The Oregonian's Scores

  • TV
For 289 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 44% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Big Little Lies: Season 2
Lowest review score: 10 Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 191
  2. Negative: 0 out of 191
191 tv reviews
  1. The new season has its strengths – Episode 7 is a high point, for example, even at its lengthy running time. But other moments drag, and Hopper’s incarceration in Russia feels particularly endless.
  2. So unsatisfying. ... The two [Theo James and Rose Leslie] have solid chemistry, and are charismatic. ... But based on these six episodes, I’d much rather watch Leslie and James using their talents elsewhere.
  3. As Michael Peterson, Colin Firth manages to make us think he’s guilty as hell one minute, and possibly innocent the next. Toni Collette is touching as Kathleen. And while many a series has caused eyes to glaze over when the plot shifts to younger characters, the dynamics among grown children in this extended family are consistently absorbing.
  4. Though not everything works equally well (Howle’s Allen Lafferty is saddled with too many exposition-heavy scenes), “Under the Banner of Heaven” is both frightening and fascinating.
  5. While nobody will mistake “The Offer” for a timeless classic, the series has enough campy energy and gossipy showbiz verve that it keeps you watching, even when it borders on the ridiculous.
  6. Uneven but watchable ... Roberts makes Martha Mitchell compelling, moving from caustic and charming to terrified. ... Penn is also effective, despite the padding and makeup.
  7. The documentary does a fine job of explaining why Franklin was such a consequential figure. Unfortunately, “Benjamin Franklin” doesn’t really bring this founding father to life. ... The life of Franklin doesn’t need to be turned into “Hamilton,” but some artistic interpretation of the man might help fill out a portrait that seems accurate, but dry.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The mystery in the first episode contains some nice reverses, and the fact that it's not quite resolved in the end promises that "Jordan" at least intends to deliver something more than the rote 60-minute mystery of less-ambitious cop shows. [24 Sep 2001]
    • The Oregonian
  8. Rather soapy in its one-darned-thing-after-another storytelling, “Sanditon” is engaging, if a bit lightweight.
  9. There’s nothing very radical going on in the new season, at least not yet. ... For now, it’s a treat to wallow in the show’s zippy dialogue, sharp performances, and fabulous production design and costumes.
  10. The series isn’t perfect, but at its best, “Inventing Anna” tells a story that, especially when staying close to real episodes involving Anna and those around her, is entertainingly, jaw-droppingly outrageous.
  11. “The Gilded Age” may not offer penetrating insights into the late 19th century, or the vast gulf between tycoons building extravagant empires and the poverty of those at the bottom of the economic ladder. Fellowes and his collaborators instead seem focused on maintaining a light, satiric touch. It may not be illuminating, but “The Gilded Age” is undeniably entertaining.
  12. “Grand Crew,” like “American Auto,” boasts actors who work well together. ... After a rocky pilot episode, “Grand Crew” has gotten better. The show makes the characters’ Black identity part of its fabric, without anyone stopping to deliver lectures. ... “Grand Crew” keeps the comedy front and center.
  13. Though Katherine’s people skills are sorely lacking, Gasteyer is likable and has a light touch. ... The rest of the cast – including Harriet Dyer, Tye White, and Michael Benjamin Washington – are talented, even if we’re still getting the hang of who they all are, and what their characters do.
  14. “Abbott Elementary” reminds us how entertaining mockumentaries can be. It helps that the show is superbly cast.
  15. Is it a long sit? Definitely. Are there moments when you wish the band would quit noodling around and amusing themselves by playing snippets of rock oldies or the Harry Lime theme from “The Third Man?” Absolutely. Will you feel impatient as you wait for more finished versions of such songs as “Get Back” to emerge? Sure. All that said, Jackson’s film is something special.
  16. Even with its plot holes (everyone seems to greet the abrupt arrival of Jim’s not-previously-mentioned son with a remarkable lack of curiosity), “Dexter: New Blood” is made with care. Solid performances from Hall, Alcott, Carpenter, Jones and Clancy Brown as a town businessman who’s clearly keeping some secrets, pump energy into the series.
  17. “Succession” is the best show on TV. Which makes it a particular pleasure to report that Season 3 lives up to that superlative.
  18. “Dopesick” feels urgent and immediate, and it moves forward with a propulsive energy.
  19. The [first] episode is at its best when it’s most straightforwardly serious. The second 44-minute episode, “Freedom,” feels more like a “Daily Show” outing, with Stewart in sarcastically irreverent mode on the topic of COVID-19, anti-maskers and anti-vaxxer
  20. The show skillfully moves from coming-of-age comedy to drama. This “Wonder Years” also does a fine job of telling the story from the point of view of a Black family, and honors their experiences.
  21. The pilot is uneven, but the cast is talented enough that I’m hoping things come together in future episodes.
  22. Wolk is likable, but so far, the show is so heavy on concept – what would life be like if you made different choices at a crucial moment? – that it skimps on characterization. Will I watch it again? Yes, to see if the show can move beyond its premise, and get into some actually absorbing drama.
  23. One of the characters says it seems like they’re in an episode of “Lost,” and unfortunately, “La Brea” is the latest TV show to borrow from the “Lost” playbook.
  24. A pretty ingenious concept – a scripted series about people involved in making a dance-centered reality show – gives this series an enjoyable spring in its step. Sometimes funny, sometimes dramatic, the show benefits from a well-chosen cast.
  25. This Fox effort at least gets points for its novel, wackadoodle premise.
  26. At close to eight hours over four parts, the film at times feels overly long, with considerable time and attention is paid to Ali’s boxing matches. The final chapter feels both truncated and sad. ... But overall, the documentary makes abundantly clear why Ali became the most famous man in the world, and why, when he died in 2016, he was widely loved.
  27. With only three episodes to judge, “American Rust” so far, at least, doesn’t seem totally successful at transcending stereotypes, and creating characters who come across as individuals who are caught up in specific situations. As was the case with “Mare of Easttown,” “American Rust” boasts a skilled cast, who help bring dimension to their characters.
  28. Though it’s not up to the level of “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” “Impeachment: American Crime Story” does gain momentum as it goes along. The cast is certainly eye-catching. ... Ultimately, though, “Impeachment: American Crime Story” raises more issues than it addresses.
  29. “Nine Perfect Strangers” is an unsatisfying stew of mystery and melodrama, with a few misplaced moments of sort-of comedy.

Top Trailers