Charles Taylor

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For 367 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 8.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Charles Taylor's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 52
Highest review score: 100 Last Orders
Lowest review score: 0 Speed 2: Cruise Control
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 96 out of 367
367 movie reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Taylor
    Whenever Harris or Tobolowsky come on-screen they stop Memento dead in its clever tracks. You want to tell Nolan to stop all the po-mo deconstructive game playing and pay attention to the two human beings in front of him.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Taylor
    Deep Impact is the work of someone crass enough, and in some essential way mad enough, to try to turn the apocalypse into a tear-jerker.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Taylor
    Jackie Chan is thoroughly wasted in a bad suit and a witless comedy.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Taylor
    A time-waster with some enjoyably empty zip.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Taylor
    The problem with She Hate Me is that there's no playfulness in Lee's provocations. He doesn't have the style or the naughty joie de vivre that you need to make a sex farce.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Taylor
    If only Malibu's Most Wanted had been a little more daring, it might have managed to satirize the playacting ludicrousness of gangsta style.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Taylor
    Spacey mucks up an otherwise pretty and pleasantly vague take on E. Annie Proulx's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Taylor
    It's that sense of ardor that's missing from Ben Chaplin's performance in Birthday Girl.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Taylor
    The Invisible Circus isn't junk. It's carefully, competently made, though with no particular feeling for technique or rhythm.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Taylor
    The characters in the Argentinean heart-warmer Valentín spend so much time squabbling and yelling that after a while I began to long for a nice movie about a family of mutes.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Taylor
    A bigger problem is that since the movie is a straight remake that reprises many of the original's scenes, we have those scenes playing in our heads, and the Russos' execution just isn't up to Monicelli's. It's painful to see gags that worked so beautifully fall flat, or wither and die because of indifferent timing.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Taylor
    Nothing is more dispiriting than forced high spirits. Bandits keeps reminding you of what a good time you should be having. You leave with a feeling of being swindled, and that's the only genuine thing about it.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Taylor
    A pretty good example of how the studios have taken over the junk that used to be left to the exploitation hacks. The hacks here have millions to work with and the end result isn't nearly as much fun as a cheap, gross horror movie can be.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Taylor
    Songcatcher is like an "All Things Considered" report on "a vibrant and lasting folk tradition" that goes on for two hours. It's so relentlessly, goddamn worthy that you long for some cheapness and dirt, some energetic pop trash to liven it up.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Taylor
    This Saint is a glum piece of post-Cold War paranoia, and director Phillip Noyce approaches it with the same plodding earnestness he brought to his Tom Clancy adaptations ("Patriot Games," "A Clear and Present Danger").
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Taylor
    A long plod to the finish line. It's a movie about a long con that, like its leading man, has no wit or style to speak of.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Taylor
    Wants to be a dizzy, precarious thrill ride. Glenn provides the only gravity that doesn't seem dull, literal and earthbound.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Taylor
    Turns out to be merely bad -- not a train wreck, not the crime against humanity it's been rumored to be.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Taylor
    "Larry Flynt" should have a slick, whorish look, but there's no juice in Forman's sleaze. Hustler's centerfolds look like Renoirs next to the cold-eyed way Forman shoots women's bodies.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Taylor
    There are five writers credited with the script for The Medallion, and between them they don't come up with a single original or amusing or clever idea.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Taylor
    As Tolstoy observed, all sappy ethnic family comedies are the same. None is sappy in its own way.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Taylor
    There's some good acting in this mess.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Taylor
    You need a pair of huge, hairy ones to make a picture this bad and call it Flawless.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Taylor
    Had Payne the grace or generosity to present the vulgarity and naiveté and tackiness of these characters as something vital and endearing and delightful, the movie might have been explosively funny.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Taylor
    The Myth of Fingerprints is only 90 minutes long, but watching all this tasteful torment, you can't help thinking that if you were watching a Jewish family or an Italian one, the air would be cleared -- and you'd be out of the theater -- a hell of a lot quicker.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Taylor
    Might be entertaining for those who like seeing a terrified teenage girl watch a loved one get beaten to a pulp while she slides into a diabetic coma. For the rest of us it's both stagnant and vaguely unpleasant.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Taylor
    Ali
    Will Smith flies like a butterfly, but what director Michael Mann does to the greatest fighter of all time just stings.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Taylor
    The most dispiriting thing about Kiss of the Dragon, is that it's another example of how Western filmmakers fall on their faces when they try to evoke the feel of Hong Kong action films.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Taylor
    The movie is a garage-sale conglomeration of anecdotes and oddballs.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Taylor
    The most dispiriting thing about Gloria is that it's further evidence that filmmakers just don't know what to do with Sharon Stone.

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