Charles Taylor

Charles Taylor

Agrees with the Tomatometer 66% of the time.

Biography:
In addition to writing about movies for Salon, my writing on film has also appeared in Sight and Sound, Details, and the Boston Phoenix
Favorites:
My favorite film of all time is "McCabe and Mrs. Miller" A random sampling of some others would be Rules of the Game, The Godfather, Parts I and II, The Lady Eve, L'Atalante, A Hard Day's Night, The Wild Bunch, Last Tango in Paris, The Lady Eve
Publications:
L.A. Weekly , Salon.com , Sight and Sound , Slate
Total Reviews:
429
Location:
Boston

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
87% The Blair Witch Project (1999) " Somewhere, P. T. Barnum is smiling." — Sight and Sound
Posted Jun 18, 2012
89% Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten (2007) " Temple succeeds beautifully in evoking Strummer as a cross between a punk journeyman and one of the battered, upright gunmen who populate Sam Peckinpah's films." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Jun 21, 2007
60% Al Franken: God Spoke (2006) " Existing in the moment without inquiry or challenge, cinéma vérité fosters exactly the sort of refusal to think beyond the immediate that this film criticizes in right-wing dittoheads." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Sep 21, 2006
93% Nobody Knows (Dare mo shiranai) (2004) " Akira reminds you of the children who have populated the films of Vittorio De Sica or Satyajit Ray, and, more unexpectedly, of the elderly Carlo Battisti in the title role of De Sica's Umberto D." — Salon.com
Posted Feb 5, 2005
10% Elektra (2005) " The sad thing about Elektra is that it reveals that for all the millions of dollars now spent on them, comic-book movies are being made with no more distinction than the cheapest old Saturday-afternoon serials." — Salon.com
Posted Jan 15, 2005
53% Spanglish (2004) " Offensive because it turns liberal self-abasement into self-congratulation." — Salon.com
Posted Dec 18, 2004
84% The Sea Inside (Mar Adentro) (The Sea Within) (2004) " There's a combination of fatalism and hard-edged humor at work in The Sea Inside that you can imagine Irish writers would feel right at home with." — Salon.com
Posted Dec 18, 2004
91% Million Dollar Baby (2004) " Solemn, inflated and dull." — Salon.com
Posted Dec 18, 2004
78% A Very Long Engagement (2004) " The mixture of a trickster director and classic movie conventions works better than you'd expect it to." — Salon.com
Posted Nov 27, 2004
27% Bridget Jones - The Edge of Reason (2004) " So clumsy and crass that it makes you doubt the pleasure of the first movie." — Salon.com
Posted Nov 12, 2004
81% Ray (2004) " Any viewers who look at Ray and see only clichés are declaring themselves hopelessly lost to the real achievement of this picture, which is nothing less than a statement of faith in the inclusiveness of American culture." — Salon.com
Posted Oct 29, 2004
59% Enduring Love (2004) " It's affirmative action for psychos." — Salon.com
Posted Oct 28, 2004
77% Team America - World Police (2004) " The first work from Parker and Stone that I'd describe as a failure of nerve." — Salon.com
Posted Oct 19, 2004
46% Shall We Dance (2004) " There are so many appealing performers in Shall We Dance? that it's a crime the director, Peter Chelsom, and the screenwriter, Audrey Wells, haven't given them more to do." — Salon.com
Posted Oct 19, 2004
81% Friday Night Lights (2004) " Substitutes slick, cynical point-scoring for insight." — Salon.com
Posted Oct 19, 2004
96% Sideways (2004) " Makes you feel like you're trapped at dinner with a wiseass who's trying to convince you what a sensitive guy he is." — Salon.com
Posted Oct 19, 2004
92% Vera Drake (2004) " Susan has served the point Leigh is making about how easy it is for affluent women to get safe abortions (no kidding) and is no longer of use or interest to him." — Salon.com
Posted Oct 7, 2004
91% The Big Red One (1980) " As the longest and biggest of Fuller's movies, it magnifies the essence -- good and bad -- of his work." — Salon.com
Posted Oct 6, 2004
43% The Brown Bunny (2004) " Must be one of the truest songs of roadside America that the movies have produced." — Salon.com
Posted Sep 18, 2004
15% Head in the Clouds (2004) " Makes you wish that Duigan had either worked to make the film believable as serious drama or gone unabashedly for tear-jerking." — Salon.com
Posted Sep 18, 2004
60% Wimbledon (2004) " Slick, satisfying entertainment." — Salon.com
Posted Sep 18, 2004
51% Vanity Fair (2004) " Scene by scene and moment to moment, it's a woeful misreading of the book." — Salon.com
Posted Sep 4, 2004
95% Hero (2004) " It's not too much to say that Hero is one of the most ravishing spectacles the movies have given us." — Salon.com
Posted Aug 28, 2004
19% She Hate Me (2004) " Lee, who always has an agenda, is fundamentally unsuited to satire, which has no sides, no friends, no agenda." — Salon.com
Posted Aug 7, 2004
90% Last Life in the Universe (2004) " The closest thing to entering a dream state at the movies right now is watching Last Life in the Universe." — Salon.com
