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

Ella Taylor's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Pan's Labyrinth
Lowest review score: 0 Burzynski
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 66 out of 942
942 movie reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    To Be and To Have works in the grandest tradition of documentary filmmaking -- it keeps company with a small, specific place going about its business, and from it parses the whole world.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    A classic of politically engaged filmmaking, based on a book by Saadi Yacef, a former FLN leader who also produced the picture and played a version of himself.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    May turn out to be the finest American indie of the year.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    With its open, spontaneous elasticity, White Oleander is that rare Hollywood film -- an attempt to understand, without judgment, a world on its own terms.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    A charmer, complete with cute critters voiced by the ultrafamous.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    Adaptation is hardly profound, but it's one of the most soulful and loopily romantic movies I've seen all year.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    Easily the most brilliant of the genuflections bestowed on the American gangster movie by the French New Wave.
    • 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
    Caouette lifts his story clear out of the victimized whine that bogs down so many confessional memoirs and offers the viewer instead an intimate look inside his ravaged yet loving head, at once street-smart and haloed by the naiveté of a young saint.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    Above all else, though, Capturing the Friedmans is a vividly personal, devastating story of a family that was hopelessly compromised years before it was scapegoated for crimes that two of its members may or may not have committed.
    • 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."
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    Has the sprawling canvas of an epic and the emotional heat of classical melodrama.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    As it turns out, Shrek 2 is one of the funniest movies I've seen in years. But I'm far from sure that it's a kids' movie anymore, even though, like its predecessor, it's a thoroughly sugared-up reading of the book, by veteran New Yorker cartoonist William Steig, on which both films are based.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    The movie's strength lies in its portrayal of a many-sided genius, as manipulative as he was charming and persuasive, monomaniacal to a fault, generous and sweet yet utterly clueless about the emotional havoc he wrought in the name of science.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    The movie is thrillingly subjective, teeming with the fullness of everyday proletarian life that one finds in the work of the directors who most influenced Marston in the making of this movie: Hector Babenco and the Brazilian realists, Ken Loach and Mike Leigh.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    What makes The Sea Inside such a riveting drama is that none of these relationships is sufficient to make Ramón want to go on living.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    The best of the Harry Potter films so far, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is also hands down the scariest, and the deepest.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    It's a classic Hollywood domestic comedy with a mischievous twist.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    A humane and precociously wise documentary by the young Los Angeles director Amir Bar-Lev.
    • L.A. Weekly
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    Thrilling documentary.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    Superb documentary.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    The movie's ending may be less satisfying than that of "Slumdog Millionaire"--a film you can love for its infectiously wishful exuberance, but never fully believe in--but Kisses is truer to the tragedy of a generation of children whom we have utterly failed. If they're anything like Kylie and Dylan, they'll be back to let us know.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    The pleasures of this gorgeous, clever, and visceral film are almost exclusively aesthetic. Those unmoved or alienated by the porn of pain may be left flopping as nervelessly as one of the movie's severed limbs.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    You don't have to believe in the transmigration of souls to fall languorously in love with the Thai film that won the Palme d'Or at last year's Cannes Film Festival.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    Tuschi has made a docu-thriller of enormous narrative flair and visual smarts. It's a perfect fit for the blend of Greek tragedy, spaghetti Western and judicial farce that defines business and politics in the New Russia.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    The movie is anything but combative. Pariah is a tender, sporadically goofy, yet candid examination of emergent identity, a film whose lack of attitude sets it apart from much of the hard-bitten, thug-life storytelling that's dominated African-American cinema for decades.

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