Kate Taylor

Kate Taylor
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Globe and Mail

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2/4 86% Drunken Birds (2021) Magic realism, romantic tragedy, social critique - confusingly, this film has it all. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2021
4/4 100% Silent Land (2021) The director's larger point is deployed with such subtlety that it creeps up on the viewer with devastating force. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2021
2/4 73% Snakehead (2021) Leon's documentary realism is powerful - if tough on an audience - but his fiction skills are erratic... - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2021
4/4 100% Official Competition (Competencia oficial) (2021) One of the many joys of this send-up of filmmaking is that, for all the director's looniness, she is so often right. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2021
3/4 90% The Odd-Job Men (2021) The laughs and the wisdom creep up on you in this small and subtle comedy about male relationships. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2021
3/4 60% Charlotte (2021) The genius of Charlotte, directed by Eric Warin and Tahir Rana, is to recognize that the best way to tell this story is through animation that can reproduce Salomon's quick expressionistic gouaches as it recounts her life. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2021
3/4 94% Benediction (2021) The dialogue is quietly scathing, and the production values are sumptuous. But Davies seems most interested in Sassoon as a symbol of hemmed-in Englishness. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2021
2/4 63% All My Puny Sorrows (2021) Director Michael McGowan struggles to deliver Toews's inimitable voice... and only occasionally produces breakthrough scenes where humour and sorrow merge. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2021
3/4 100% Are You Lonesome Tonight? (2021) The unlikely presence of Guangzhou, steamy by day, gritty by night, and the shifting viewpoints on the accident add an engaging originality. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2021
3/4 71% The Electrical Life of Louis Wain (2021) Cumberbatch excels once again at breathing life into a sorrowful genius. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2021
4/4 91% Memoria (2021) It's a beautiful work of cinematic concentration that's purely Apichatpong. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2021
3/4 86% Maria Chapdelaine (2021) Today's YA generation is unlikely to appreciate the monosyllabic performances and stately pace, but Pilote delivers a beautiful film in the tradition of the Quebec canon. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2021
3.5/4 100% One Second (2020) Billed by the director as his tribute to cinema, One Second is affectionate and sweet... - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2021
4/4 91% The Power of the Dog (2021) Campion builds the tension slowly and emphatically, telegraphing the perils ahead. Yet when the two-edged climax comes it's powerfully unexpected. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2021
94% The Hidden Life of Trees (Das geheime Leben der Bäume) (2021) Based on the 2015 book of the same title, The Hidden Life of Trees is a documentary both simple and startling. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2021
3/4 100% Cockroach (2020) The film gives some context for the millennial generation's frustration with living in a dense and expensive global financial centre that seems dedicated solely to work, and which is now losing the freedoms that may have made that bearable. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2021
3/4 99% Wolfwalkers (2020) The particularly imaginative handling of the shifts between the human and the more ethereal animal incarnations represent the film's most rewarding aspect. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
2/4 80% Summer of 85 (Été 85) (2021) Unfortunately, the plot becomes so melodramatic that Ozon ultimately loses control of the film, failing to deliver on both the odd bit of comedy and the tragic finale. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020
3/4 64% 180 Degree Rule (Khate Farzi) (2020) Director Farnoosh Samadi makes a convincing feature-length debut with a classic Iranian family drama. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020
4/4 98% The Father (2021) The results are both mind-bending and heart-rending. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2020
4/4 77% The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel (2020) Cutting together searing interviews with cleverly edited imagery, the film (Canadian but often focusing on the U.S.) is right up to the minute, deftly including COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter... - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2020
3/4 97% Shiva Baby (2021) This pocket comedy is going to divide people. Shiva Baby is a relentless parody of North American Jewish types which will delight some and offend others. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
2.5/4 59% Chemical Hearts (2020) Indeed, it's a film that considers young heartbreak so earnestly, it risks taking itself too seriously, too. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
1/4 61% Stage Mother (2020) Today, homophobia may still blight many a queen's family relations, but Stage Mother feels dated and formulaic. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
2/4 39% The Song of Names (2019) Mainly, this movie chatters when it should sing. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