Posted Aug 7, 2004
86% Intimate Strangers (Confidences trop intimes) (2003) " To borrow a phrase from Pauline Kael, Intimate Strangers suggests bits of Alfred Hitchcock and bits of Woody Allen. But the wrong bits." — Salon.com
Posted Jul 30, 2004
81% The Bourne Supremacy (2004) " An entertaining, well-constructed spy story (though not as satisfying as the first film -- perhaps because it's not as simple)." — Salon.com
Posted Jul 24, 2004
67% The Door in the Floor (2004) " The movie appears to be made for an audience whose highest aspiration is to be WASPs -- and it feels long enough to produce enough generations of them to fill an Andover reunion." — Salon.com
Posted Jul 20, 2004
94% Spider-Man 2 (2004) " For a big-budget action movie Spider-Man 2 is modest and not assaultive -- it has a boring decency." — Salon.com
Posted Jul 3, 2004
52% The Notebook (2004) " The movie not only approaches a level of shamelessness you have to see to disbelieve, it does it in a manner that's both inept and crass." — Salon.com
Posted Jul 3, 2004
61% The Terminal (2004) " Probably the worst-directed film Spielberg has ever made." — Salon.com
Posted Jun 19, 2004
23% Raising Helen (2004) " This ode to the most stifling aspects of family and motherhood make you feel like the hicks have all uprooted themselves and moved into the front office at Touchstone." — Salon.com
Posted May 29, 2004
61% Valentin (2004) " The characters in the Argentinean heart-warmer Valentin spend so much time squabbling and yelling that after a while I began to long for a nice movie about a family of mutes." — Salon.com
Posted May 7, 2004
84% Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2004) " for all the craft that's gone into Kill Bill, Vol. 2, despite the chance Tarantino has taken in departing from the wham-bam movement of the first half, my final reaction to the movie is, so what?" — Salon.com
Posted Apr 17, 2004
55% The Girl Next Door (2004) " The American male hypocrisy toward sexually active women in general -- and porn in particular -- is at the center of the new comedy The Girl Next Door. Unfortunately, instead of being the movie's target, it's the subtext." — Salon.com
Posted Apr 17, 2004
76% Bon Voyage (2004) " The movie is great fun. It offers the plush sense of relaxation that only smooth professionalism can deliver." — Salon.com
Posted Apr 3, 2004
70% Dogville (2003) " In every respect other than sheer length -- in scope, imagination, execution, depth and spirit -- Dogville is a piddling movie." — Salon.com
Posted Mar 27, 2004
55% The Ladykillers (2004) " Structured like a Mad magazine parody where there's a promised joke in each frame. It doesn't add up to a movie." — Salon.com
Posted Mar 27, 2004
22% Taking Lives (2004) " Jolie is far too good for this tripe but she does give the film its only believable moments, and for the first half, her concentration makes you watch her intently." — Salon.com
Posted Mar 21, 2004
47% Hidalgo (2004) " It's a manqué of a rousing adventure tale and not the real thing. You're constantly aware of the gulf between how the movie wants to excite you and the halfhearted execution." — Salon.com
Posted Mar 16, 2004
22% Dirty Dancing - Havana Nights (2004) " Next to Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, the first picture is like something out of the golden age of Hollywood." — Salon.com
Posted Mar 1, 2004
1% Twisted (2004) " Judd is let down by Twisted because tearful, confused victim doesn't come naturally to her; she's not fun to watch suffer if you can't see her calculating the payback." — Salon.com
Posted Mar 1, 2004
68% Barbershop 2 - Back in Business (2004) " Like going out for a bad meal with a group of people you love being with. You're happy to be in their company; you just wish you didn't leave feeling hungry." — Salon.com
Posted Feb 7, 2004
16% The Big Bounce (2004) " Everything here is too mild, too sloppy." — Salon.com
Posted Jan 31, 2004
33% The Butterfly Effect (2004) " It's one of the most unpleasant Hollywood films in some time." — Salon.com
Posted Jan 24, 2004
19% Chasing Liberty (2004) " Forgettable fluff but it left me in an unaccountably bad mood, mainly because it's a step back for Mandy Moore." — Salon.com
Posted Jan 17, 2004
80% Millennium Mambo (Qianxi Manbo) (2001) " The combination of the thick sensuality of Mark Lee Ping-bing's cinematography and the gradual fascination that Hou's measured rhythms exert keep you watching." — Salon.com
Posted Jan 17, 2004
26% Along Came Polly (2004) " A movie where love means diarrhea." — Salon.com
Posted Jan 17, 2004
71% The Company (2003) " Robert Altman's surpassingly beautiful ballet movie feels lighter than air -- but in fact it's the great director's most tender and memorable film in years." — Salon.com
Posted Dec 27, 2003
98% The Fog of War - Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (2003) " Errol Morris tries to pin down Vietnam War chess-master Robert McNamara, and the results are fascinating -- also troubling, deeply confusing and way too artistically precious." — Salon.com
Posted Dec 20, 2003
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