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 No Such Thing
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 24 out of 375
375 movie reviews
    • 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
    • 80 Derek Elley
    A rarefied love story, conducted with no dialogue between the principals.
    • 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
    • 80 Derek Elley
    A cracking slice of old-fashioned, widescreen entertainment.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Sports a stronger narrative spine than is usual in Vietnamese rural dramas and a less fragile tone in its deployment of landscape and character.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Easy on the eye and effortlessly entertaining across almost 2½ hours.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    A charming relationships comedy about food, gourmet cooking and emotionally chilling out. Anchored by a career-best performance from German thesp Martina Gedeck.
    • 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
    • 30 Derek Elley
    Simply fuzzy filmmaking of the worst sort.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    A tightly constructed "dramatic thriller" in which the tension comes as much from what the characters are thinking as from what they end up doing, Jerichow again confirms writer-helmer Christian Petzold ("Yella," "The State I Am In") as a world-class talent who remains underappreciated beyond Germany.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Film's rarity value and still-hot subject matter make this required viewing.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Takes the simplest of stories and weaves a seductive, extremely moving portrait of a young woman’s unshakable love.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Largely thanks to Verbeek's performance, full of physical grace notes and small details, she manages to involve the audience, even though her character is more a movie creation than one based in real psychology. Rea, largely giving his usual mumbling Oirish perf, proves a selfless support, and provides an anchor to the movie.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Highly engaging, beautifully played romancer.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    Bannen and the gawky Kelly, whose screen chemistry is vital to the film's success, make a delightful pair of stumbling shysters, and Jones' script weaves a sizable tapestry of other characters to flesh out the village.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    Moves like an express train across almost 2½ hours without any sense of rush and with strong, empathetic characters etched en route.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    The chills and spills keep comin' to agreeable effect in Brit-made scarefest The Descent.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    It's a very small pic but engagingly played by a fine cast.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Strongly cast, long-limbed yarn contains some of Ratnam's best stuff in its first half but script weaknesses mar the later going and film's overall impact.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    Has all the classic faults of a picture not only directed by an actor but by an actor who is his own producer.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    A fairly conventional heartwarmer, lifted by likable performances, good-looking production values and (for movie buffs) a story centered on an outdoor cinema in rural China.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    Contains some brilliant invention between duller stretches.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Derek Elley
    This is upscale French entertainment at its best.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Though certainly not to everyone's tastes, this looney-tunes pic about a deranged serial killer who thinks he's helping Earth by killing off supposed aliens works on a variety of levels, from gruesome slapstick comedy through social critique to genuinely chilling Grand Guignol.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Result is always watchable, occasionally creepy and teasingly pitched halfway between a genre riff and a genuine scarefest.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    A quietly subversive my-sister-is-turning-into-a-werewolf movie that doesn't wimp out at the end.