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 0.6 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
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Sports a lustrous performance by Cate Blanchett that gives the movie much of its final sheen but still can't keep it on the rails as the already flimsy story starts to disintegrate in the final act.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Though tastily lensed and with a convincing cast led by Cillian Murphy, essentially small-scale picture lacks the involving sweep of Loach's earlier historical-political yarn, "Land and Freedom."
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    With its booming soundtrack of songs -- written by Laurent Marimbert and sung by Seigner herself -- and good chemistry between Le Besco and Seigner, pic at times has an operatic emotional intensity that will turn off some viewers but provide a guilty pleasure for others.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Boasting the same refreshing avoidance of CGI and wire work as "Warrior," slickly made production (largely by the same team) is more consciously aimed at the international market, with its Australian setting and multilingual dialogue.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Handsomely shot in widescreen, mostly on actual West Bank locations, and well-played by the cast, pic lays out the issues in an accessible but rather too over-correct way, seemingly eager to please all parties at the expense of real passion.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Immaculately shot and composed as always, and moving at Ceylan's usual measured pace, this one is slightly enlivened by more likable perfs and a trim 98-minute running time.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Overall tone lies somewhere between Mike Leigh and Ken Loach in performances and look, with a modest tech package.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Too often caught between trying to be a sweeping period drama and intimate love story at the same time, with a script that's never fully satisfying on either count.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Davaa's strong visual sense, engaging cast and respect for basic film grammar make this slim exercise in managed reality go the distance.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    The supporting perfs provide the real drama, especially Hinds' excellent turn as the outwardly macho but inwardly broken Traynor, and McSorley's simmering portrayal of the psychotic Gilligan
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Full of charming moments, but swinging hither and thither between mainstream entertainment and an over-cooked anti-racist tract.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Despite its large cast and complex criss-crossing from past to present, the movie rarely catches fire as an involving human drama.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    The pic often plays like a Cliffs Notes version of a longer movie: Pacing and continuity aren't choppy, but there's enough material here for a full-length drama that would go deeper into the characters and their backgrounds. Eklavya is good as it is, but lacks tragic heft.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Neeson growls his way through the functional dialogue as an unstoppable killing machine in impressive, cold-eyed style.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    A good-looking but slim confection that's short on the multi-characterisation and sense of entwined destinies that mark the great Lelouch sagas.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    South Korean cinema finally gets its first full-blown political satire with The President's Last Bang, a virtuoso slice of sustained black humor.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    A generally entertaining piece of fluff that's kept afloat by a weathered cast including Fabrice Luchini and Roschdy Zem.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    A really small movie done up in a big, moody package, Saawariya entices, fitfully springs to life but finally outstays its welcome by a good half-hour.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    A hip comic curio.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Despite a name cast, with Dillon playing an insurance crook, pic is holed by a plot-heavy script that's unsatisfying at a character level and plays like a cut-down version of a much longer, more ambitious saga.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Script is sometimes confusingly structured, and in its second half doesn't move as smoothly from scene to scene as in Kim's best pics.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Stripped of "Royale's" humor, elegance and reinvented old-school stylishness, Quantum has little left except its plot, which is rudimentary and slightly barmy, in the line of the Roger Moore pics of the '70s and '80s.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Some fine screen chemistry between its leads and a spikey, offhandedly comic script by young writer-director John McKay put spice into Crush.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    A London drag queen and a bunch of Midlands working stiffs find common ground and, uh, mutual respect in Kinky Boots, a slick, cross-tracks Britcom whose stride is hampered by its desire not to offend.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Pic's potentially inspiring story too often remains grounded by a problematic script and unshapely direction.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    A curate's egg of a movie that starts intriguingly but becomes increasingly frustrating.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Makes engrossing viewing for much of the way...but stumbles dramatically in its final leg.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    A slickly mounted slice of can-do nonsense.

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