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
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Certainly the movie is one of Schrader's most accomplished, and most entertaining, but there's something cold and unforgiving about his vision, delivered with a severity that only a bred-in-the-bone Calvinist could muster.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Carrey is a genius at registering the rage behind television's sunny smile, while Laura Linney excels as his wife.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Improbably, Read My Lips escapes the cynicism of much contemporary neo-noir, if only by a hair, by ending as a love story of delightful crackpot idealism, in which Paul has made a crook and a hussy out of Carla, and she's made a gentleman out of him.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    To anyone whose soul lives or dies by reading or writing or both, the movie is a total thrill, and not just as a debate on the nature of the one-shot writer or the decline of publishing.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    The Girl From Paris may not have half the smooth technique of "Swimming Pool," but it has 10 times the heart and soul.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Subtle distinctions have not been Costa-Gavras' long suit, but urgency becomes him in this forceful and intelligent evocation.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Mercifully there's more Hitchcock than Lacan in this slickly enjoyable little number, which cannily plays off the ingénue image of "Amélie's" Audrey Tautou.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    As a tactfully quiet story of mother-daughter estrangement and psychic rescue, Solas can hardly fail to excite the longing so many of us have to right domestic wrongs.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Like almost everything in this clever, brutal and strangely soulful movie, the time and place are accomplished by suggestion.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    The movie's real strength lies in its intelligent, sympathetic account of the dynamic, difficult marriage of Regina's parents.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Despite his (Jeremy Irons) showboating turn and Dench's lascivious energy, it's Annette Crosbie, in her quiet way, who gives the most commanding performance, as the sister who sees all too clearly what's coming.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Surprises you with a kind of hardheaded romanticism.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Both funny and telling about the messy passages of grief.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    If Steven Spielberg's emotional intelligence matched his visual genius, his honorably flawed new film might qualify for one of the greatest-ever American WWII movies.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    For the committed word nerd, spelling has its intrinsic pleasures, but in Spellbound it's another example of the peculiarly American mania for turning everything -- even play --into work.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Far from a spontaneous movie -- the passage of this relationship is mapped from the get-go -- but it is warm and deep, and its visual style bespeaks a new maturity in Leconte.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Noyce wants us to feel the joy of the homecoming, but he's honest enough to show, in a coda that tells what happened to the girls after their break for home, how Rabbit Proof Fence finally must be more a tale of courage than of victory.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    A sophisticated and beautiful feature debut.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    If nothing else, Memento is a savvy comment on the queasy uncertainties of the postmodern condition, in which history goes no further back than yesterday's news, and knowledge is supplanted by "information" from a tumult of spin-controlled, unreliable narrators.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Danièle Thompson's romantic comedy is excellent fluff français, leavened with charm, wit and smart observation about the way we love now.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    The protracted final sequence, which involves balletic swordplay worthy of the famous scene in "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," will take your breath away.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    The movie's staccato pacing, lent emphasis by Dario Marianelli's haunting score, evokes the cycles of tedium and terror that make the journey so unnerving.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Enlivened by journalist Avner Bernheimer's delicately witty script and some lively ensemble performances under the direction of Eytan Fox, the film offers a haunting portrait of a generation forced to risk their lives in the service of military goals they're far from totally committed to.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Quiet and meditative, Dinklage neatly sidesteps the trope of the angry dwarf, and Clarkson, even in pain and rage, is characteristically warm and sexy -- she's our very own Helen Mirren.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    What makes it enthralling is the younger Kahn's openness to a range of emotional responses (his own and others') to his father's life above and below board, and his readiness to turn his own predicament into both entertainment and a provisional kind of puckish wisdom.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    A reunion movie, and while it's often very funny, it has none of the self-satisfied piety or strenuous jokiness of "The Big Chill." Its mood shifts between defiant exuberance and wistful contemplation, but it's never mawkish.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    An extraordinary documentary about the German entertainer Kurt Gerron, has been timed to coincide with Holocaust Remembrance Week, but the film would also fit snugly on a double bill with "My Architect."
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    It makes an eloquent case against the death penalty, especially when imposed on the mentally incompetent. For if one thing is clear by the time she went to the execution chamber, it's that Wuornos is barking mad, her eyes wild and vengeful, yet also, on some level, already dead.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    This mouthy express train of a movie has giddy charm to burn, due in major part to the frantic charisma of Nathan Lane.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Though technically sleek and assured, On the Run offers much more than the exercise in style that weakens so much contemporary neo-noir. The movie is an unflinchingly intelligent probe into far-left monomania and the brutish power of ideology divorced from ordinary empathy.