Dawn Taylor

Dawn Taylor

""Always be closing!""

Agrees with the Tomatometer 82% of the time.

Biography:
Dawn reviewed her first film, "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," at age 9, pronouncing it "not without charm, but such a deviation from the book that only hardcore Dick Van Dyke lovers will succumb to it's treacly charms." She has continued to take a similarly jaundiced view of popular movies ever since. Her hobbies include cooking and eating food, collecting disturbing toys, and mocking others. Her husband is very understanding of her quirks, but her cat is not. The dog is oblivious. Dawn's favorite holiday is Halloween (it's also her wedding anniversary) and she's fond of the scent of lavender. Her lucky number is five.
Favorites:
Despite my sardonic nature, my favorites are far too numerous to list. First to come to mind are "Chinatown," "A Fish Called Wanda," the original "Cape Fear," "Taxi Driver," and the Evil Dead films. I also have an inexplicable, perverse love for the movie "Tombstone."
Publications:
Cinema Sideshow , Cinematical , DVDJournal.com , DVDTalk.com , eFilmCritic.com , FADPOV.com , Film.com , Movies.com , Portland Tribune
Total Reviews:
188
Total QuickRatings:
4
Location:
Portland, OR -- home of Stark's Vacuum Cleaner Museum

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 188
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2/5 8% See No Evil (2006) " Dark obviously did a lot of research for his big-screen debut, watching hours of David Fincher movies and Nine Inch Nails videos for inspiration." — eFilmCritic.com
Posted May 21, 2006
3/5 25% The Da Vinci Code (2006) " It's a Ron Howard film. Meaning, just good enough to not suck." — eFilmCritic.com
Posted May 21, 2006
68% Hard Candy (2006) " A masculine nightmare run amok"" — Portland Tribune
Posted Apr 28, 2006
2/5 29% Silent Hill (2006) " An abject failure as a horror film, offering gorgeous Clive Barker-inspired art direction run amuck with nothing actually scary going on." — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Apr 21, 2006
4/5 72% Friends With Money (2006) " As for the social awkwardness that comes with the unspoken divide between America's classes, Holofcener has made an intriguing, funny and very watchable thesis on the subject." — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Apr 17, 2006
51% Lucky Number Slevin (2006) " Perhaps George Clooney and his effortlessly cool Ocean's 11 series is to blame for this wave of insubstantial, inept caper flicks with Rat Pack ambitions." — Portland Tribune
Posted Apr 7, 2006
86% Inside Man (2006) " Takes the obvious plot constructs of an hourlong network TV episode and stretches them to the breaking point, bringing absolutely nothing new to the genre." — DVDJournal.com
Posted Mar 27, 2006
73% Sky High (2005) " ... this Spy Kids-meets-The Incredibles mash-up is funny, smart and consistently entertaining." — Portland Tribune
Posted Dec 21, 2005
87% Brokeback Mountain (2005) " ... a beautiful tragedy about the anguish of unfulfilled love. It's an absolute triumph, in every way." — Portland Tribune
Posted Dec 21, 2005
77% Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (2005) " As lovely as it is, "Balzac" is also frustratingly episodic and, ultimately, not really about a lot." — Portland Tribune
Posted Dec 21, 2005
58% The Weather Man (2005) " ... a beautifully photographed, tragic and sincere film about a man who discovers that life is hard, and that he may never become the man he wishes he was." — Portland Tribune
Posted Dec 21, 2005
68% North Country (2005) " ... an overblown, overlong soap opera about a woman who never learns how to truly stand up for herself." — Portland Tribune
Posted Dec 21, 2005
95% Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005) " ... a ripping good yarn with just the right amount of delicious cheese." — Portland Tribune
Posted Dec 21, 2005
79% Red Eye (2005) " Craven serves up a number of delightful twists and distractions to keep things consistently entertaining ... a snappy, diverting little popcorn-muncher." — Portland Tribune
Posted Dec 21, 2005
37% The Skeleton Key (2005) " The wide, unmoving forehead of Kate Hudson floats with torporific ennui through this clip show of all the slowest, most boring bits from every spook movie you've ever seen." — Portland Tribune
Posted Dec 21, 2005
33% The Fantastic Four " Fantastic Four, with its characters spending so much time talking about their feelings, seems more like a spandex-clad support group session." — Portland Tribune
Posted Dec 21, 2005
74% Land of the Dead (2005) " This is Romero's best zombie film yet %u2014 perhaps the best ever made, period." — Portland Tribune
Posted Dec 21, 2005
20% The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D (2005) " ... exceedingly long and pointless" — Portland Tribune
Posted Dec 21, 2005
55% Madagascar (2005) " The animation is predictably spectacular, the pace (once you get through the first sluggish 15 minutes) is brisk enough to maintain adult interest, and kids will love it." — Portland Tribune
Posted Dec 21, 2005
39% Kingdom of Heaven (2005) " As with Gladiator, Scott's Kingdom is a busy but empty place with no heart." — Portland Tribune
Posted Dec 21, 2005
23% The Amityville Horror (2005) " ... a lousy pastiche of quick edits, light switches that drip blood, family home-movie footage and incessantly shirtless comedy actor Ryan Reynolds" — Portland Tribune
