For 375 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 45% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Derek Elley's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Atonement
Lowest review score: 10 The Specials
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 24 out of 375
375 movie reviews
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Derek Elley
    An out-and-out charmer. It's almost impossible to do justice in words either to the visual richness of the movie, which melanges traditional Japanese clothes and architecture with both Victorian and modern-day artifacts, or to the character-filled storyline, with human figures, harpies and grotesque creatures.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Derek Elley
    Rarely has a book sprung so vividly to life, but also worked so enthrallingly in pure movie terms, as with Atonement, Brit helmer Joe Wright’s smart, dazzlingly upholstered adaptation of Ian McEwan’s celebrated 2001 novel.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Derek Elley
    A stunning feature -- another hypnotic meditation on popular demagogy and mental manipulation.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Derek Elley
    Bright and sassy, The Full Monty is a treat.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Derek Elley
    A warm, often invigorating and ultimately moving ode to community values.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Derek Elley
    A treat, a delicious blend of perversity, playfulness and deadly passion concealed beneath the tranquil, moneyed surface of the Swiss bougeoisie.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Derek Elley
    Scabrous, brutal and hip, Trainspotting is a "Clockwork Orange" for the '90s.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Derek Elley
    An exquisite reflection on personal bereavement.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Derek Elley
    A 10-course treat for the eyes and ears.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Derek Elley
    Shines like a freshly minted coin in Oliver Parker's adaptation.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Derek Elley
    Not so much a Hitler movie as a portrait of a totalitarian machine's spiritual and emotional collapse, Downfall is a cumulatively powerful Goetterdammerung centered on the last 10 days of the bunkered Fuehrer and those around him.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Derek Elley
    Direction, performances and lensing blend into an immensely satisfying, if almost uncategorizable, whole in Pawel Pawlikowski's My Summer of Love.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Derek Elley
    Tradition and informality collide -- and mutually benefit -- in the deliciously written and expertly played The Queen.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Derek Elley
    Maverick director Wong Kar-wai manages to pour old wine into new jars with Happy Together, a fizzy chamber yarn about two gay Hong Kongers in Argentina that's as slim as a bamboo flute but is his most linear and mature work for some time.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Derek Elley
    A full-bore zombie romp that more than delivers the genre goods.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Derek Elley
    From its opening shots, Butterfly Kiss exudes a confidence and distinctive feel that promises something rather special. Unlike its characters, the pic knows where it's going.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Derek Elley
    Shallow Grave, a tar-black comedy that zings along on a wave of visual and scripting inventiveness.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Derek Elley
    This is upscale French entertainment at its best.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 90 Derek Elley
    A superbly written loony-tunes satire, played by a tony cast at the top of its game.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    Has buckets to spare of that rarest screen commodity — genuine, engaging charm.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    An entertaining chick pic for all ages and sexes.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    Delightful comedy of manners.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    A crackerjack serial-killer chiller in "Seven" mold, Tell Me Something cleverly disguises its thoroughly generic content and leaps of logic with highly honed technique and an involving approach to narrative.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    Surprisingly conventional Olde London Towne gaslight mystery, gussied up with some doctored visuals, and an eccentric performance by Johnny Depp.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    A small picture with a big heart.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    Marvelously involving family saga.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    There's no shortage of disaster stories in the history of film production, but none have been recorded with such frankness, immediacy and aching sense of disappointment.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    A funny, touching, off-the-wall relationer that's one of the freshest helming debuts in world cinema this year.