Portland Oregonian's Scores

  • Movies
For 3,370 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 4.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Life Is Beautiful
Lowest review score: 0 Rollerball
Score distribution:
3370 movie reviews
  1. At a full three hours, the movie flirts with wearing out its welcome about two-thirds through, but recovers to end up an exhausting, operatic black comedy that leaves you wanting more.
  2. Brings you into a world you didn't know existed with a closeness that the movies almost never achieve. If that constitutes exploitation, then it's a crime which all works of art should aspire to commit.
  3. Like "In the Bedroom," the film is studded with brilliant acting, and it's all rendered with gorgeously fluent technique. The result is a film that skirts cruelty and easy satire for deep, troubling realities -- a nearly thorough triumph, in short.
  4. The result is both a captivating history lesson and a tense intellectual thriller that dares to ask big questions about creativity and technology.
  5. A bright, sexy, globe-trotting and very French romantic comedy.
  6. In the wake of everything we've seen on TV and in movies in recent decades, it's amazing that something as harmless as language can still stupefy us. As The Aristocrats demonstrates, there is real humor in the confrontation of taboos.
  7. It romps along with infectious good humor but continually imparts a sense that underneath all the surreal frivolity lurks a scathing allegory of modern-day Balkan troubles.
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  8. An achievement of accomplished filmmaking and superb acting, L.I.E. puts you in the tough spot of unraveling how you feel about what you've viewed.
  9. This story could take place anywhere there are families struggling to remake themselves in the aftermath of tragedy; its universality is perhaps the most potent political message of all.
  10. It's a raw and honest film, and it keeps its feet firmly on the ground, even as The Ram flies through the air to deliver -- or receive -- another beating in the squared circle of life.
  11. Sissako, whose previous film, 2006's "Bamako," also tackled political issues with aplomb and complexity, doesn't need to craft an overwrought denunciation of ignorant fanaticism. The humanism with which he approaches both the perpetrators and the victims of the violence inherent in this petty, small-minded tyranny makes the strongest argument possible against the Boko Harams of the world.
  12. Emotionally brutal, ferociously acted, crafted with unflagging expertise and relentlessly locked in its vision of human darkness, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead is as grim and despairing as any tragedy by Sophocles or Shakespeare.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Watching a group of kindergartners learning to crack an egg into a bowl is hardly the stuff of drama, and yet watching it, you suspect that something important is happening. And it is.
  13. Reigns as the most assured, provocative film so far this year.
  14. To follow up his superb "The Host," director Joon-ho Bong has crafted a remarkable film about love, faith, determination, guilt, and honor, a full-blooded, constantly inventive movie that enthralls, entertains, horrifies and never lets go its grip.
  15. Upstream Color culminates in a wordless final act that is among the most transcendent passages of pure cinema in memory.
  16. This meandering tale of a pack of ticket inspectors working the Hungarian subway system delights in misleading viewers.
  17. If it touches up against the syrupy at a very few moments, it's nevertheless consistently clear-eyed and convincing.
  18. Gets under your skin without you quite being able to say when or how. It has the tact to let you draw yourself in to it.
  19. Merchants of Doubt is an important film. It's a riveting film, a necessary film, one that every American should see.
  20. Simple enough for children, deep enough for adults, clever enough for cynics.
  21. It happens to be splendidly acted and to be poised, as a narrative, on a knife's edge (the final shot, at a great moment of indecision, is utterly haunting). But, chiefly, it's a portrait of an essential and sympathetic human dilemma, and in that it's both real and timeless in ways that transcend borders, cultures and languages.
  22. A profoundly anxious picture that from its first frame holds you, clenched, never able to let go, even after its unresolved coda.
  23. Funny, irreverent and moving, the unconventional Shrek may mock fairy tales, but in the process, creates its own.
  24. The whole thing unfolds with sadistic precision, but Edgerton's expert manipulation makes it a fun ride nonetheless.
  25. Among the best of its kind, thanks in no small part to the utterly believable, vanity-free performance of Yolande Moreau in the title role.
  26. An extraordinary thing, and one that I shall likely esteem for a long time. Philosophically, though, it's still mired in the primordial ooze in a way that will, I suspect, forever make me hold it at arm's length.
  27. Often-brilliant, often-reverent documentary deconstructs Bukowski's bad-boy literary persona, finds a fascinatingly messed-up guy behind the words.
  28. The result is as much a revelation of the artist's craft as it is of the man's heart and mind.
  29. An utterly convincing portrait of the sort of person willing to strap ordnance to himself and decimate scores of strangers in pursuit of his religious and political ideals.

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