Posted Apr 15, 2005
13% Hide and Seek (2005) " ... ultimately nothing more than a derivative slasher film" — Portland Tribune
Posted Mar 4, 2005
30% Be Cool (2005) " ... not as clever as its predecessor, suffering from somnambulant pacing and a flaccid, underwritten script." — Portland Tribune
Posted Mar 4, 2005
90% Little Caesar (1930) " ... an iconographic mob film, the prototype for thousands of movies of its type to come." — DVDJournal.com
Posted Jan 28, 2005
90% Kinsey (2004) " ... creates a dialogue about not just the diversity of human sexuality but the dangers of embracing deliberate ignorance." — Portland Tribune
Posted Dec 1, 2004
97% The Incredibles (2004) " ... an exciting, funny, smart and delightful adventure made with the usual eye-popping Pixar brilliance." — Portland Tribune
Posted Nov 5, 2004
7% Surviving Christmas (2004) " ... as cinematic gifts go, this one's less a shiny new Red Rider BB gun than it is a $10 gift certificate for Wal-Mart." — Portland Tribune
Posted Oct 22, 2004
77% Team America - World Police (2004) " Team America nails every hackneyed close-up, loving explosion and sappy revelatory scene of the films that it mimics." — Portland Tribune
Posted Oct 19, 2004
36% Shark Tale (2004) " ... an extraordinarily irritating, aesthetically unappealing and poorly written movie." — Portland Tribune
Posted Oct 1, 2004
31% The Forgotten (2004) " ... repeatedly promises to offer some sort of wicked twist √† la M. Night Shyamalan ... but never delivers anything other than exactly what you think is going to happen" — Portland Tribune
Posted Sep 24, 2004
60% Wimbledon (2004) " ... a surprisingly winning, if overwhelmingly trivial, film." — Portland Tribune
Posted Sep 22, 2004
25% Wicker Park (2004) " ... a lot of self-conscious, Brian DePalma-like, Hitchcock-ripoff camera tricks, painfully scene-specific pop songs and Hartnett brow-furrowing." — Portland Tribune
Posted Sep 3, 2004
95% Hero (2004) " If they got into a rumble in the courtyard of a mountaintop dojo, Hero would kick the butt of Crounching Tiger." — Portland Tribune
Posted Aug 27, 2004
25% The Princess Diaries 2 - Royal Engagement (2004) " ... a G-rated, girl-centric fairy tale of a movie, sweet enough for the 'tweens but smart and goofy enough that parents won't mind sitting through it, too." — Portland Tribune
Posted Aug 13, 2004
90% The Corporation (2004) " ... offers a wealth of information about the megalithic entities that - to the almost certain detriment of humanity - have come to dictate how we eat, shop, live and think." — Portland Tribune
Posted Aug 6, 2004
81% The Bourne Supremacy (2004) " ... essentially, a movie about a man taking public transportation." — Portland Tribune
Posted Jul 23, 2004
58% I, Robot (2004) " ... a solidly entertaining Smith vehicle." — Portland Tribune
Posted Jul 16, 2004
71% Napoleon Dynamite (2004) " A strangely charming, thoroughly original movie ..." — Portland Tribune
Posted Jul 2, 2004
83% Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) " ... [an] enlightening, heart-wrenching and, yes, viciously slanted broadside. " — Portland Tribune
Posted Jun 25, 2004
60% The Terminal (2004) " Spielberg falls back on his penchant for sappiness and paints everything in the film with a thick coat of the cutes." — Portland Tribune
Posted Jun 18, 2004
26% The Stepford Wives (2004) " An inoffensive, often amusing comedy - despite flying rather spectacularly off the rails in a weak, logic-less ending that was obviously re-shot and tacked on ... " — Portland Tribune
Posted Jun 11, 2004
95% The Return (Vozvrashcheniye) (2003) " ... fascinates with the questions it raises and the believable internal voyage of the central characters" — Portland Tribune
Posted Jun 4, 2004
45% The Day After Tomorrow (2004) " ... campy, clich√©-ridden and thoroughly enjoyable, all the way to its utterly preposterous ending. Irwin Allen would be proud." — Portland Tribune
Posted May 28, 2004
89% Shrek 2 (2004) " ... better than the original in many ways, eschewing the rather hypocritical tone of the first film." — Portland Tribune
Posted May 21, 2004
1/5 23% Van Helsing (2004) " There are bad movies, then there are really bad movies - and Van Helsing is even worse than that." — eFilmCritic.com
Posted May 7, 2004
83% Mean Girls (2004) " A little acidic and surprisingly funny, Mean Girls will speak to anyone who ever took shrapnel on the battlefield of high school." — Portland Tribune
Posted Apr 30, 2004
29% The Punisher (2004) " The title seems less about the character than a descriptive warning to ticket-buyers. " — Portland Tribune
Posted Apr 16, 2004
4% The Whole Ten Yards (2003) " ... an unfunny, incomprehensible mess that stumbles, bumbles and meanders from pointless scene to pointless scene without offering any humor or even a cohesive plot. " — Portland Tribune
Posted Apr 9, 2004
81% Hellboy (2004) " ... turns the conventions of the sci-fi/comic book "origin story" inside out with caustic glee." — Portland Tribune
Posted Apr 2, 2004
41% Jersey Girl (2004) " Flat, trite and embarrassing, Jersey Girl smells as bad as the state for which it's named. " — Portland Tribune
Posted Mar 26, 2004
75% Dawn of the Dead (2004) " It's definitely one of the wittiest, scariest and goriest horror films in the last decade, offering adrenaline-pounding, edge-of-the-seat fun. " — Portland Tribune
Posted Mar 19, 2004
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