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
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    There’s no denying the sharpness of his (Jason Kohn) insights into a society that hasn’t so much collapsed as reconstituted itself around venality, profiteering and rage.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Warm, playful and inventive, this tale of an elephant with a spirit as generous as his waistline comes juiced with the genially goofy animation of the folks who brought us "Ice Age" (and, less memorably, "Robots") coupled with a respectful doffing of the cap to Geisel’s exuberantly wacky visual style.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Laila’s Birthday is beautifully shot and overlaid with a spare, lyrical score that lends rueful emphasis to Masharawi’s exasperated fidelity to a chronically malfunctioning city.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Unlike most documentaries about arty types, John Walter's wonderfully capricious, wittily edited film about Johnson seeks to make precise all the different ways in which the artist managed to remain opaque.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Comes as close as perhaps any film has gotten to approximating the inner life of an artist.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    A beautiful and exhilaratingly clear-eyed new film by the equally celebrated South Korean director Im Kwon-Taek.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    As pristine a distillation of Palestinian rage as I've seen outside the evening news.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    A very good new Dogme by Danish director Susanne Bier, begins with several lives in excellent working order, and proceeds by way of domestic tragedy to a full-court emotional train wreck.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Lewd, crude and occasionally too brutal to take, it's also gorgeous, heartfelt.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Though it was made before "Run Lola Run," feels like the work of a more seasoned heart and mind.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Designed neither to warm your heart nor shelter you in the comfort of liberal guilt, the movie does what so many style-conscious, "subjective" documentaries have long forgotten how to do. It shows you a world, and stays the hell out of it.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Made may look like a Wong Kar-Wai movie -- the cinematographer, Chris Doyle, has brought to the film the dark, rich romanticism of the movies he's shot for the Hong Kong prodigy -- but the sensibility is Woody Allen, only sweeter.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Rapp's creepy, ghoulishly funny and, finally, touching new film.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Sarandon's motherly sexiness is appealing, but it's Hawn, in a warm and deep performance as the hapless but free-spirited Suzette, who walks away with the movie.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Eerily compelling.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    A sophisticated and beautiful feature debut.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    The movie's a beauty.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Frances Reid and Deborah Hoffman's heart-stopping, Oscar-nominated documentary about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission is narrow in focus, but broad in its reach for insight into the power of public drama.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Deft, funny and intelligently scary.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Junge's testimony about the last days in Hitler's bunker will fascinate the layperson, but it adds little to what is already known by historians.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    The story proceeds, by minuscule tonal shifts and barely perceptible changes in the atmospheric temperature, from touches of ghoulish comedy -- to the creepy stillness of death that pervades the house.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Affliction is a work of realist art rich in quotidian detail, a Grimm fairy tale about a community under siege, and a lament for a good man gone bad for nothing.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    A sexy, hugely enjoyable romp, hedged with lyrical grace notes and intimate detail.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Charlotte Gray is not a subtle movie, but it is an honorable and surprisingly gripping one.
    • 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.

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