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 E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 Air Force One
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 96 out of 367
367 movie reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Charles Taylor
    It's a noble undertaking. But why isn't it a better movie? Told in scattered fashion, the movie only intermittently lives up to the stories and faces and music of the men who are its subject. Part of the problem is the narration.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Charles Taylor
    At its best, State and Main is fast and sharp, but when a movie like this goes off the rails, it's more disappointing than when a bad movie does.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Charles Taylor
    Follows a consistently predictable arc. In some sequences, you can tell not just what's going to happen next, but what shot is coming next. And the movie's weird mixture of moralism and affectlessness cancel each other out.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Charles Taylor
    A consistently engrossing piece of work.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Charles Taylor
    A large part of the movie's problem is that both the characters and the actors who portray them serve as vehicles for Ramsay's stylistic flourishes.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Charles Taylor
    It's melodrama that rises to the complexity of art. The Human Stain takes a complex work of literary art and reduces it to tasteful melodrama. Its smallness is simply crushing.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Charles Taylor
    What's the point of setting up a historical fantasia around an invented character if you're only going to make her part of the scenery?
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Charles Taylor
    It's nearly impossible to tell whether Williams thought he was making a family tragedy or a sex farce.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Charles Taylor
    This hot-button picture isn't especially well thought-out, but it might be crafty and manipulative enough to rile up audiences.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Charles Taylor
    Fincher is still working on the assumption that he has better things to do than entertain an audience. Which would be fine if he weren't drawn to such schlocky material.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Charles Taylor
    How's the movie? Big, loud, brutal and stupid, that's how it is. But then, you don't need a critic to tell you that -- anyone with a grade-school education who's seen the previews can figure that out.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Charles Taylor
    When one of the young women Vera attends to nearly dies of complications, the police arrest her -- and the movie goes thud, taking Staunton's performance along with it.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 60 Charles Taylor
    Alexander Payne's new movie, Sideways, makes you feel like you're trapped at dinner with a wiseass who's trying to convince you what a sensitive guy he is.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Charles Taylor
    Whatever the reason, Bean saddles Atkinson with a story that hangs on him like a dead weight and a filmmaking style that surrounds him like dead air.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Charles Taylor
    Live Flesh isn't terrible. It's accomplished and watchable.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Charles Taylor
    If Bond long ago became part of your fantasy life or your pop iconography, then the anticipation of a good Bond movie would probably survive even if The World Is Not Enough were worse than it is.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Charles Taylor
    The new black movies make those of us sitting in the theater watching feel as if we actually count for something. That good feeling can carry you through this movie's silly and dull patches.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Charles Taylor
    Winds up a lot closer to the movies it's taking off from than it cares to admit: cheap, unimaginative and predictable. It's the horror movie equivalent of one of those "Saturday Night Live" sketches that drags on interminably, though nobody in it seems to have any idea of just what the joke is.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Charles Taylor
    A little more flair and polish could have made Girlfight a terrific movie instead of just the decent one it is.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Charles Taylor
    Even the most spectacular things Woo unleashes here feel strangely impersonal.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Charles Taylor
    I don't know when a bad movie has made me laugh as much as this one. Most of the gags are vintage silliness: foreign double talk, characters donning funny costumes, well-timed profanities.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Charles Taylor
    Far from unwatchable. It's not a good movie but at least, on its own schlocky terms, the story makes sense (which is a lot more than you can say for "The Sixth Sense").
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Charles Taylor
    It's a cynical way to pass time, the cynicism that comes from being presented with something you've seen a hundred times before.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Charles Taylor
    Should have been a quick and dirty pulp tall tale. But it pokes along instead of accelerating, and though it isn't exactly smug it's rather too pleased with its own manufactured outrageousness.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Charles Taylor
    It's a movie almost doomed to be called "refreshing," in the way that the word is used to excuse the game but amateurish presentation of a quirky premise.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Charles Taylor
    Love's Labour's Lost is flawed, but Kenneth Branagh remains our greatest living interpreter of Shakespeare.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Charles Taylor
    A truly vulgar movie.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Charles Taylor
    Carefully made, respectful and dull.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Charles Taylor
    As a movie, it's a disaster. As political speech, it's imprecise, shrill and sometimes clichéd, but it's also alive.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Charles Taylor
    It's in no way a stupid movie. The trouble is that there's only so much emotional energy you can expend on these assholes before you start wondering why you're paying attention to them at all.