Portland Oregonian's Scores

  • Movies
For 3,341 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 Rabbit-Proof Fence
Lowest review score: 0 Eban and Charley
Score distribution:
3,341 movie reviews
  1. So often out of control that it becomes absurd and exasperating.
  2. It's "Ocean's Eleven" for people who can't count past six.
  3. Seeing Hitman isn't like playing a video game or even like watching someone else play a video game. It's like watching someone stupid play a bad video game.
  4. Once goateed, acerbic Kingsley vanishes from the screen, he takes any smidgen of life with him.
  5. 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.
  6. Does nothing right and, blessedly, vanishes swiftly like the aroma of a nasty belch.
  7. It's OK to rip off/pay homage to a better movie, but the idea is to improve on it, and ideas one thing that's completely missing from Get Hard.
  8. Unfortunately, the filmmakers failed to replace sex, splatter and cursing with sharp dialogue, characters and plotting.
  9. There is nothing visually or thematically interesting about it. Nobody grows or changes. All the football coaches speak through clinched teeth, even when they're addressing 10-year-olds.
  10. We end up with a piece of B-grade junk in which Elektra exchanges "banter" with the unexceptional Prout between fight scenes so badly shot that even Garner looks like a stunt double.
  11. Mingles bathos and pathos in unequal measures and instead of getting laughs, looks laughable.
    • Portland Oregonian
  12. Best laugh at the movies all autumn.
    • Portland Oregonian
  13. All in all, it's hard to dispute that House of D declares its own worth on arrival.
  14. It's a terrible movie, ugly to look at, tediously drawn out, unfunny in every cell and fiber of its being.
  15. Structurally, this is as by-the-numbers as rom-coms get, right down to the wacky best friends, played by Judy Greer and Dan Fogler. For a while, it's low-key enough to be tolerable.
  16. 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]
    • Portland Oregonian
  17. So drippy it really should be hung out to dry.
    • Portland Oregonian
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    For all his invention, Forsyth's reach ultimately exceeds his grasp. "Local Hero," without trying so self-consciously hard, conveyed more of the ephemeral beauty of life than Being Human does.
    • Portland Oregonian
  18. It actually makes the 1989 version (starring Dolph Lundgren) look pretty good by comparison. Oh, yes. It's that ghastly.
  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. Garners only a few chuckles, becoming, even in its short running time, boring.
    • 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.
  21. 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.
  22. Such a staggering, start-to-finish disaster that you don't know how to begin detailing its outrages and failings.
  23. 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?
  24. 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.
  25. Surprisingly bland even within its dubious genre of "chick flick."
    • Portland Oregonian
  26. 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.
  27. What could have been a biting, darkly comic action flick about capitalistic health care run amok is instead a familiar, gory, post-apocalyptic slog.
  28. Nothing shakes this pathetic attempt at humor from its self-satisfied torpor.

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