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

Charles Taylor's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 52
Highest review score: 100 In America
Lowest review score: 0 Air Force One
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 96 out of 367
367 movie reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Charles Taylor
    An almost perfectly realized poetic vision of people who continue in their everyday existence certain that life in a larger sense has passed them by.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Charles Taylor
    This heart-wrenching documentary about a French village schoolteacher at work offers the comedy and pathos of great drama and the visual magnificence of painting.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Charles Taylor
    The story they are telling here is still in the process of being written. It's as good a sign as any of how absorbing Morning Sun is that the film's sudden ending makes you greedy for more.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Charles Taylor
    As a piece of craft, and with the exception of "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," it's miles beyond any studio film this summer.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Charles Taylor
    The holiday season's best movie so far.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Charles Taylor
    A startlingly effective and upsetting political melodrama.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 90 Charles Taylor
    Director Brian De Palma is having too much fun zipping around curves and hitting the accelerator to slow down. He's a supremely confident engineer, and if you're game enough to make a jump for it and hold on, he offers the giddy excitement of watching the ground rush by beneath your dangling feet.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 90 Charles Taylor
    The 1996 kidnap drama Ransom traverses the parameters of public life in America, from the image public figures present to us to the image they never intended us to see. Neither one tells the whole truth. Luckily, Ransom isn't content with surfaces..
    • 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.
    • 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
    Suffers from PBS syndrome, but Dame Judi Dench cures with a moving portrayal of life with Alzheimer's.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 80 Charles Taylor
    Amusing, ultra-deadpan entertainment. The director was lucky enough to have a cast who were in on the joke and tuned in to his wavelength.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Charles Taylor
    Kevin Smith's comic-religious fantasy turns out to be the sweetest hot-potato movie imaginable.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Charles Taylor
    The epitome of the small, character-driven film that the indie movement was supposed to champion before it became a hip mirror of the Hollywood star system.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Charles Taylor
    A small movie, to be sure, but it's also a thoroughly original one.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Charles Taylor
    Truly is an ensemble comedy.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Charles Taylor
    As good as it is, Before Night Falls might not work if Schnabel hadn't found a leading man to hold it together and the Spanish actor Javier Bardem has the understated charisma to pull it off.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Charles Taylor
    A sophisticated, subtle adult entertainment that is also a compliment to the audience.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Charles Taylor
    An art noir that courts pretension but just manages to keep from succumbing to it.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 Charles Taylor
    Lush, even juicy entertainment.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Charles Taylor
    It's one of the fullest portrayals of sexual desire and pleasure and fear I've ever seen in a movie.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Charles Taylor
    Band of Outsiders is about the tyranny of living a life of movie-fed fantasies, and while it makes us see the poverty of those fantasies, it also makes them unaccountably rich, poetic, sad.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Charles Taylor
    What Chan represents -- the humor and charm and the sheer physical beauty of seeing him in action -- as well as the lazy, ping-pong repartee he achieves with Wilson, is the essence of the casual, deceptively artless art of movies.