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

Charles Taylor's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 52
Highest review score: 100 The Pianist
Lowest review score: 0 Speed 2: Cruise Control
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 96 out of 367
367 movie reviews
    • 59 Metascore
    • 90 Charles Taylor
    In his dazzling and luxuriant new thriller Femme Fatale, De Palma turns trash into chic. It's a sexy, violent, glamorous, sinfully funny movie with a surface as hard and brilliant as diamonds.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Charles Taylor
    Mike Leigh returns to the council flats of London -- and delivers a richly Dickensian masterpiece about working-class family life.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Charles Taylor
    Next to the Hong Kong action picture So Close, nearly every Hollywood thriller of the summer looks like an elementary-school project thrown together the Sunday night before it was due.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Charles Taylor
    A delight from top to bottom, packed with romance, adventure, beautifully executed swordplay and a sumptuous period look.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Charles Taylor
    Yes, there are some "middle-chapter" problems, but Peter Jackson's Tolkien adaptation hasn't lost its devastating humanity, its heart-stopping cinematography or its epic sweep.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Charles Taylor
    Holds us in a state of horrified empathy.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Charles Taylor
    From moment to moment, O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a pleasure. But when the Coens are really cooking, when the acting and the conception and the music all come together, it's something more -- Dogpatch rapture.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Charles Taylor
    Consistently interesting without feeling essential until, in its last half-hour, it becomes utterly compelling.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Charles Taylor
    It's hard to say why The Station Agent sends you out feeling so benevolent. It may have something to do with being in the presence of a director who treats you with respect. McCarthy allows us to feel without telling us how and what we should feel.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Charles Taylor
    Robert Altman's surpassingly beautiful ballet movie feels lighter than air -- but in fact it's the great director's most tender and memorable film in years.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Charles Taylor
    You wouldn't mistake Donnie Brasco for a great movie or an important one, but it's something that's become almost as rare in American movies: a consistently absorbing and intelligent adult entertainment.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Charles Taylor
    Never less than witty, charming, accomplished.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Charles Taylor
    With one foot in the grind house and one in the art house, the smarts in Freeway are more than equal to its visceral kick.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Charles Taylor
    Andrew Jarecki could have done more to lay out the marriage of sexual and religious and social hysteria that made cases like this possible. But he deserves credit for having the guts to say, in this case and in so many like it, who suffered the most.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Charles Taylor
    An art noir that courts pretension but just manages to keep from succumbing to it.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Charles Taylor
    In some ways, this is the most conventional of Sheridan's movies. But it never feels sentimental because of the grittiness of his approach.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Charles Taylor
    Behind its mask of deadpan goofiness, it's a friendly, clever picture, one that doesn't feel untouched by human hands. And at an hour-and-a-half, it doesn't wear out its welcome.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Charles Taylor
    Watching it is a little like stumbling upon a frayed valentine you put away years ago and then laughing with pleasure at how much it still means to you.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Charles Taylor
    The dirtiest-minded American movie in recent memory -- and an honestly corrupt entertaining picture is never anything to sneeze at.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Charles Taylor
    Kundun, which was written by Melissa Mathison ("E.T.") from interviews conducted with the Dalai Lama, doesn't make you greedy for its images the way some gorgeous films do. It allows you to drink each one in tranquilly.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Charles Taylor
    You slip into the movie so easily that by the time it reaches its emotional climax, you're unprepared.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Charles Taylor
    And now in The Straight Story, no director has been so buzzingly alert to the emotional lives of those people or to the beauty of the world they inhabit as David Lynch.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Charles Taylor
    What makes "Out of Sight" a grown-up treat is that the mixture of lust and longing is as flawlessly proportioned as the ingredients in a perfect cocktail.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 80 Charles Taylor
    What keeps the movie going, besides Softley's intelligent direction and Mathieson's inventive cinematography, is the actors' duet between Spacey and Bridges.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Charles Taylor
    The Last of the Mohicans is a striking mixture of the ersatz and the genuine. In other words, it’s vintage Hollywood. It’s also a smashingly entertaining and satisfying adventure.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Charles Taylor
    Watching Man on the Train is like coming across one of those threadbare Persian rugs you see on public tours of private homes. Its elegance is more comfortable than cold, and it carries its worn, battered mien proudly.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Charles Taylor
    A weaker actor, one more naked than De Niro is now capable of being, might have revealed some inner compulsion in the character. But De Niro's steadiness becomes part of the movie's rugged stolidity.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Charles Taylor
    Truly is an ensemble comedy.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Charles Taylor
    It's a mess, and a ridiculous golden shower of toilet humor. But Mike Myers' superspy spoof still provides the summer's purest movie delight.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Charles Taylor
    Starts out as noir, takes a shift into something like deadpan screwball comedy and ends up as a comedy of remarriage.

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