Portland Oregonian's Scores

  • Movies
For 3,373 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 4.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 The Namesake
Lowest review score: 0 Fair Game
Score distribution:
3373 movie reviews
  1. Kickboxer is a film for the truly undiscriminating. It exists for one reason, to display the physique and kickboxing style of Jean-Claude Van Damme. Compared to Van Damme, Sylvester Stallone is Laurence Olivier and Chuck Norris is John Malkovich. [13 Sep 1989, p.C05]
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  2. Would somebody please pull the plug on James Bond? It's not that Tomorrow Never Dies is inconceivably bad. What with dashing Pierce Brosnan cavorting as 007, nifty Michelle Yeoh playing chop-socky on bad guys' heads, and a nearly-sentient BMW in Bond's bag of tricks, it's got at least as much going for it as, oh, a good Steven Seagal film. [19 Dec 1997, p.19]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    The first hour of Die Hard 2 is pretty good, despite consistent improbability. It's the second half, with its consistent impossibility, that looks like "Tom 'n' Jerry" or "Roadrunner." [6 July 1990, p.E3]
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  3. One suspects that [Verhoeven's] produced exactly the movie he wanted to produce: fast, cynical and profitable. Cha-ching. [20 Mar 1992, p.AE17]
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    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    Individual scenes are OK for bogus suspense and special effects. The acting is as good as it has to be. But on the whole, the film feels like a 90-minute version of something that was many hours longer. [13 July 1988, p.D4]
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  4. Taking the film as a thriller, it's neither exciting nor scary, hampered by a middle that plays much too long.
  5. You're likelier to shrink in astonished horror from it than laugh.
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  6. A new political thriller, has an ending so egregiously stupid that not to reveal it would be a disservice to moviegoers.
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  7. You can't help but think how much better this film would be had Woody Allen directed it...How much more acerbic fun would it be to see Judy Davis playing stenographer to a neurotic, writer's-blocked Woody?
  8. A stultifying bore.
  9. A terrible, terrible movie. Its creators have a swell idea at the core, a wonderful leading lady, and several stalwart comic players in support, and they make of all of that a picture with the wit of an armpit fart, the verve of a boxwood shrub, and the appeal of a long night in an ER waiting room.
  10. It all makes you realize the importance of the guy who should have played Malkovich's role -- Christopher Walken. He makes films like this bearable.
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  11. Has a few pleasing stylistic flourishes and a potentially Hitchcockian plot, but the writing and rhythm are so off that when the final "shocker" arrives, we have seen it coming or have abandoned caring.
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  12. Unfortunately, the filmmakers failed to replace sex, splatter and cursing with sharp dialogue, characters and plotting.
  13. The trouble is that it's so lead-footed and delighted with itself even as bit after bit sinks like a lead weight.
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  14. The movie's a fish-out-of-water romantic-comedy thriller that forgets to be romantic, comedic or thrilling.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 33 Critic Score
    As so often happens, politics and religion add up to a double dose of self-righteousness.
  15. While there are some glittery bits in it, the film is frustrating, cluttered, inelegant and garish.
  16. Best laugh at the movies all autumn.
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  17. It's dull and crude and silly and without a lick of quality.
  18. A carnival of stupid coincidences, paper-thin characterizations, and inept staging, lighting and montage.
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  19. A movie of utter inconsequence -- a cinematic Listerine Strip that evaporates from the brain before you even get your popcorn tub to the trash.
  20. A film with almost zero redeeming value.
  21. There's also something tired and way too familiar to the story of a white guy who acts as the savior of Africa while the only major black character in the movie stands ineptly on the sidelines.
  22. What could have been a biting, darkly comic action flick about capitalistic health care run amok is instead a familiar, gory, post-apocalyptic slog.
  23. So often out of control that it becomes absurd and exasperating.
  24. A very depressing movie.
  25. The comic moments are fewer, flatter and far, far less welcome.
  26. Revenge of the Fallen almost feels like it's signaling an end-game for blockbuster movies: all sensation, no content, catastrophic expense.
  27. The all-description storytelling leads to other problems, too, the worst being that "Boleyn" suffers from the same affliction as "The Golden Compass," where you're told about interesting stuff happening elsewhere in another movie you'd much rather be watching.

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