For 377 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 1.9 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 The Specials
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 23 out of 377
377 movie reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    An easy-to-digest slice of literate entertainment for upscale and older audiences that lacks a significant emotional undertow to make it a truly involving -- rather than simply voyeuristic -- experience.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Taken as a film about muddling along, "Woman" never bores the viewer with indecisive filmmaking. Basically, it's an elegant jeu, played and constructed with an almost Gallic lightness heightened by Jeong Yong-jin's bursts of music, all bouncy piano and pizzicato.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    An interesting idea comes over only half-formed in Johnnie To's Breaking News, an effective Hong Kong crimer that partly returns to the realistic style of some of his late '90s dramas, but never properly knits its theme of media manipulation into pic's punchy thriller format.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Rani Mukerji provides the star power, but up-and-coming actress Konkona Sen Sharma is the revelation in Laaga chunari mein daag, a glossy throwback to '90s Bollywood that proves a treat, if you check most of your brains at the door.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    The Dark Hours surmounts some of the problems of its weak dialogue through a commanding performance by lead Kate Greenhouse and some grisly, genre-style violence.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Utterly unsentimental but profoundly moving,The Way Home" is a tiny gem from South Korea.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Well worth a look, despite its flaws.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Derek Elley
    Attempts to meld reality and artifice but to uninspiring results.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Admirably non-judgmental docu about life in "the least visited, known, understood country in the world," per Brit director Daniel Gordon, brings a refreshing balance to the usual blind vilification of the country.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    Like a passable bottle of champagne, Cheri fizzes and slides down quite easily but lacks real body and doesn't really hit the spot.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Combo of some stunning animal direction (courtesy of ace trainer Thierry Le Portier) and exotic period setting somewhere in French colonial Indochina charms when the quadripeds stalk the action but creaks when the bipeds open their mouths.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    As a series of action set pieces, the movie is frequently gripping and always highly watchable. However, when the movie strays into weirder territory --- where, one feels, Jeunet's heart really lies --- there's a growing feeling of inadequacy.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    Playful and sporty, with just a small twist of the knife, The Cat's Meow is good, uncomplicated fun.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Derek Elley
    Small but delightful tale about a dyed-in-the-wool spieler who develops a soft spot for a blind girl dumped in his care.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Despite its sudsy storyline, this second tour through the punk-infested Rio slums could attract more mature arthouse auds, drawn by character rather than the minutiae of guns 'n' drugs, though it's unlikely to match "God's" muscular $7.5 million U.S. take.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Escalating blend of black humor and grisly goings-on in the wilds of Hungary fully delivers in its latter half.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    The film offers a frequently obscure but (for fans) always watchable look at history, memory and -- in the most rarefied sense -- love.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Too slim to make much impression outside fests, this nevertheless reps another solid outing by former art director Huo Jianqi.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Tip-top performances, led by young British thesp Jamie Bell, and a deftly handled tone reflecting all the title teen's confused emotions make Hallam Foe a viewing delight.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    A star-loaded, Gotham-set relationships movie that's generally good but works better in bits than as a whole.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Big emotional themes come hidden in a deceptively small package in Longing, a mightily impressive feature debut by German writer-director Valeska Grisebach.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Derek Elley
    From its opening shots, Butterfly Kiss exudes a confidence and distinctive feel that promises something rather special. Unlike its characters, the pic knows where it's going.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 20 Derek Elley
    A 2½-hour demo of auteurist self-importance that's artistically bankrupt on almost every level.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Derek Elley
    With very little dialogue, and even less plot, five chapter stops lend the movie a skeletal structure: "Wrath," "Silent Warrior," "Men of God," "The Holy Land" and "Hell." But any discussion of the Dark Ages conflict between paganism and Christianity is reduced to just grunts or insults.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Political realities are a powerful bonus to, rather than the only reason for, Private, an emotionally gripping drama.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Full of charming moments, but swinging hither and thither between mainstream entertainment and an over-cooked anti-racist tract.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    What gives Quitting its freshness is its setting in a country that often denies it has such problems and the decision to anchor the film strongly within the Chinese family fabric.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Its soul rests in Skarsgard's performance, a powerful mixture of buttoned-down anger and personal disappointment that combines the filmmaker's self-questioning with the real-life character's conflict.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Derek Elley
    High on charm but extremely low on content, Blue Gate Crossing is a half-hour short stretched to feature length.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Derek Elley
    Overplays its slim hand by a good two reels.

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