Kate Taylor

Kate Taylor
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Globe and Mail

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/4 88% 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 83% How to Build a Girl (2019) 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
4/4 100% Rocks (2019) 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 73% Radioactive (2019) 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 96% 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 No Score Yet 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) (2019) 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 97% 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 No Score Yet 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
2.5/4 100% Vitalina Varela (2019) With such intense chiaroscuro, its images can prove heartbreaking. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
3/4 47% Guest of Honour (2019) 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 80% 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 41% 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 79% 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 63% 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
80% 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 48% 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
3/4 98% Rojo (2019) The detective plot is shaggy and never fully resolves itself, but the implications of the story resonate like a distant drum. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
4/4 88% The Good Girls (Las niñas bien) (2018) Swirling camera work and chronological jumps quietly tighten the screw while the art direction provides continual delight: The Good Girls is, among things, a deliciously precise critique of 1980s fashion. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
2/4 78% Never Look Away (2019) The link between the two plots relies on a melodramatic coincidence that he sets up and then oddly declines to exploit. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
3/4 83% Lady J (Mademoiselle de Joncquières) (2019) Lush costumes, languid pacing and the elaborate syntax of the 18th-century all create an exquisitely measured effect. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
3/4 38% Donnybrook (2019) The apocalyptic vision of the heartland created by Sutton and his cast (based on the novel by Frank Bill) is impressively convincing, even if the themes are often overstated and the film itself is very hard to watch. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
2/4 83% Her Smell (2019) Bafflingly unbalanced. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
1/4 19% The Death and Life of John F. Donovan (2019) Dolan's English-language debut whinges about personal neuroses rather than probing homophobia or celebrity. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
3/4 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Jenkins creates many remarkable scenes, particularly as the male characters discuss the racist realities with which they live. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
3/4 88% The Stone Speakers (2018) The psychology behind the popularity of these sites is intriguing, and Drljaca's camera travels each scene with slow insistence on its remarkable beauty. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
3/4 79% Cities of Last Things (2018) This intriguing, atmospheric movie from Malaysian director Ho Wi Ding tells its twisting story in reverse chronological order featuring its embittered protagonist in pivotal moments at three stages of life. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
3/4 78% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) As he transfers his talents to a European setting and Spanish-speaking cast, Farhadi loses none of his remarkable ability to observe close relationships collapsing under stress. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
4/4 90% A Star Is Born (2018) Their chemistry is undeniable, their duets infectious and moving the action into the contemporary music scene, where Ally is rapidly reconfigured as a sequin-studded red head flanked by unnecessary dancers, strikes a long line of emotional notes. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
4/4 90% ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch (2019) We have entered an epoch in which human activity is shaping the planet more than any natural force. Anthropocene bears witness that something's got to give. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
2.5/4 60% The Fall of the American Empire (La chute de l'empire américain) (2019) [One] darkly amusing scene is classic Arcand. Unfortunately, The Fall of the American Empire doesn't consistently deliver that level of wit as it probes our love of money. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
3/4 74% Destroyer (2018) Director Karyn Kusama shifts dexterously between the present and the past, unspooling a satisfyingly twisted piece of storytelling by writers Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi, who succeed in making both plots gripping. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
2.5/4 92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) Form and content seem oddly divorced, but music -- the Polish folk tunes, communist-propaganda anthems and Parisian torch songs -- sets the mood and saves the day. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
3/4 83% Dogman (2019) The naively amenable character is wonderfully observed by Fonte, and early scenes show delicious whimsy and black comedy. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
4/4 94% Transit (2019) With Transit, director Christian Petzold creates a Second World War adventure that is not a sentimental costume drama and a contemporary political parable that is not a didactic sermon -- and produces a highly entertaining film into the bargain. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
1.5/4 45% Girls of the Sun (Les filles du soleil) (2019) The political setting is vague and the results erratic, alternating between intense suspense and high bathos. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
4/4 98% 3 Faces (2019) It's a film full of delicate metaphors and gentle humour. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
3/4 52% Papillon (2018) As director Michael Noer struggles to tease a theme out of a string of exploits, Papillon remains as entertaining as ever. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
2/4 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) As the obscenities of wealth accumulate while a large cast of Asian and Eurasian actors render their many silly characters, the source of the laughter becomes troubling. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
3/4 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Lee shifts from silly spoof to dramatic chill in a heartbeat. As an entertainment that milks its audience's outrage against racism, BlacKkKlansman works exceedingly well. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
3.5/4 83% Puzzle (2018) The results are deceptively simple, finding complex emotions in a scenario that only signals sentimentality. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
2/4 49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) The movie runs out of plot and jokes well before the end of a two-hour running time, long for a light comedy. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018