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 Old Joy
Lowest review score: 0 Burzynski
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 66 out of 942
942 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Ella Taylor
    Without serious political and ethical stakes, the story limps to a halt, shrouded in platitude and faux drama.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Ella Taylor
    So radiantly awful that, given the egghead credentials of the director and his screenwriter and star Sam Shepard, I initially took the charitable route and assumed I was in the presence of parody.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Ella Taylor
    Among its other sins, the disposable romantic comedy Music and Lyrics fluffs a golden opportunity to make hay with Grant's dark side.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 Ella Taylor
    As dull to listen to as it is gorgeous to look at.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 30 Ella Taylor
    Like its predecessor, SATC2--with a script that's basically a sack full of not very funny gag-lines wrapped in strung-together episodic mini-scenes--is not suited to be a movie.
    • 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.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Ella Taylor
    The movie uses the mutt's disappearance as a frame on which to hang a well-worn package of fatally mild domestic disorder, then resolve it in what feels like real time. Let's just say that the dog gets the best lines.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 25 Ella Taylor
    A witless ninny of a movie about Italy, romantic disillusion, Shakespeare, history, more Italy and getting to "yes" in love and intimacy.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 20 Ella Taylor
    That we are supposed to find something to admire in this callow crew is insufferable.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 20 Ella Taylor
    The predicaments of this whiny, unprepossessing crew inspire about as much sympathy as a celebrity divorce.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 20 Ella Taylor
    It's hard to imagine a movie at once more pandering and insulting to adult women
    • 43 Metascore
    • 20 Ella Taylor
    Overproduced, psychologically muddled, and burdened with an enchantingly overheated screenplay.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 20 Ella Taylor
    Director Shankman has diligently studied the forms and reproduced the moves of the screwball romances he so clearly loves, but he simply hasn't the chops to put together even a decent rip-off of those glittering jewels of the '30s and '40s, which depend on great writing, classy situation comedy and, above all, chemistry.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 20 Ella Taylor
    Made with the slick, shorthand complacency of a TV movie, Beautiful is so overstuffed with contrivance, you can hardly breathe.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 20 Ella Taylor
    I can find nothing nice to note about this excruciatingly slow, overly tasteful piece of whimsy.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 20 Ella Taylor
    A star ensemble is preposterously miscast.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 20 Ella Taylor
    How fortunate that the J. Lo bod, majestic butt and all, finds itself in excellent working order in Gigli: There is precious little other consolation in this formless windbag of a romantic comedy.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 20 Ella Taylor
    An undercooked allusion to chaos theory -- gives every appearance of having been conceived, planned and executed out of a high school locker room.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 20 Ella Taylor
    By the end of this mercifully short excuse for a horror movie, you'll be wishing the beast had chowed down on the entire ensemble.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 20 Ella Taylor
    A movie bloated with character cliches and a bullying score that bludgeons us into whatever emotion composer Marc Shaiman thinks we should be experiencing.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 20 Ella Taylor
    The skits are dreadful, the jokes suck.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 20 Ella Taylor
    Parker has boiled An Ideal Husband into a thuddingly unimaginative costume drama laden with frocks, riding crops, servile butlers and very good actors desperately treading water.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 20 Ella Taylor
    A degraded and degrading film, of interest only because it's symptomatic of so much that's wrong with the drearily repetitive tabloid mentality that has infected not just the news media, but the whole culture industry.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 15 Ella Taylor
    Along with the rest of the movie's fine cast, Franco presumably believes he is in the presence of art. Me, I know a fire hose when I see one.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 10 Ella Taylor
    If you get your jollies from watching women being shot, stabbed and humiliated, you’ll love video director David Dobkin’s pointlessly grisly, tediously derivative feature debut.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 10 Ella Taylor
    How this hopelessly muddled and tedious dirge got released -- unless it was through the clout of Mel Gibson, who's grafted on as an FBI agent in a neck brace, with no discernible connection to the action -- is the real mystery.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 10 Ella Taylor
    Anatomy of Hell offers one of the most hateful and mechanical representations of sexuality I've ever seen.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 10 Ella Taylor
    Vinterberg's execution is overstuffed, unoriginal and often downright incomprehensible. And what's Sean Penn doing dangling off airplanes -- pontificating, as usual, from a great height?
    • 47 Metascore
    • 10 Ella Taylor
    The animation is cheesy; the banter isn't funny; the score is noisy and grating; and the critters look like stuffed animals. The best that can be said for The Wild is that it's a most insincere form of flattery. The worst is that it's a sincere form of theft.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 10 Ella Taylor
    Replete with false dilemmas, assisted by a dreadfully stagy screenplay and directed with all the animation of a tableau vivant, Metroland is such a draggy bore.
    • L.A. Weekly
    • 15 Metascore
    • 0 Ella Taylor
    A schizoid monster slapped together by uneasy bedfellows.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 0 Ella Taylor
    Who's the bigger charlatan--Burzynski or Merola--and why is this conspiratorial rubbish being released into theaters?

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