For 377 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 1.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Derek Elley's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Atonement
Lowest review score: 10 The Specials
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 23 out of 377
377 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 90 Derek Elley
    A superbly written loony-tunes satire, played by a tony cast at the top of its game.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Derek Elley
    A stunning feature -- another hypnotic meditation on popular demagogy and mental manipulation.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Derek Elley
    Tradition and informality collide -- and mutually benefit -- in the deliciously written and expertly played The Queen.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Derek Elley
    A full-bore zombie romp that more than delivers the genre goods.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Derek Elley
    An exquisite reflection on personal bereavement.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Derek Elley
    Shines like a freshly minted coin in Oliver Parker's adaptation.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Derek Elley
    A warm, often invigorating and ultimately moving ode to community values.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Derek Elley
    Bright and sassy, The Full Monty is a treat.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Derek Elley
    Scabrous, brutal and hip, Trainspotting is a "Clockwork Orange" for the '90s.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Derek Elley
    A 10-course treat for the eyes and ears.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    A family ensembler of utter simplicity, Oliver Assayas' Summer Hours is a salutory (and belated) reminder that, as with his earlier "Cold Water" and "Late August, Early September," some of this writer-director's best work comes in modest packages.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    Kore-eda sketches the inner, spiritual and emotional lives of the children with subtlety and sensitivity, delivering the goods after a seemingly directionless first half.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    Picture more than delivers on the action front -- not in bang-for-your-buck spectacle but in the kind of gritty, doculike sequences that haul viewers out of their seats and alongside the main protags.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    Superbly cast drama… that looks to be a solid upscale attraction wherever the special chemistry of good writing and performances is appreciated.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    A movie for the age, and a keeper for the ages, Pride & Prejudice brings Jane Austen's best-loved novel to vivid, widescreen life, as well as making an undisputed star of 20-year-old Keira Knightley.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    Balances character, grit, spectacle and visceral action in a meaty, dramatically satisfying pie that delivers on the hype and will surprise many who felt the Hong Kong helmer progressively lost his mojo during his long years stateside.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    A wild, intensely cinematic ride into two men's burning desire to get even.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    Superbly cast drama, in which the lives and emotional arcs of six people -- four Turks and two Germans -- criss-cross through love and tragedy.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    The tangled tale of love and disguise is awesome in its action sequences but doesn't touch the heart to the same degree.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    On almost every level, there's never quite been a monster movie like The Host. Egregiously subverting its own genre while still delivering shocks at a pure genre level, and marbled with straight-faced character humor that constantly throws the viewer off balance.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    Strongly recalls Hong Kong kung-fu movies of the late '60s and '70s, with physical grit, over-the-top heroics and inventive fight choreography providing the entertainment.

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