For 942 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 5.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ella Taylor's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 The Opposite of Sex
Lowest review score: 0 Burzynski
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 66 out of 942
942 movie reviews
    • 45 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    This is a very funny film about a creepy, excruciatingly lonely world.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    A smart, beautiful piece of storytelling, attentive to Le Carré's broad intent, while boldly taking a knife to his more egregious longueurs.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    British actor Damian Lewis, in an astonishingly elastic yet disciplined performance, invests Keane with a richly ambiguous, heartbreaking inner life that's only at peace when he manages to form a tenuous human connection.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Who could resist a movie in which a garden gnome holds the front line in high-tech home security?
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Levin crawls into America's woodwork to ferret out anti-Semites of all stripes, then rushes at them with Socratic reasoning -- a futile and often hilarious project, since they prove immune to thought reform, however rational.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Abu-Assad, who made the lovely 2002 film "Rana's Wedding," is a far more gifted observer of the everyday than he is an action director, which is why, in Paradise Now, he productively sidetracks into a persuasive and often very funny portrait of the irrationalities of life under occupation.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Seldom have form, content and cultural sensibility been so excitably aligned as in this fascinating, exasperating film about the unholy marriage of power politics and global business.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Quietly devastating.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    The eerily timely subject of Haneke's film is France's unwilling encounter with the disenfranchised minorities it has tried to sweep under the rug. As one who giggled through his widely admired, irredeemably silly "The Piano Teacher," I wasn't prepared to be easily won over by Caché, but it turns out to be his most human and affecting movie to date.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Made with local talent by a South African director, Tsotsi is lifted above the current slew of movies portraying Africa as a helpless victim of its many problems, redeemable only by sympathetic white Westerners (as in John Boorman’s sermonizing 2004 drama "In My Country," and to a lesser degree "The Constant Gardener"), by its vigorously transcendent spirit of self-help.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    It's hard to know whether to be impressed or appalled by Eva Mozes Kor, the Holocaust survivor in Bob Hercules and Cheri Pugh's fascinating documentary who has made forgiving the Nazis her life's work.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    As Dardenne films go, with their slow, minutely observed journeys from despair to faint hope, L'Enfant is a horror movie of sorts, and for a few minutes at least, a kind of thriller.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Enthralling documentary.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    A thrilling example of the cunning political allegory woven into vivid concretism that invigorates contemporary Iranian cinema, Mohammad Rasoulof's Iron Island takes as its monumental central image a sinking ship, symbol of decaying autocracy and the faint hope of liberation.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Exciting though the car-racing scenes are, with their millions of fan-cars swaying fluidly around the stadium, it's the drives through the canyons and passes, and the quiet old ruin of a town (which recalls the abandoned mall in Miyazaki’s "Spirited Away"), that truly quicken the pulse.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    For a film about death and endings, A Prairie Home Companion is a cracking good time - a warm, golden bauble within which to shelter, like the radio show that inspired it, from the misery and ennui that engulf us in and out of the multiplex.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    This sensational documentary, which follows German avant-garde musician Alexander Hacke around the city with his mobile recording studio, crosses all kinds of bridges.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    If you can't think of a crisis in your life that's tied to a Leonard Cohen song, then Canadian director Lian Lunson's velvety, exuberantly hagiographic film of a 2005 Sydney tribute concert to the Prince of Pain may not be the movie for you.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Perhaps the most telling image in this remarkable movie is that of a relative intently swatting flies in Riyadh's house, while fighting rages outside.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Their pain is our pleasure, for though occasionally Apted's bluntness makes you want to take a bite out of his neck, there's something immensely satisfying about watching the playing out of ordinary lives we've become attached to over time.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    An excellent documentary by MacArthur fellow Stanley Nelson (The Murder of Emmett Till), offers no grand theories for the Jonestown phenomenon.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Antarctica is a beautiful blue paradise, and the final set piece, in which penguins and humans tap their way to a unity of green-minded spirit, is a small masterpiece of conciliatory wackiness.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    An entertaining tour of this endearing, infuriating absolutist's life and legacy, guided by talking heads more pro than con, prominent among them the former Nader's Raiders who split over their leader's disastrous insistence that there was no difference worth talking about between Democrats and Republicans, yet retain enormous affection for his wit, integrity and incorruptible sense of mission.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    The Lookout is funny, tender and littered with elegantly written characters played by actors cast for goodness of fit rather than star wattage.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Jindabyne wears its class politics lightly, weaving them into a ghost story about the intimate connection between how we treat our living and our dead that will hover around your shoulders long after you leave the theater.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Directed by Lee Tamahori with his customary flash and glitter, Next lives from one brilliantly executed chase sequence to the next, which is more than enough reason to stay the course.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    This brilliantly caustic movie -- easily the best in a burgeoning and fertile effort to come to grips with post-Soviet malaise in Central and Eastern Europe -- offers living proof that when it comes to politics, comedy is the sincerest form of dissidence.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Michael Winterbottom has made an enormously moving document of the tense days between Pearl's capture and the news that he was dead.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    The movie is a great piece of populist outrage and a dangerously good comedy about a looming American tragedy.