Ella Taylor

Ella Taylor

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

Ella Taylor's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
98% The Second Mother (Que Horas Ela Volta?) (2015) "Muylaert's as alive to the comic possibilities of liberal guilt as she is to the plight of the ill-paid maids who quietly run innumerable households all around the Americas. " ‐ NPR
Posted Aug 27, 2015
40% She's Funny That Way (2015) "She's Funny That Way is a trifle. But it's a sweetly nostalgic trifle, especially if you're fond of classic screwball complete with overlapping quippage delivered at breakneck speed. " ‐ NPR
Posted Aug 20, 2015
94% Best Of Enemies (2015) "Best of Enemies bowls along smartly, with clips from the tapes spiced with intelligently snarky asides from friends and adversaries of the two men, and spliced with archival footage of the tumultuous times they addressed. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jul 31, 2015
99% Phoenix (2015) "True to genre and to the history it peels back, Phoenix boldly offers us a war without heroes, only ghosts of broken people moving through a broken world, searching in vain for their former selves. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jul 23, 2015
87% Mr. Holmes (2015) "Along with all the sighs and grunts, McKellen gives Sherlock a rich inner life troubled by moral and existential doubts. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jul 16, 2015
82% Do I Sound Gay? (2015) "Thorpe wryly treats his anxieties about his "gay" voice as an exercise in self-improvement, and winds up with a compelling portrait of internalized homophobia and liberation. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jul 9, 2015
97% Amy (2015) ""All I'm good for is making tunes," she tells one interviewer. "So leave me alone to do that." Her time ran out far too early, but the luck is all ours - we still have the voice. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jul 2, 2015
60% The Little Death (2015) "A winning humanity seeps through the high jinks. Lawson comes not to judge, but to assess the unintended consequences of sexual free play. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jun 25, 2015
82% The Overnight (2015) "Brice manages admirably to make his comedy at once daring and earnest, outlandish and relatable, obscene and sweet. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jun 18, 2015
80% Infinitely Polar Bear (2015) "[A] likable homage to the writer-director's own father ... " ‐ NPR
Posted Jun 18, 2015
84% The Wolfpack (2015) "Moselle is also a patient observer who, without judgment or superfluous underlining, gradually teases out the pathos and the riveting dramas -- some dark and disturbing, some bizarrely entertaining and heartening -- of the parents. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jun 11, 2015
81% Testament Of Youth (2015) "Vikander crisply holds the screen as a naive rebel transformed by unspeakable suffering into a mature, independent young woman who remains open to the possibility of a new love and a rebuilt England. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jun 4, 2015
81% Results (2015) "You'd expect Bujalski, who made Beeswax and Computer Chess and a couple of other extreme indies, to poke fun at gym culture, the ultimate soft target. And he does, but sweetly and without disparagement ... " ‐ NPR
Posted May 28, 2015
89% When Marnie Was There (2015) "Even without its moving parable of emotional repair, When Marnie Was There has all of Ghibli's exquisitely hand-drawn sense of place ... " ‐ NPR
Posted May 21, 2015
26% Every Secret Thing (2015) "Every Secret Thing has the Bechdel test more than covered. Alas, that's not enough to lift the action out of a rather nerveless ennui ... " ‐ NPR
Posted May 14, 2015
51% Saint Laurent (2015) "Never less than a sensual delight. The editing craftily mimics Laurent's style, impeccably cut and full of stealth moves and weird angles that take you by surprise. " ‐ NPR
Posted May 7, 2015
76% Felix & Meira (2015) "What's missing here is the vitality and sense of release the couple's romance should bring. Felix and Meira continue to pine and mope; the movie mopes with them in exhausting, often awkwardly intrusive detail. " ‐ NPR
Posted Apr 16, 2015
79% The Sisterhood Of Night (2015) "A spry, heartfelt first feature ... " ‐ NPR
Posted Apr 9, 2015
52% Woman in Gold (2015) "For all its broad brush strokes, Woman in Gold can't help but tell a moving populist parable about the will to power of an ordinary woman ... taking on powerful institutions to regain a tiny fraction of her family's appalling losses. " ‐ NPR
Posted Apr 2, 2015
96% The Salt of the Earth (2015) "It looks lovely, yet Wenders' worshipful account of Salgado the man feels like a tale half told. " ‐ NPR
Posted Mar 27, 2015
89% Jerusalem (2013) "Magnificently scenic but fatally bland ... " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 21, 2015
77% Danny Collins (2015) "Al Pacino as a jaded, aging rocker re-juiced by a road trip to settle accounts with himself and his long-lost family? By all means roll your eyes - the star has one brow goofily raised himself - but don't give up on Danny Collins. " ‐ NPR
Posted Mar 19, 2015
93% The Wrecking Crew (2015) "The studio musicians rarely got credit on or off the albums. In The Wrecking Crew, Denny Tedesco, whose father was a Wrecking Crew guitarist, rights that wrong. " ‐ NPR
Posted Mar 12, 2015
22% October Gale (2015) "Feels cut from the cloth of a romance novel for middle-aged respectables, with a fatally under-motivated thriller clumsily tacked on to jazz up the action. " ‐ NPR
