Portland Oregonian's Scores

  • Movies
For 3,084 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 Wonder Boys
Lowest review score: 0 Thomas and the Magic Railroad
Score distribution:
3,084 movie reviews
  1. A movie of utter inconsequence -- a cinematic Listerine Strip that evaporates from the brain before you even get your popcorn tub to the trash.
  2. Garners only a few chuckles, becoming, even in its short running time, boring.
  3. I was stunned to learn that "Beth Cooper" was adapted by former "Simpsons" writer Larry Doyle from his young-adult novel and directed by "Harry Potter" helmer Chris Columbus. Rarely have two seasoned Hollywood professionals produced something so painfully, amateurishly, relentlessly unfunny.
  4. Such a staggering, start-to-finish disaster that you don't know how to begin detailing its outrages and failings.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    The bi-culturalism actually is kind of fitting. Asia sends us their junk as toys. We repurpose that junk and send it back as movies. See? Recyling. Everybody wins. Except audiences.
  5. 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?
  6. This moronic yuletide time-waster might work as a way to grab a few winks at the mall during last-minute shopping, but it's not going to end up as a highlight on the resume of anyone involved.
  7. Surprisingly bland even within its dubious genre of "chick flick."
    • Portland Oregonian
  8. It's fitting that Black Knight, the new time-travel movie with Martin Lawrence, should arrive at the start of the Christmas season, because the season gives us the perfect word to describe it: humbug.
  9. What could have been a biting, darkly comic action flick about capitalistic health care run amok is instead a familiar, gory, post-apocalyptic slog.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    He plays it so low-key there's nothing much for him to do, apart from the clueless-dad shtick and some awkward comedy with an ostrich. The big laughs never come.
  10. Nothing shakes this pathetic attempt at humor from its self-satisfied torpor.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    The movie never pauses -- at least, not to waste time on anything like developing the female characters. But there's no edge to anything, either dramatically or politically.
  11. Cop Out wouldn't be as disappointing if it hadn't been made by Smith, but for those who dig the vulgar wit of his early, funny films, it's not just stupid, it's sad. At least the worst film of the year also bears its most forgettable title.
  12. Shrill, unfunny third installment.
  13. The movie is stunningly perfunctory, soul-crushingly oblivious to its own lack of originality, and, to be blunt, just plain dumb.
  14. The movie is a septic tank of vapid noir posturing, bad narration, bizarre pacing, cartoonishly hot femme fatales and ineptly staged slapstick.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 16 Critic Score
    Galifianakis tries hard, and he has a few nice moments with guest star Melissa McCarthy, but this is a movie to make teetotalers of us all.
  15. Washington can't save a picture that spends so much time worrying about a heart that it loses its head.
  16. It's as sullying and disheartening an experience as the movies can offer .
  17. 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.
    • Portland Oregonian
  18. A movie so lame that Keanu Reeves lends it gravity with his mere presence.
  19. May be the most boring film about forbidden love ever made. Unspectacularly shot on video, terribly scripted, with zombie-like acting that borders on the absurd.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    This is supposed to be a movie about obsession. Instead it's just cupcake meets beefcake, with a big glass of milk on the side. And that's one Valentine's Day dinner you can easily pass up.
  20. Few movies feel quite so perfunctory or needless or pointless as this one.
  21. Reprehensible.
  22. In a way, it's perfect: You can't imagine anyone seeing this mess and not feeling lesser for the experience.
  23. Stinky, boring, aggressively unfunny picture.
  24. Ugly, dull, bloodless, dumb, and phony to its core.
  25. This isn't an ordinary film built on a remarkable performance; it's a poor one with a gem at its core. Penn can elevate it to mediocrity, but he cannot make it fly.

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