Charles Taylor

Charles Taylor
Charles Taylor's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): L.A. Weekly,, Slate, Sight and Sound

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

Ball of Fire (1941)

"Ball of Fire came out five days before Pearl Harbor. You can imagine Americans listening to its flood of slang and knowing exactly what they were fighting for." ‐Village Voice
Posted Dec 21, 2015

Tab Hunter Confidential (2015)

"Hunter, casual and good-humored throughout, tells a story that defies expectations ..." ‐Village Voice
Posted Oct 13, 2015

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

"What's perhaps most amazing about E.T., what distinguishes it from many of the other fantasy films of its era, is its ability to put an audience under a spell of childlike wonderment without infantilizing it." ‐
Posted Jun 29, 2015

Pickup on South Street (1953)

"As good as are Widmark, with his proto-Method grin, and Peters, with her tawny, untutored naturalism, this is Thelma Ritter's movie. She transforms what could have been no more than a colorful eccentric to a figure of unshakable dignity." ‐Village Voice
Posted May 26, 2015

Imitation of Life (1959)

"The toughest-minded, most irresolvable movie ever made about race in this country." ‐Village Voice
Posted Mar 31, 2015

The Blair Witch Project (1999)

"Somewhere, P. T. Barnum is smiling." ‐Sight and Sound
Posted Jun 17, 2012

Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten (2007)

"Temple succeeds beautifully in evoking Strummer as a cross between a punk journeyman and one of the battered, upright gunmen who populate Sam Peckinpah's films." ‐L.A. Weekly
Posted Jun 21, 2007

Al Franken: God Spoke (2006)

"Existing in the moment without inquiry or challenge, cinéma vérité fosters exactly the sort of refusal to think beyond the immediate that this film criticizes in right-wing dittoheads." ‐L.A. Weekly
Posted Sep 21, 2006

Nobody Knows (Dare mo shiranai) (2004)

"Akira reminds you of the children who have populated the films of Vittorio De Sica or Satyajit Ray, and, more unexpectedly, of the elderly Carlo Battisti in the title role of De Sica's Umberto D." ‐
Posted Feb 5, 2005

Elektra (2005)

"The sad thing about Elektra is that it reveals that for all the millions of dollars now spent on them, comic-book movies are being made with no more distinction than the cheapest old Saturday-afternoon serials." ‐
Posted Jan 15, 2005

Spanglish (2004)

"Offensive because it turns liberal self-abasement into self-congratulation." ‐
Posted Dec 18, 2004

The Sea Inside (Mar Adentro) (The Sea Within) (2004)

"There's a combination of fatalism and hard-edged humor at work in The Sea Inside that you can imagine Irish writers would feel right at home with." ‐
Posted Dec 18, 2004

Million Dollar Baby (2004)

"Solemn, inflated and dull." ‐
Posted Dec 18, 2004

A Very Long Engagement (2004)

"The mixture of a trickster director and classic movie conventions works better than you'd expect it to." ‐
Posted Nov 27, 2004

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004)

"So clumsy and crass that it makes you doubt the pleasure of the first movie." ‐
Posted Nov 12, 2004

Ray (2004)

"Any viewers who look at Ray and see only clichés are declaring themselves hopelessly lost to the real achievement of this picture, which is nothing less than a statement of faith in the inclusiveness of American culture." ‐
Posted Oct 29, 2004

Enduring Love (2004)

"It's affirmative action for psychos." ‐
Posted Oct 28, 2004

Team America: World Police (2004)

"The first work from Parker and Stone that I'd describe as a failure of nerve." ‐
Posted Oct 19, 2004

Shall We Dance (2004)

"There are so many appealing performers in Shall We Dance? that it's a crime the director, Peter Chelsom, and the screenwriter, Audrey Wells, haven't given them more to do." ‐
Posted Oct 19, 2004

Friday Night Lights (2004)

"Substitutes slick, cynical point-scoring for insight." ‐
Posted Oct 19, 2004

Sideways (2004)

"Makes you feel like you're trapped at dinner with a wiseass who's trying to convince you what a sensitive guy he is." ‐
Posted Oct 19, 2004

Vera Drake (2004)

"Susan has served the point Leigh is making about how easy it is for affluent women to get safe abortions (no kidding) and is no longer of use or interest to him." ‐
Posted Oct 7, 2004

The Big Red One (1980)

"As the longest and biggest of Fuller's movies, it magnifies the essence -- good and bad -- of his work." ‐
Posted Oct 6, 2004

The Brown Bunny (2004)

"Must be one of the truest songs of roadside America that the movies have produced." ‐
Posted Sep 18, 2004

