Portland Oregonian's Scores

  • Movies
For 3,340 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 5.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 All Is Lost
Lowest review score: 0 Cop Out
Score distribution:
3,340 movie reviews
  1. It's written almost without wit or romance, it's populated by bland actors, and it's photographed as if through a Jell-O mold. If this is adolescence, then senility can't come soon enough. [29 Jan 1999]
    • Portland Oregonian
  2. The film manages the rare trick of improving as it unrolls from the utterly putrid to the barely tolerable. And, friends, I wish to say that sometimes that is as good as you can hope for in this racket.
  3. This little serio-comedy contains absolutely nothing that warrants big-screen release. It's lit like TV, acted like TV and staged like TV.
  4. While this film has got a good head on its shoulders and a nicely made-up face, flawless it's not.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 50 Metascore
    • 33 Critic Score
    Unfunny and misguided, Duplex deserves a wrecking crew.
  5. Handsomely photographed, artfully edited and acted with skill and conviction. It is also so stupid that you expect to see strings of drool dripping from the corner of the screen.
  6. It's dull and crude and silly and without a lick of quality.
  7. The loudest, dumbest, slowest, least entertaining and most annoying by a very comfortable margin.
  8. A new political thriller, has an ending so egregiously stupid that not to reveal it would be a disservice to moviegoers.
    • Portland Oregonian
  9. 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.
  10. While his star, Jude Law, is infectiously watchable, Shyer's version of the material is tone deaf and splotchy.
  11. A very depressing movie.
  12. Scenes will wander from gross-out gag to sentimental schmaltz to pervy leer to cheap nostalgia within a 30-second span, utterly free of clear directorial guidance. Even worse, very little of it is remotely funny.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    It's the film, though, that remains handcuffed. The early part of the story -- with Riddick stranded on an unfriendly planet -- is taut enough, but hampered by flagrantly unreal effects and Diesel's punch-drunk narration.
  13. Just pass on K-PAX.
  14. 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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  15. It's a terrible picture: ugly and illogical and clumsily staged and peppered with crude, witless humor.
  16. A Lot Like Love is, well, a lot like many other movies. It's also a lot like having your eyeballs seared by a propane flame -- in a bad way.
  17. Intelligent teens will hate this film, and adults will just be embarrassed.
  18. The Counselor is nothing but a dumb, gory, grab-bag of clich├ęs and the biggest waste of talent since "Savages." It makes Oliver Stone look subtle.
  19. One of the most wearisome "high adrenaline" movies to come along in a while.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Both a prequel and a sequel to the original tale, only with more bloodspilling and slow-motion, and even less wit or truth.
  20. Directed as if it were an after-school special, with listless performances and musical numbers (Mary J. Blige shows up as a platinum-wigged congregant), Black Nativity is as simple and condescending as Hughes' work was complex and demanding.
  21. A witless, listless muck-up that sends you reeling from the theater with thoughts of suicide instead of a chipper grin.
  22. Scratch the surface, and the movie's underpinnings are an insult to women everywhere -- the film is slick stupid propaganda for the myth of The One True Love that wastes the talents of fine actresses.
  23. A limp and annoying picture.
    • Portland Oregonian
  24. Sayles has committed the cardinal sin of putting his politics ahead of his characters, and the result is predictably lame.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    The only reliable smiles come courtesy of Steve Buscemi, a frequent presence in Sandler movies, here voicing an exasperated, over-extended werewolf dad.
  25. It's shaping up to be a long, dry summer, at least at the multiplex.
  26. The only thing Stratton, a former television actor making his first feature, has going for him is the casting of Jessica Lange.

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