Portland Oregonian's Scores

  • Movies
For 3,211 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 A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Lowest review score: 0 M. Butterfly
Score distribution:
3,211 movie reviews
  1. Movies don't get any more real than this.
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  2. Fight Club -- cue the blurb machine -- is a knockout.
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    • 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.
  3. Intimate, funny, moving and incredibly rousing -- even if you're allergic to sports movies.
  4. This is an awesome performance in an outstanding film, a film worthy, if you can imagine, of the book at its heart.
  5. If Young at Heart were merely a cheeky presentation of codgers belting out inappropriate tunes, it would be a curiosity and nothing more. But by getting inside the lives of a few of its members, the movie ultimately paints a moving portrait of senior citizens who believe it's better to burn out than fade away.
  6. But the human elements -- jealousy, anger, weakness, fortitude, loyalty, vengeance and honor, all acted out by a resolutely realistic cast -- make the movie extraordinary.
  7. It's a triumph of the film that it manages to make Jeffrey Dahmer a human being -- at least a member of the species -- without ever bending toward empathy with or excuses for him.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Georgia is one fine movie. Or maybe two or three fine movies.... Best of all, Georgia is a music movie, and a good one. [12 Jan 1996]
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  8. If Leo's situation seems like a typical opening gambit by the director of "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" and "Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!", little else in this tight, quiet, razor-sharp film will feel familiar. [12 Apr 1996]
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  9. A masterfully varied set of images, paces and moods.
    • 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.
  10. Builds into a moment of such gorgeous rocking that you truly lose yourself in some musical otherworld you never dreamed you'd reach in current films.
  11. A gorgeous, life-affirming movie. On paper, it sounds lurid bordering on ridiculous.
  12. The Act of Killing is exemplary as a history lesson, a character study and a powerful argument for confronting the past.
  13. There are levels of complexity and nuance and intellectual rigor in The Hours -- it's clearly a film into which you could gain continued insight after several viewings.
  14. It's so spry and lively and warm that you want to dance to it.
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    • 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Del Toro presents one dazzling visual spectacle after another.
  17. Isn't just a horror film, but an American classic. Watch again and reflect for days after -- at your own risk.
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  18. The acting is so persuasive as to be transparent.
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  19. It's a wonderfully crafted work, handsome, lively, stirring and utterly convincing in its depiction of the perils and thrills of sea life. But I'm not sure that my personal enthusiasm for it will translate entirely for viewers whose favorite movie about the high seas is, for perfectly good reasons, "Pirates of the Caribbean."
  20. Spider-Man 2 succeeds in pretty much the same way "Superman II" did -- only more so.
  21. Prolific documentarian Alex Gibney takes a labyrinthine, detail-laden story and crafts an attention-holding film, polemical without ranting.
  22. When a film like Stories We Tell comes along, you're reminded how powerful and universal even the most intimate and individual lives can be when captured with intelligence and perspective.
  23. So good at what it does that it can exhaust you: In the later going, one big number follows on the heels of another so quickly that it feels more like an opera than a regular musical.
  24. Malle, only 25 when the film was released, bounces confidently among several threads -- classic French policier, juvenile delinquent film, doomy tale of tragic love, clock-ticking thriller.
  25. It's an ending that may alienate some viewers, but will jolt others out of their comfort zones and into an appreciation of genuinely brave storytelling.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The film is all the more remarkable because its actors are untrained and their lines are improvised. Clearly, they've lived this.

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