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

Charles Taylor's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 52
Highest review score: 100 The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie [re-release]
Lowest review score: 0 Speed 2: Cruise Control
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 96 out of 367
367 movie reviews
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Charles Taylor
    The movie is efficient but scores zero in suspense, wit or class.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Charles Taylor
    Gives no indication that Jean-Luc Godard has anything left to say that is worth hearing, no indication that he has any drive or passion to continue making movies. What's on the screen is habit -- accomplished, rote, empty.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Charles Taylor
    There's nothing in either the conception or execution to lift it above a TV-movie tear-jerker.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Charles Taylor
    Team America, for all its outrageousness, is the first work from Parker and Stone that I'd describe as a failure of nerve.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Charles Taylor
    Barbershop 2 is like going out for a bad meal with a group of people you love being with. You're happy to be in their company; you just wish you didn't leave feeling hungry.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Charles Taylor
    A dragging, rhythmless piece of work.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Charles Taylor
    Irritatingly moralistic romantic comedy.
    • 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.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Taylor
    The irony of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is that it has the most literate pedigree of any action movie you're likely to see this year or next -- and it's been made by people who seem to have no sense of how to tell a story.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Taylor
    For a big-budget action movie Spider-Man 2 is modest and not assaultive -- it has a boring decency.
    • 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.

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