Portland Oregonian's Scores

  • Movies
For 3,263 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 A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Lowest review score: 0 M. Butterfly
Score distribution:
3,263 movie reviews
  1. Swings wildly but falls flat.
  2. A resolutely awful film, it makes you want to swear off sex, comedy, Rupert Everett movies, flowers, yoga, children, roast beef -- many of the best things in life, in fact.
  3. Working with a weak script and too lightweight for its freakier moments with Green, the picture never gels. Green's the star, but he really should be in a movie much weirder than this one, a film that can accommodate his humor.
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  4. Although it contains crime and absurdity, it's not thrilling or funny and the title doesn't refer to a gun.
  5. If ever a film was fit only for straight-to-video release, it's this one.
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  6. Taking the film as a thriller, it's neither exciting nor scary, hampered by a middle that plays much too long.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 33 Critic Score
    "Tootsie" meets "Hoop Dreams" in Juwanna Mann, and they don't get along. This basketball comedy turns out to be a total drag -- in both senses.
  7. As sometimes occurs in unsupervised experiments, the result proves foul-smelling and potentially toxic.
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  8. At what point does The Condemned turn from a stupid-fun action movie into something unpleasant and hypocritical?
    • 23 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Whatever stinks in this theater, it isn't love.
  9. A grating experience from start to finish.
  10. Simply something you don't want to touch.
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  11. Apparently, you can lead a Prinze to a movie, but you can't make him act.
  12. A vile, stupid and ugly movie lacking utterly in pep, thrills, humor, finesse or morals, a dissipating waste of time, money and human resources.
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  13. The story is as predictable as it is saccharine. Apart from the presence of local landmarks, there's no reason the Rose City should be proud of this effort.
  14. Spoiler alert: It can leave you feeling kind of empty and sad! It's pretty, icky and boring all at once, and feels like nothing so much as an unusually depressing Ban du Soleil commercial.
  15. Corky Romano is merely grating. Until he finds a better director than Rob Pritts, Kattan's best bet is to stick with "SNL" impresario Lorne Michaels.
  16. An ugly and insipid film.
  17. Once in a great while -- usually late August -- a movie comes along that's so lame, it doesn't deserve a bad review. It deserves a war-crimes tribunal. Ladies and gentlemen, Underclassman is that special film.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Has all the gross-out humor but none of the goofy sweetness. It also has neither of the Farrellys, which is agonizingly evident throughout.
  18. Has a curious train-wreck quality to it that keeps you watching and thinking. (Even if you are thinking things like, Why were these lines ever written? When you hear the "turkey" line, your jaw will drop.)
  19. A lazy, trite comedy that's made by people who don't care either.
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  20. It's a lame, gender-mixed, mistaken-identity, cross-dressing comedy: "Some Like It Tepid," if you will.
  21. A forehead-poundingly bad picture.
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  22. A shabby, joyless, 90-minute slab of "advertainment."
  23. A movie of such rank stupidity and appalling taste.
    • 13 Metascore
    • 0 Critic Score
    Some clumsy nips and tucks later, Fair Game still doesn't make sense, and Crawford's performance still cracks you up. [03 Nov 1995]
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  24. A disappointing venture. If only it had been more clever, perhaps darker.
    • 10 Metascore
    • 16 Critic Score
    A caustic, raunchy, often hilarious examination of how men use women.
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  25. A ghastly, unappealing mess that lacks a single absorbing character, engaging story line or entertaining snippet of dialogue.
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