For 144 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Drew Taylor's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 Citizenfour
Lowest review score: 0 I, Frankenstein
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 74 out of 144
  2. Negative: 40 out of 144
144 movie reviews
    • 49 Metascore
    • 42 Drew Taylor
    There are filmmakers who are able to weave social commentary through the arena of big budget entertainment, without having it come across as lopsided or boring; Allen Hughes, it turns out, is not one of these filmmakers.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 42 Drew Taylor
    Maleficent desperately tries to create a character whose motivation you will understand and empathize with. But the screenplay and direction are such a tangled, thorny patch of conflicting ideas that it's hard to tell what that motivation is supposed to be.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 42 Drew Taylor
    Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit refashions the character (this time played by Chris Pine) into a man of immediate action, and in doing so drains him of anything that made him a relatable human being.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 42 Drew Taylor
    You get the sense that Rio 2 wasn't thought through as much as it was quickly cobbled together as it went along, with a simple, clearheaded goal in mind: just make it good enough to warrant a "Rio 3."
    • 41 Metascore
    • 42 Drew Taylor
    The movie is so apolitical; there could have been a nice slant to the movie, about how both sides of the aisle could get together to kick out these Korean terrorists. Instead, it remains totally void.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 42 Drew Taylor
    Citadel, which won the Midnight award at the fest, further explores the fears and anxieties of urban Britain (and Ireland), and the results are sometimes scary, sometimes silly, and always politically questionable.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 42 Drew Taylor
    When the final moment comes and it's revealed how the children died, it's less of a surprise than a shrug. Drama robbed of suspense is just dull.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 42 Drew Taylor
    The message, like the filmmaking, seems fuzzy and unfocused.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 42 Drew Taylor
    Exodus: Gods and Kings is a creaky, sometimes painfully boring Old Testament slog, and finds the visionary director unable to successfully wrangle a human story out of a tale of gods and kings.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 42 Drew Taylor
    24 Exposures has a handful of interesting ideas, and a lot of cute topless girls, but it doesn’t add up to much.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 25 Drew Taylor
    A plodding, undercooked, and old-fashioned (not in a good way, either) chiller that will bore you to tears instead of scare you to death.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 25 Drew Taylor
    One of the more disappointing big studio animated features this year, a movie can't even muster the energy to be visually engaging, let alone give you anything to care about story-wise.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Drew Taylor
    This newest film is an undercooked potboiler, one so tastelessly bland and visually indistinguishable that you wonder if anyone associated with the project realized what makes cheapo crime fiction so fun to consume.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Drew Taylor
    It's hard to tell who is to blame for the movie's abrasive anonymousness – Curtis or Apted – but it hardly matters. In either directors' hands, Chasing Mavericks would have been a wipe-out. It's totally bogus.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Drew Taylor
    Paranormal Activity 4 is listless, dreadful and boring, an almost painfully inert and superficial ghost story that lacks specificity or scares. Time to turn the camera off, guys.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 Drew Taylor
    With long stretches (we're talking 20-30 minutes) without a single guffaw, Identity Thief is aggressively dull, and will joylessly steal two hours of your life that you will never get back.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Drew Taylor
    The Smurfs 2 doesn't even pretend to be anything more but the most base, sugar-coated family entertainment, the kind of things that parents won't even be able to comprehend, much less enjoy.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Drew Taylor
    No matter how good The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones looks, it's hard to really care about anything that's going on, and not just because we could barely understand it.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Drew Taylor
    For a movie that tries to create and sustain a sensation of wild unpredictability, it's a huge failure. It's not shocking if we've all seen it a thousand times before. With 21 and Over, it's all been there, drank that.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 Drew Taylor
    The road to hell is paved with good intentions, and in a few months it will also be paved with unwatched DVD copies of The Tall Man.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 Drew Taylor
    Watching Deadfall really is like being trapped in a blizzard – the cinematography is so muddy you can barely make out what's going on on screen (besides the bright splashes of blood) – you're antsy to be anywhere else but where you are.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Drew Taylor
    Snitch is just a big, dumb, ugly-looking waste of time, one that turns one of cinema's most charismatic heroes into a restless drone. As they say in the joint: snitches get stitches. But Snitch deserves to be put down for good.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 Drew Taylor
    It’s the kind of garbage that does a disservice to the fearless possibilities of the horror genre and its knack for sly social commentary.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 Drew Taylor
    Fans of the novel might get some minor thrills from the big screen adaptation, but it's hard to understand what made the material so popular in the first place.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 Drew Taylor
    A movie that is, in its subtle way, as offensive and mean-spirited as anything Sandler has done, but in a way that is so cuddly, there's the possibility it could, somehow, go unnoticed.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Drew Taylor
    Tammy is a boring, unfunny road movie that limps along idly, consisting of a string of nonsensical set pieces and halfhearted stabs at character development that come across as off-putting and odd.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 25 Drew Taylor
    I Give It a Year groans on, with unmemorable scene after unmemorable scene, each one more contingent on coincidence and happenstance than by the actual, gear-filled mechanics of drama or comedy.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Drew Taylor
    It's utterly unconvincing and not scary in the slightest.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Drew Taylor
    The fact that the sequel is a messy, dull, instantly forgettable trifle somehow makes it the perfect follow-up to the original -- it's just as horrible.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Drew Taylor
    It's just a bore, barely registering as a movie (visually, it looks more like an USA cable series), which is a shame, because with the oddball cast and somewhat notable director, it could have been fun and trashy. Instead, it's just forgettable.

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