John Russell Taylor

John Russell Taylor
John Russell Taylor's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Sight and Sound Times (UK)
Publications: Sight and Sound, Times (UK)

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
81% Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970) Practically everything in Valerie and Her Week of Wonders turns on magic and the film's success in creating a magic world where everything seems at once fantastic and immediately believable. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
87% The Servant (1964) Even at his worst Losey is never dull, and here he is pretty consistently at his best. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2020
86% The Caretaker (The Guest) (1963) Alan Bates and Donald Pleasence are familiar in their roles, but at the same time so fresh that one would never guess how often they had played them on the stage, and Robert Shaw is, for British audiences at least, a revelation. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2020
87% Amarcord (1974) Compared with [Fellini's] other recent films, Amarcord is simple and classic to the point of self-denial. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2020
No Score Yet Mata Hari, Agent H21 (1964) At least the scenes [director Jean-Louis] Richard does do well he often does very well indeed... And needless to say Jeanne Moreau as Mata Hari is worth anybody's money. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2020
71% The Knack...And How to Get It (1965) The sets by television designer Assheton Gorton only emphasise one's earlier mystification that the British cinema has not made more use of his remarkable talents. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2020
No Score Yet 'Tis Pity She's a Whore (Addio, fratello crudele) (1972) There are ideas, indeed, which work out so well as a way of reading the play that one would like to see them used in a stage production. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2020
75% The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (1972) It sounds like a masochist's orgy, but through the combined ingenuities of Paul Newman, who directed it, Joanne Woodward, who plays Beatrice, and Alvin Sargent, who adapted the play to the screen, it is nothing of the sort. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2020
50% Boccaccio '70 (1962) It is a triple bill, which, as every theatregoer knows, hardly ever adds up to the equivalent of a good, straightforward, one-piece evening's entertainment. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2020
No Score Yet Nothing But the Best (1964) As a light and (visually speaking, at any rate) often witty fantasy Nothing But the Best still has enough charm and entertainment value to send one, if not cheering, at least purring quite contentedly from the cinema. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
50% Mondo Cane (1963) Perhaps sadistic and masochistic impulses are better worked off in the cinema than in life; and in such terms Mondo Cane is a film which may or may not amuse you. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
No Score Yet Romanoff and Juliet (1961) It is saddening that Ustinov's exuberant fantasy has been kept so carefully in check. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
67% Eva (1962) [Eva] is a superlatively glossy and elegant entertainment; one cannot help wondering whether, if it were given the room to aim at something more, it might not well end up as something decidedly less. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2020
92% West Side Story (1961) It is only fair to add that the technical credits, as they say, are all impeccable and the performances good enough within the limits laid down for them... But to cancel out the indecision at the film's centre, these are just not enough. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020