For 943 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 2.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ella Taylor's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 I'm Going Home
Lowest review score: 0 Burzynski
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 66 out of 943
943 movie reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    With its ludicrous parallels and brisk, funny script (pardon my provincialism, but it sounds all the funnier in Danish), Italian for Beginners is full of larky charm while drawing its emotional vitality from urban loneliness.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Ella Taylor
    Max
    Suggests that had young Adolf Hitler managed to get his art show, the Holocaust might never have happened. This seems absurd, not to say insensitive.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    A strange and beautiful film.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Ella Taylor
    One of the most fascinating and least documented tributaries of the Jewish experience in World War II.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Ella Taylor
    Mercifully, the supporting cast saves the day by grasping clearly that in a comedy of manners you have to act mannered, though not to the point of situation comedy.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    The movie often seems as innocent and goodhearted as its subject. Still, Jebeli is possessed of an impish visual sense. He also has the Iranian gift for bringing to vivid life people we wouldn't give a second glance.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Ella Taylor
    There's something oddly moving about the film purely as a love story between two people who were more alike than was good for them, yet somehow stuck it out. What we see in Frida is not Kahlo the painter, but Kahlo the love of Rivera's life, as he was of hers.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Ella Taylor
    Aniston plays her depressed character with enough conviction to guarantee that practically every scene will be stolen out from under her by minor characters, among them a pricelessly funny Zooey Deschanel as a Retail Rodeo employee who vents her rage and frustration on the customers.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    A beautiful and exhilaratingly clear-eyed new film by the equally celebrated South Korean director Im Kwon-Taek.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 30 Ella Taylor
    By all current standards it's a startlingly ingenuous film.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Ella Taylor
    Good fun, though not more than up-market situation comedy studded with the usual leaps out of period-speak to swipe at contemporary Hollywood.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Ella Taylor
    Undone by its own malignant contempt for every one of its characters, except a pathologically candid grandmother who single-handedly kept my chin from dropping to my ankles. Even Bergman would be scrambling for his Prozac.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Goes the distance to avoid banalizing the dilemma of a reasonable couple unhinged by unreasonable events.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    Just about everyone worth knowing in All About My Mother is female in spirit, which is to say they're all sexy, impossible, powerfully durable souls, quarrelsome and loyal, inventive at navigating the tragedies.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Ella Taylor
    Crazy/beautiful has a leisurely local specificity, and Stockwell has a tender way with his actors.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Ella Taylor
    Watching Possession is a movie experience not much deeper than you'd get on your couch watching Masterpiece Theater or Mystery! -- pleasant enough, but oh so soft.
    • L.A. Weekly
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    This delightful and compassionate romp achieves precisely that rare quality -- grace -- that sets Betty apart from the pack.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Ella Taylor
    There are moments here that are so distinct in emotional timber it's as if they were directed by someone who'd skipped the last two decades of American genre film and opted to get back to basics -- like character, and the ways in which two actors can sit in a smoke-filled car and turn an everyday conversation into art.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    Macdonald's singular achievement is to restore -- through interviews and archival footage -- the dead to such vivid life, you weep for them and for their families, who have only memories to live off.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Ray Harryhausen's original stop-motion Sinbad classics are a hard act to follow, but Tim Johnson and Patrick Gilmore's update, couched in a gorgeous palette of indigo and dark rose, is a big, beautiful thrill all its own.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Ella Taylor
    At his best, Altman turns us into interlopers who have stumbled into a world that seems to predate us and persuades us it will continue to teem with life long after we leave the theater.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Ella Taylor
    A Michael Bay movie: bang bang, paper-thin characters, wooden screenplay.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 20 Ella Taylor
    Made with the slick, shorthand complacency of a TV movie, Beautiful is so overstuffed with contrivance, you can hardly breathe.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Ella Taylor
    With its open, spontaneous elasticity, White Oleander is that rare Hollywood film -- an attempt to understand, without judgment, a world on its own terms.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    As pristine a distillation of Palestinian rage as I've seen outside the evening news.

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