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:
976

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Showing 1 - 50 of 976
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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
90% 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
79% 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
95% 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
52% 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
56% 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
63% 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
28% 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
76% 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
57% 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
79% 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
83% 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
76% 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
83% 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
57% 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
57% 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
49% 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
30% Austenland (2013) " If reading Austenland the novel was a guilty pleasure, watching Austenland the movie is like standing around at a deadly cocktail party where the hostess is laughing so hard at her own joke that she can't finish telling it." — NPR
Posted Aug 15, 2013
55% I Give It a Year (2013) " Whatever attachment we might form for the characters or their fates gets lost in thickets of farce and barrages of one-liners." — NPR
Posted Aug 8, 2013
41% Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013) " A fetching mix of whizz-bang CGI and full-blooded classical storytelling." — NPR
Posted Aug 6, 2013
93% Our Children (2013) " Our Children was inspired by a real-life Belgian tragedy, but director Joachim LaFosse has built that news item into his own micro-portrait of coercion dipped in kindness." — NPR
Posted Aug 2, 2013
52% When Comedy Went to School (2013) " [A] charming but skin-deep documentary ..." — NPR
Posted Jul 30, 2013
68% Terraferma (2013) " The visceral passion of these tales of poverty-stricken but tight communities, dreaming and striving for better futures for their children, gripped me." — NPR
Posted Jul 25, 2013
91% Blue Jasmine (2013) " The plotting is wooden, the flashbacks lazy, the adoption device a bad joke, and as always, everyone stammers like Woody." — NPR
Posted Jul 25, 2013
20% Girl Most Likely (2013) " [Wiig] might want to consider whether she really wants to get stuck unto eternity playing women on the verge." — NPR
Posted Jul 18, 2013
86% Computer Chess (2013) " Computer Chess is about the dawn - one of many, but that's another story - of the tech revolution. It's also a reminder that you don't need state-of-the-art toys to make a formally playful comedy about man versus machine." — NPR
Posted Jul 18, 2013
85% The Way Way Back (2013) " It's smart, funny and moving about human weakness. And it doesn't divide the world into good and bad adults - not counting that one bona-fide creep and his clueless squeeze." — NPR
Posted Jul 3, 2013
47% I'm So Excited! (2013) " For all its jazzy formalism and bedroom-eyes bravado ... the movie feels uninvolving, a tribute to Hollywood screwball that's ultimately more wearyingly prankish than transgressive." — NPR
Posted Jun 27, 2013
95% A Hijacking (2013) " A Hijacking is the story of two men and their fate, but in its unassuming, specific way, it's also about global capitalism and its fallout." — NPR
Posted Jun 20, 2013
98% Call Me Kuchu (2013) " Horrific and uplifting ..." — NPR
Posted Jun 14, 2013
85% Dirty Wars (2013) " Scahill is right to focus on the price American security efforts have cost in human rights - and human life. Yet there are difficult questions hovering just outside the frame of Dirty Wars." — NPR
Posted Jun 6, 2013
74% The East (2013) " The East makes for a passable thriller, as 1 percenters get theirs in satisfying, if incrementally implausible ways." — NPR
Posted May 30, 2013
7% All About Steve (2009) " All About Steve is a messy assemblage of clumsy sight gags, winking reaction shots and disingenuous populist genuflection to the idea that there's no such thing as normal. We all see a little bit of Mary in ourselves, don't we? Don't we?" — NPR
Posted May 28, 2013
88% Fill the Void (2013) " A love poem to the ultra-Orthodox world as seen from within." — NPR
Posted May 23, 2013
—— Re-emerging: The Jews Of Nigeria (2013) " Re-emerging speaks for itself as an uplifting portrait of an exuberant subculture that doesn't just practice its faith - it revels in it." — NPR
Posted May 16, 2013
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