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 The Pianist
Lowest review score: 0 Air Force One
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 96 out of 367
367 movie reviews
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Taylor
    What Picture Perfect sells as romance is a junior high school health class morality lecture we all got years ago. And it was a crock then, too.
    • 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.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Taylor
    When has Woody Allen ever been interested in anything besides Woody Allen? He has no interest in bringing out new sides of his actors. Jim Henson's casts had more spontaneity.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Taylor
    The most dispiriting thing about Gloria is that it's further evidence that filmmakers just don't know what to do with Sharon Stone.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Taylor
    The Myth of Fingerprints is only 90 minutes long, but watching all this tasteful torment, you can't help thinking that if you were watching a Jewish family or an Italian one, the air would be cleared -- and you'd be out of the theater -- a hell of a lot quicker.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Taylor
    Todd Solondz's newest debacle drips with contempt for his audience, his characters and his critics.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Taylor
    Toback's method of presenting the evidence without judgment backfires, finally appearing just as shapeless as the movie's structure.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Taylor
    Might be entertaining for those who like seeing a terrified teenage girl watch a loved one get beaten to a pulp while she slides into a diabetic coma. For the rest of us it's both stagnant and vaguely unpleasant.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Taylor
    The movie is a garage-sale conglomeration of anecdotes and oddballs.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Taylor
    Had Payne the grace or generosity to present the vulgarity and naiveté and tackiness of these characters as something vital and endearing and delightful, the movie might have been explosively funny.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Taylor
    Lost the friskiness and wildness and charm the movie might have had.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Taylor
    Elephant is not as bad as the National Rifle Association's decision to hold a pro-gun rally near Columbine High School shortly after the killings. Unlike the NRA, Van Sant doesn't have blood on his hands. But he shares something of its callousness.
    • 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.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Taylor
    A time-waster with some enjoyably empty zip.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Taylor
    Ali
    Will Smith flies like a butterfly, but what director Michael Mann does to the greatest fighter of all time just stings.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Taylor
    If Enduring Love doesn't make sense as a thriller, it's equally nonsensical as the parable it wants to be.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Taylor
    The problem is that the charm and good spirits of Amélie feel calculated rather than natural.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Taylor
    There's an entertainingly ludicrous movie lurking somewhere inside of the ludicrous, mediocre one this actually is.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Taylor
    There's some good acting in this mess.
    • 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").
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Taylor
    For a big-budget action movie Spider-Man 2 is modest and not assaultive -- it has a boring decency.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Taylor
    The Devil's Own isn't the disaster its bad advance publicity might lead you to expect. But it's a disjointed, sluggish picture.