For 383 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 44% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 52% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Derek Elley's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Spirited Away
Lowest review score: 10 Fleeing by Night
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 23 out of 383
383 movie reviews
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    • 70 Derek Elley
    Loaded with unashamedly sophomoric humor, but fired with a kind of early Richard Lester-esque elan that doesn’t run out of gas, A Fistful of Fingers shows more wit and invention than most of its no-budget Brit saddlemates.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Derek Elley
    Cool it may be, but scary (or even mildly shudder-inducing) it ain’t, even in 3-D.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 40 Derek Elley
    A thinly scripted mood piece centered on an estranged fortysomething among vacationing friends in Italy, Unrelated doesn’t carry the viewer along with its protag’s emotional problems.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    A marked strength of the movie is that it does succeed in making the unlikely central love affair believable within its own universe.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    The picture sports a strong lead cast but is diminished by TV-style helming and production qualities.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    As in "Divine," there's an uneven quality to Suleiman's often surreal ideas, but in general there are way more hits than misses this time round, some of them laugh-out-loud.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Largely thanks to Verbeek's performance, full of physical grace notes and small details, she manages to involve the audience, even though her character is more a movie creation than one based in real psychology. Rea, largely giving his usual mumbling Oirish perf, proves a selfless support, and provides an anchor to the movie.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    Highly enjoyable when all its gears are clicking, but rarely as good as it should be.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    Engaging, highly accessible movie that marks a slick feature debut by helmer Jeong Jae-eun.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    A slowly inspiring saga of blood, sweat and horse dung, played with conviction.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    A rough, gritty, often scabrously humorous tribute.
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    • 40 Derek Elley
    A colorful, enjoyable ride most of the way but could have been even better if Beatriz Flores Silva's direction had more often risen above the functional and had not gotten a bad attack of conscience in the closing reels.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    An involving, often kinetic 2½-hour ride for auds who can accept their entertainment overboiled as well as just hardboiled.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Derek Elley
    Chained to the floor by a script that isn't particularly funny, direction that goes for realism rather than stylization and an almost complete lack of comic timing.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    Has buckets to spare of that rarest screen commodity — genuine, engaging charm.
    • Variety
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Derek Elley
    OK entertainment but nothing more.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 10 Derek Elley
    Deadly dull in stretches, and just plain embarrassing in others.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    A triumph on the casting side but less so dramatically, Richard Eyre's Iris fails to do full justice to its subject.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Well cast, engagingly played and directed with a stylistic pedal to the metal, Human Traffic is a lot of energy adding up to very little.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Derek Elley
    Shows a consistent inability to generate any kind of drama when characters open their mouths.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 10 Derek Elley
    A vulgar, Z-grade variant on last year's "Mystery Men" for those who didn't get their fill the first time around.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    But there's little sense of a longer dramatic arc stretching across the characters: Rozema can't seem to hold a single tone for more than a few minutes, and she has too many other axes to grind besides just getting the story up on the screen.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Too often caught between trying to be a sweeping period drama and intimate love story at the same time, with a script that's never fully satisfying on either count.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 10 Derek Elley
    An embarrassing failure at almost every level.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    An entertaining chick pic for all ages and sexes.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    An easygoing kitchen-sink comedy with an unsettling final act.
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    • 40 Derek Elley
    Pic's busy direction and bright performances partly compensate for a script that goes in too many directions at the same time.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    An often intriguing, sometimes hypnotic work, but one that quickly starts to unravel in the final hour as it becomes clear there’s not much beneath the emperor’s clothes.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    This least affected of their (Haases) movies is also the most dramatically and emotionally convincing.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Derek Elley
    A stunning feature -- another hypnotic meditation on popular demagogy and mental manipulation.

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