For 383 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 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 Fleeing by Night
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 23 out of 383
383 movie reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    An often grippingly staged mountain movie that's good but not great.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    3 Idiots takes a while to lay out its game plan but pays off emotionally in its second half.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    Either a subtly subversive black comedy, a deeply spiritual portrait of physical rebirth or a whole lot of nothing in a self-consciously arty package, Lourdes isn't about to reveal its true colors anytime soon.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    What the picture most needed was a complete cinematic rethink and, yes, even some action to move it along.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    Despite the emotive subject matter, picture is often too sluggish dramatically, and never knits together its stock Western characters into a satisfying whole.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Derek Elley
    With very little dialogue, and even less plot, five chapter stops lend the movie a skeletal structure: "Wrath," "Silent Warrior," "Men of God," "The Holy Land" and "Hell." But any discussion of the Dark Ages conflict between paganism and Christianity is reduced to just grunts or insults.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Visceral, torn-from-the-memory filmmaking that packs every punch except one to the heart, Lebanon is the boldest and best of the recent mini-wave of Israeli pics ("Beaufort," "Waltz With Bashir") set during conflicts between the two countries.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Derek Elley
    Overlong and very Euro-flavored.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Western audiences familiar with "Blood Simple" will get a kick out of the reinventions.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Ip Man will be manna for those who like their kung fu straight and wireless, their villains Japanese and their heroes unconflicted Chinese patriots.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Derek Elley
    As shocking and deliberately manipulative as the original movie and -- some may reckon -- even more pointless.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    A risky idea only occasionally gets both wheels off the ground in "The Theory of Flight," a sometimes wryly amusing, oftimes dramatically awkward story
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    Leigh’s gallery of haves and have-nots, of emotional anorexics and exploited deadbeats, carries a strong political charge that’s there for the taking. But the pic also plays simply as a black, offbeat comedy with a romantic undertow.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Overall, Wong’s movie doesn’t leave as big a wash behind it as the more ambitious “Days” and his “Mean Streets”-like debut, “As Tears Go By,” but it’s an enjoyable cruise.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    Strength of Davies’ vision is the crux, and it holds the line to the final, confident fadeout.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Though McDonald and Gleeson pair off well as the unlikely fellow travelers, and have some funny moments of physical shtick, the picture mostly springs to life when either Caffrey, as Grogan, or the excellent Doyle, as French, are onscreen.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Derek Elley
    Rarely has a veteran filmmaker rejuvenated his career to such startling effect as John Boorman with The General, a fresh-off-the-slab biopic of maverick Irish crime lord Martin Cahill that both challenges and entertains the audience at a variety of levels, as well as reviving the vitality of the helmer's earliest, mid-'60s pics.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Derek Elley
    Japanese helmer Hirokazu Kore-eda’s ongoing interest in love, loss and souls in limbo is stretched way too thin in Air Doll, a beautifully lensed (by Taiwanese ace Mark Lee) and charmingly played (by South Korean icon Bae Du-na) modern fairy tale about an inflatable doll who takes on a life of her own. Recut to a trim 90 minutes, this fragile yarn would work perfectly and have a chance of an afterlife as a specialty item. In its present form, pic may not get much farther than the fest netherworld.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    There’s almost none of the generous, involving humanity (and warm humor) of the previous film, nor any clear take on the personalities in the slackly structured script, largely improvised by the actors.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    A slick, entertaining, if never very original, study of family and roots.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    At heart, Best Men is a modest picture that harks back in many ways to U.S. movies of the late ’60s and early ’70s in its unconventional attitudes and anti-establishment tone. Pacing never lingers, and, unlike in Guncrazy, there’s no narrative fat; at the same time, there isn’t much emotional residue either. In short, it’s simply a quality B movie.

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