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 The Triplets of Belleville
Lowest review score: 0 Burzynski
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 66 out of 942
942 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    The Lookout is funny, tender and littered with elegantly written characters played by actors cast for goodness of fit rather than star wattage.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    This is a very funny film about a creepy, excruciatingly lonely world.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Lewd, crude and occasionally too brutal to take, it's also gorgeous, heartfelt.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    The Host is a miracle of breathless play with form and tone that also seethes with attitude and ideas, from pure movie love to pointed sociopolitical commentary to a bleak existentialism about the inherent cruelty of our world.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    An uproarious and appalling piece of consciousness-raising.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    "Nothing happening" is everything happening between the lines, in the gap created between what is unstated onscreen and what we bring to the story ourselves.
    • L.A. Weekly
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Imamura has said that Warm Water Under a Red Bridge is a poem to the enduring strengths of women. It may also be the best sex comedy about environmental pollution ever made.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Under the Skin is distinguished, like so much contemporary Iranian cinema, by the way its striking visuals and strategic use of sound tell the underlying story.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Martel's off-the-cuff candor and intelligent eye for the quietly telling detail charts the progressive rot not only of a family, but of an entire social class.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    A haunting tale of the physical survival and emotional confusion of children who were simultaneously required to build a new life and hold fast to the memory of an old one, in the hope of resuming it after the war.
    • L.A. Weekly
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Ceylan’s departure from his moody sonatas "Distant" and "Climates" into more plotted film noir is equal parts Bresson and Buñuel, a merciless etching of the indiscreet charmlessness of the Turkish bourgeoisie, which sharply raises the stakes on that class’s petty hypocrisy and serial betrayals.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Like television's "Breaking Bad," At Any Price is about the slow, insidious corruption of a regular guy, about the rot that grows around him and within him, allowing him to become complicit in a crime of biblical proportions.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    This delightful and compassionate romp achieves precisely that rare quality -- grace -- that sets Betty apart from the pack.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Surprises you with a kind of hardheaded romanticism.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Douchebag has the intensity and taut circularity of a short story told with economy and style.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    For once in an American movie, the uplift feels earned.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    This highly entertaining spin on eco-catastrophe could turn the most meteorologically challenged among us into Weather Channel freaks.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Subtle distinctions have not been Costa-Gavras' long suit, but urgency becomes him in this forceful and intelligent evocation.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Gluck, an oral historian, has the magpie eye of a born collector of objects, people and ideas, a cheeky appreciation for the ironies life drops on us, and enough of an open mind to let her odyssey lead her where it may.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Cast for fun, and the whimsy is enjoyable both for its parody of heavy-handed "relevant" updates of the play.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    As their extraordinarily brave black female attorney points out, at stake are not merely the rights of this family or indeed of all white farmers, but the future of race relations and human rights in Africa.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Marvelously conciliatory film.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    I was astonished to find myself weeping copiously over von Trier's latest, which is another parable of monomaniacal sainthood.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    This brilliantly caustic movie -- easily the best in a burgeoning and fertile effort to come to grips with post-Soviet malaise in Central and Eastern Europe -- offers living proof that when it comes to politics, comedy is the sincerest form of dissidence.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    It's not a happy film, but there's much incidental, quotidian happiness in it. Like Lynne Ramsay's lovely "Ratcatcher," the movie is far from sentimental about children.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    The two films bursting out of The English Patient (a chamber piece and a David Lean dune epic) require a juggling of tone, pace and scale that might easily defeat a director more seasoned than Minghella.

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