For 385 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 0.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Derek Elley's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Atonement
Lowest review score: 10 Fleeing by Night
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 23 out of 385
385 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    An ace performance by 26-year-old Julia Jentsch ("The Edukators," "Snowland"), as the quietly determined Munich student who was beheaded for distributing counter-propaganda leaflets in 1943, gives pic a focused dramatic power.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    A string of striking set pieces hung on a dramatically shaky clothesline.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    Pic is superbly honed at both script and performance levels, with character taking precedence over action.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    A wildly inventive, highly cinematic director's showcase that looks likely, at least in the West, to enthuse fans of Asian -- especially Korean -- genre movies more than general auds.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    This slyly humorous, cleverly constructed comedy-drama wends its way through different takes on similar time frames to a warm, inclusive ending.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    A haunted-house one-trick pony.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Derek Elley
    Bright and sassy, The Full Monty is a treat.
    • 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
    • 80 Derek Elley
    A terrific performance by young actress Patricia Kovacs makes the high-stakes gamble of Down by Love -- a light psychodrama almost entirely centered on one character in an apartment -- into an engrossing 90-odd minutes.
    • 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
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Always imaginative, often arresting, but sometimes just too clever by half.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    What makes Serenity refreshing is its avoidance of CGI, which gives the pic a much more human dimension; the evident chemistry between the cast; and a humor that doesn't rely simply on flip one-liners.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Maintains a bankable charm and innocence even when overdrawn on the special effects side.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    A sprightly acted, warm and often extremely funny ensemble comedy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    A wild, intensely cinematic ride into two men's burning desire to get even.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Gotham-based documaker Laura Poitras ("Flag Wars") comes up with a still-timely, quietly hard-hitting look at the Iraqi situation with My Country, My Country, focusing on the lead-up to and outcome of the Jan. 30, 2005, Iraq election.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Derek Elley
    Shallow Grave, a tar-black comedy that zings along on a wave of visual and scripting inventiveness.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    The rare ability to make intelligent, entertaining cinema from hot-button current issues is beautifully illustrated by Lemon Tree.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Shows a rather arrogant disdain for its audience in between occasional flashes of flair.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    For all its digressions and occasional flat moments, Iwai's movie is a remarkable, acutely involving one, working on an emotional level that can only really be expressed through music -- a strong component in all of Iwai's pics.
    • 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
    • 70 Derek Elley
    One of the world's great cities comes vibrantly alive through its music and musical denizens in Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul.
    • 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.

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