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

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 976
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
—— 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
93% Frances Ha (2013) " There's a touch of Gracie Allen in Frances, an indomitable blithe spirit who lives happily within a bubble-world of her own construction." — NPR
Posted May 16, 2013
77% Venus And Serena (2013) " Lively if slightly worshipful ..." — NPR
Posted May 9, 2013
74% Love Is All You Need (2013) " Two troubled souls struggle with obstreperous relatives and a bundle of unresolved life issues apparently snatched from the nearest airport bookstore." — NPR
Posted May 2, 2013
54% The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2013) " The Reluctant Fundamentalist collapses in a heap of wool-gathering humanism that feels warm to the touch, yet fatally hedges its political bets." — NPR
Posted Apr 25, 2013
51% At Any Price (2013) " At Any Price is about the slow, insidious corruption of a regular guy, about the rot that grows around him and within him, allowing him to become complicit in a crime of biblical proportions." — NPR
Posted Apr 23, 2013
89% In the House (2013) " Ozon keeps sliding between genres ("Now we are in bad farce," scolds the teacher) to explore what really interests him - the creative process itself." — NPR
Posted Apr 18, 2013
88% The Angels' Share (2013) " Graphically observant about the ease with which young men starved of opportunities can turn their energies inward to destroying themselves and one another." — NPR
Posted Apr 11, 2013
55% Down the Shore (2013) " Gandolfini and Janssen dance a delicate minuet around one another, pacing out a slow, quiet revelation of the shared past that has paralyzed their wills to happiness and change." — NPR
Posted Apr 4, 2013
78% André Gregory: Before and After Dinner (2013) " For all its suggestive title, Andre Gregory: Before and After Dinner is less a sequel to My Dinner with Andre than an update from the orchestra seats." — NPR
Posted Apr 4, 2013
94% Blancanieves (2013) " A grotesquely beautiful new take on the Snow White fable by Spanish writer-director Pablo Berger." — NPR
Posted Mar 28, 2013
38% Admission (2013) " Admission settles for skin deep." — NPR
Posted Mar 21, 2013
88% The Silence (2013) " The Silence, an assured first feature from Swiss-born director Baran Bo Odar, has more on its mind than most crime thrillers." — NPR
Posted Mar 7, 2013
89% Hava Nagila: The Movie (2013) " Grossman finds lively, often passionate and funny interpreters - among them rabbis, historians, musicologists and klezmer musicians - to guide us through the song's many transformations." — NPR
Posted Feb 28, 2013
19% Inescapable (2013) " Inescapable is Nadda's first foray into thriller territory, and her inexperience shows in awkwardly mounted fight scenes and clumsy car chases, not to mention an almost fatally explanatory script." — NPR
Posted Feb 21, 2013
57% Shanghai Calling (2013) " Shanghai Calling doesn't aspire to fresh insight, let alone profundity. But it's nice to see the American migration narrative get out of the house for some fresh air." — NPR
Posted Feb 14, 2013
94% Lore (2013) " Shortland's camera creates a world that's shockingly fractured, shot at weird angles and pocked with truncated body parts, heads hanging upside down and undefined realities filled with quiet dread." — NPR
Posted Feb 7, 2013
86% Yossi (2013) " Yossi is an unabashedly populist entertainment with a spirit conciliatory enough to melt the heart of any naysayer." — NPR
Posted Jan 24, 2013
33% Won't Back Down (2012) NPR.org
Posted Jan 22, 2013
95% Searching for Sugar Man (2012) NPR.org
Posted Jan 22, 2013
78% A Late Quartet (2012) NPR.org
Posted Jan 22, 2013
78% The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012) NPR.org
Posted Jan 22, 2013
29% Let My People Go! (2013) " The result is late Woody Allen, when early might have done the trick." — NPR
Posted Jan 10, 2013
29% Struck by Lightning (2013) " There isn't much to say about Struck by Lightning, except that it's one of those interchangeable teen movies that lands in theaters in early January, the morgue for films nobody knows what to do with." — NPR
Posted Jan 10, 2013
93% Amour (2012) " If you've seen someone you love through their dying, it may burn you up - but in an illuminating way." — NPR
Posted Dec 18, 2012
46% Save The Date (2012) " A merely adequate addition to the raft of romantic comedies for those pushing 30 without adult lives to call their own." — NPR
