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

Ella Taylor's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Donnie Brasco
Lowest review score: 0 Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 66 out of 943
943 movie reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    The kind of art film that's rarely seen anymore -- the kind that trusts the audience to be as intelligent as the director.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    AKA
    So never mind the Xmas schlock -- go treat yourself at once to this sensationally entertaining soul food.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    By staying focused on the children -- frightened evacuees from the London Blitz whose parallel war in Narnia both taps into and finally quiets their unspoken terrors -- Adamson keeps faith with the humanity of Lewsis' tale.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    Seattle filmmaker James Longley's poetic essay on the plight of ordinary Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds trapped in a war simultaneously waged over their heads and in their faces stands head and shoulders above an overcrowded field of documentaries about the Iraq war.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    Tautly written by Rona Segal and expertly observed by Jonathan Gurfinkel, a documentarian and TV producer who worked on the hilarious Israeli satire Eretz Nehederet, S#x Acts operates almost exclusively at the behavioral level. Suspended between titillation and despair, the movie firmly implicates us in its voyeurism.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    Funny, exuberant and shamelessly seductive, Yossi is an unabashedly populist entertainment with a spirit conciliatory enough to melt the heart of any naysayer.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    Jonathan Demme's superb film of Neil Young's 2005 performance at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium is as fervent a musical homage as was Demme's bubbly tribute to the Talking Heads, Stop Making Sense (1984).
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    Genuine thriller -- with one crisis hurtling after another, heightened by hauntingly brief moments of peace.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    A raucously entertaining slice of slapstick dressed up as domestic satire.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    The artificial look of the added footage, counterpointed by the commentary of inmates and survivors, only underscores the unending shock of the film's unadulterated images, even though we have seen them in other Shoah documentaries.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    Tuck Everlasting is a wise and beautiful poem to the idea that the fundamental human tragedy is not death, but the unlived life.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    Confidence grooves on the giddy joy of storytelling -- on the digressive whimsy of good dialogue, on playful editing, on the ways in which con men -- and filmmakers -- psych out their victims.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    Easily the most brilliant of the genuflections bestowed on the American gangster movie by the French New Wave.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    Speaks so eloquently for itself, there's not much more for me to do than urge you to get over to the Nuart for the one week it's playing in Los Angeles.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    A waterlogged little jewel of a Chinese movie that you must rush out and see at once or else.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    Just about everyone worth knowing in All About My Mother is female in spirit, which is to say they're all sexy, impossible, powerfully durable souls, quarrelsome and loyal, inventive at navigating the tragedies.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    A drama of uncommon beauty and emotional resonance.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    Has a marvelous, pent-up passion.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    Superb documentary.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    Terrifically entertaining specimen of Spielbergian sci-fi, incomparably better than "A.I." and as dark a movie as the director has made since "Schindler's List."
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    This loving throwback to the paranoid thrillers of the ’70s is a beauty.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    And at its loony best, Wiig and Mumolo's script hurls a torrent of bridesmaid-zilla set pieces at us, playing out like a "Sex and the City 3" read-through gone deliciously awry.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    A quietly devastating song.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    Deliciously wicked, strangely poetic portrait (adapted by Patrick McGrath from his own novel) of a schizophrenic man at once tyrannized and elevated by oedipal terrors.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    At his provocative best, though - in his brilliant, gorgeous 2009 film "The White Ribbon," a study of the roots of fascism in domestic tyranny, and now in Amour - Haneke implicates us in the full range of human capacity.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    Powerfully enigmatic study of the fundamental opacity of human relations.

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