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 2.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ella Taylor's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 The Triplets of Belleville
Lowest review score: 0 Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 66 out of 943
943 movie reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 55 Ella Taylor
    If Drinking Buddies is meant to be his ticket into mainstream comedy, it feels mumblecore-ishly vague and rambling in its construction, like "Hannah Takes the Stairs" without the raffish charm.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Ella Taylor
    Austenland, a clunky broadside aimed at the cult of Jane Austen, is worth seeing primarily for its end credits, a mix of pop oil and water so joyfully dippy it might have produced a stifled giggle even in Herself.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Marc Guggenheim's script is capable and funny, but the film's finest wit is vehicular.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 45 Ella Taylor
    A raucously funny comic romance that's deaf and blind to the blithe spirit of romantic comedy.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 65 Ella Taylor
    For the charming but skin-deep documentary When Comedy Went to School, filmmakers Mevlut Akkaya and Ron Frank gained enviable access to pioneer stars of Borscht Belt standup.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Ella Taylor
    As written, Jasmine is a hopeless neurotic, trapped in a perpetual panic. As played, she has a wicked hint of Scarlett O'Hara.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 85 Ella Taylor
    Crialese is a sentimentalist at heart, but a fine one, and his compassion for the wretched of the earth is thrillingly amped by the movie's ecstatic imagery.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Ella Taylor
    The beguiling Computer Chess is about the dawn — one of many, but that's another story — of the tech revolution. It's also a reminder that you don't need state-of-the-art toys to make a formally playful comedy about man versus machine.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 65 Ella Taylor
    A likable but warmed-over comedy.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Ella Taylor
    The Way, Way Back isn't exactly memorable, and strictly speaking it would do just fine on a small screen. But unlike the glib "The Descendants," which is also about, it's smart, funny and moving about human weakness.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Ella Taylor
    Almodovar is in party mode here, and if you liked his 1990 comedy "Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!" you'll probably love I'm So Excited! for its candied pastels and its impishly clever design, which transforms the plane into a theater and its galley into a staging area for those three theatrical stewards.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    A Hijacking is mostly about the excruciating process of getting to "yes" when language is the least of the barriers between two very different mindsets.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    Horrific and uplifting.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 65 Ella Taylor
    Scahill is right to focus on the price American security efforts have cost in human rights — and human life. Yet there are difficult questions hovering just outside the frame of Dirty Wars. Short of pacifism, and given that there is no such thing as a truly clean war, what would count as an "acceptable" level of collateral damage?
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Ella Taylor
    The East makes for a passable thriller, as 1 percenters get theirs in satisfying, if incrementally implausible ways.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Ella Taylor
    Burshtein refuses to engage with the culture wars that flare fiercely between secular and religious types in Israel; in fact she's trying to avoid types of any kind, which may be why secular audiences and critics have embraced her rapturous depiction of a community living its life, more separate from than at odds with the society beyond.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Ella Taylor
    Running through the streets of New York for the sheer hell of it, Frances has the gift of joy to her very marrow. As for Greta Gerwig, I get the feeling she's just gearing up.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Ella Taylor
    It's a fun fact that actor Forest Whitaker traces his roots to the Igbo tribe, but that belongs in another film. Re-emerging speaks for itself as an uplifting portrait of an exuberant subculture that doesn't just practice its faith — it revels in it.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Ella Taylor
    Me, I wanted to know what these two remarkable young women will obsess about once the whole world has stopped watching, whether they will always be together — and what it would really feel like to be one of their much less famous siblings. We'll probably never know, except in someone else's future fiction feature.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Like television's "Breaking Bad," At Any Price is about the slow, insidious corruption of a regular guy, about the rot that grows around him and within him, allowing him to become complicit in a crime of biblical proportions.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Ella Taylor
    Nair likes to have fun even when her material is somber, and for this movie she deploys a rich palette and a multi-culti but mostly kitsch-free score that fuses old and new with a lovely Sufi devotional piece, and is peppered with Pakistani pop.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    In the House is often mordantly funny. Luchini is France's master of deadpan comedy: When he does farce, it carries an undertow of sorrow, and vice versa.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Ella Taylor
    Leaving this improbably feel-good movie, you'll wish Robbie all the luck in the world, and the mentors to go with it.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Ella Taylor
    Illness, death, bad fathers and bad marriages, suppressed old loves — there's nothing new here, yet we are held by the way ordinary suffering has hardened into an emotional prison for three old friends.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Ella Taylor
    Like many neglected offspring, Gregory comes across as an eternal child himself, hooked on his capacity to enchant but rarely able to listen to anyone other than the actors over whom he has such power.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 65 Ella Taylor
    Where "About a Boy" was both funny and wise about urban alienation, Admission settles for skin deep.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 85 Ella Taylor
    What you'll carry away is the film's austere sympathy for the struggles of its benighted characters and its bleak conviction that justice and resolution mostly happen in movies.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 85 Ella Taylor
    According to Hava Nagila: The Movie, an infectiously high-spirited new documentary by Roberta Grossman, the most cornball song in the Jewish repertoire has a colorful history that has carried Ashkenazi Jews through the joy and sorrow of 150 years of being thrown around the world.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 70 Ella Taylor
    Inescapable is Nadda's first foray into thriller territory, and her inexperience shows in awkwardly mounted fight scenes and clumsy car chases, not to mention an almost fatally explanatory script.

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