Portland Tribune

Portland Tribune is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s):
Rating Title/Year Author
You, Me and Dupree (2006) Dawn Taylor The slow decline of Owen Wilson's career continues with this pedestrian sitcom-on-celluloid. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2007
The Black Dahlia (2006) Dawn Taylor It's hard to tell what De Palma wanted to achieve with this film. Whatever it was, what ended up on the screen is a confused, ugly mess. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2007
The War Tapes (2006) Dawn Taylor A moving, very personal document, one that's as revealing as it is disturbing. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2007
Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006) Dawn Taylor Shainberg manages the tricky task of showing us how the decidedly strange Arbus [saw] the world. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2007
Volver (2006) Dawn Taylor ... teeters delicately on the edge of black comedy while still warming the heart. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2007
Notes on a Scandal (2006) Dawn Taylor A thriller for those who might not otherwise be drawn to one, with performances that will knock your socks off EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2007
The Lives of Others (2006) Dawn Taylor ... delivers on several levels, offering multitextured characters who make no facile decisions, and re-creating the paranoia of Cold War-era Germany with an assured hand. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2007
The Namesake (2006) Dawn Taylor Whatever your background, the yearning of Nair's characters for a place in the world where they truly belong is a feeling that strikes deep in the heart. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2007
Old Joy (2006) Dawn Taylor ... a beautiful, melancholy film that illustrates the inevitable losses that accompany adulthood. EDIT
Posted Aug 25, 2006
The Devil Wears Prada (2006) Dawn Taylor The Devil Wears Prada is like that perfect couture sundress -- feather light, amusing and just the sort of thing for a warm summer evening. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2006
Scoop (1987) Dawn Taylor ... a delightful return to Allen's sillier territory. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2006
World Trade Center (2006) Dawn Taylor ... a thoughtful, sensitive and ultimately despairing film that avoids both nut job proselytizing and sugarcoated sentimentality. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2006
() Here, outer space isn't the realm of epic explosions and action-packed battles. Instead, it's a slow, quiet place in which to ponder capitalism and mortality -- with a retro-pop soundtrack. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2006
Nacho Libre (2006) Dawn Taylor Jack Black capers, cavorts and makes funny faces in an attempt to wring comedy out of wood, and it's just plain embarrassing to watch. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2006
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) Dawn Taylor Ratner's slick, smugly inept take on the X-Men is more than an ending to a series -- it's like a stake in its heart, making the entire enterprise smell like a rotting corpse. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2006
Hard Candy (2005) Dawn Taylor A masculine nightmare run amok" EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2006
Lucky Number Slevin (2006) Dawn Taylor Perhaps George Clooney and his effortlessly cool Ocean's 11 series is to blame for this wave of insubstantial, inept caper flicks with Rat Pack ambitions. EDIT
Posted Apr 7, 2006
Sky High (2005) Dawn Taylor ... this Spy Kids-meets-The Incredibles mash-up is funny, smart and consistently entertaining. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2005
Brokeback Mountain (2005) Dawn Taylor ... a beautiful tragedy about the anguish of unfulfilled love. It's an absolute triumph, in every way. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2005
The Little Chinese Seamstress (2002) Dawn Taylor As lovely as it is, "Balzac" is also frustratingly episodic and, ultimately, not really about a lot. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2005
The Weather Man (2005) Dawn Taylor ... a beautifully photographed, tragic and sincere film about a man who discovers that life is hard, and that he may never become the man he wishes he was. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2005
North Country (2005) Dawn Taylor ... an overblown, overlong soap opera about a woman who never learns how to truly stand up for herself. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2005
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005) Dawn Taylor ... a ripping good yarn with just the right amount of delicious cheese. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2005
Red Eye (2005) Dawn Taylor Craven serves up a number of delightful twists and distractions to keep things consistently entertaining ... a snappy, diverting little popcorn-muncher. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2005
