For 375 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 45% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Derek Elley's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Atonement
Lowest review score: 10 Thomas and the Magic Railroad
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 24 out of 375
375 movie reviews
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    An often compelling drama, marbled with dry humor and flecked with the supernatural, that provides food for thought but doesn't quite reach the brass ring.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    A curate's egg of a movie that starts intriguingly but becomes increasingly frustrating.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Strongly cast, long-limbed yarn contains some of Ratnam's best stuff in its first half but script weaknesses mar the later going and film's overall impact.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Classy production values and a textured lead performance by Darshan Jariwala are undercut by a lack of real drama in Gandhi My Father.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Gay's the way, but the way's not really gay, in the fluffy and largely entertaining Dostana.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Overall tone lies somewhere between Mike Leigh and Ken Loach in performances and look, with a modest tech package.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Western audiences familiar with "Blood Simple" will get a kick out of the reinventions.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    An overlong stygian comedy that badly needs a transfusion of genuine inspiration.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    Picture generally stays afloat on the strength of its characters but sometimes threatens to sink under its overlong running time and vignettish structure.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    Devoid of genuine inspiration or involving character development.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    Despite its merits, is neither an art movie nor an out-and-out, propulsive actioner like "Shiri."
    • 80 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    Ultimately, this is a striking-looking film -- consciously recalling the paintings of Edward Hopper in its architectural use of space -- which, like its protag, is a little short on real feeling.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    The overall effect simply underlines the central weakness of the pic: that the neo-kitschy futuristic scenes don't add much to the real-life '60s relationships.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    A man whose name has become a byword for pure evil gets a disarming makeover in The Goebbels Experiment. Far from being the horror show expected from its title, Lutz Hachmeister's cool, almost anti-dramatic docu paints a portrait of an insecure manic-depressive solely through extracts from Joseph Goebbels' own voluminous diaries.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    Wears out its welcome at 100 minutes, but could find an audience in the West as a latenight attraction at gay fests.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    The movie plays like a career summation in which the 68-year-old writer-director has simply run out new ideas.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    Has a script that plays more like a period romancer studded with occasional Wilde-isms and gets uneven treatment from a mixed Anglo-American cast.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    An intellectual-cum-sexual teaser whose twist is apparent far too early on.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    Beautiful but lifeless, poetic but unelevated, The Mistress of Spices reps a brave but flawed attempt at that most unforgiving of contemporary genres, magical realism.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    Boosted by a delish performance from Carrie-Anne Moss as a local vamp who helps unthaw the Englishman, but holed beneath the waterline by a gratingly miscast Sigourney Weaver as the persnickety autistic.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    Chockfull of ideas and with an irreverence that irresistibly recalls late '60s American cinema, thesp John Turturro's third outing in the helmer's chair, Romance & Cigarettes, alternately shines and sputters.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    A feast of A-grade f/x married to a Z-grade, irony-free script.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    Too much caution and too little lust squeeze much of the dramatic juice out of Ang Lee's Lust, Caution, a 2½--hour period drama that's a long haul for relatively few returns.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    Deeply felt but dramatically unconvincing "fictional documentary" -- inspired by the March 2006 rape and killings by U.S. troops in Mahmoudiya, south of Baghdad -- has almost nothing new to say about the Iraq situation and can't make up its mind about how to package its anger in an alternative cinematic form.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    Like a tragic overture played at the wrong tempo and slightly off-key, Woody Allen's London-set Cassandra's Dream sends out more mixed signals than an inebriated telegraphist.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    Does what it does well but too often seems a pointless exercise in British miserabilism crossed with a nasty gangster yarn.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    Low on drama and originality, and high on deja vu, sophomore outing by writer-director Li Yang ("Blind Shaft," 2003).