Charles Taylor

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For 370 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 34% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 64% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Charles Taylor's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 53
Highest review score: 100 Some Like It Hot
Lowest review score: 0 Air Force One
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 96 out of 370
370 movie reviews
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Charles Taylor
    Such an inept bundle of work -- crying out for the filmmaking equivalent of Ritalin, but still sluggish as syrup -- that it doesn't even provide an opportunity to ogle properly.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Charles Taylor
    The pacing is off, the emotional tone is wobbly, and none of the actors seem to be acting in the same style or the same movie.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 Charles Taylor
    The picture starts off slick and amusing, gets convoluted, draggy and strange round about the midway point, and ends up just plain ludicrous.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Charles Taylor
    It's mostly terrible. The movie has no sparkle, no charm, nothing to sweep us off our feet.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Charles Taylor
    A dreary, ludicrous thriller.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Charles Taylor
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    The film is a plodding, earnest adaptation that strips the source of its richness and ambiguity.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 30 Charles Taylor
    One of those movies that you continue to pull for even after it becomes clear that it isn't very good.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Charles Taylor
    This alleged thriller, which might be described as "'Gaslight' Goes to College," is one of the most incoherent features in recent memory.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Charles Taylor
    54
    It's a flat, clumsy piece of filmmaking. When Phillippe and Ward are in bed, the shots are so badly matched that I believed they were having sex, just not with each other.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Charles Taylor
    Stay away from this cautionary tale about the gay porn industry -- it blows.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 30 Charles Taylor
    LaBute is some kind of find: an auteur for people who don't like movies.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Charles Taylor
    Middlebrow kitsch, but kitsch straining for respectability and therefore without the energy that can make kitsch entertaining.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Charles Taylor
    So clumsy and crass that it makes you doubt the pleasure of the first movie.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Charles Taylor
    There's something offensive about how Mamet continues to win praise as a serious filmmaker with such a joyless picture, a picture that -- intentionally -- gives the audience so little.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 30 Charles Taylor
    Stallone returns in a gangster remake that wears itself (and the audience) out trying to be cutting-edge stylish.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Charles Taylor
    A brain-dead version of a dark and complex work.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Charles Taylor
    Isn't particularly assaultive, but it can still make you feel that you never want to see another car chase, explosion or gunfight again.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Charles Taylor
    The movie is so thoroughly lousy. It's loud, brash and obvious, full of car chases and explosions and gunplay.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 30 Charles Taylor
    Totally unwatchable if it weren't for Ashley Judd.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Charles Taylor
    May be the shoddiest and most incoherent piece of big-budget action moviemaking since "Armageddon."
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Charles Taylor
    Put Bruce Willis and this bewildering World War II movie in front of the firing line.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Charles Taylor
    Another Jerry Bruckheimer-Michael Bay demonstration of spectacle -- noise, stunts, the aforementioned incoherent editing -- taking precedence over story and character... by far the most brutal American picture released this summer.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Charles Taylor
    Like so many self-conscious directors, Julie Taymor wrecks Shakespeare's already disastrous play with her own horrific vision.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Charles Taylor
    There's some sort of gross egotism involved in linking great music to visuals that are so unabashedly kitschy.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 30 Charles Taylor
    It's not badly made, but it's a drag. Leconte's virtues can't overcome the plodding glumness that prevails.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Charles Taylor
    Isn't a serious attempt to deal with our vulnerability to terrorism, or to address how established channels of power can bring us to the brink. It's the same damn Tom Clancy picture that's been churned out since "The Hunt for Red October," as humorless and gray and dour as its predecessors.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Charles Taylor
    An art-house horror movie, and like most art-house versions of genre films, all the vitality and juice of genre conventions have been sucked right out. The irony of the movie is that it puts you into the same torpor that's supposed to be afflicting the characters.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Charles Taylor
    The movie is an unpleasant slog, the gruesomeness working in concert with humorlessness to lend the whole picture a queasy deadliness.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Charles Taylor
    It's about as phony and manipulative as a movie could be. That Polley seems true every second is maybe the strongest testament yet to her acting. It's exasperating that this movie doesn't have the courage to go places where its actress plainly has the guts to follow.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Charles Taylor
    Probably the worst-directed film Spielberg has ever made. A peculiarly rhythmless piece of work, it seems to go on forever, though nearly every one of the scenes is cut off before it has been dramatically developed.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Charles Taylor
    This adolescent comic-noir trounces Shakespeare's "Macbeth," but Maura Tierney sizzles as a vengeful Lady Frycook.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Charles Taylor
    It's too mild to be crass; it's clumsy. Lehmann has made what amounts to an anti-sex sex comedy, the first youth sex comedy made to be enjoyed by those creepy abstinence teens.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Charles Taylor
    A stiff, clunky piece of work that never builds up urgency or tension. The script, by playwright Ronald Harwood, who wrote the script for Roman Polanski's "The Pianist," is close to atrocious.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Charles Taylor
    Hoary epic of British Empire valor and cowardice, remade for seventh time, remains rot, old boy.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Charles Taylor
    A grim, sour view of single life.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Charles Taylor
    When the movie isn't hitting us over the head, it's spooning out the material to us like broth to an invalid, drop by flavorless drop. The excruciating pace mirrors the sluggishness of Morrison's sonorous prose.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Charles Taylor
    For everyone who's been waiting for a love story between an anal retentive and a flake.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Charles Taylor
    To say that the film is unpleasant would imply that there's an emotional reaction to be gotten from it. I'd have to believe that there was someone, somewhere, who would actually care.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 30 Charles Taylor
    Klapisch wants his characters shiny bright, and winds up making them excruciatingly dull in the process. Watching L'Auberge Espagnole is like seeing the young Maoist revolutionaries of Jean-Luc Godard's 1967 "La Chinoise" body-snatched by the international touring company of "Up With People."
