Kate Taylor

Kate Taylor

Agrees with the Tomatometer 70% of the time.

Publications:
Globe and Mail , Slate
Total Reviews:
84

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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
2/4 —— Fierce Light: When Spirit Meets Action (2009) " Mainly preaching to the choir." — Globe and Mail
Posted May 15, 2009
3/4 61% Adoration (2008) " Once again, Egoyan has created a film that descends from ideas rather than experience, driven by theme rather than character, and he does both very well." — Globe and Mail
Posted May 8, 2009
3/4 92% Etz Limon (Lemon Tree) (2009) " This film by Israeli director Eran Riklis often refuses to adhere to the formula, sometimes offering a tantalizing ambiguity, other times aspiring to a more complex drama it cannot entirely deliver." — Globe and Mail
Posted May 1, 2009
2/4 —— Only " We may be charmed by this sly refusal of Hollywood formulas, or we may react as the girl does with an annoyed and dismissive "What?"" — Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 24, 2009
2/4 69% Curious George (2006) " Gentle enough to satisfy the wee ones but has little to offer their adult companions..." — Globe and Mail
Posted Jun 4, 2008
3/4 100% Empties (Vratné lahve) (2007) " Sverak's work anchors a cast that delivers a series of delicately executed performances as the actors bring to life a great range of lightly comic characters." — Globe and Mail
Posted Sep 6, 2007
1/4 —— Crossing " The script is so cliché-ridden, the characters so thin and the production so visibly cheap, [the filmmakers] never graduate from titillation to thrill." — Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 24, 2007
3/4 31% Running With Scissors (2006) " This comedy, adapted by writer and director Ryan Murphy from the real Augusten Burroughs' apparently truthful memoir of the same title, wears a deep and sophisticated shade of black and is also very, very sad." — Globe and Mail
Posted Oct 20, 2006
2.5/4 21% Man of the Year (2006) " Man of the Year is a moderately funny little movie that isn't pointed enough to successfully skewer its political targets." — Globe and Mail
Posted Oct 13, 2006
3/4 84% Manufactured Landscapes (2007) " Yes, this film can actually broaden Burtynsky's work, underlining the power of the photographs by revealing more of the subject." — Globe and Mail
Posted Sep 29, 2006
2/4 56% Keeping Mum (2006) " As we wait in anticipation and wait, and wait, what initially appears as subtle humour gradually emerges as very little humour at all." — Globe and Mail
Posted Sep 29, 2006
2.5/4 37% The Guardian (2006) " Both veteran director Andrew Davis and writer Ron L. Brinkerhoff know a cliché when they see one... so they dutifully point them out to us in this predictable tale of a much-decorated rescue swimmer passing the torch to a promising new recruit." — Globe and Mail
Posted Sep 29, 2006
2/4 66% Shortbus (2006) " The whole experience is enough to make one give thanks for the missionary position, and heterosexual complacency in surely not the reaction Shortbus was looking for." — Globe and Mail
Posted Sep 23, 2006
1/4 33% Flyboys (2006) " The creators of Flyboys know no image too clichéd, no narrative convention too exhausted and no psychological motivation too pat that it can't do service." — Globe and Mail
Posted Sep 22, 2006
2/4 71% The Secret Life of Words (2006) " A frustrating film full of many wonderful parts that the filmmaker ultimately betrays." — Globe and Mail
Posted Aug 4, 2006
3/4 84% Beyond the Gates (2005) " Despite its reliance on the white characters for drama, its biggest achievement is simply in revealing the sheer horror of the genocide." — Globe and Mail
Posted Jul 28, 2006
3/4 88% Rois et Reine (Kings and Queen) (2005) " Desplechin's big, bold, iconoclastic feature Rois et Reine is a disconcerting film that can turn your head at the oddest moments." — Globe and Mail
Posted Jun 30, 2006
2.5/4 83% Keane (2005) " The film achieves a dramatic intensity that is both admirable and frustrating." — Globe and Mail
Posted Jun 16, 2006
2/4 0% Fetching Cody (2005) " The final third of the script feels like an afterthought in a film that cannot bring any plausibility to its gritty setting nor its characters' plight because it began with an inherently sentimental plot device." — Globe and Mail
Posted May 26, 2006
2/4 42% Don't Come Knocking (2006) " Suffers badly from an emotional aimlessness." — Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 21, 2006
2/4 34% 3 Needles (2006) " The results can be gripping, but also difficult to follow in some places -- and difficult to swallow in others." — Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 21, 2006
1.5/4 —— Escape to Canada Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 24, 2006
2.5/4 14% Lucid (2005) " A film of genre-busting twists and devilish narrative turns that never manages to turn its quirkiness into genuine charm nor its cleverness into real feeling." — Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 17, 2006
3/4 73% Nanny McPhee (2006) " Thompson's script is clever and, despite that monstrous makeup, her performance is deliciously balanced by the standards of what is, after all, a children's fable." — Globe and Mail
Posted Jan 27, 2006
1/4 36% Guy X (2005) " A jack of all formulas and master of none." — Globe and Mail
Posted Jan 20, 2006
2/4 40% The Ringer (2005) " A paint-by-numbers romantic comedy most notable for its determined inoffensiveness." — Globe and Mail
Posted Dec 27, 2005
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