For 382 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 0.5 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 Thomas and the Magic Railroad
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 23 out of 382
382 movie reviews
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Ip Man will be manna for those who like their kung fu straight and wireless, their villains Japanese and their heroes unconflicted Chinese patriots.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Takes the simplest of stories and weaves a seductive, extremely moving portrait of a young woman’s unshakable love.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Sumptuous pic version, which evokes the original show while working as a movie in its own right, is lit by a radiant, vocally lustrous perf by teenaged Emmy Rossum.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    The seductive, sensory prose of Patrick Suskind's bestseller, "Perfume," reaches the screen with loads of visual panache but only intermittent magic.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Key casting is aces, led by a deglammed Kim, forcefully low-key as the mother who seems capable of anything to protect her son.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    An astonishing improvement on the original version. With 27 minutes excised, pic emerges from its mind-numbing undergrowth as a memorable -- if still highly specialized -- exercise in personal, '70s-style American filmmaking, with a cohesive feel and rhythm that marks Gallo as a distinctive indie talent.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Picture lets loose an experienced cast of vets on a well-honed script that has broad appeal.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Overall, Wong’s movie doesn’t leave as big a wash behind it as the more ambitious “Days” and his “Mean Streets”-like debut, “As Tears Go By,” but it’s an enjoyable cruise.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Slight but sleek, Flirt is still fun.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    A sexy, good-looking political bodice-ripper with an almost flawless cast at the top of its game.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    A long-limbed story that is utterly simple in structure, but decorated with enough character interplay and side plots to keep the movie ticking over to a powerful finale.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Always imaginative, often arresting, but sometimes just too clever by half.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    A polished genre piece with superior fright elements.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Maintains a bankable charm and innocence even when overdrawn on the special effects side.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Cast of regulars blends like those in a late-on Howard Hawks' movie.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Well worth a look, despite its flaws.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    A string of striking set pieces hung on a dramatically shaky clothesline.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Money (and maybe a little bit of love) makes the world go around in Lost in Beijing, an involving, highly accessible portrait of an emotional menage a quatre in the modern-day Chinese capital.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    3 Idiots takes a while to lay out its game plan but pays off emotionally in its second half.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    This least affected of their (Haases) movies is also the most dramatically and emotionally convincing.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Often enjoyable, massively uneven Brit ganglander with an almost surreal approach to the genre.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Visually detailed but emotionally dry.

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