Portland Oregonian's Scores

  • Movies
For 3,078 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 Ernest & CĂ©lestine
Lowest review score: 0 Fair Game
Score distribution:
3,078 movie reviews
  1. Unfortunately, the filmmakers failed to replace sex, splatter and cursing with sharp dialogue, characters and plotting.
  2. Sporadically clever and chilling.
  3. Basic essentially is a fun movie, surprise ending and all. To take it too seriously is to miss the point. Travolta is charming, his performance recapturing the old charisma.
  4. It's peppy and cheesy and filled with life and humor in just the way, you imagine, that Susann might have enjoyed.
  5. It's a forgettable series of bullet points barely strung together by charismatic performances.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    The humor is on the level of flatulence by a chubby boy.
  6. We end up with a piece of B-grade junk in which Elektra exchanges "banter" with the unexceptional Prout between fight scenes so badly shot that even Garner looks like a stunt double.
  7. Mingles bathos and pathos in unequal measures and instead of getting laughs, looks laughable.
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  8. The opportunity to give Jolie the room to swagger like the "Charlie's Angels" or "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" ladies is utterly squandered, and a video game franchise that might've resulted in a hoot of a film -- has been blown to dust.
  9. Best laugh at the movies all autumn.
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  10. All in all, it's hard to dispute that House of D declares its own worth on arrival.
  11. It's a terrible movie, ugly to look at, tediously drawn out, unfunny in every cell and fiber of its being.
  12. Air America is a pretty good blend of action, drama and rough comedy, although the comedy and adventure come out on top. [13 Aug 1990]
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  13. It's a film that's at once too much and not enough, laughable and groovy, dead serious and a total joke. And I mean no disrespect by any of that.
  14. Structurally, this is as by-the-numbers as rom-coms get, right down to the wacky best friends, played by Judy Greer and Dan Fogler. For a while, it's low-key enough to be tolerable.
  15. It's as beautifully acted throughout as it is photographed, and it has a quizzical tone somewhere between sociological documentary and farce. [22 Aug 1989]
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  16. RV
    With the exception of one long improv riff on a campground basketball court, Williams nicely underplays his role. Unfortunately, Sonnenfeld also underplays his. We should expect more of him.
  17. It's a yawn for the most part, depending on dull characters and uninvolving twists.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    Like most Meg Ryan comedies, Uptown Girls has a heroine who's adorable only because it says so in the script.
  18. If the movie wasn't about an actor but instead about an insurance salesman or a plumber who looked like James Gandolfini, it might come off better. But then, who says a plumber would care either?
  19. It's been fascinating to watch the "intellectual" subgenre of the serial-killer movie -- the one where poetic evil geniuses elude the cops while leaving trails of art-directed crime scenes -- run out of ideas and start feeding on itself.
  20. So drippy it really should be hung out to dry.
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  21. When you have to ask yourself whether this parable is intended as comedic satire or stone-cold-serious moralizing, that's a big sign that you're watching a misfire.
  22. The plot is simplicity itself, and Jaden's quirk-free character and bland performance don't add anything. It's actually a little sad that M. Night Shyamalan has descended to this sort of vanity-project work-for-hire, but at least he didn't insist on some absurd twist ending.
  23. Lopez is fine, sometimes quite funny, but she's better playing the take-no-prisoners planner than a goofy, insecure dork.
  24. Director Jay Chandrasekhar ("Super Troopers") will never be mistaken for an artist. But he's competent with crude humor and manages to balance affectionate parody and rote imitation.
  25. Basinger herself doesn't have the vibrancy of a female hero.
    • Portland Oregonian
  26. Exists for one purpose, and one purpose only: to further the entertainment careers of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. It's like an Elvis movie for 'tweenagers. That doesn't make the film uninteresting as a pop confection.
  27. Forgettable teen piffle.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    For all his invention, Forsyth's reach ultimately exceeds his grasp. "Local Hero," without trying so self-consciously hard, conveyed more of the ephemeral beauty of life than Being Human does.
    • Portland Oregonian

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