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
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Cloaking (Bateman's) world in a hyperrealist light so sharp you could cut yourself on it, Harron keeps the violence minimal, over the top and ghoulishly funny.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    You begin to wonder whether a story is ever going to show up. When it does, it's worth the wait for a long and well-turned set piece coordinating the heist, and two lovely flips in the plot.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Modest, wise ensemble piece.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    A brilliantly atmospheric, sweetly nutty film.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    McElwee fans will welcome back the wonderful Charleen, his former teacher and lifelong friend, older and mellower but as beguiling and free-spirited as ever.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Like almost everything in this clever, brutal and strangely soulful movie, the time and place are accomplished by suggestion.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    As naked and bitter and mesmerizing a display of self-pity as you've seen outside as Edward Albee play. By the end of this willfully grimy yet oddly beautiful movie, Billy and Layla have earned grudging sympathy.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Indeed, The Good Thief is a fairy tale, not just in the plotted fun of the heist and counterheist, or in the clever twist thrown in at the end, but in the grandiloquent myth, so passionately espoused by Melville, of the crook as a man of honor and elegance.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    An uproarious and appalling piece of consciousness-raising.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Divided We Fall briskly, often hilariously, forbids us to wallow in the specious comfort of untainted local heroes or irredeemable villains.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    A strange and beautiful film.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    The film is not a biopic or a portrait of a famous marriage so much as it is an imaginative essay on what made a union between two radically different people work as well as it did.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    A marvelous tribute to a heady age.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    This impressive - and utterly depressing - feature debut is another in the current rush of testaments to the power of the new corporation to suck the goodness from its employees and all who have the misfortune to enter its orbit.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Surprises you with a kind of hardheaded romanticism.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Goes the distance to avoid banalizing the dilemma of a reasonable couple unhinged by unreasonable events.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    This powerfully rough slice of neo-realism, hitched to soapy melodrama, puts a heartbreakingly human face on the widespread problem of sexual assault in Mexico.
    • 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.

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