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 Talk to Her
Lowest review score: 0 Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 66 out of 942
942 movie reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Line for line, Knocked Up isn't quite as funny as "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," which got most of its laughs from the friction between prissy Carell and his sex-crazed stoner co-workers. But it is equally good as a nutty anthropology of marginal living and as an illustration of how much energy it takes to do nothing in a work-obsessed society.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Charlotte Gray is not a subtle movie, but it is an honorable and surprisingly gripping one.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Boasts one of the most entertaining and bitterly astute screenplays I've had the pleasure of listening to in a while, with its lengthening spirals of deceit, mendacity and one-upmanship, and its elegant linguistic dances around difficult truths.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Who could resist a movie in which a garden gnome holds the front line in high-tech home security?
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Glazer shoots with the dreamy impressionism much favored in his principal line of work, all floaty slo-mos and in-your-face close-ups punctuated by a hard-driving rock score.
    • 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
    A sophisticated and beautiful feature debut.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Its suggestion that Israel, of all nations, should know better than to persecute minorities within and across its borders, give the film a thrilling universal appeal.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    A warped, but beautiful and strangely hopeful, coming-of-age tale.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Abu-Assad, who made the lovely 2002 film "Rana's Wedding," is a far more gifted observer of the everyday than he is an action director, which is why, in Paradise Now, he productively sidetracks into a persuasive and often very funny portrait of the irrationalities of life under occupation.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Made with local talent by a South African director, Tsotsi is lifted above the current slew of movies portraying Africa as a helpless victim of its many problems, redeemable only by sympathetic white Westerners (as in John Boorman’s sermonizing 2004 drama "In My Country," and to a lesser degree "The Constant Gardener"), by its vigorously transcendent spirit of self-help.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    If this terrific documentary doesn't adjust your idea of what it means to have a hard life and a good attitude, you haven’t been paying attention.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Both funny and telling about the messy passages of grief.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Resolutely descriptive, It Felt Like Love doesn't exactly have a plot, which feels absolutely right for a film whose elliptical yet intensely focused visual style seem to flow directly from Lila's consciousness.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    An excellent documentary by MacArthur fellow Stanley Nelson (The Murder of Emmett Till), offers no grand theories for the Jonestown phenomenon.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    With masterful tonal balance and control, and a visual sophistication as yet unusual among Israeli directors, Gabizon catches both the absurdity and the sadness of what it means to live with such daily threat and confusion.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Anderson and co-writer Lyn Vaus have a wonderfully light touch with dialogue both comic and sad, and Davis is the perfect mirror for the movie's gracefully shifting moods, and its soulful bossa nova score.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    CJ7
    This utterly beguiling foray into family comedy from Hong Kong director Stephen Chow (Kung Fu Hustle, Shaolin Soccer) may be the tribute to Spielberg's "E.T. Extra-Terrestrial" the gleefully childlike filmmaker has had up his sleeve forever.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Modest, wise ensemble piece.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Fascinating.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Though it was made before "Run Lola Run," feels like the work of a more seasoned heart and mind.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Ali
    Ali boasts a whole tribe of outstanding secondary performances, of which Jon Voight's Cosell, in an outrageous rug and several tons of pasty-face makeup, is easily the funniest.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    For once, it's no stretch for Jerry Bruckheimer to turn a human life into an action movie. Give or take a pack of screaming clichés in Carol Doyle and Mary Agnes Donoghue's screenplay, Joel Schumacher's propulsive thriller is also a smart character study, with Cate Blanchett as the jewel in its crown.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    For all its hectic comings and goings, though, Kings & Queen is superbly controlled, gracefully shot and edited, and, for its entire 150 minutes, as engrossing as its meanings are opaque.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    A strange and beautiful film.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Faster and, if possible, furiouser than its predecessors.

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