Portland Oregonian's Scores

  • Movies
For 3,129 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 5.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 City of God
Lowest review score: 0 3000 Miles to Graceland
Score distribution:
3,129 movie reviews
  1. With a level-gazed approach to its milieu, empathetic but clear-eyed, Winter's Bone practically makes up for 40 years of "Deliverance"-style hillbilly cartoons.
  2. This is a deeply felt work of art in the form of a big, brassy movie-movie.
  3. 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.
  4. It's a fine, absorbing work, built with brilliance and without excessive showiness or flash. It feels, in fact, like a classic virtually upon its arrival.
  5. Every profile is fascinating, but certain ones stand out.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    For a movie with such a brisk pace -- it clocks in at just 76 minutes -- Caesar Must Die has surprising depth, particularly when it comes to the strong performances by the actors, many of them Mafiosi serving time for drug trafficking and murder.
  6. For a film that consists largely of a series of talking-head interviews, The Gatekeepers is a riveting a documentary.
  7. The film is uncommonly evocative. [19 Dec 1990, p.D6]
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A rare movie that serves both the head and the heart. The issues it broaches are achingly real, brought to vivid life by a consistently excellent cast.
  8. The Act of Killing is exemplary as a history lesson, a character study and a powerful argument for confronting the past.
  9. Gravity isn’t as ambitious as “2001,” but then, what is? It is, however, absolutely a worthy successor, a masterpiece of hard science fiction, and the movie to beat at this point for next year’s cinematography and visual effects Oscars.
  10. 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There are surprising developments and revelations along the way, and they all eventually dovetail into a beautiful conclusion.
  11. As flawless as any film this year and rock-solid confirmation that Joel and Ethan Coen are the greatest filmmakers working in America (and perhaps anywhere else) today.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Ernest & Celestine delivers a sweet message that should prove delightful to young and old alike. Though the premise makes it sound like it could be preachy, this cute children's story is anything but.
    • 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.
  12. Anyone who shares Ebert's love of movies and who followed his career will be exceptionally moved by Life Itself, but anyone who appreciates a well-lived life should be touched as well.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The revelation is Arquette. While the focus is on Coltrane and how he grew up onscreen, it's Arquette that's at the center of this incredible journey. She puts herself out there year after year, getting knocked down and getting up stronger. Her final scenes have the power and heartbreak every parent knows -- it's all about holding a child's hand, then letting it go.
  13. The thrilling cinematic joyride that, among other improbable feats, puts Michael Keaton, as Thomson, smack in the middle of the Oscar race for best actor.
  14. One of the most aggressively ambiguous pictures of the year. There is a certain power to that.
  15. Between the tart dialogue, the compelling lead performances, the vivid violence and the stunning cinematography, it's complete and satisfying all on its own.
  16. Along the way it provides the grand, intelligent entertainment of a superior cast playing smart people amid a compelling plot. It may not be perfect, but it's decidedly a cut above.
  17. It's a film in which complex issues are boiled down to human essences, not so much simplified as dramatized in the very best way.
  18. A pure, sweet romance that moves along with bouncy comedy and a touch of grown-up realism and rue.
  19. It's as full a movie as you can imagine -- exhausting and exhilarating and continually fascinating.
  20. Among the film's highlights are an interview with Grand Wizard Theodore, who is generally uncontested in his claim to have invented the idea of scratching vinyl.
  21. Rich in detail, gorgeously shot and beautifully acted, Les Destinees is, in its quiet, epic way, daring, inventive and refreshingly unusual.
  22. A hilarious, sad and sometimes-inspiring documentary directed by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, the film is an all-out Tammy valentine -- campy, dramatic and, of course, makeup-smeared. And better than any melodrama you'll see this year.
    • Portland Oregonian
  23. This is some of the finest acting you will see on-screen, maybe ever. Single-handedly, Washington turns The Hurricane from so-so to must-see.
  24. Wide-eyed, deadpan and, more often than not, note-perfect.
    • Portland Oregonian

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