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 Spirited Away
Lowest review score: 10 The Specials
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 23 out of 382
382 movie reviews
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Pleasant rather than rollicking entertainment.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Solidly entertaining for those who like their dialogue crisp and with a main verb in every sentence.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Visceral and sweat-drenched, but also attaining a genuinely epic stature in its final reels.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Mixed Indian and Western cast --turn the true story of a case that changed British law into an old-style melodrama (in the best sense) complete with a feel-good ending.
    • 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
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    An often grippingly staged mountain movie that's good but not great.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    A slick, entertaining, if never very original, study of family and roots.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Slickly packaged, unashamedly exploitative popcorn movie.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    An often genuinely funny mockumentary.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    East meets West meets East again, with palate-tingling results, in The Good the Bad the Weird, a kimchi Western that draws shamelessly on its spaghetti forebears but remains utterly, bracingly Korean.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    The movie essentially mirrors the non-diva, down-to-earth personalities on which their act is based, and which include a sizable amount of self-parody.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    It's a very small pic but engagingly played by a fine cast.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Political realities are a powerful bonus to, rather than the only reason for, Private, an emotionally gripping drama.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Works as both an adaptation and a movie in its own right
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Well-groomed, upscale, three-hankie entertainment for the “Masterpiece Theater” crowd.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Highly engaging, beautifully played romancer.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Some general viewers may feel let down by the relatively scant action.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Both the pic's power and its problems stem from Love deliberately taking no moral position nor offering any solutions; he gives his audience what it wants at a gut level and doesn't wimp out at the end.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Loaded with unashamedly sophomoric humor, but fired with a kind of early Richard Lester-esque elan that doesn’t run out of gas, A Fistful of Fingers shows more wit and invention than most of its no-budget Brit saddlemates.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Charmingly eccentric light comedy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Gotham-based documaker Laura Poitras ("Flag Wars") comes up with a still-timely, quietly hard-hitting look at the Iraqi situation with My Country, My Country, focusing on the lead-up to and outcome of the Jan. 30, 2005, Iraq election.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Combines scares and chuckles with good production values.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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