For 385 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 0.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Derek Elley's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Atonement
Lowest review score: 10 Fleeing by Night
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 23 out of 385
385 movie reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    A rough, gritty, often scabrously humorous tribute.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Derek Elley
    A monumental piece of miscasting in the title role, and an apparently tin ear for the nuances of English dialogue by Gallic helmer Francois Ozon.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Full of charming moments, but swinging hither and thither between mainstream entertainment and an over-cooked anti-racist tract.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Despite its large cast and complex criss-crossing from past to present, the movie rarely catches fire as an involving human drama.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    A solid slice of entertainment without reaching the psychological depths promised by the subject matter.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    Mediocre, dramatically flat picture.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    Mainland helmer Wang Quanan and his regular lead actress, Yu Nan, tread on largely familiar ground in Tuya's Marriage.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    There's a fable-like quality to this first feature by documaker Ra'anan Alexandrowicz that packs just as much punch as a more "serious," didactic movie while entertaining the viewer at the same time.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    The pic often plays like a Cliffs Notes version of a longer movie: Pacing and continuity aren't choppy, but there's enough material here for a full-length drama that would go deeper into the characters and their backgrounds. Eklavya is good as it is, but lacks tragic heft.
    • 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.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    A half-klutzy, half-engaging eccentric comedy.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Derek Elley
    A 10-course treat for the eyes and ears.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Shaky handheld lensing, terrific cutting and uplifting music build to a grandstand finish in which the main characters are bound tightly into the physical drama. It ain't subtle, but it packs a punch at a simple emotional level.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    A fantastical romp with a buoyant pace, exotic locations, a finger-popping score, appealing leads and spicy cooking demonstrations.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    The iconic '30s song "Gloomy Sunday" gets a distinctive celluloid setting in this well-played, cleverly scripted pic in which music and character are inextricably combined.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Neeson growls his way through the functional dialogue as an unstoppable killing machine in impressive, cold-eyed style.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    Has buckets to spare of that rarest screen commodity — genuine, engaging charm.
    • Variety
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Derek Elley
    An exquisite reflection on personal bereavement.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Film's rarity value and still-hot subject matter make this required viewing.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    This is a thoroughly Euro bedmate to the 1997 "Bean," with the Gauls rather than the Yanks as the butt of Bean's bumblings.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    Many of the weaknesses and few of the strengths of Guillermo Arriaga as a scripter are evident in his directing debut, The Burning Plain.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Film traverses Buzz's career with reasonable depth, helped by good-quality trailers from several pics. However, one suspects there are a lot more stories Buzz could tell in a more rigorous format.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 10 Derek Elley
    A vulgar, Z-grade variant on last year's "Mystery Men" for those who didn't get their fill the first time around.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Another slam-dunk from vet producer Yash Johar.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    One of the world's great cities comes vibrantly alive through its music and musical denizens in Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    A good-looking but slim confection that's short on the multi-characterisation and sense of entwined destinies that mark the great Lelouch sagas.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Derek Elley
    Maverick director Wong Kar-wai manages to pour old wine into new jars with Happy Together, a fizzy chamber yarn about two gay Hong Kongers in Argentina that's as slim as a bamboo flute but is his most linear and mature work for some time.

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