Portland Oregonian's Scores

  • Movies
For 3,372 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 4.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Inception
Lowest review score: 0 The Heartbreak Kid
Score distribution:
3372 movie reviews
    • 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.
  1. By presenting murderers as actors and then filming those actors discussing their sins, the line between performance and soul-searching blurs in unnerving ways.
  2. In absorbing drama and staggering emotions, it renders an issue too often seen as black or white in heartbreaking gray.
  3. One of the purest instances of indie cinema this year. "Pure" meaning that in every aspect of filmmaking and intent this picture is peerless, so truly real, funny, poignant and sexy that it almost feels like a watershed cinematic moment.
  4. Shot to shot, scene to scene, The Social Network nearly never puts a foot wrong or, really, does anything to make you feel less than compelled.
  5. Unafraid of walking the fine line between the repellent and the human, Shallow Hal is wickedly funny but heartfelt.
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  6. The teachers have moxie. The students have courage. Mermin's warm, funny, beautiful and deeply humane documentary certainly honors the latter.
  7. The pacing is perfect, and the action, mostly filmed in a studio, is never less than utterly believable. The director’s first feature, “Margin Call,” was full of rapid-fire dialogue, and he shows off considerable range by following it up with this film.
  8. One of the greatest films about the civilian experience of war ever made anywhere.
  9. A gorgeous, engrossing, utterly alien and fresh movie that has the human truth and impact of classic Greek myth and the overwhelming beauty and mastery of the greatest epic films.
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There are surprising developments and revelations along the way, and they all eventually dovetail into a beautiful conclusion.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Scott superbly re-creates the sense of individuals facing astounding odds, with barely a few minutes' respite over a 12-hour battle.
  10. A snapshot of what happened at a particular time and place and doesn't try to glamorize its subjects or make any larger points about what it all means. By refusing to do so, by celebrating the process over the outcome and the work over the reward, it becomes a special experience, a movie that matters.
  11. As a study of a predator, "Evil" is fascinating and enraging.
  12. Nair takes mostly low-key material about a traditional Indian family raising kids in America and turns it into something sensual, funny and quietly devastating.
  13. For a film that consists largely of a series of talking-head interviews, The Gatekeepers is a riveting a documentary.
  14. The movie, like the man, seems more interested in spreading the gospel of environmental responsibility, and in doing so it's probably the most important film of the year.
  15. All the up-from-under satisfaction of an underdog getting over, with the added oomph of the truth.
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  16. Audacious, gorgeous and unique.
  17. Searing, intense and unrelenting, Affliction moves to the deepest centers of experience and desire and brings its characters to unflinching life.
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  18. Teems with pot smoke, body parts and profane outbursts -- you ride a giggly wave throughout, jokes and turn-ons and shocking sights alternating in buoyant fashion.
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  19. Startling and amazing -- a cinematic hammer to the skull.
  20. In exchange for a small piece of your life, you receive an infinity.
  21. It's a bento box of shifts, feints, hints and small, sharp insights, built around a surprisingly deep core of feeling. And it confirms Coppola as an artist to watch and relish.
  22. A truly powerful, masterful work.
  23. This is a deeply felt work of art in the form of a big, brassy movie-movie.
  24. 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.
  25. Far From Heaven would have been one of the great American films of the '50s; it is certainly the finest American melodrama of our time.
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  26. The protagonists have subsumed their identities to the collective, and they rise and fall in their hearts as the collective prospers or suffers. Their effort is absurd, but their intent is pure. Watching it evokes a combination of pity for their naive idealism and awe at Melville's uncanny brilliance.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This smart crime story from writer/director Jeremy Saulnier avoids wading into the waters of righteousness that drown many violent movies.

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