For 943 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ella Taylor's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Talk to Her
Lowest review score: 0 Burzynski
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 66 out of 943
943 movie reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    This loving throwback to the paranoid thrillers of the ’70s is a beauty.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Improbably, Read My Lips escapes the cynicism of much contemporary neo-noir, if only by a hair, by ending as a love story of delightful crackpot idealism, in which Paul has made a crook and a hussy out of Carla, and she's made a gentleman out of him.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    The true mystery is the journey itself, which will turn out to be one of the most spiritually enervating, and elevating, Outward Bound courses ever undertaken.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Ella Taylor
    Late Marriage, though hardly dispassionate, assiduously avoids passing judgment on any of its characters, all of whom are desperately trying to bend the world into conformity with their own narratives and superstitions.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    Macdonald's singular achievement is to restore -- through interviews and archival footage -- the dead to such vivid life, you weep for them and for their families, who have only memories to live off.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Ella Taylor
    Individual artists were assigned their own characters and given free rein -- characters and locations shift on a dime from naturalistic to baroque -- with the result that the movie's formal imagination surpasses and redeems the banal tedium of some of the dialogue.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Ella Taylor
    Brimming over with sadism and the occasional touch of kink, Blancanieves piles on the pathology that's the birthright of any fairy tale worth its salt. Yet it's still a tale of lost innocence, and Berger keeps faith with a prototype revered by the Disneys and the Grimms alike: the resilient, enterprising girl who overcomes wave after wave of adversity.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    All but a silent movie, Frédéric Fonteyne’s strikingly atmospheric film - adapted by Philippe Blasband and Marion Hänsel from a 1937 novel - relies on the extraordinarily mobile face of Emmanuelle Devos to express the pain of a woman who has no language for her inner turmoil.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Ella Taylor
    In the end what drives the movie is the hip young filmmaker's struggle with himself -- his showman's need to toy with our anxieties threatening to overwhelm his desire to make amends to all the servants he took for granted growing up.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    The story proceeds, by minuscule tonal shifts and barely perceptible changes in the atmospheric temperature, from touches of ghoulish comedy -- to the creepy stillness of death that pervades the house.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    May turn out to be the finest American indie of the year.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Ella Taylor
    What sets this engaging little movie above the pack of glib, brittle or sickly-sweet teen comedies is the clear eye it casts on the suburban American family, while stoutly defending that battered institution’s elastic ability to adapt.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 Ella Taylor
    It is a dull and boring film, pretty as a Turner landscape and as sweetly becalmed as the glassy Sargasso Sea in which the men of the unfortunately named “Surprise” find themselves trapped for what felt, to me at least, like weeks on end.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Ella Taylor
    Yet in the end it's less the climactic madness and mayhem in White Material that sear the memory than it is the silent, balletic creep of child soldiers, grabbed out of school and sent with machetes and rifles through a forest to exact revenge for decades of repression.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Quiet and meditative, Dinklage neatly sidesteps the trope of the angry dwarf, and Clarkson, even in pain and rage, is characteristically warm and sexy -- she's our very own Helen Mirren.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Ella Taylor
    Mostly, though, 44 Inch Chest is complacently in love with the rhythmically profane talk that came so easily to writers Louis Mellis and David Scinto in "Sexy Beast."
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    What makes it enthralling is the younger Kahn's openness to a range of emotional responses (his own and others') to his father's life above and below board, and his readiness to turn his own predicament into both entertainment and a provisional kind of puckish wisdom.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Ella Taylor
    You can only cram so much of this stuff into a movie without putting your audience to sleep -- The movie sags badly in the middle, swirling around itself without making headway.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    The meat of the film is their wittily edited interviews with company members, now in their 80s and 90s and scattered around the world, many of them still active as teachers and consultants.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Ella Taylor
    But lo! Isn't that Owen Wilson, blond and goyische to the gills, yet faithfully replicating the put-upon slump of the Allen shoulders, the quavering stammers about art vs. success, literature vs. Hollywood?
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    Though it includes plenty of footage from those terrible days, this wonderful, devastating documentary is as much Dallaire's story as it is the story of a whole continent abandoned by a cynical world.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    This gossamer work is one of the loveliest examples of minimalist cinema I've seen in a long time.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Noyce wants us to feel the joy of the homecoming, but he's honest enough to show, in a coda that tells what happened to the girls after their break for home, how Rabbit Proof Fence finally must be more a tale of courage than of victory.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    For the committed word nerd, spelling has its intrinsic pleasures, but in Spellbound it's another example of the peculiarly American mania for turning everything -- even play --into work.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    Another soulful gem from the peerless Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    The supreme achievement of this lovely film — all three rhythmic, leisurely hours of it -- is that what borders on faintly fascistic body worship in the novel instead feels as perfectly natural to us as it does to the lovers. Lawrence would kvell.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    Horrific and uplifting.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Ella Taylor
    Though I'm not fully convinced that cool and jazzy is the way to go with one of the great civil-rights battles of 20th-century America, George Clooney's elegantly muted take on Edward R. Murrow's fight with Joe McCarthy offers many riches, notably a wicked character study of Murrow and a sexy homage to the pleasures of teamwork when the team is a bunch of smart-ass liberal reporters making common cause against a wannabe dictator.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    If nothing else, Memento is a savvy comment on the queasy uncertainties of the postmodern condition, in which history goes no further back than yesterday's news, and knowledge is supplanted by "information" from a tumult of spin-controlled, unreliable narrators.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    A raucously entertaining slice of slapstick dressed up as domestic satire.

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