Ella Taylor

Ella Taylor

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

Publications:
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul , L.A. Weekly , Los Angeles Times , New York Times , NPR , NPR.org , The Atlantic , Village Voice
Critics' Group:
Los Angeles Film Critics Association
Total Reviews:
994

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Showing 1 - 50 of 994
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
89% The Skeleton Twins (2014) " At its best, The Skeleton Twins exudes the vague unease of two putative grown-ups trying to stifle their awareness that the lives they've chosen neither fit nor suit them." — NPR
Posted Sep 12, 2014
67% The Maze Runner (2014) " As world-creation YA pictures go, "The Maze Runner" feels refreshingly low-tech and properly story-driven, based on James Dashner's popular 2009 fantasy novel." — Variety
Posted Sep 10, 2014
100% Rocks in my Pockets (2014) " Coasting over the denials and euphemisms offered by nervous uncles and cousins, Baumane uncovers a gene pool heavily freighted with mental illness, depression and self-annihilation." — NPR
Posted Sep 5, 2014
69% The Notebook (2014) " Straddling nihilism and a moral fastidiousness so "pure" it flirts with the very fascism it means to critique, The Notebook cedes not one solitary inch to humanism." — NPR
Posted Aug 28, 2014
93% Saving Private Ryan (1998) " If Steven Spielberg's emotional intelligence matched his visual genius, his harrowing, passionately felt and honorably flawed new film might qualify for one of the greatest American movies ever made about World War II." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Aug 19, 2014
94% The Truman Show (1998) " In the end, Weir's movie is more a capitulation than a challenge to television, and a vulgar one at that. Truman turns out to be more Burbank than he is True-man." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Aug 18, 2014
78% Land Ho! (2014) " Land Ho! walks and talks like a hand-held indie, except that it keeps making these funny skips into horror comedy and the musical." — NPR
Posted Jul 10, 2014
65% Beyond the Edge (2014) " Recalled in the somewhat breathless History Channel-style voice-overs of the participants and their families, the journey was a triumph of guts, perseverance, endurance, ingenuity and teamwork." — NPR
Posted Jul 3, 2014
77% Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger (2014) " Bulger remains frustratingly opaque." — NPR
Posted Jun 26, 2014
75% The Last Sentence (2014) " A richly detailed portrait of a great man riddled with flaws and undone by adulation." — NPR
Posted Jun 19, 2014
100% Burning Bush (2014) " Elegantly scripted with an edge of biting gallows humor by Stepan Hulik, Burning Bush blends an intimate domestic drama with a thrilling Cold War procedural ..." — NPR
Posted Jun 12, 2014
32% Anna (2014) " If only the movie didn't insist on constantly telling us what it has quite clearly shown." — Variety
Posted Jun 5, 2014
80% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) " The kind of careful, listless adaptation that makes a critic want to rave at length about the wonderful novel on which it's based." — NPR
Posted Jun 5, 2014
48% Maleficent (2014) " It hardly matters that Jolie's accent rambles a bit between pungent Cockney and plummy Buckingham Palace." — NPR
Posted May 30, 2014
25% Pearl Harbor (2001) " There's no dismissing the film, if only because it offers another long, loud example of how Hollywood remains the hagiographic spinmeister of American war history." — L.A. Weekly
Posted May 27, 2014
42% Words And Pictures (2014) " Shoots for vintage screwball and misses for lack of wit." — NPR
Posted May 22, 2014
87% The Immigrant (2014) " A magnificently lush, broody period piece that harks back to the great maternal melodramas of the mid-20th century." — NPR
Posted May 15, 2014
44% Walking With The Enemy (2014) " An old-school drama so sincere, yet so ham-fisted, it borders on parody." — NPR
Posted Apr 27, 2014
95% Finding Vivian Maier (2014) " Self-taught and roaming free in the city, Vivian Maier captured the remarkable in the ordinary." — NPR
Posted Mar 27, 2014
92% Memento (2000) " 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." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Mar 26, 2014
84% It Felt Like Love (2014) " It Felt Like Love doesn't exactly have a plot, which feels absolutely right for a film whose elliptical yet intensely focused visual style seem to flow directly from Lila's consciousness." — NPR
Posted Mar 20, 2014
83% On My Way (2014) " The movie has a soundtrack full of pop delights and a loose-limbed way of making itself up as it goes along." — NPR
Posted Mar 13, 2014
94% Dark Days (2000) " 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." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Mar 3, 2014
85% Two Lives (2014) " Two Lives unfolds in a slow boil of rage at the government that allowed all this emotional destruction. But Maas treats Katrine with compassion, as a victim of forces more damaging than her own ravenous hunger for love and family." — NPR
Posted Feb 27, 2014
93% Child's Pose (2014) " If Child's Pose fails to live up to its indie-intellectual veneer, it earns its keep through Gheorgiu, whose Cornelia is a triumph of subtle performance over crude conception." — NPR
Posted Feb 21, 2014
54% Adult World (2014) " This amiable, occasionally sharp-eyed movie makes us understand ... that lofty ambition often equals an evasion of hard work, humility and the insight that not everyone has what it takes." — NPR
