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 Gosford Park
Lowest review score: 0 Burzynski
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 66 out of 942
942 movie reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    Easily the most brilliant of the genuflections bestowed on the American gangster movie by the French New Wave.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    Magnificently twisted black comedy.
    • L.A. Weekly
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    Powerfully enigmatic study of the fundamental opacity of human relations.
    • 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."
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    His (Soderbergh's) work has taken on echoes of a classier, bygone age of cinema, at once more literate and lighthearted.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    Makes no attempt to entertain us. Much of this extraordinarily tactful movie, like "Rosetta," is shot in close-up, focusing on the back of Olivier's neck, as if inviting us to see the world as he does.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    Has the sprawling canvas of an epic and the emotional heat of classical melodrama.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    A quietly devastating song.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    Not a campy movie. True, it has its ironies, but though you can read it ironically if you wish, Haynes' triumph is that it also plays beautifully straight.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    AKA
    So never mind the Xmas schlock -- go treat yourself at once to this sensationally entertaining soul food.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    The true mystery is the journey itself, which will turn out to be one of the most spiritually enervating, and elevating, Outward Bound courses ever undertaken.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    A charmer, complete with cute critters voiced by the ultrafamous.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    Exquisitely calibrated domestic drama.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    The kind of small film -- morally ambiguous, graceful in its admission of imperfect knowledge, at once specific and universal -- that expands our understanding of the emotional economy of family life, with its ebb and flow of love and hostility, secrecy and egregious candor. You must see this film.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    Payami uses an exquisitely delicate juxtaposition of long shots and close-ups, mobility and stillness, music and found sound, comedy and pathos to suggest both the longing for self-expression and communication, and its limits in a repressive society.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    In its breathlessly claustrophobic way the movie is vital and passionate, and lit with a lyric beauty that washes over love scenes and violent acts alike.

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