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
    • 31 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    An enjoyably trashy blend of impressive special effects, low-key refs to Landis's movie, and sudden moments of horror breaking the jokey tone.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    A touching, often poetic, sometimes achingly real snapshot of a brief encounter related almost entirely through the bedroom.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Austen nuts may rend their frocks, and Bollywood buffs may split their cholis, but there's an immensely likable, almost goofily playful charm to Bride & Prejudice that finally wins the day.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Easy on the eye and effortlessly entertaining across almost 2½ hours.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Shows a rather arrogant disdain for its audience in between occasional flashes of flair.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    A triumph on the casting side but less so dramatically, Richard Eyre's Iris fails to do full justice to its subject.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Sports a stronger narrative spine than is usual in Vietnamese rural dramas and a less fragile tone in its deployment of landscape and character.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Fourth feature by Mainland helmer Lou Ye ("Suzhou River," "Purple Butterfly") shoots for metaphysical drama but ends up saying very little beneath all the poetic voiceovers, sexual encounters and political seasoning.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Some fine individual perfs by the tony cast, plus fine period detail and costumes, make the time pass fairly agreeably, but Tea With Mussolini suffers from a fatal lack of focus and emotional center, reducing potentially involving material to a succession of individual scenes.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    An involving, often kinetic 2½-hour ride for auds who can accept their entertainment overboiled as well as just hardboiled.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Pic is an obvious but highly accessible entertainment that manages to josh its subjects without being condescending to either Eastern or Western auds.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    A charming but overextended yarn about some prairie tykes who mistake a table-tennis ball for a glowing pearl from the gods.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Result is far more accessible than Jia's previous two pictures, with moments of genuine emotion by the real-life interviewees.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Well cast, engagingly played and directed with a stylistic pedal to the metal, Human Traffic is a lot of energy adding up to very little.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Largely thanks to the snappy editing, short scenes and a strong cast led by a matronly Deveuve and Amalric's enjoyable perf as the black sheep of the family, A Christmas Tale never devolves into a tedious two-and-a-half hours of self-examination. But it also never goes very far, either.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Too slim to make much impression outside fests, this nevertheless reps another solid outing by former art director Huo Jianqi.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Like a collapsing star, Sunshine initially burns brightly but finally implodes into a dramatic black hole.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Boal's script stirs a little of everything into the pot, which boils down into seven setpieces divided by brief intervals of camaraderie/conflict among the three protags.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Second time round, Bridget is still fat, funny and endearing -- but "all a bit, um, familiar, actually."
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    A slowly inspiring saga of blood, sweat and horse dung, played with conviction.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Though the film is never dull, and playing by the cast is spirited, it's actually a surprisingly gentle movie, with no big "Full Monty"-like finale to send auds buzzing into the street.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Using the familiar device of cuisine as a metaphor for national identity and personal feelings, bitter-sweet pic about a man torn between his ethnicity (Greek) and the country of his birth (Turkey) makes its points lightly and entertainingly, with only a routine third act letting down the package.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Gay's the way, but the way's not really gay, in the fluffy and largely entertaining Dostana.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    High-octane plunge into pop gangster psychology.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Chinese thesp Gong Li goes for a striking career makeover in Zhou Yu's Train, a sensual, slickly packaged slice of Euro-style metaphysical cinema centered on a free-thinking woman and the two men in her life.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    An interesting idea comes over only half-formed in Johnnie To's Breaking News, an effective Hong Kong crimer that partly returns to the realistic style of some of his late '90s dramas, but never properly knits its theme of media manipulation into pic's punchy thriller format.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Amos Gitai's most satisfying pic since war drama "Kippur." Schematic set-up is given a human face by fine performances and a physical journey that's often more interesting than the characters' emotional ones, which are weakened by the Israeli auteur's tendency toward convenient doctrinaire-ism and chunks of expository dialogue.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Writer-helmer Gurinder Chadha assembles a gallery of broadly played stereotypes into a movie about social attitudes that's more rooted in small-screen sitcom than anything deeper.

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