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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, Newsweek,, Slate, Sight and Sound

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
73% Lost & Found (2019) "The trick is just in understanding how to invite the spirit into the reality of each situation." Forty-seven years after it was filmed, this is the possibility of deliverance that Amazing Grace holds out to us.‐ Los Angeles Review of Books
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
97% Spotlight (2015) Spotlight joins the ranks of the great American muckraking pictures, from I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang to On the Waterfront, All the President's Men, and The Border.‐ Los Angeles Review of Books
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
96% Paterson (2016) Driver marries the surface stoicism of the classic male hero with the rich inner life of a man of deep feeling. And that's why we feel so close to him.‐ Los Angeles Review of Books
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
60% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Malek holds the movie together through its shaky passages.‐ Los Angeles Review of Books
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
97% The Bad News Bears (1976) At a time when sports movies can't be just sports movies anymore, it's both startling and soothing to take a second look at Michael Ritchie's Little League comedy The Bad News Bears.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted May 30, 2018
80% Personal Shopper (2017) Stewart is in nearly every scene, and she's phenomenal.‐ Newsweek
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
75% The Wizard of Lies (2017) It's not a terrible piece of work, but the most you can claim for it is a kind of bloodless competence.‐ Newsweek
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
85% The Villainess (Ak-Nyeo) (2017) What is entirely new about The Villainess is that it marries its revenge scenario to a melodrama of maternal sacrifice, with the film's terrific star, Kim Ok-bin, suffering more than Joan Crawford ever did.‐ Newsweek
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
79% An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power (2017) The movie is a piece of advocacy, and it succeeds at that: The conclusive science presented is powerful evidence that there is only one side to this story.‐ Newsweek
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
88% Lady Macbeth (2017) It is so calculated that you can see every shock from 3 miles out, and if it weren't for cold cruelty, Lady Macbeth would have no life at all.‐ Newsweek
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
94% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) A consistently intelligent, morally thoughtful and often beautiful picture.‐ Newsweek
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
79% The Beguiled (2017) Coppola gets at thorny and complex ideas about how expectations of female gentility poison female sexuality and cause these women to experience desire as sickness.‐ Newsweek
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
76% My Cousin Rachel (2017) Du Maurier's novel was melodrama infused with the poisoned suspicions of male-female relations. Weisz does full justice to the tragic realism inside the contrivance.‐ Newsweek
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
100% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2015
88% Tab Hunter Confidential (2015) Hunter, casual and good-humored throughout, tells a story that defies expectations ...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2015
98% 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.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2015
91% 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
Read More | Posted May 26, 2015
81% Imitation of Life (1959) The toughest-minded, most irresolvable movie ever made about race in this country.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2015
87% The Blair Witch Project (1999) Somewhere, P. T. Barnum is smiling.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2012
89% 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
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2007
59% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2006
93% 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.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2005
11% 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.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2005
53% Spanglish (2004) Offensive because it turns liberal self-abasement into self-congratulation.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2004
84% 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.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2004
91% Million Dollar Baby (2004) Solemn, inflated and dull.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2004
78% A Very Long Engagement (2004) The mixture of a trickster director and classic movie conventions works better than you'd expect it to.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2004
27% Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004) So clumsy and crass that it makes you doubt the pleasure of the first movie.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2004
80% 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.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2004
59% Enduring Love (2004) It's affirmative action for psychos.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2004
77% Team America: World Police (2004) The first work from Parker and Stone that I'd describe as a failure of nerve.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2004
46% 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.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2004
82% Friday Night Lights (2004) Substitutes slick, cynical point-scoring for insight.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2004
97% 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.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2004
92% 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.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2004
90% The Big Red One (1980) As the longest and biggest of Fuller's movies, it magnifies the essence -- good and bad -- of his work.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2004
46% The Brown Bunny (2004) Must be one of the truest songs of roadside America that the movies have produced.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2004
16% 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.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2004
61% Wimbledon (2004) Slick, satisfying entertainment.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2004
49% Vanity Fair (2004) Scene by scene and moment to moment, it's a woeful misreading of the book.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2004
95% Hero (2004) It's not too much to say that Hero is one of the most ravishing spectacles the movies have given us.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2004
19% She Hate Me (2004) Lee, who always has an agenda, is fundamentally unsuited to satire, which has no sides, no friends, no agenda.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2004
90% 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.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2004
86% 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.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2004
82% 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).‐
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2004
67% 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.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2004
93% Spider-Man 2 (2004) For a big-budget action movie Spider-Man 2 is modest and not assaultive -- it has a boring decency.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2004
53% 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.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2004
61% The Terminal (2004) Probably the worst-directed film Spielberg has ever made.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2004
25% 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.‐
Read More | Posted May 29, 2004