Head in the Clouds (2004)

"Makes you wish that Duigan had either worked to make the film believable as serious drama or gone unabashedly for tear-jerking." ‐
Posted Sep 18, 2004

Wimbledon (2004)

"Slick, satisfying entertainment." ‐
Posted Sep 18, 2004

Vanity Fair (2004)

"Scene by scene and moment to moment, it's a woeful misreading of the book." ‐
Posted Sep 4, 2004

Hero (2004)

"It's not too much to say that Hero is one of the most ravishing spectacles the movies have given us." ‐
Posted Aug 28, 2004

She Hate Me (2004)

"Lee, who always has an agenda, is fundamentally unsuited to satire, which has no sides, no friends, no agenda." ‐
Posted Aug 7, 2004

Last Life in the Universe (2004)

"The closest thing to entering a dream state at the movies right now is watching Last Life in the Universe." ‐
Posted Aug 7, 2004

Intimate Strangers (2003)

"To borrow a phrase from Pauline Kael, Intimate Strangers suggests bits of Alfred Hitchcock and bits of Woody Allen. But the wrong bits." ‐
Posted Jul 30, 2004

The Bourne Supremacy (2004)

"An entertaining, well-constructed spy story (though not as satisfying as the first film -- perhaps because it's not as simple)." ‐
Posted Jul 24, 2004

The Door in the Floor (2004)

"The movie appears to be made for an audience whose highest aspiration is to be WASPs -- and it feels long enough to produce enough generations of them to fill an Andover reunion." ‐
Posted Jul 20, 2004

Spider-Man 2 (2004)

"For a big-budget action movie Spider-Man 2 is modest and not assaultive -- it has a boring decency." ‐
Posted Jul 3, 2004

The Notebook (2004)

"The movie not only approaches a level of shamelessness you have to see to disbelieve, it does it in a manner that's both inept and crass." ‐
Posted Jul 3, 2004

The Terminal (2004)

"Probably the worst-directed film Spielberg has ever made." ‐
Posted Jun 19, 2004

Raising Helen (2004)

"This ode to the most stifling aspects of family and motherhood make you feel like the hicks have all uprooted themselves and moved into the front office at Touchstone." ‐
Posted May 29, 2004

Valentin (2004)

"The characters in the Argentinean heart-warmer Valentin spend so much time squabbling and yelling that after a while I began to long for a nice movie about a family of mutes." ‐
Posted May 7, 2004

Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2004)

"for all the craft that's gone into Kill Bill, Vol. 2, despite the chance Tarantino has taken in departing from the wham-bam movement of the first half, my final reaction to the movie is, so what?" ‐
Posted Apr 17, 2004

The Girl Next Door (2004)

"The American male hypocrisy toward sexually active women in general -- and porn in particular -- is at the center of the new comedy The Girl Next Door. Unfortunately, instead of being the movie's target, it's the subtext." ‐
Posted Apr 17, 2004

Bon Voyage (2004)

"The movie is great fun. It offers the plush sense of relaxation that only smooth professionalism can deliver." ‐
Posted Apr 3, 2004

Dogville (2003)

"In every respect other than sheer length -- in scope, imagination, execution, depth and spirit -- Dogville is a piddling movie." ‐
Posted Mar 27, 2004

The Ladykillers (2004)

"Structured like a Mad magazine parody where there's a promised joke in each frame. It doesn't add up to a movie." ‐
Posted Mar 27, 2004

Taking Lives (2004)

"Jolie is far too good for this tripe but she does give the film its only believable moments, and for the first half, her concentration makes you watch her intently." ‐
Posted Mar 21, 2004

Hidalgo (2004)

"It's a manqué of a rousing adventure tale and not the real thing. You're constantly aware of the gulf between how the movie wants to excite you and the halfhearted execution." ‐
Posted Mar 16, 2004

Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (2004)

"Next to Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, the first picture is like something out of the golden age of Hollywood." ‐
Posted Mar 1, 2004

Twisted (2004)

"Judd is let down by Twisted because tearful, confused victim doesn't come naturally to her; she's not fun to watch suffer if you can't see her calculating the payback." ‐
Posted Mar 1, 2004

Barbershop 2: Back in Business (2004)

"Like going out for a bad meal with a group of people you love being with. You're happy to be in their company; you just wish you didn't leave feeling hungry." ‐
Posted Feb 7, 2004

The Big Bounce (2004)

"Everything here is too mild, too sloppy." ‐
Posted Jan 31, 2004

The Butterfly Effect (2004)

"It's one of the most unpleasant Hollywood films in some time." ‐
Posted Jan 24, 2004
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