Posted Mar 5, 2015
64% The Rewrite (2015) "Hanging out with Keith and Holly in this kindly, observant movie is a perfectly pleasant way to pass ninety-odd minutes. " ‐ NPR
Posted Feb 12, 2015
84% Ballet 422 (2015) "Where's the excitement? It's there for those of us who love good movies about the process of collaborative work done for the love of it. " ‐ NPR
Posted Feb 5, 2015
95% Girlhood (2015) "Sciamma deserves all credit for filling [a] vacuum. By its end, though, Girlhood, by comparison, feels like the work of a sympathetic outsider who can't resist working her own agenda. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jan 29, 2015
90% Mommy (2015) "Clocking in at an unfiltered - some would call indulgent - 129 minutes, Mommy gives the impression of having burst straight from Dolan's instincts onto the screen. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jan 22, 2015
91% Farewell, Herr Schwarz (2015) "Farewell Herr Schwarz ends with tentative bonds of conciliation and family renewal, but the film offers no false answers to the terrible conundrum of remembering and forgetting catastrophe. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 7, 2015
No Score Yet Betoniyö (Concrete Night) "This mawkish bummer about an ill-used teenage boy wandering around a surreally forbidding Helsinki is marred by a facile nihilism that trivializes the urban alienation it seeks to illuminate. " ‐ Variety
Posted Dec 22, 2014
89% Winter Sleep (2014) "My favorite movie of 2014 is three hours long, and it's about Turkish people who live in caves. " ‐ NPR
Posted Dec 18, 2014
73% Inherent Vice (2015) "I love Anderson's ambition, but it is awfully hard to make a movie about a culture adrift that doesn't make its audience feel the same. Inherent Vice runs a punishing 148 minutes, not enough of which are funny or sad enough to hold us. " ‐ NPR
Posted Dec 11, 2014
54% Pioneer (2014) "The underwater sequences stun and terrify - nothing says claustrophobia quite like two weeks in a pressurized diving bell with someone you can't necessarily trust - and there's almost as much moisture and terror on land to drive Petter round the bend. " ‐ NPR
Posted Dec 4, 2014
98% The Babadook (2014) "The Babadook makes the most of its special effects as needed, but this smart little frightener keeps its head close to the rising anxiety of a young widow whose husband died a violent death. " ‐ NPR
Posted Nov 28, 2014
82% Monk With a Camera (2014) "Buried beneath the admiring encomia and ritual spectacle that clog the pores of this maddeningly tactful film is a tantalizing glimpse into the personal and institutional mechanics of Tibetan Buddhism. " ‐ NPR
Posted Nov 20, 2014
82% The Homesman (2014) "The Homesman joins a stark, stripped-down beauty to a languid pace and a spare soundtrack to create an ambience that reeks of loneliness and alienation. " ‐ NPR
Posted Nov 13, 2014
35% Before I Go to Sleep (2014) "With luck, Kidman will erase this inept thriller from her memory as quickly as it leaves theaters. " ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 31, 2014
92% Force Majeure (2014) "Ostlund is a gifted creator of malignant ambience, which he masterfully uses to keep his audience wound tight and unsure whether the payoff in catastrophe will be physical, emotional or both. " ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 24, 2014
No Score Yet Sacrifice "Strong performances elevate this intermittently absorbing family melodrama from writer-director Michael Cohn. " ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 20, 2014
100% The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2014) "Like all fairy tales worth their salt, the movie trusts children to take on the big themes of life, death and despair included, and thus removes the sting. " ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 16, 2014
77% St. Vincent (2014) "You can put Murray in a drama or a comedy or almost anything that isn't too loud or too busy, and he'll drain the goo without also ditching the humanity. " ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 9, 2014
100% The Supreme Price (2014) "Offers riveting insight into the contradictions of a dynasty of reformist aristocracy, as well as a country that has yet to recover its 250 schoolgirls abducted last April by the Muslim terrorist group Boko Haram. " ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 6, 2014
88% The Good Lie (2014) "A big, eager puppy of an issue movie that plants its paws on your chest and licks away at your cheek in eager expectation of praise. " ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 2, 2014
81% Lilting (2014) "Ungovernable gusts of longing, grief and anger leak from this muted British chamber piece about two hitherto unconnected Londoners struggling with the loss of the young man they both loved. " ‐ NPR
Posted Sep 25, 2014
34% Two Night Stand (2014) ""Two Night Stand's" strength lies in the doubts and the ambivalence it expresses about the way we love now. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 22, 2014
81% Tracks (2014) "Screenwriter Marion Nelson's overly expository dialogue reduces Robyn to an explorer-type daddy's girl we've met before, trudging diligently through the heat and dust, throwing off clichés. " ‐ NPR
Posted Sep 19, 2014
87% 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
63% 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
65% 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
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