For 379 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 higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Derek Elley's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Spirited Away
Lowest review score: 10 Fleeing by Night
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 23 out of 379
379 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Boal's script stirs a little of everything into the pot, which boils down into seven setpieces divided by brief intervals of camaraderie/conflict among the three protags.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Derek Elley
    An exquisite reflection on personal bereavement.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Visceral, torn-from-the-memory filmmaking that packs every punch except one to the heart, Lebanon is the boldest and best of the recent mini-wave of Israeli pics ("Beaufort," "Waltz With Bashir") set during conflicts between the two countries.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    A sublime, witty, gritty and transcendental movie reflecting one man's life journey.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    A dazzlingly lensed, highly stylized meditation on heroism.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    A rough, gritty, often scabrously humorous tribute.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    Strength of Davies’ vision is the crux, and it holds the line to the final, confident fadeout.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Largely thanks to the snappy editing, short scenes and a strong cast led by a matronly Deveuve and Amalric's enjoyable perf as the black sheep of the family, A Christmas Tale never devolves into a tedious two-and-a-half hours of self-examination. But it also never goes very far, either.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    Leigh’s gallery of haves and have-nots, of emotional anorexics and exploited deadbeats, carries a strong political charge that’s there for the taking. But the pic also plays simply as a black, offbeat comedy with a romantic undertow.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    Neither pure masala musical nor pure masala meller, Lagaan is an involving, easily digestible hunk of pure entertainment that could be the trigger for Bollywood's long-awaited crossover to non-ethnic markets.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Derek Elley
    Scabrous, brutal and hip, Trainspotting is a "Clockwork Orange" for the '90s.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    A powerful, slow-burning portrait of human fallibility.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Though tastily lensed and with a convincing cast led by Cillian Murphy, essentially small-scale picture lacks the involving sweep of Loach's earlier historical-political yarn, "Land and Freedom."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    Engaging chemistry between leads Emmanuelle Devos and Vincent Cassel.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    A sustained genre parody that's equally funny but (maybe in deference to the genre) much more pumped up.

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