For 381 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 Thomas and the Magic Railroad
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 23 out of 381
381 movie reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    A movie that is utterly engrossing despite being, on the surface, about very little.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    Some genuine shocks punctuate The Exorcism of Emily Rose, an unusually intelligent genre item that manages to mix full-bore horror with courtroom drama.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    Sverak's sheer technical finesse, and ability to spin on a dime between comedy and tragedy, the personal and the historical, makes Dark Blue World succeed where other similarly themed movies, from "Battle of Britain" to "The Blue Max," seem heavy-handed by comparison.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    Very Korean in its emotional content, while also preserving a quizzical distance that is quite French, picture is one of his lightest and most easily digestible metaphysical meals to date.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    For all its digressions and occasional flat moments, Iwai's movie is a remarkable, acutely involving one, working on an emotional level that can only really be expressed through music -- a strong component in all of Iwai's pics.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    The tangled tale of love and disguise is awesome in its action sequences but doesn't touch the heart to the same degree.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    Marvelously involving family saga.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    Highly enjoyable when all its gears are clicking, but rarely as good as it should be.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    The film spins a beguiling web of detail that builds to a surprisingly throat-clutching finish.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    The most emotionally satisfying pic to date by Korean iconoclast Kim Ki-duk.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    A terrific performance by young actress Patricia Kovacs makes the high-stakes gamble of Down by Love -- a light psychodrama almost entirely centered on one character in an apartment -- into an engrossing 90-odd minutes.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    An entertaining chick pic for all ages and sexes.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    A cracking slice of old-fashioned, widescreen entertainment.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    A funny, touching, off-the-wall relationer that's one of the freshest helming debuts in world cinema this year.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    Poetic, bawdy, contemplative, often side-wrenchingly funny and finally quite touching, this tale about a nerdy garbage man whose life is changed by an egocentric hobo philosopher is flawed only by its length.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    A true original…Beautifully shot, full of droll humor and at 77 minutes never overstaying its welcome.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    A charming relationships comedy about food, gourmet cooking and emotionally chilling out. Anchored by a career-best performance from German thesp Martina Gedeck.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    After several years of transition, Jackie Chan finally gets the mix right in The Accidental Spy, an entertaining meld of far-flung locales and criminal shenanigans that sees the 47-year-old action star comfortably combining the twin demands of action and maturity.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    A small picture with a big heart.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    Strength of Davies’ vision is the crux, and it holds the line to the final, confident fadeout.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    Strongly recalls Hong Kong kung-fu movies of the late '60s and '70s, with physical grit, over-the-top heroics and inventive fight choreography providing the entertainment.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    Superbly cast drama, in which the lives and emotional arcs of six people -- four Turks and two Germans -- criss-cross through love and tragedy.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    A powerful, slow-burning portrait of human fallibility.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    Rather dark, decidedly English and exceedingly well played, Keeping Mum is a neatly crafted black comedy with more than a nod in tone toward the Ealing classic "The Ladykillers."
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    It manages to suspend disbelief without over-taxing the viewer's patience, and boasts at least one terrific performance, by actress Yeom Jeong-ah as a scary stepmom.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Though the script never makes a convincing case for the lads as '90s Robin Hoods, it's restlessly inventive, with a pleasant, rather than rib-cracking, humor and likable touch of naivete.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Borderline grungy but highly entertaining comedy-drama.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    An extremely silly but effective enough romp for family audiences.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Slick, grisly and determinedly umbral, German cop thriller Tattoo is a largely effective "Se7en" wannabe that gradually develops its own character after an over-derivative start.

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