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 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
Lowest review score: 0 Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 58 out of 751
751 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Antarctica is a beautiful blue paradise, and the final set piece, in which penguins and humans tap their way to a unity of green-minded spirit, is a small masterpiece of conciliatory wackiness.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    An entertaining tour of this endearing, infuriating absolutist's life and legacy, guided by talking heads more pro than con, prominent among them the former Nader's Raiders who split over their leader's disastrous insistence that there was no difference worth talking about between Democrats and Republicans, yet retain enormous affection for his wit, integrity and incorruptible sense of mission.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    The Lookout is funny, tender and littered with elegantly written characters played by actors cast for goodness of fit rather than star wattage.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Jindabyne wears its class politics lightly, weaving them into a ghost story about the intimate connection between how we treat our living and our dead that will hover around your shoulders long after you leave the theater.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Directed by Lee Tamahori with his customary flash and glitter, Next lives from one brilliantly executed chase sequence to the next, which is more than enough reason to stay the course.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    This brilliantly caustic movie -- easily the best in a burgeoning and fertile effort to come to grips with post-Soviet malaise in Central and Eastern Europe -- offers living proof that when it comes to politics, comedy is the sincerest form of dissidence.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    Michael Winterbottom has made an enormously moving document of the tense days between Pearl's capture and the news that he was dead.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Ella Taylor
    The movie is a great piece of populist outrage and a dangerously good comedy about a looming American tragedy.
    • 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.
    • 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.