For 751 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ella Taylor's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Gosford Park
Lowest review score: 0 Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 58 out of 751
751 movie reviews
    • 42 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Contrary to recent rumors that it was a dud, the new Stepford Wives, with its chocolate-box visual style, archly heavy-handed foreshadowing and its scene-for-scene parody of the original's fright strategies (Walken's waxy menace is once again played for laughs), is a gas.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    For sheer urbane elegance coupled with technical mastery and lush, old-fashioned élan, no one working for the studios today comes close to the versatile Soderbergh.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    The movie is driven almost entirely by its exhilaratingly subversive characters.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Yet the pride and sympathy McNally brings to his characters reminds us how far gay film has progressed from the long, self-lacerating whine of "The Boys in the Band".
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Some psychobabble ("We're all trying to be who we are") is inevitable, but somehow or other the thing works, largely because the acting, though primarily reactive, invests the movie with enough immediacy and specificity to turn the most excruciating banality into an original thought.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Though the progress of this ill-matched love triangle is fun to follow in its self-consciously wacky way, the movie's chief pleasures, at least to a Western eye, are anthropological.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Marvelously conciliatory film.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    It’s fascinating that this portrait of the rise, fall and rise of Midwestern organic farmer John Peterson can be read in so many different ways, only some of which appear intentionally in Taggart Siegel’s sympathetic documentary about his friend and fellow artist.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Open-minded, probing but never prurient, 51 Birch Street is much more than a portrait of suburban ennui. It's a loving, painful map of the gulf between thought and word, between word and deed, that props up good marriages, and sends bad ones to hell.
    • 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.
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    • 80 Ella Taylor
    In this fascinating documentary, directors Ronit Avni and Julia Bacha ask what kind of person counters malicious violence with activist conciliation, but offer neither pat answers nor false redemption.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    There is so much to admire and empathize with in Stephanie Daley that it feels almost boorish to quibble about whether the film needs to come packaged as a murder mystery.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Fascinating.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Ella Taylor
    There's no use griping about the superfluous white-on-white romance that generates so much dead space in Zwick's movie, for without it Blood Diamond would never have been made. Which would be a pity, for as liberal hand-wringing goes, it's a winner.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Ella Taylor
    What sets this engaging little movie above the pack of glib, brittle or sickly-sweet teen comedies is the clear eye it casts on the suburban American family, while stoutly defending that battered institution’s elastic ability to adapt.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Ella Taylor
    And though at over two hours the movie is too long and too slow, de Caunes sustains a sense of mystery and ambiguity to the end of what is both a satisfying character study and a stately quasi-thriller for amateur historians.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Ella Taylor
    This delightful riff on the identity crisis of a young Jewish Argentine man deserves both the Grand Jury prize and Best Actor awards it won at last year's Berlin Film Festival.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Ella Taylor
    Yet for all its willful blurring of the lines between documentary and fiction, Assisted Living is the least self-conscious of movies.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Ella Taylor
    O'Donnell's directing is assured and glossy as befits a former maker of television commercials, and Jeffrey Caine's exuberant script sidesteps cliché -- just.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Ella Taylor
    Constantine, which opts in the end for what I can only describe as a kind of supernatural humanism, is not without its spiritual satisfactions.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Ella Taylor
    One of those passionately atmospheric movies, like Jane Campion's "The Piano," that sounds idiotic on paper, but whose ambiance, charged with eros, rage, regret and optimism, is strangely moving.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Ella Taylor
    With the possible exception of Neil LaBute, I can't think of a filmmaker who can divide an audience as efficiently as Solondz.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Ella Taylor
    The worthy text of Mad Hot Ballroom is undercut by the real source of its energy, the heat of competition and the pure joy of winning.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 70 Ella Taylor
    Slight but immensely enjoyable charmer.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Ella Taylor
    Vahina Giocante oozes a killer blend of purring, lascivious innocence and little-girl-lost vulnerability as Lila.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Ella Taylor
    When all is said and done, Roos treats his characters and his audience to an unblushingly sentimental, conciliatory ending of the kind that ordinarily makes me feel as though I'm being played for a sucker. I wept on demand and went home happy.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Ella Taylor
    By turns merry, tough-minded and sweetly nostalgic.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Ella Taylor
    While Grizzly Man is never less than a fascinating portrait of a troubled Peter Pan who couldn't function in human society and tried to remake the animal kingdom into his own private Hanna-Barbera cartoon, it fails to establish Treadwell as much more than a serious headcase, let alone a titanic figure.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Ella Taylor
    Raymond De Felitta's directing is straightforward, tactful, lyrical where necessary and never mawkish, and though Reiser's script offers no grand insights, it's full of sharply observed and funny detail.