Kate Taylor

Kate Taylor

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Publications:
Globe and Mail , Slate
Total Reviews:
76

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2/4 —— Cas & Dylan " Cas & Dylan may have big-name talent for a small Canadian movie but mainly it has tired Hollywood formulas." — Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 4, 2014
2/4 —— Home Again (2013) " Rather improbably, two of the three are handed happy endings so the requirements of drama do belatedly trump political lessons in Home Again." — Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 22, 2013
2/4 57% Kai Po Che! (2013) " A film that might be the next Bend It Like Beckham - if it did not have the sensibilities of the next Dr. Zhivago." — Globe and Mail
Posted Feb 22, 2013
2/4 67% Lunarcy! (2013) " Lunarcy! needs to spend more time explaining the man in the moon and less time stalking his sad followers on Earth." — Globe and Mail
Posted Feb 8, 2013
2.5/4 41% Parker (2013) " Hackford struggles to find an equivalency for Westlake's spare, hard-boiled prose." — Globe and Mail
Posted Jan 25, 2013
3/4 —— The Patron Saints " An unflinching look at the inevitable tragedy that is senescence." — Globe and Mail
Posted Jan 11, 2013
2/4 34% Deadfall (2012) " Dean and Ruzowitzky want both inexorably tightening plot and keen psychology here, and they can't always have it both ways." — Globe and Mail
Posted Dec 7, 2012
2/4 71% Dangerous Liaisons (2012) " Much of the cynicism, and thus the fun, of its many Western predecessors goes missing." — Globe and Mail
Posted Nov 9, 2012
2/4 —— English Vinglish (2012) " A winsome if utterly conventional ugly-duckling story about a sympathetic character's much deserved progress toward a richer self." — Globe and Mail
Posted Oct 5, 2012
3/4 79% Ruby Sparks (2012) " The meta-fiction concept of characters interacting with their creator is hardly original, but it's neatly packaged here by Kazan herself, who wrote the script for this clever little charmer." — Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 3, 2012
1/4 70% Celeste and Jesse Forever (2012) " As director Lee Toland Krieger desperately attempts to keep this film on a comic track, his actors' script awkwardly escapes him, insisting on its indie spirit in the last act." — Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 3, 2012
3/4 —— Bob And The Monster (2013) " Bob and the Monster is blessed with great archival footage of its subject, rock-star-turned-addiction-counselor Bob Forrest." — Globe and Mail
Posted Jul 26, 2012
3/4 70% Dark Horse (2012) " You have to admire the filmmaker for what he has achieved thus far in Dark Horse, and mourn Abe's premature departure from the action." — Globe and Mail
Posted Jun 29, 2012
1/4 58% Hysteria (2012) " Obviously a movie about the invention of the vibrator is going to have to approach the topic with humour, but ridiculing your main characters' psychology does not build dramatic tension." — Globe and Mail
Posted May 18, 2012
2/4 69% A Bottle in the Gaza Sea (2013) " The initially cynical Naim suggests Tal's project is insignificant, nothing but a bottle of hope bobbing about in a sea of enmity - and so too this film." — Globe and Mail
Posted May 11, 2012
2/4 93% Girl Model (2012) " A scene where Arbaugh actually visits the models' apartment appears as staged as her concern about the place." — Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 13, 2012
3/4 100% The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952) Globe and Mail
Posted Feb 10, 2012
3/4 100% The Snows of Kilimanjaro " Like the characters themselves, the performances are highly sympathetic but the film remains a social debate in the great 19th-century tradition..." — Globe and Mail
Posted Feb 10, 2012
3/4 55% Albert Nobbs (2012) " The film surrounding the performance is not always as strong, but the centre holds, and magnificently so." — Globe and Mail
Posted Feb 3, 2012
2/4 75% The Adventures of Tintin (2011) " Hergé was the pioneer of an even-handed style of cartooning with solid lines and no shading that became known as ligne claire, but there is a decided lack of clear lines in this erratic movie adaptation of his work." — Globe and Mail
Posted Dec 22, 2011
3/4 39% Johnny English Reborn (2011) " Johnny English Reborn is funny enough to make you laugh and plausible enough, in an exploding-umbrella type of way, to make you care." — Globe and Mail
Posted Oct 21, 2011
2/4 20% Breakaway (2011) " With a script credited to five writers including its star Vinay Virmani, it is a movie that keeps skating madly off in different directions and desperately needs more coaching than director Robert Lieberman provides." — Globe and Mail
Posted Sep 30, 2011
3/4 68% Wuthering Heights (2012) " Its singular and unflinching vision is always admirable and often breathtaking." — Globe and Mail
Posted Sep 13, 2011
3/4 —— The Invisible Eye (La Mirada Invisible) (2010) " Zylberberg's performance, achieved mainly through the tension of offering a largely impassive face in a highly dramatic film with scant dialogue, is outstanding." — Globe and Mail
Posted May 27, 2011
2/4 88% The Strange Case Of Angelica (2010) " An uneven but intriguing piece of whimsy that veers from powerfully symbolic cinematography into self parody." — Globe and Mail
Posted May 13, 2011
1/4 15% Something Borrowed (2011) " The sisterhood is already grumbling about a movie that suggests women will happily choose a mate over friendship, but actually it's the stereotypes of good behaviour rather than bad that bring this rom com crashing down." — Globe and Mail
Posted May 6, 2011
2/4 59% La Rafle (2012) " It is a paint-by-numbers Holocaust movie, scrupulously balanced, always cautious, occasionally clichéd, often sentimental." — Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 22, 2011