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Charles Taylor
    The Hulk goes on for two hours and 20 minutes and there's not a stirring or exciting moment in it...At last, a comic-book movie that National Public Radio listeners can be proud to take their kids to see.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Charles Taylor
    A little like looking at pictures without a text to unify them… Prestige filmmaking bereft of inspiration -- sometimes even of the nuts and bolts of craft.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Charles Taylor
    Because the movie never fully engages us, it never quite manages to allay our queasiness about watching the boy's distress.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 20 Charles Taylor
    Kubrick's much-anticipated final film boils down to the most elaborate monogamy lecture ever.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 20 Charles Taylor
    The embodiment of every conservative paranoid's slathering fantasies about Paula Jones, Vince Foster and Whitewater.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 20 Charles Taylor
    Seems best suited to all the couch-potato swinging dicks who get off watching the police on "Cops" keep the public safe from people in possession of marijuana.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 20 Charles Taylor
    It's not just our emotions that are being played on here, it's not just our intelligence being insulted because of Ron Howard and Akiva Goldsman's presumption that we won't have any interest in a character whom it's not always possible to like. It's John Nash's life, being turned into an Oscar machine and an easy way to jerk tears.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 20 Charles Taylor
    Even dressed up in tabloid lighting and cut with jagged edits, this pulp nihilism never goes beyond daytime TV banality.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 20 Charles Taylor
    It's like receiving a box of Valentine's chocolates in which someone has deliberately hidden ground glass. Flee.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 20 Charles Taylor
    It's hard to remember a movie that has asked us to care, without giving us reason to, about a character who is so thoroughly and relentlessly a prick.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 20 Charles Taylor
    The movie is flat-footed, and the pacing gives you time to rest between laughs.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 20 Charles Taylor
    Ben Affleck provides a charismatic star turn, but John Frankenheimer's out-of-season heist thriller is dead on arrival.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 20 Charles Taylor
    A sustained piece of showboating mythmaking, and something of a snow job.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 20 Charles Taylor
    The whole movie is overbright, overloud, antic, telling us the characters and animals are endearing rather than allowing them to reveal themselves as such.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 20 Charles Taylor
    The entire movie looks as if it were processed in the toilet of a Tijuana jail cell. Shot by Dariusz Wolski in colors that are bleached out, over bright and flat, The Mexican is the ugliest-looking major studio release in recent memory.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 20 Charles Taylor
    Anti-Americanism is a small matter when a movie is anti-human. Dogville is as total a misanthropic vision as anything control freak Stanley Kubrick ever turned out.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 20 Charles Taylor
    It is a testament to our national determination that Nathan is not stymied by his almost complete lack of talent, his slipshod timing or his crude comic sensibility.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 20 Charles Taylor
    Sells ignorance as a refined evening's entertainment.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 20 Charles Taylor
    The Negotiator slogs on for two hours and 20 minutes, and there's hardly a real laugh or a genuine thrill in it.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 20 Charles Taylor
    The movie not only approaches a level of shamelessness you have to see to disbelieve, it does it in a manner that's both inept and crass.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 20 Charles Taylor
    A thoroughly inept piece of moviemaking. You're more likely to find a ham sandwich at a Passover seder than to find a laugh in this picture.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 20 Charles Taylor
    A compendium of every cliché from every bad boxing melodrama ever made, Million Dollar Baby tries to transcend its cornball overfamiliarity with the qualities that have long characterized Eastwood's direction -- it's solemn, inflated and dull.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 20 Charles Taylor
    An excruciatingly amateurish production.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 20 Charles Taylor
    At under two hours, the movie crawls by; at four, people would become fossilized to their seats.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 20 Charles Taylor
    This cookie-cutter spy thriller depends on the chemistry between Anthony Hopkins and Chris Rock. Um, wait, there isn't any.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 20 Charles Taylor
    The movie is crass and vulgar almost beyond belief.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 20 Charles Taylor
    The most gutless and naive political drama of recent memory.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 20 Charles Taylor
    Jolie is far too good for this tripe but she does give the film its only believable moments, and for the first half, her concentration makes you watch her intently.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 20 Charles Taylor
