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 9.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Charles Taylor's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 53
Highest review score: 100 Y Tu Mamá También
Lowest review score: 0 Hollow Man
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 96 out of 370
370 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 30 Charles Taylor
    LaBute is some kind of find: an auteur for people who don't like movies.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 20 Charles Taylor
    Kubrick's much-anticipated final film boils down to the most elaborate monogamy lecture ever.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Charles Taylor
    Middlebrow kitsch, but kitsch straining for respectability and therefore without the energy that can make kitsch entertaining.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Charles Taylor
    May be the shoddiest and most incoherent piece of big-budget action moviemaking since "Armageddon."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Charles Taylor
    There's some sort of gross egotism involved in linking great music to visuals that are so unabashedly kitschy.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 20 Charles Taylor
    The most gutless and naive political drama of recent memory.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Charles Taylor
    Like so many self-conscious directors, Julie Taymor wrecks Shakespeare's already disastrous play with her own horrific vision.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 20 Charles Taylor
    At under two hours, the movie crawls by; at four, people would become fossilized to their seats.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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