Portland Oregonian's Scores

  • Movies
For 3,110 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 Chicago
Lowest review score: 0 The Heartbreak Kid
Score distribution:
3,110 movie reviews
    • 35 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    An endearing romantic comedy that pokes fun at the ridiculous things people do for love.
  1. 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.
  2. Kind of a drag.
  3. 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.
  4. A tepid disappointment that contains one mediocre chase scene and a lot of wasted talent.
    • Portland Oregonian
  5. The stifling piety of this film -- which regards anything old and vaguely arty as next to sacred -- needs some serious airing out.
  6. 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.
  7. It's not confusing, it's just slow. Very slow. Glacial.
  8. The deadly dull action-comedy Identity Thief is an infuriating waste of time, on all sides of camera and screen. I did not know I could yawn angrily. This movie somehow proved it possible.
  9. So often out of control that it becomes absurd and exasperating.
  10. A flawed fable but an intriguing one nonetheless. It's "Splash" gone existential. How many films can you name like that?
    • Portland Oregonian
  11. The bad news? The movie is monumentally stupid. The good news? It's a fun kind of stupid.
  12. Hollow, frequently boring picture.
    • Portland Oregonian
  13. It's "Ocean's Eleven" for people who can't count past six.
  14. Seeing Hitman isn't like playing a video game or even like watching someone else play a video game. It's like watching someone stupid play a bad video game.
  15. If the plot unfolded in a less formulaic way, this could have been an impressive dark-tinged comedy. But in the end, it's more a case of talented actors trying to find something fresh in a fairly stale tale.
  16. The script is atypically bland for Heckerling.
  17. We're talking mediocre-to-bad. Still, the film has at least two bits that are funnier than anything in many better films and a fair amount of mild amusement in between.
    • Portland Oregonian
  18. It's a handsome film, but the pace is continually gummy and the set-ups stiff and artificial. Most crucially, nothing in it vanquishes the sensation that we're being sold something superfluous -- like a service contract for a carton of eggs.
  19. Dazzling to look at but dreadful to listen to, the film is a tug-of-war of coolness and dreck.
  20. A terrible, terrible movie. Its creators have a swell idea at the core, a wonderful leading lady, and several stalwart comic players in support, and they make of all of that a picture with the wit of an armpit fart, the verve of a boxwood shrub, and the appeal of a long night in an ER waiting room.
  21. Suffers from sludgy pacing, flat writing and acting, and a strange and puzzling fondness for scatology and coarse language.
  22. The dialogue is almost primitive at times, almost every female character is an idiot and McConaughey grossly overplays the bachelor-sleazeball antics at the beginning.
  23. 'N Sync is bouncy, harmless fun. And so is this stupid movie.
  24. Think of the worst Spielberg thriller or one of Hitchcock's dull late career works, then make it ugly and fill it with bad performances; voila: The Happening.
  25. Does nothing right and, blessedly, vanishes swiftly like the aroma of a nasty belch.
  26. The movie starts out as a potboiler with a troubling character arc; unfortunately, it ends up becoming a goofy, story-overwhelming Rube Goldberg contraption that would make the producers of the "Saw" series blush.
  27. What damage could Michael Bay inflict on Jason Voorhees that earlier producers hadn't already inflicted on everyone's favorite hockey-masked serial killer? Well, Bay could make Jason Voorhees ... boring.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    If you've got a 10-year-old underfoot who needs entertaining, you could have a worse time.

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