Posted Dec 13, 2012
80% Any Day Now (2012) " It would take a heart of stone - or zero tolerance for soap - to resist Any Day Now, a full-throttle weepie about a West Hollywood gay couple trying to adopt a neglected boy with Down syndrome." — NPR
Posted Dec 13, 2012
36% Hyde Park on Hudson (2012) " In Hyde Park, actor and character share an evasive cunning beneath the hail-fellow-well-met charm that made Roosevelt such a hit with the press and the public." — NPR
Posted Dec 6, 2012
79% Quartet (2013) " A big-hearted and veddy English chamber piece, never mind that it was directed - respectfully and with love - by famous Yank Dustin Hoffman." — NPR
Posted Dec 4, 2012
67% California Solo (2012) " It treats its themes of guilt and responsibility with delicate tact and a precise eye for the neglected commitments that stubbornly dog a man trying his damnedest to efface himself from the world." — NPR
Posted Nov 29, 2012
62% Hitchcock (2012) " Trying to carve out a space between black comedy and straight evocation of a difficult but rewarding marriage, the movie never settles on a tone." — NPR
Posted Nov 22, 2012
63% Anna Karenina (2012) " The best that can be said of Knightley is that she's puppy-eyed eye candy, in vibrant reds and blacks with fur trims to die for." — NPR
Posted Nov 15, 2012
89% A Royal Affair (2012) " While it's lavish and lush in all the expected costume-drama ways, A Royal Affair never bogs down in period detail." — NPR
Posted Nov 8, 2012
78% A Late Quartet (2012) " Minor but satisfying ..." — NPR
Posted Nov 1, 2012
80% The Other Son (2012) " It's hard not to feel carried along by the generously conciliatory spirit that warms The Other Son ..." — NPR
Posted Oct 25, 2012
94% The Sessions (2012) " For once in an American movie, the uplift feels earned." — NPR
Posted Oct 18, 2012
26% War of the Buttons (2012) " At a time when most family movies come processed through extreme software and 3-D glasses, this film's gentle vision of the simple life has its old-fashioned charms - though they press too hard on the emo buttons for my taste." — NPR
Posted Oct 11, 2012
53% Simon and the Oaks (2012) " It is what it is, which is emphatically not enough to bear the weight of genocide." — NPR
Posted Oct 11, 2012
33% The Oranges (2012) " What I liked was the movie's feel for the emotional mess and ambivalence of family ties, and its openness without hysteria to the fact that some of those ties might fray beyond repair." — NPR
Posted Oct 4, 2012
33% Won't Back Down (2012) " A propaganda piece with blame on its mind." — NPR
Posted Sep 26, 2012
67% 17 Girls (2012) " The film's rhythms mimic the volatile emotional life of adolescence: the violent rushes between euphoria and despair, the overconfident contempt for adults mixed with regressive dependence when things fall apart." — NPR
Posted Sep 20, 2012
99% How to Survive a Plague (2012) " How to Survive a Plague is thorough almost to a fault." — NPR
Posted Sep 20, 2012
85% The Master (2012) " The Master will burrow its way into your mind, heart and soul, and simmer there long after you leave the theater." — NPR
Posted Sep 13, 2012
22% The Words (2012) " The Words founders on a spurious dichotomy between love and art." — NPR
Posted Sep 6, 2012
93% Girl Model (2012) " An alarming documentary about the trafficking of Russian child models to the Japanese fashion market ..." — NPR
Posted Sep 4, 2012
55% For a Good Time, Call... (2012) " Have we really come a long way from chick flicks about women expressing friendship by nursing each other though divorce, cancer and other common losses, to movies in which women can only express love through a windy haze of carnal chatter?" — NPR
Posted Aug 30, 2012
88% Somewhere Between (2012) " A warm-hearted if somewhat over-orchestrated documentary that gives voice to four teenaged adoptees from loving but very different homes." — NPR
Posted Aug 23, 2012
93% Teddy Bear (2012) " A sweetly muted domestic drama struggling to contain a fierce and ancient folk tale." — NPR
Posted Aug 21, 2012
24% Why Stop Now? (2012) " Why Stop Now refuses to keep faith with its characters, to carry them as far as they can go without tying them up in a neat bow of redemption." — NPR
Posted Aug 16, 2012
91% The Green Wave (2012) " The movie shows what happened, but it also conveys what it felt like to travel from euphoria to despair in the space of a few weeks." — NPR
Posted Aug 9, 2012
21% 360 (2012) " The movie makes for joyless viewing, big stars and all." — NPR
Posted Aug 2, 2012
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