    A bad movie -- really a terrible movie -- with a daring idea behind it. And it's had the sort of crummy luck that, no matter what you think of it, can get you steamed.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 20 Charles Taylor
    Didactic, clumsily directed and abysmally acted, never lets go of its intellectualized approach long enough to deliver any real kinetic thrills.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 20 Charles Taylor
    Punishingly dull.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 20 Charles Taylor
    Such a blatant imitation of Adrian Lyne's Reaganite thriller that the only thing you can be grateful for is that it's far too clumsy to get people arguing about it or taking it seriously.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 20 Charles Taylor
    There's nothing worse than a bad farce -- except for this Cuban missile crisis comedy that wastes talent like Sigourney Weaver, John Turturro and Alan Cumming.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 20 Charles Taylor
    I walked out of Scary Movie feeling as if I'd been whacked around with a two-by-four for an hour and a half.
    • 12 Metascore
    • 10 Charles Taylor
    I understand how hard it is for parents to find movies to take their kids to, but the thought of them or their children getting stuck at this stinker galls me. Summer vacation feels short enough as it is.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 10 Charles Taylor
    Sandler deserves to be damned to the pits of hell for this witless masturbatory comedy.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 10 Charles Taylor
    Who cares about old guys and young girls? This handsome romantic slop finds other problems.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 10 Charles Taylor
    It's a terrible movie, stuck in plot idiocies and big, noisy set pieces like a tire mired in mud.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 10 Charles Taylor
    There's a vacancy in The Million Dollar Hotel, and it's between Wim Wenders' ears.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 10 Charles Taylor
    It's an A-list movie for the most brain-dead elements of the action-movie crowd.
    • 12 Metascore
    • 10 Charles Taylor
    The film flails incoherently from set to set, trying to be kicky and madcap and pop, but with no sense of the show's casual acceptance of the absurd.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 10 Charles Taylor
    One of those movies that makes you feel as if the national IQ was dropping while you're watching it. It's the return of all the homiletic clichés about an America that never existed.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 10 Charles Taylor
    All Only the Strong Survive has to offer are scraps, and it's a sad thing to sit through a movie billed as a tribute to a group of terrific performers and to come away with nothing more than scraps.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 10 Charles Taylor
    Not even court-ordered rehab could save this stumbling drunk of a picture.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 10 Charles Taylor
    Unwatchable.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 10 Charles Taylor
    The point, I think, is the sheer callous inappropriateness of comedy existing within the physical reality of the camps -- even the imagined reality of a movie.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 10 Charles Taylor
    This clunky TV remake is stiffer than an iron curtain.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 10 Charles Taylor
    There isn't a frame of The Musketeer that's believable even as a Hollywood re-creation of a fantasy world. It's conventionally picturesque, except in the nighttime and interior scenes, which are dark to the point of glaucoma.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 10 Charles Taylor
    There may be filmmakers whose own vision is vast enough to take on Thackeray's, but Mira Nair isn't one of them. Her new film of Vanity Fair is a disaster. Scene by scene and moment to moment, it's a woeful misreading of the book.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 10 Charles Taylor
    A stupid, brutal and nonsensical picture.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 10 Charles Taylor
    The disgrace of Steal This Movie isn't just that it fails to do justice to its subject, but that, as a movie, it's barely competent.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 0 Charles Taylor
    I think you'd have to be comatose or mentally incompetent not to find Enough ludicrous.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 0 Charles Taylor
    If you've ever sat in a jet waiting on the runway, feeling it lumbering along in place and then bucking and shaking when it's cleared for take-off, you know what it's like to sit through Air Force One.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 0 Charles Taylor
    Penn's portrayal strikes me as equally insensitive. It's the nightmare performance of 2001.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 0 Charles Taylor
    Speed 2 is such an inept piece of direction that it's anybody's guess whether De Bont understands how to convey where two characters are in spatial relation to each other or in relation to the action.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 0 Charles Taylor
    Hannibal, which is very likely the worst film of this year and quite possibly the next, achieves what no movie I can recall ever even attempting: It somehow manages to be both repugnant and boring.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 0 Charles Taylor
    I haven't had a worse time at the movies this summer.

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