2.5/4 20% Repeaters (2010) " This is never quite as taut as it needs to be, and the Manichean struggle becomes a bit facile." — Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 22, 2011
3.5/4 73% Beeswax (2009) " It is typical of Bujalski's finely wrought observation of their lives that the film ends, as it began, with a moment in which Lauren is poised, indecisively, on the cusp of a decision." — Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 8, 2011
2/4 —— Son of the Sunshine " It is a film that shows flashes of brilliance, including writer-director Ryan Ward's own performance as the alienated protagonist, but mainly it is a film that, for all its smallness, suffers from excess and confusion." — Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 8, 2011
2/4 85% A Matter of Size (2010) " Those elements make it hard to slot the movie into the happy category of quirky charmer and yet, while intriguing, they are never significant enough for the film to take on a larger personality." — Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 25, 2011
2.5/4 38% Casino Jack (2010) " The film has a complicated political story to tell, and its erratically suspenseful narrative often detracts from its central interest - what makes Abramoff tick." — Globe and Mail
Posted Jan 28, 2011
2.5/4 49% No Strings Attached (2011) " A lot of sharp lines from screenwriter Elizabeth Meriwether and a strong supporting cast are often enough to make that premise pleasant if not exactly shocking." — Globe and Mail
Posted Jan 21, 2011
30% The Tempest (2010) Globe and Mail
Posted Jan 12, 2011
2/4 22% Country Strong (2011) " Feste struggles mightily to instill meaning and grandeur in Country Strong, but her initial efforts to sidestep cliché often result in confusion before she simply gives up and opts for melodrama." — Globe and Mail
Posted Jan 7, 2011
2/4 92% The Light Thief (Svet-Ake) " So, Mr. Light is only light, a simple hero in a small film that ignores the potential complexities of its characters and their decisions - it exposes the spread of corruption, but not its enveloping temptation. " — Globe and Mail
Posted Nov 19, 2010
3/4 91% Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (2010) " Gibney doesn't have anything more than tantalizing clues and a huge amount of circumstantial evidence, but he doesn't need much more than that to indict Wall Street itself." — Globe and Mail
Posted Nov 19, 2010
3/4 85% Down Terrace (2010) " The British do kitchen-sink realism extremely well; they also have a nice way with black comedy. It's rare, however, to see the two as wickedly combined as they are in Down Terrace." — Globe and Mail
Posted Nov 12, 2010
2/4 55% Morning Glory (2010) " The movie does show some welcome wit as it satirizes the idiocies of morning TV -- until it starts repeating itself in the second half." — Globe and Mail
Posted Nov 10, 2010
2/4 74% Handsome Harry (2010) " Handsome Harry is a small film with more to say than its creaky exposition and formulaic plot would suggest. Frustration is perhaps the more appropriate critical response." — Globe and Mail
Posted Oct 29, 2010
3/4 66% Tamara Drewe (2010) " You know where you're going in territory that's actually more Jane Austen than Hardy, but Frears makes the most of the many bumps and twists." — Globe and Mail
Posted Oct 29, 2010
3/4 87% Flammen & Citronen (Flame & Citron) (The Flame and the Lemon) (2008) " A satisfying thriller interestingly complicated by its study of character and compromise." — Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 7, 2009
2/4 57% Paper Heart (2009) " This breach with the audience does matter, for it is one thing to seduce your viewers and quite another to trick them. Love is all about trust, after all." — Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 7, 2009
3/4 75% Julie & Julia (2009) " Child was a large personality, and Meryl Streep is a great actress -- the combination does rather overshadow young Amy Adams in the role of Powell, the earnest disciple." — Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 7, 2009
3/4 —— Victoria Day " It is intensely well observed, but somewhat lacking in drama. It is lightly nostalgic about its moment in history. It's probably autobiographical. And it doesn't have much of an ending." — Globe and Mail
Posted Jun 19, 2009
2/4 9% My Life in Ruins (2009) " This paint-by-numbers romantic comedy is chock-a-block with jokey stereotypes -- Americans are obnoxious, Canadians polite, and the Greeks just dance -- yet lacking in any real drama." — Globe and Mail
Posted Jun 5, 2009
3/4 73% Tokyo! (2008) " Perhaps it is inevitable as three foreign directors train their lenses on that unique island culture of the East that all three are propelled by fantasy or science fiction, and suggest more alienation from Tokyo than affection for the great city." — Globe and Mail
Posted Jun 5, 2009
3/4 98% Up (2009) " The outrageously inventive fable that it tells lifts it above the mundane and sends it floating off to the heights of charm as if carried by a helium balloon." — Globe and Mail
Posted May 28, 2009
2/4 —— Mothers and Daughters (2007) " The results are uneven, and often feel underwritten." — Globe and Mail
Posted May 28, 2009
2/4 44% Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009) " Once these creatures do come to life for a second outing, the promise soon evaporates and the clever comedy, built largely on crisscrossing anachronisms and various sly cultural references, is not enough to sustain a romp that is all rather predictable." — Globe and Mail
Posted May 22, 2009
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