
  23. Awfully sloppy entertainment, built on a script with only a glancing acquaintance with logic, filled with uneven performances and staged with a near-amateur touch for comedy.
  24. Possesses the open-ended, continual off-kilterness of Shepard theater.
  25. How the mighty (De Niro and Hoffman) have fallen? More like how the mighty have pile-driven themselves into the solid mass of rock at the core of the Earth. . . .

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