For 384 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 lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Derek Elley's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Spirited Away
Lowest review score: 10 Fleeing by Night
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 23 out of 384
384 movie reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Feature debut by Yank duo Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe isn't so far from their engrossing docus on Terry Gilliam's filmic adventures, "The Hamster Factor" (1996) and "Lost in La Mancha" (2001), except here the madness and exploitation is part of the music scene.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    A man whose name has become a byword for pure evil gets a disarming makeover in The Goebbels Experiment. Far from being the horror show expected from its title, Lutz Hachmeister's cool, almost anti-dramatic docu paints a portrait of an insecure manic-depressive solely through extracts from Joseph Goebbels' own voluminous diaries.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    A curate's egg of a movie that starts intriguingly but becomes increasingly frustrating.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    An often grippingly staged mountain movie that's good but not great.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    3 Idiots takes a while to lay out its game plan but pays off emotionally in its second half.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    As in many of Laverty's scripts, problems of overall tone and character development aren't solved by Loach's easygoing direction, though when it works, "Eric" has many incidental pleasures.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Derek Elley
    Talky, repetitive and largely covering the same ground with no new thoughts, Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence is a major let-down.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    Has buckets to spare of that rarest screen commodity — genuine, engaging charm.
    • Variety
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Slickly packaged, unashamedly exploitative popcorn movie.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Though Ritchie’s screenplay scores a 10 for sheer complexity and cleverness, it rates much lower down the scale for comprehensibility and audience involvement.
    • Variety
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Writer-helmer Gurinder Chadha assembles a gallery of broadly played stereotypes into a movie about social attitudes that's more rooted in small-screen sitcom than anything deeper.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Slick, grisly and determinedly umbral, German cop thriller Tattoo is a largely effective "Se7en" wannabe that gradually develops its own character after an over-derivative start.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    Mediocre, dramatically flat picture.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Film traverses Buzz's career with reasonable depth, helped by good-quality trailers from several pics. However, one suspects there are a lot more stories Buzz could tell in a more rigorous format.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    An involving family drama about a young boy's dreams and personal loss, Hard Goodbyes: My Father brings a light touch -- and a full measure of unaffected charm -- to potentially downbeat material.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    A sprightly, enjoyable comedy-drama from veteran Agust Gudmundsson that's buoyed by a raft of excellent distaff performances.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    It manages to suspend disbelief without over-taxing the viewer's patience, and boasts at least one terrific performance, by actress Yeom Jeong-ah as a scary stepmom.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    An easygoing kitchen-sink comedy with an unsettling final act.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Gay's the way, but the way's not really gay, in the fluffy and largely entertaining Dostana.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    An often intriguing, sometimes hypnotic work, but one that quickly starts to unravel in the final hour as it becomes clear there’s not much beneath the emperor’s clothes.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Derek Elley
    Tendency to go for art rather than action, and a leisurely pace that isn't bolstered by much dialogue or food for thought.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    There's a fable-like quality to this first feature by documaker Ra'anan Alexandrowicz that packs just as much punch as a more "serious," didactic movie while entertaining the viewer at the same time.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Mixes humor, tragedy, tenderness and political acumen into a well-observed coming-of-age format.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    With a commanding performance by Sun Haiying as the unbending, ornery father, and a glammed-down Joan Chen remarkable as the boy's devoted mom, pic serves up solid dramatic values instead of being yet another panorama of social and political changes in China during the late 20th century.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Like a collapsing star, Sunshine initially burns brightly but finally implodes into a dramatic black hole.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Standout performance is by Nolte who, in the final 20 minutes, draws on a deep reservoir of playing broken romantic heroes to portray Binh's father. The subtle, resonant scenes between the two men are worth the price of admission.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    Kang remains a superb technician, but somewhere the movie forgot to pack any genuine emotion along with its ordnance and K rations.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    The lowdown on The Low Down: charm 8, content 2.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Overall tone lies somewhere between Mike Leigh and Ken Loach in performances and look, with a modest tech package.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Derek Elley
    Japanese helmer Hirokazu Kore-eda’s ongoing interest in love, loss and souls in limbo is stretched way too thin in Air Doll, a beautifully lensed (by Taiwanese ace Mark Lee) and charmingly played (by South Korean icon Bae Du-na) modern fairy tale about an inflatable doll who takes on a life of her own. Recut to a trim 90 minutes, this fragile yarn would work perfectly and have a chance of an afterlife as a specialty item. In its present form, pic may not get much farther than the fest netherworld.

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