Portland Oregonian's Scores

  • Movies
For 2,980 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 5.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Toy Story 3
Lowest review score: 0 The Counselor
Score distribution:
2,980 movie reviews
  1. The man has gifts -- but acting and, it's increasingly clear, storytelling aren't among them.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    It has some good actors, and some quick dialogue, which also has the feel of real-life. But the plot forces things a bit, and the direction is uncertain; just when it seems willing to take some risks, it retreats.
  2. It's a cartoon that thinks it isn't one.
  3. So what is the picture saying? With its uneven tone, flat direction (on bad-looking digital video) and varied performances, very little.
  4. No crime against the moviemaker's art, but it is flawed in a way we wouldn't expect from the director of "Shakespeare in Love."
  5. By the time the film reaches its convoluted, bombastic and preposterous climax, any sense of real magic that it once conveyed has utterly vanished.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 33 Critic Score
    Dreary and dull.
  6. The end result is mediocre, slightly sloppy and a mild waste of a great cast.
  7. Endless and tedious. It's also written-in-crayon, smack-your-face dumb, and edited so that every other shot is a close-up of a flailing limb.
  8. I appreciate that talented people wanted to honor Shelly by making this film. They likely would have better honored her by mounting her script as a play.
  9. After the initial charm wears off, the whole thing gets check-your-text-messages dull.
  10. In small doses, this looks kind of cool. For two hours, it's excruciating.
  11. The tone of the film malingers somewhere between hyper-real comedy and thriller, but neither element really shines through.
  12. An atrocity exhibition from start to finish.
  13. Universal Soldier is another goony banquet of violence composed almost entirely of leftovers. It's a Frankenstein-monster of a movie with parts of a dozen or more films stitched and stapled together to make one lurching melodrama. [11 July 1992, C10]
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    It's not pretty. In fact, it's downright scary when the two of them, after an hour-and-a-half of insults, finally drop the robes and get into the ring. It's like two old leather handbags come to life and slapping each other around in slow-motion.
  14. It devolves too often into slapstick shenanigans and comedy of embarrassment.
  15. While you're in the theater, it's actually -- heaven help me -- pretty fun to watch.
  16. Unlike its predecessors, this one doesn't even try to aspire to myth. It aspires only to merchandising.
  17. It may be mindless and sexless and humorless, but Jumper jumps.
  18. Sets up a situation so weird, it's almost weirder that Rob Reiner directs it as a cookie-cutter romantic comedy.
  19. Revenge of the Fallen almost feels like it's signaling an end-game for blockbuster movies: all sensation, no content, catastrophic expense.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    An endearing romantic comedy that pokes fun at the ridiculous things people do for love.
  20. Scooby-Doo is bad. Let's just get that right out of the way. Filled with unclever quips, tired humor, a lazy silliness and bland execution, the picture is a tedious puff of nothing.
  21. Kind of a drag.
  22. With limited means, Westby makes excellent use of Portland locations and cinematic references to make Film Geek a mostly spot-on, sometimes hilarious character study. His greatest asset is Malkasian, who gives Scotty the prototypical geek attributes.
  23. A tepid disappointment that contains one mediocre chase scene and a lot of wasted talent.
  24. The stifling piety of this film -- which regards anything old and vaguely arty as next to sacred -- needs some serious airing out.
  25. There are a few chuckles, a few head-scratches and, thankfully, very few missteps. It charms.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    If an eardrum-damaging score and people getting routinely slammed into stone walls at a 100 miles an hour without so much as chipping a tooth is your idea of a good time, then Van Helsing won't disappoint.

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