4/4 89% The Two Popes (2019) Hopkins and Pryce's finely tuned performances illuminate Benedict's shrewd intelligence and Francis's deep humility. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
3/4 79% How to Build a Girl (2020) Yet, the film's delightful eccentricities... and its sharp take on the pretensions of London scene-setters make it ceaselessly entertaining. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
4/4 97% Rocks (2020) With exuberant naturalism from its non-professional actors, and a standout performance from Kosar Ali as Rocks's best friend, the film covers the highs and lows of female adolescence with compelling sensitivity. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
2/4 63% Radioactive (2020) The problem is not so much Satrapi's theatrical approach to the subject, which veers wildly from the overwrought to the dramatically compelling, as it is Jack Thorne's abysmal script. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
3/4 92% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) The meta-fiction may be overdone, but that and the director's feeling for tone create the expansive atmosphere in which a talented multiracial cast lead by Dev Patel can master everything from pure melodrama to high comedy. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
3/4 No Score Yet One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk (2019) The real-time effect... is compelling as its languor and its repetitions gradually reveal the deep cultural misunderstanding that is going on. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
4/4 100% Kuessipan (2019) Kuessipan is quiet and mesmerizing and tragic and full of hope. It is a triumph, and a privilege to spend time with. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
3/4 100% Jordan River Anderson, The Messenger (2019) [A] heart-wrenching albeit hopeful doc... - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
4/4 100% Heimat Is a Space in Time (Heimat ist ein Raum aus Zeit) (2020) So, it remains up to the viewer to measure the continuance of the past while the actual family history - who died; who married who - becomes as riveting as a half-grasped soap opera, with lives and loves disappearing in the fog of time. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
3/4 96% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Asier Etxeandia occasionally threatens to steal the show with his delicious turn as an exuberant addict, but perhaps the bravest thing here is Banderas' reserved performance. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
3/4 88% Endless Night (Longa noite) (2019) It is the cinematography that makes Endless Night stand out: Every shot is perfectly composed, dramatically lit and intensely focused. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
2.5/4 98% Vitalina Varela (2020) With such intense chiaroscuro, its images can prove heartbreaking. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
3/4 42% Guest of Honour (2020) There is a definite yuck factor to Atom Egoyan's Guest of Honour. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
3/4 82% Ruben Brandt, Collector (2019) Ruben's story may be as oddly illogical as any of his nightmares, but the animation here is a dreamy delight. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
2.5/4 43% The Upside (2019) Adapting the French script by Éric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, writer Jon Hartmere and director Neil Burger smooth over the more stereotypical elements of this mismatched pair, turning the story into a tasteful buddy pic. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
3/4 80% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Blunt is charmingly crisp and superior. Her winning performance makes this new nanny a keeper. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
2/4 62% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) A dramatic but unreliable account of Mary's tenuous rule over Scotland and deadly rivalry with Elizabeth I of England. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
92% The Price of Everything (2018) Kahn has certainly exposed the horrors of the art market here - I wouldn't buy a used car from the smug Cappellazzo - but he gives art itself pretty short shrift. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2018
78% At Eternity's Gate (2018) At Eternity's Gate mainly succeeds, dusting off a century's worth of global celebrity to both animate a suffering soul and rescue a radical artistic mission from the museum gift shop. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2018
59% The Grinch (2018) A critic needs only two words to dispense with The Grinch; the first one is bah. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
3/4 47% Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018) The safely scary and often amusing formula holds. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
3/4 66% Lizzie (2018) For all the horror of her situation, Lizzie needed some larger motivation to wield her axe. Lizzie dramatically provides it. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
2/4 72% Maya (2018) Hansen-Love's ability to evoke the unspoken remains in full play as she returns to themes of young love and emotional crisis, but much of the film is in English and both dialogue and delivery feel stilted. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
3/4 87% Colette (2018) Colette is a satisfyingly conventional biopic about a highly unconventional woman. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
2/4 37% Out of Blue (2019) Part police procedural, part supernatural thriller, part lesson in metaphysics and all neo-noir, Carol Morley's Out of Blue never gels into a convincing whole. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018