For 378 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 0.1 points lower 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 Thomas and the Magic Railroad
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 23 out of 378
378 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    Has almost zero plot but molto mood. It will appeal to the most faithful of the director's camp-followers and no one else.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Pic's potentially inspiring story too often remains grounded by a problematic script and unshapely direction.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    Ultimately, this is a striking-looking film -- consciously recalling the paintings of Edward Hopper in its architectural use of space -- which, like its protag, is a little short on real feeling.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Fourth feature by Mainland helmer Lou Ye ("Suzhou River," "Purple Butterfly") shoots for metaphysical drama but ends up saying very little beneath all the poetic voiceovers, sexual encounters and political seasoning.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    The overall effect simply underlines the central weakness of the pic: that the neo-kitschy futuristic scenes don't add much to the real-life '60s relationships.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    Devoid of genuine inspiration or involving character development.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    What the picture most needed was a complete cinematic rethink and, yes, even some action to move it along.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    Admirably balanced production that pulls the curtain back slightly on a little-charted period of modern Chinese history.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Despite its large cast and complex criss-crossing from past to present, the movie rarely catches fire as an involving human drama.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 40 Derek Elley
    One of the most highly crafted pics in recent memory, and certainly the most original in vision of the 23 features competing at Cannes this year, Songs From the Second Floor rapidly wears out its welcome after the first few reels to finish up as a perplexing objet d'art.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Result is far more accessible than Jia's previous two pictures, with moments of genuine emotion by the real-life interviewees.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Pleasant and engaging, rather than laugh-out-loud funny or emotionally involving.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Makes engrossing viewing for much of the way...but stumbles dramatically in its final leg.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    There's no shortage of existing docus on the subject, and Panh's doesn't bring either a fresh enough angle or enough new material to the table to justify its length.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Script is sometimes confusingly structured, and in its second half doesn't move as smoothly from scene to scene as in Kim's best pics.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Davaa's strong visual sense, engaging cast and respect for basic film grammar make this slim exercise in managed reality go the distance.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    The movie plays like a career summation in which the 68-year-old writer-director has simply run out new ideas.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 40 Derek Elley
    A slow, empty, over-mannered snoozer that shows Taiwanese helmer Hou Hsiao-hsien asleep at the wheel.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    An overlong stygian comedy that badly needs a transfusion of genuine inspiration.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Immaculately shot and composed as always, and moving at Ceylan's usual measured pace, this one is slightly enlivened by more likable perfs and a trim 98-minute running time.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    The film's persistent skimming from one vantage point to another, with no dominant dramatic line until midway through, will unsettle audiences expecting a more regular construction and something on which to hook their emotions over the long term.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    A portrait of a contempo British family drifting apart because of generational differences, The Mother ends up an uneasy brew of too many competing tastes and themes.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    Mainland helmer Wang Quanan and his regular lead actress, Yu Nan, tread on largely familiar ground in Tuya's Marriage.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Handsomely shot in widescreen, mostly on actual West Bank locations, and well-played by the cast, pic lays out the issues in an accessible but rather too over-correct way, seemingly eager to please all parties at the expense of real passion.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    Either a subtly subversive black comedy, a deeply spiritual portrait of physical rebirth or a whole lot of nothing in a self-consciously arty package, Lourdes isn't about to reveal its true colors anytime soon.

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