Portland Oregonian's Scores

  • Movies
For 3,088 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 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Lowest review score: 0 Cop Out
Score distribution:
3,088 movie reviews
  1. Eastwood has crafted one of the most powerful American dramas in years.
  2. This edition -- clean and tight as Scott would have it -- presents a strong case for Alien as both the greatest horror film and the greatest science-fiction film ever made.
  3. It is a pure, streamlined delight, the advent of a talent with no exact equal in modern film.
  4. From the acting to the special effects to the landscapes to the cinematography, editing and music, to the details of decor, wardrobe and armaments, we never once feel that we are in anything but the hands of an absolute master of the medium.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    While Tarantino's famous fight sequences are grisly, funny and genuinely entertaining, his love scenes are so tender, so fraught, you fear for the safety of your own heart.
  5. Films don't get more essential than this.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Like dark chocolate -- not semi-sweet, but the exotic, nearly black stuff -- Coffee and Cigarettes won't appeal to everyone. Jarmusch is the 70 percent cacao of contemporary filmmakers, and people who love this kind of chocolate swear by it.
  6. Powerful, subtle, quietly terrifying film about the consequences of a widow's stab at a May-December romance.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Hawke is not a brilliant actor, but here he rises to the occasion: Every inch of him registers the weight of this moment.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The miracle of Some Kind of Monster is Berlinger and Sinofsky's ability to make us root for these self-absorbed man-children.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A more sober, less in-your-face documentary than Peralta's great skateboarding flick.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Astonishes on many levels.
  7. Neither the social commentary nor the story ever overpower the other, a feat that allows this remake to stand proudly alongside the original, its equal in every way.
  8. Innocence revisits imagery from the first film. But this time computer animation pumps everything up to epic proportions. The results are overwhelming.
  9. The result is a rare and precious work. The Motorcycle Diaries is an epic road movie with everything you'd want from such a film: laughs, kicks, adventures, pathos, poetry, natural beauty, strange encounters and friendship tested and strengthened.
  10. It's a teeming, steaming, bubbling stew, a tremendous good time, a rich entertainment and a heck of a lesson in music, human etiquette and the politics of making it (or not) in show biz.
  11. In absorbing drama and staggering emotions, it renders an issue too often seen as black or white in heartbreaking gray.
  12. Bad Education, in this light, is Almodovar's "8-1/2" or "Day for Night," a lens through which all of his movies appear as a seamless whole. It's not the story of his actual life but, more excitingly, the deft, witty, bittersweet story of the life of his art.
  13. It's hilarious, thrilling and filled with "life-truth" -- but it also conceals its effort under a layer of great writing and subtle craftsmanship.
  14. A truly powerful, masterful work.
  15. One of the great marvels of the medium, a film that you cannot miss if you hope to be literate in cinema -- or, indeed, if you seek acquaintance with the great works of modern times.
  16. This deadpan ode to living life to its fullest could be the ultimate crowd-pleaser at this year's PIFF.
  17. In exchange for a small piece of your life, you receive an infinity.
  18. In "Upside" Allen's marble face acts as the pressure-cooker lid on a hilarious hissy fit.
  19. Startling and amazing -- a cinematic hammer to the skull.
  20. It's one of the best and strangest films of Miyazaki's career.
  21. Unpretentiously fantastic.
  22. The writing, acting and filmmaking make Hustle & Flow nothing short of amazing.
  23. This is an awesome performance in an outstanding film, a film worthy, if you can imagine, of the book at its heart.
  24. It has the feel of something slaved over lovingly in merry isolation, and it is virtually the only thing I've seen this year that conveys in the viewing the obvious enjoyment its makers had in whipping it up.

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