Posted Feb 13, 2014
97% The Last of the Unjust (2014) " Short, squat and vibrantly pugnacious, Murmelstein at age 70 is a dazzling raconteur, more than ready for his close-up and ravenous for the chance to make his case." — NPR
Posted Feb 6, 2014
58% At Middleton (2014) " Though it's fun to watch Garcia let out his inner goofball, the jewels in the crown of At Middleton are the dynamic sisters Farmiga." — NPR
Posted Jan 30, 2014
99% Gloria (2014) " Gloria is told entirely from its leading lady's point of view, and her mobile features, shot from every possible angle, register pain, amusement, exasperation and a kind of befuddled ecstasy." — NPR
Posted Jan 23, 2014
61% Generation War (2014) " Generation War forces us to see that cruelty and indifference to suffering were not only practiced institutionally but individually, by nice young people to whom we grow ever more attached even as they progressively alienate us." — NPR
Posted Jan 14, 2014
36% The Truth About Emanuel (2014) " The movie, trapped in the weeds of self-pity and skin-deep badassery, never quite earns the sympathy it so strenuously solicits." — NPR
Posted Jan 9, 2014
75% Lone Survivor (2014) " Berg is relentlessly unsparing - in Lone Survivor, we discover what it is like to topple downhill from rock to rock, and what it is like to reach for your gun and find that your hand is missing - but never Tarantino-sadistic." — NPR
Posted Dec 26, 2013
76% The Invisible Woman (2013) " The Invisible Woman is slow to build - but worth its wait in gold." — NPR
Posted Dec 24, 2013
50% Some Velvet Morning (2013) " I came away from this malevolent exercise with the sense that these two add up to little more than the sum of their awfulness." — NPR
Posted Dec 17, 2013
80% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) " Like the Mary Poppins film Disney would eventually serve up, Saving Mr. Banks is an affable, enjoyable spoonful of sugar that sweetens into palatability the sinus-clearing bite of the books - and the implacable iron lady who wrote them." — NPR
Posted Dec 12, 2013
69% S#x Acts (2013) " The movie unfolds in six acts, each one advancing the progressive degradation of a vulnerable girl seeking acceptance." — NPR
Posted Dec 5, 2013
88% The Punk Singer (2013) " At its best, The Punk Singer tells the story of one pivotal life in a whole movement." — NPR
Posted Nov 28, 2013
74% Bettie Page Reveals All (2013) " She got a big kick out of posing in the buff, the film makes clear, and saw no contradiction between her sensuality and the Christian faith she practiced all her life." — NPR
Posted Nov 21, 2013
91% The Great Beauty (2013) " A fantastic journey around contemporary Rome and a riot of lush imagery juggling past and present, sacred and profane, gorgeous and grotesque." — NPR
Posted Nov 14, 2013
84% The Armstrong Lie (2013) " The Armstrong Lie is rarely boring, and it's beautifully shot by French-born cinematographer Maryse Alberti. But the film is more illuminating about the corrupt sports industry than it is about its subject." — NPR
Posted Nov 7, 2013
55% Capital (2013) " Costa-Gavras' film excels as a meticulously researched procedural that goes deep into the grime of greed, deception and cynical exploitation." — NPR
Posted Oct 25, 2013
93% All Is Lost (2013) " Like the best of the genre, its relentless focus on the material and the practical also gestures subtly at a life of the soul, however battered." — NPR
Posted Oct 17, 2013
56% Escape From Tomorrow (2013) " Escape From Tomorrow soon turns into an endless loop of Expressionist symbolism, scoring its blunt points over and over until at last it limps off the screen, trailing suggestions of a reboot with altered players." — NPR
Posted Oct 10, 2013
48% Parkland (2013) " Somehow, all this commotion adds up to aimless inertia, in part because the movie lacks a point of view - let alone anything fresh to propose about the assassination or its peripheral players." — NPR
Posted Oct 4, 2013
75% Out in the Dark (2013) " Tel Aviv and the West Bank may be worlds apart in terms of culture, politics and religion, but Mayer cleverly merges them into a single claustrophobic continuum of paranoia, violence and corruption that corrodes everything it touches." — NPR
Posted Sep 26, 2013
96% Enough Said (2013) " If the sum of Enough Said is less than its parts - and really, the midlife challenges here are pretty small potatoes - the movie does have some lovely grace notes that add up to an astute observation of the symbiosis of single mothers and their daughters." — NPR
Posted Sep 19, 2013
35% Touchy Feely (2013) " Shelton is more observant than she is deep, and her filmmaking can be undisciplined, but the movie's rambling, episodic rhythms do seem in tune with the nebulous stasis that infects everyone in Abby's orbit." — NPR
Posted Sep 6, 2013
31% Adore (2013) " Seems downright desperate to wave [Fontaine's] fetish for "illicit" desire under our noses without having much to say about it." — NPR
Posted Sep 5, 2013
42% Closed Circuit (2013) " It's storytelling informed by sloppy, absolutist thinking, and it lends one more uncritical voice to the many who seem unable to distinguish between kinds and degrees of evil ..." — NPR
Posted Aug 29, 2013
83% Drinking Buddies (2013) " It feels mumblecore-ishly vague and rambling in its construction, like Hannah Takes the Stairs without the raffish charm." — NPR
Posted Aug 22, 2013
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