Portland Oregonian's Scores

  • Movies
For 3,355 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 5.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Million Dollar Baby
Lowest review score: 0 The Counselor
Score distribution:
3355 movie reviews
  1. While there are some glittery bits in it, the film is frustrating, cluttered, inelegant and garish.
  2. You can't just rework a beloved Christmas classic, set it in reverse and expect it to run smoothly.
    • Portland Oregonian
  3. At 80 minutes, it feels truncated and abandoned -- a sketch of a comic thriller rather than the real thing.
  4. If you think you've seen this movie, you have. Once it had a male protagonist and was called "Harry Potter." Then it starred Jennifer Lawrence and was called "The Hunger Games." Now it stars Shailene Woodley and goes by "The Divergent Series." Same thing, only worse.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    Even when the details of their lives feel unbelievable, these actresses compel our faith and keep us watching.
  5. Far too often, the film has to submit to the inevitable and stop so that Affleck can struggle like a yoga student to bend his face into a human emotion. He even cries. So might you.
  6. With more discipline and a keener sense of family dysfunction, these ingredients could have gelled into something impressive. As it is, Awful Nice is closer to the former than the latter.
  7. A thoroughly mundane experience.
  8. You end up with a movie that takes that real problem and makes it feel like an exploitation contrivance.
  9. Terrible, unnamable enemies turn out to be uncompelling indeed.
    • Portland Oregonian
  10. Never maintains the spark necessary to sustain a feature film.
  11. Suffers from poor comic timing and defective romantic pacing.
  12. Maybe if you're younger than 10 you'll be scared or thrilled by this film. Otherwise, be prepared for one of the most unexciting pictures this summer.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The movie is neatly directed by Taylor Hackford, who keeps it moving quickly without descending into a blur of cut-cut-cut edits.
  13. You're likelier to shrink in astonished horror from it than laugh.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Freeman and Nicholson mostly stand in front of special-effects green screens and have the locales projected, like they're in a "Road" picture.
  16. A slick disappointment -- though there's much unintentional humor to be enjoyed.
  17. 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."
  18. Not content to make his point through sharp-tongued comedy, Hogan ends up beating a dead horse -- or shark, as the case may be.
  19. Does have its charms. While the videography and most of the supporting performances are amateurish, Clark and Caland are winning actors.
  20. The perfect thriller. Nothing too gross to creep you out.
    • Portland Oregonian
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.)
  25. 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
  26. This is a semi-mean-spirited movie; had it remained that way, it could have redeemed itself.

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