For 169 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 44% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Drew Taylor's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 Citizenfour
Lowest review score: 0 Seventh Son
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 86 out of 169
  2. Negative: 51 out of 169
169 movie reviews
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Drew Taylor
    Planes: Fire and Rescue serves as a dramatic improvement over the original, introducing thrilling action sequences backed by actual stakes and an unexpected emotional dimension, all on top of upgraded animation and a greater emphasis on character.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Drew Taylor
    In the new documentary To Be Takei, it becomes clear that Takei is a man who defies expectations and subverts stereotypes at virtually every turn. It’s just a shame the movie wasn’t as progressive as its subject.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Drew Taylor
    At it’s best, Tusk is outlandishly unforgettable.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Drew Taylor
    There are enough pleasures going on in John Wick to elevate it above just another dumb action movie.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Drew Taylor
    What We Do In the Shadows is the type of little movie that you watch and feel like you've discovered something really special. It's a total surprise; a silly, scary delight.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Drew Taylor
    In zany set piece after zany set piece, the movie sets itself apart as willing to try anything, do anything for laugh, and it succeeds more often than it fails, even when falling back on some creaky wordplay and the occasional over-emphasis on both fart gags and pop culture references.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Drew Taylor
    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is easily the best film of the new trilogy, more entertaining and energetic and tonally in sync with Jackson's earlier, edgier work, shifting from berserker comedy to abject horror at a moment's notice (and then back again).
    • 35 Metascore
    • 75 Drew Taylor
    Lynch has a sure hand... The camera moves but never feels overly active, and within the first few minutes the geography of the apartment is so brilliantly laid out that you feel like you could navigate your way around blindfolded. It has a nice tempo, with the appropriate lulls in the action and some surprising reveals.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Drew Taylor
    All of the young actors are committed, and director Dean Israelite has a good handle on the material, offering his own contributions to the time travel genre (like how violent the act itself is) while continually tipping his hat to what came before it.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 75 Drew Taylor
    Between the charming Copley performance, the ingenious visuals, the absolutely incredible all-electronic Hans Zimmer score (seriously, this is one of his best ever), and the propulsive narrative thrust (Blomkamp is rarely singled out for how swiftly he moves things along, plot holes be damned), there is a lot to appreciate and even love about Chappie.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Drew Taylor
    Spy
    Feig's commitment to the genre, and some truly wonderful set pieces, make Spy as lovable as its main character.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 67 Drew Taylor
    With just a little bit more prodding and elaboration, the movie could have been rich and evocative. Even if you don't believe what he preaches, the movie (at least) could have bordered on a transcendent experience. As it stands, it's pretty good, but not exactly heavenly.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 67 Drew Taylor
    Writer/director Richard LaGravenese tries his damnedest to deftly navigate the clunky plot, and while it's not exactly a home run, it's still an incredibly stylish, evocative, edgy (was that an incest reference?) and frequently funny (there's even a Nancy Reagan joke) Southern Gothic romance.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 67 Drew Taylor
    Thankfully, as the movie goes along, he tempers his bloodlust, instead engaging in sequences that up the suspense and terror while not exclusively luxuriating in the bloodshed.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 67 Drew Taylor
    When Planes really takes flight, it can be boldly transporting. Other times, though, it feels like it's running low on jet fuel, full of limp characterizations and questionable set pieces.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 67 Drew Taylor
    Riddick, as a character, is best when he's alone, fighting against insurmountable odds, with narratives that serve his singular nastiness.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 67 Drew Taylor
    If there's a problem that gets in the way of some genuinely scary moments, it's that the filmmakers (all four of them) don't ever give you enough information to invest in the characters.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 67 Drew Taylor
    Turns out it was even trickier than originally imagined and that for all of its best efforts, The Monuments Men remains an unwieldy, overtly sentimental (but still emotionally distant) epic.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 67 Drew Taylor
    3 Days to Kill might not be art, but it's better than most of the overtly violent action fare that litters the multiplexes these days, thanks largely to the fact that its heart is almost as big as its explosions.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 67 Drew Taylor
    In Brick Mansions Walker is understated and tough, a continued testament to his frequently overlooked accomplishments as a performer. You just wish the movie surrounding him was better.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 67 Drew Taylor
    While the movie is not without its charms, there's nothing indicating that it's actually a Hammer movie.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 67 Drew Taylor
    What Ping Pong Summer lacks in conviction or ingenuity, it makes up for in heart. The nostalgia that the entire film is built upon doesn’t seem misplaced.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 67 Drew Taylor
    Under the Electric Sky shows you the transformative, incredibly positive power of dance music, but in terms of a movie, it falls a little flat.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 67 Drew Taylor
    There have been some reports that this is the last entry in the series, but it feels like the franchise is (finally) just getting started. "The Expendables 4" anyone?
    • 24 Metascore
    • 67 Drew Taylor
    Strange Magic is messy and uneven and occasionally annoying, but it also dares to be different.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 67 Drew Taylor
    The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water is a mild lark. It's odd, off-the-wall, and has enough jokes and gags that if you're forced to take your little one to the theater, you won't spend the entire time looking at your watch or planning your escape.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 58 Drew Taylor
    Apatow indulges in his freeform tendencies to a particularly destructive degree with This is 40, resulting in a movie in which the ambitions are only equaled by the shortcomings.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 58 Drew Taylor
    Quite frankly, The Jeffrey Dahmer Files would have been better if it had a little more meat on its bones.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 58 Drew Taylor
    It might be overlong, overstuffed, and occasionally operatic, but that doesn't mean that it can wring the tears out of you.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 58 Drew Taylor
    All in all, Earth to Echo is passable family entertainment, neither unforgettable nor particularly bad.

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