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 Atonement
Lowest review score: 10 Fleeing by Night
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 23 out of 377
377 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Visceral and sweat-drenched, but also attaining a genuinely epic stature in its final reels.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    A classic example of a clever idea that could easily have run out of steam halfway. However, co-scripters Pegg and Wright structure it as a classic three-acter (set-up, journey, finale) with enough twists, character development and small set pieces to keep the comedy boiling.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Works as both an adaptation and a movie in its own right
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Austen nuts may rend their frocks, and Bollywood buffs may split their cholis, but there's an immensely likable, almost goofily playful charm to Bride & Prejudice that finally wins the day.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    An often genuinely funny mockumentary.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Maintains a bankable charm and innocence even when overdrawn on the special effects side.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    The highly directed film adopts a semi-impressionistic approach more European than British in flavor, aided by a terrific central performance by Kevin McKidd and painterly lensing by John Rhodes.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Combines scares and chuckles with good production values.
    • 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    A touching, often poetic, sometimes achingly real snapshot of a brief encounter related almost entirely through the bedroom.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Result is always watchable, occasionally creepy and teasingly pitched halfway between a genre riff and a genuine scarefest.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    This well-played, often very sparky dramedy about the shenanigans in a northern brass band composed of miners threatened with pit closure gets a bad attack of social realism in the latter stages that rocks the crowded craft.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Political realities are a powerful bonus to, rather than the only reason for, Private, an emotionally gripping drama.
    • 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
    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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Super-slick street-racing pic, based on a Nipponese manga series and set in Japan, is aimed squarely at the East Asian market, which it has conquered in spades since late June release.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Picture lets loose an experienced cast of vets on a well-honed script that has broad appeal.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Flavorsome performances by a seasoned cast, held in check by Grant's traditional but well-crafted, always cinematic direction.
    • 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.

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