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
    • 28 Metascore
    • 35 Ella Taylor
    The Ugly Truth serves up yet another tightly wound career woman, ripe for chopping up, tenderizing and ravishing by an alpha male who knows what's good for her.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 30 Ella Taylor
    This is less a coming-out tale than a showcase for late-middle-aged hysterical divas in flowing caftans to yell, scream and ride roughshod over the young homosexuals who are nominally the movie's center.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Ella Taylor
    The pivotal secret of God's Sandbox is no secret minutes into the story, and director Doron Eran doesn't seem to know, or care much, whether he's making feminist agitprop or softcore porn. The two don't mix well.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 30 Ella Taylor
    If it's about anything at all, the lame new comedy All About Steve is mostly about Mary, a logorrheic crossword compiler with too much arcane information in her head -- and the social skills of an excitable 6-year-old boy.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 30 Ella Taylor
    By all current standards it's a startlingly ingenuous film.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 30 Ella Taylor
    A viscerally effective thriller ends up a repugnant exercise in moral relativism, delivered with the grandstanding swagger of the self-styled provocateur.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Ella Taylor
    Heartless piece of ill will.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Ella Taylor
    I'd take almost any colorful-character shtick over the gloomy gravitas that settles over All the King's Men early on and never leaves.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Ella Taylor
    What a letdown that Vincent Ward, who gave us a fabulous gift with Map of the Hu-man Heart, has made this big old tub of schmaltz.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Ella Taylor
    As a movie, it must stand or fall by intense chemistry between the lead characters. Sadly, as co-written by Campion and Moore, In the Cut suffers from a fatal emotional and erotic imbalance.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Ella Taylor
    As reasoning, this is manipulative -- as filmmaking, it’s dull.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Ella Taylor
    Directed by Swedish filmmaker Mikael Håfström, who's clearly new at the genre, this aptly named movie is riddled with obvious parallels, crude moral talking points, a script so awful it's practically avant-garde, and a vain attempt at comic relief by RZA.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Ella Taylor
    Like so many movies of its kind, Dead Man's Shoes gets hopelessly lost in vicious process, and so loses all sight of anything you might optimistically call insight.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Ella Taylor
    The best I can say for Smiling Fish is that it's capable and pleasant, which ought to sound a warning note louder than if I'd said it was awful.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Ella Taylor
    Undisciplined and overstuffed with enough surplus plot twists to make your neck ache, The Mexican affects the tousled look of a self-conscious indie.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Ella Taylor
    Both character and metaphor have gone to the dogs, leaving a slew of fart and burp jokes and laying bare Dreamcatcher's driving purpose, which is to make multiplexes full of little boys yuk it up, then gross them out, creep them out.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Ella Taylor
    Birth may be the most futile application of cinematic and acting skill I've seen all year. A little "Twilight Zone" flummery would have livened up the proceedings to no end.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Ella Taylor
    For all its strenuous feints at fair play, though, Won't Back Down is something less honorable - a propaganda piece with blame on its mind.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Ella Taylor
    Or
    Doggedly refusing artifice as if cinematic beauty were a filthy capitalist plot, Yedaya drowns her characters in realist grit, a colorless screenplay and no score to speak of, rendering this open book of a movie alienating in all the wrong ways.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 Ella Taylor
    As dull to listen to as it is gorgeous to look at.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Ella Taylor
    Anne Heche is just another neo-noir minx on the make, while Vince Vaughn, grinning and leering as Norman Bates, sinks the movie.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 30 Ella Taylor
    Overblown melodrama, as muddle-headed as it is palpably sincere.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 30 Ella Taylor
    A terrific premise is mangled to a pulp, then beaten to death in this forced mockumentary.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Ella Taylor
    The director gives us not just a pop Holocaust but a prettified, palatable Holocaust.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Ella Taylor
    Half a notch above a vanity project, this chipper little number by French director Steve Suissa offers a deadly combination of shamelessness, narcissism and schoolboy comedy.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Ella Taylor
    Today's street-smart moviegoing kids don't need to be so shamelessly pandered to.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 30 Ella Taylor
    Bier's portrayal of the brothers' interplay holds few surprises, and the exploitation of the war between East and West is vulgar, contrived and borderline racist.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Ella Taylor
    This rancidly exploitative movie is redeemed only by canny performances by both leads, as well as Sandra Oh in a supporting role as Phoebe’s friend.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Ella Taylor
    Barely competent. The pacing never accelerates beyond sluggish, and Lesnick's script is an awkward pile of gag lines.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Ella Taylor
    Lame comic-strip excuse for a biopic.

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