For 379 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 0.8 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 The Specials
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 23 out of 379
379 movie reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    There's no shortage of existing docus on the subject, and Panh's doesn't bring either a fresh enough angle or enough new material to the table to justify its length.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    A portrait of a contempo British family drifting apart because of generational differences, The Mother ends up an uneasy brew of too many competing tastes and themes.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    A haunted-house one-trick pony.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    A no-holds-barred, thoroughly generic follow-up to the medical horror-chiller that wowed German wickets in 2000.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    An easy-to-digest slice of literate entertainment for upscale and older audiences that lacks a significant emotional undertow to make it a truly involving -- rather than simply voyeuristic -- experience.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    First hour is an often gripping look at the realities of modern Islam ("You can do anything you want, as long as it's not in public," says a soldier's wife), before silliness takes over.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    A handsome although dramatically muddled Noodle Western.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    Kang remains a superb technician, but somewhere the movie forgot to pack any genuine emotion along with its ordnance and K rations.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    Worthy intentions are drowned by schematic scripting and only OK direction in Silent Waters, an achingly PC drama on how Islamic fundamentalism wrecks families and oppresses women.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    Plays as a blackly comic slice of mock '70s-style exploitation that flirts with the viewer before applying its chokehold.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    An often remarkable, often infuriating lateral spin on genre material that desperately needs another sesh at the editing table.
    • 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.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    Part kooky romance, part screwball comedy, part quirky fantasy and part Roadrunner cartoon, this is a movie that has everything except an involving storyline and characters.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    Several large leaps of faith take some of the dramatic steam out of Unveiled, an otherwise well-acted and accessible lesbian drama that also flirts with issues like loss of identity and anti-Muslim tensions.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    Though Chan wins his usual stripes for death-defying... the movie ends on a dramatically unsatisfying note.
    • 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.

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