The Skeleton Key (2005) Dawn Taylor The wide, unmoving forehead of Kate Hudson floats with torporific ennui through this clip show of all the slowest, most boring bits from every spook movie you've ever seen. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2005
The Fantastic Four (1994) Dawn Taylor Fantastic Four, with its characters spending so much time talking about their feelings, seems more like a spandex-clad support group session. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2005
Land of the Dead (2005) Dawn Taylor This is Romero's best zombie film yet %u2014 perhaps the best ever made, period. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2005
The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl (2005) Dawn Taylor ... exceedingly long and pointless EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2005
Madagascar (2005) Dawn Taylor The animation is predictably spectacular, the pace (once you get through the first sluggish 15 minutes) is brisk enough to maintain adult interest, and kids will love it. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2005
Kingdom of Heaven (2005) Dawn Taylor As with Gladiator, Scott's Kingdom is a busy but empty place with no heart. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2005
The Amityville Horror (2005) Dawn Taylor ... a lousy pastiche of quick edits, light switches that drip blood, family home-movie footage and incessantly shirtless comedy actor Ryan Reynolds EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2005
Hide and Seek (2005) Dawn Taylor ... ultimately nothing more than a derivative slasher film EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2005
Be Cool (2005) Dawn Taylor ... not as clever as its predecessor, suffering from somnambulant pacing and a flaccid, underwritten script. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2005
Kinsey (2004) Dawn Taylor ... creates a dialogue about not just the diversity of human sexuality but the dangers of embracing deliberate ignorance. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2004
The Incredibles (2004) Dawn Taylor ... an exciting, funny, smart and delightful adventure made with the usual eye-popping Pixar brilliance. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2004
Surviving Christmas (2004) Dawn Taylor ... as cinematic gifts go, this one's less a shiny new Red Rider BB gun than it is a $10 gift certificate for Wal-Mart. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2004
Team America: World Police (2004) Dawn Taylor Team America nails every hackneyed close-up, loving explosion and sappy revelatory scene of the films that it mimics. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2004
Shark Tale (2004) Dawn Taylor ... an extraordinarily irritating, aesthetically unappealing and poorly written movie. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2004
The Forgotten (2004) Dawn Taylor ... repeatedly promises to offer some sort of wicked twist à la M. Night Shyamalan ... but never delivers anything other than exactly what you think is going to happen EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2004
Wimbledon (2004) Dawn Taylor ... a surprisingly winning, if overwhelmingly trivial, film. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2004
Wicker Park (2004) Dawn Taylor ... a lot of self-conscious, Brian DePalma-like, Hitchcock-ripoff camera tricks, painfully scene-specific pop songs and Hartnett brow-furrowing. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2004
Hero (2002) Dawn Taylor If they got into a rumble in the courtyard of a mountaintop dojo, Hero would kick the butt of Crounching Tiger. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2004
The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004) Dawn Taylor ... a G-rated, girl-centric fairy tale of a movie, sweet enough for the 'tweens but smart and goofy enough that parents won't mind sitting through it, too. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2004
The Corporation (2003) Dawn Taylor ... offers a wealth of information about the megalithic entities that - to the almost certain detriment of humanity - have come to dictate how we eat, shop, live and think. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2004
The Bourne Supremacy (2004) Dawn Taylor ... essentially, a movie about a man taking public transportation. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2004
I, Robot (2004) Dawn Taylor ... a solidly entertaining Smith vehicle. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2004
Napoleon Dynamite (2004) Dawn Taylor A strangely charming, thoroughly original movie ... EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2004
Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) Dawn Taylor ... [an] enlightening, heart-wrenching and, yes, viciously slanted broadside. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2004
The Terminal (2004) Dawn Taylor Spielberg falls back on his penchant for sappiness and paints everything in the film with a thick coat of the cutes. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2004
The Stepford Wives (2004) Dawn Taylor An inoffensive, often amusing comedy - despite flying rather spectacularly off the rails in a weak, logic-less ending that was obviously re-shot and tacked on ... EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2004