For 379 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 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 Thomas and the Magic Railroad
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 23 out of 379
379 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    As a series of action set pieces, the movie is frequently gripping and always highly watchable. However, when the movie strays into weirder territory --- where, one feels, Jeunet's heart really lies --- there's a growing feeling of inadequacy.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Despite some magnificent widescreen lensing, faultless ethnographic detail and a timely sympathy for the plight of the Tibetan people, director Jean-Jacques Annaud's true-life tale about a self-obsessed Austrian mountaineer who learns selflessness in the Himalayas too rarely delivers at a simple emotional level.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    A martial arts fantasy in modern dress, but set in an unidentified country and era, The Princess Blade is a tough toasted sandwich with a soft filling.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    A check-your-brains-at-the-door, almost non-stop actioner that finally wins the viewer over with its sheer single-mindedness.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Pleasant and engaging, rather than laugh-out-loud funny or emotionally involving.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Admirably non-judgmental docu about life in "the least visited, known, understood country in the world," per Brit director Daniel Gordon, brings a refreshing balance to the usual blind vilification of the country.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    The film's persistent skimming from one vantage point to another, with no dominant dramatic line until midway through, will unsettle audiences expecting a more regular construction and something on which to hook their emotions over the long term.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    An easygoing kitchen-sink comedy with an unsettling final act.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Classy production values and a textured lead performance by Darshan Jariwala are undercut by a lack of real drama in Gandhi My Father.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Looks set to unsettle as many conservative auds as it will delight nihilistic film buffs.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Western audiences familiar with "Blood Simple" will get a kick out of the reinventions.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    Has a script that plays more like a period romancer studded with occasional Wilde-isms and gets uneven treatment from a mixed Anglo-American cast.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    But there's little sense of a longer dramatic arc stretching across the characters: Rozema can't seem to hold a single tone for more than a few minutes, and she has too many other axes to grind besides just getting the story up on the screen.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    A handsome although dramatically muddled Noodle Western.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    Basic joke wears off after five minutes, and many bystanders will start to head out of town. But genre/Asian buffs prepared to ride shotgun for two hours will be rewarded with some classy action sequences and densely accoutred widescreen lensing.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    Though Chan wins his usual stripes for death-defying... the movie ends on a dramatically unsatisfying note.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    Chockfull of ideas and with an irreverence that irresistibly recalls late '60s American cinema, thesp John Turturro's third outing in the helmer's chair, Romance & Cigarettes, alternately shines and sputters.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    A potentially gripping legal thriller about what happens when Western Europe attempts to solve Central European problems ends up as dull entertainment in Storm.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    An often intriguing, sometimes hypnotic work, but one that quickly starts to unravel in the final hour as it becomes clear there’s not much beneath the emperor’s clothes.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    The plucky music student who overcomes adversity is a staple subgenre of mainland cinema and, though Chen Kaige directs with greater slickness and more finesse and humor, there's still little to differentiate Together from any other state-studio pic.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    A man whose name has become a byword for pure evil gets a disarming makeover in The Goebbels Experiment. Far from being the horror show expected from its title, Lutz Hachmeister's cool, almost anti-dramatic docu paints a portrait of an insecure manic-depressive solely through extracts from Joseph Goebbels' own voluminous diaries.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    Scripters Robert Lee King and Lamar Damon leave no national cliche or double entendre unturned in this good-looking but relentlessly lowbrow outing which plays like "Clueless Does South Fork" with a side order of garlic.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    Has some fine individual moments but fails to cohere into a grander, more substantial statement on the themes it aspires to tackle.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    A no-holds-barred, thoroughly generic follow-up to the medical horror-chiller that wowed German wickets in 2000.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    Kang remains a superb technician, but somewhere the movie forgot to pack any genuine emotion along with its ordnance and K rations.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    Despite its merits, is neither an art movie nor an out-and-out, propulsive actioner like "Shiri."
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    The movie plays like a career summation in which the 68-year-old writer-director has simply run out new ideas.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    Ultimately, this is a striking-looking film -- consciously recalling the paintings of Edward Hopper in its architectural use of space -- which, like its protag, is a little short on real feeling.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    Like a passable bottle of champagne, Cheri fizzes and slides down quite easily but lacks real body and doesn't really hit the spot.

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