For 378 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 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Derek Elley's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Spirited Away
Lowest review score: 10 The Specials
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 23 out of 378
378 movie reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    An ace performance by 26-year-old Julia Jentsch ("The Edukators," "Snowland"), as the quietly determined Munich student who was beheaded for distributing counter-propaganda leaflets in 1943, gives pic a focused dramatic power.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    Engaging, highly accessible movie that marks a slick feature debut by helmer Jeong Jae-eun.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    Though it doesn't quite match recent classics like "Kabhi khushi kabhie gham" in sheer technique and production sheen, in-depth star casting and thorough entertainment values make this a must-see for Bollywatchers.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    A marked strength of the movie is that it does succeed in making the unlikely central love affair believable within its own universe.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    Balances character, grit, spectacle and visceral action in a meaty, dramatically satisfying pie that delivers on the hype and will surprise many who felt the Hong Kong helmer progressively lost his mojo during his long years stateside.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    A dazzlingly lensed, highly stylized meditation on heroism.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    A rarefied love story, conducted with no dialogue between the principals.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    A crackerjack serial-killer chiller in "Seven" mold, Tell Me Something cleverly disguises its thoroughly generic content and leaps of logic with highly honed technique and an involving approach to narrative.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    A family ensembler of utter simplicity, Oliver Assayas' Summer Hours is a salutory (and belated) reminder that, as with his earlier "Cold Water" and "Late August, Early September," some of this writer-director's best work comes in modest packages.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    There's no shortage of disaster stories in the history of film production, but none have been recorded with such frankness, immediacy and aching sense of disappointment.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    On almost every level, there's never quite been a monster movie like The Host. Egregiously subverting its own genre while still delivering shocks at a pure genre level, and marbled with straight-faced character humor that constantly throws the viewer off balance.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    Pic is superbly honed at both script and performance levels, with character taking precedence over action.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    An ersatz "Pride and Prejudice" in all but name, Becoming Jane is a finely tooled Brit-lit costumer that, like Anne Hathaway's flawless accent as the young Austen, lacks only that final convincing 5%.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    Surprisingly conventional Olde London Towne gaslight mystery, gussied up with some doctored visuals, and an eccentric performance by Johnny Depp.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    Recognizably Godard with its playfulness and wordplays, but deeply human at the same time.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    Bannen and the gawky Kelly, whose screen chemistry is vital to the film's success, make a delightful pair of stumbling shysters, and Jones' script weaves a sizable tapestry of other characters to flesh out the village.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    A movie for the age, and a keeper for the ages, Pride & Prejudice brings Jane Austen's best-loved novel to vivid, widescreen life, as well as making an undisputed star of 20-year-old Keira Knightley.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    Engaging chemistry between leads Emmanuelle Devos and Vincent Cassel.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    Picture more than delivers on the action front -- not in bang-for-your-buck spectacle but in the kind of gritty, doculike sequences that haul viewers out of their seats and alongside the main protags.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    As in "Divine," there's an uneven quality to Suleiman's often surreal ideas, but in general there are way more hits than misses this time round, some of them laugh-out-loud.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    A quietly subversive my-sister-is-turning-into-a-werewolf movie that doesn't wimp out at the end.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    Kore-eda sketches the inner, spiritual and emotional lives of the children with subtlety and sensitivity, delivering the goods after a seemingly directionless first half.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    A wild, intensely cinematic ride into two men's burning desire to get even.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    Opening half-hour has some of the best stuff in the movie, walking a precarious line between black irony and showing the war from a totally German viewpoint, without tipping over into gallows humor or parody.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    Laden with gritty action, but with an emotional undertow that carries the drama even through its weaker moments, picture reps a strong comeback by Hong Kong helmer-producer Peter Chan.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    Has buckets to spare of that rarest screen commodity — genuine, engaging charm.
    • Variety
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    An utterly charming retro romancer set against a background of '70s movie going. Full of lovely touches and well-etched performances, and flawed only by a bland male lead.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    Has a low-key power that comes as much from its off-handed approach to the dark material as from any manipulative techniques.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    A thoughtfully written drama of ideas with vivid performances by August Diehl and Ulrich Matthes.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    A movie that is utterly engrossing despite being, on the surface, about very little.

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