Robert K. Elder
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For 232 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 32% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Robert K. Elder's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
Lowest review score: 0 Cradle 2 the Grave
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 48 out of 232
232 movie reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 100 Robert K. Elder
    Exceptionally clever, hilariously gloomy and bitingly subversive.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Robert K. Elder
    Chow's savagely funny cinematic love letter places Hong Kong legends Yuen Wah, Leung Siu Lung and former Bond girl Yuen Qiu in well-cast pivotal parts, establishing Kung Fu Hustle not only as an endearing homage to a genre's history, but an astonishing piece of cinema in its own right.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Robert K. Elder
    A sweaty, vital masterpiece that's always one step ahead of its audience.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 88 Robert K. Elder
    It makes you sweat, laugh, squirm and self explore like few films -- fictional or documentary -- can.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Robert K. Elder
    So well crafted, so original, that each overlapping scene swells with new life and interpretation.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Robert K. Elder
    In the tradition of indie films "Girlfight" and "George Washington," Sollett's emotive, sub-improvising style leads to pitch-perfect performances from a watertight cast in a loose, joyfully fresh film.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Robert K. Elder
    Confidently directed and tightly constructed, Carnage announces the presence of a fresh, powerful directorial mind with each frame.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 Robert K. Elder
    Gets under your skin with laughs that are fast, slick and slippery and with visuals as vivid as anything this side of Demerol.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Robert K. Elder
    A noir masterpiece with Oscar-caliber performances, Sexy Beast slowly turns up the heat until we squirm.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 Robert K. Elder
    May
    McKee, like Amenabar, knows how to position his film against type -- which ultimately makes May a refreshing, macabre tale.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Robert K. Elder
    Separate interviews with Flansburgh and Linnell inject the most life and gentle conflict into the film, peeling back their unique musical marriage and friendship.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Robert K. Elder
    While Tattoo borrows heavily from both "Seven" and "The Silence of the Lambs," it manages to maintain both a level of sophisticated intrigue and human-scale characters that suck the audience in.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Robert K. Elder
    More effort could have been made to fully flesh out the international perspective on this "people's president," but as a play-by-play look at a modern coup, it's an amazing, insightful film.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Robert K. Elder
    So well cast and well captured is Touching the Void that it suspends disbelief, making us feel as if we're actually watching Simpson's own icy version of Dante's "Inferno."
    • 45 Metascore
    • 88 Robert K. Elder
    Finally, a teen sex comedy that's funnier than both its trailer and its outtakes. More important, Eurotrip -- with its laser-guided sex toys and infectious theme song, "Scotty Doesn't Know" -- just might be the best comedy so far this year.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Robert K. Elder
    A virtuoso piece of dark storytelling.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Robert K. Elder
    A counterintuitive, riveting documentary so honest that it will either become a rock movie classic or a severe embarrassment for the heavy metal band.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Robert K. Elder
    Takes a simple story and molds it into something eloquent and menacing.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Robert K. Elder
    With 20 additional minutes of screen time, the director's cut of Richard Kelly's genre-splicing "Donnie Darko" offers new viewers a second chance to discover his mind-bending masterwork.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Robert K. Elder
    Belongs to that brand of sweeping, conflict-era drama epitomized by "Saving Private Ryan," "Gone with the Wind" and TV miniseries "North and South."
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Robert K. Elder
    A gleefully gory, pitch-perfect parody of George Romero's zombie films. But this isn't a movie about other movies. Shaun of the Dead stands on its own.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Robert K. Elder
    Infusion of comedy elements keeps the story light, without dragging it into the cartoonish.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Robert K. Elder
    Delivers the perfect union - a vivid, sublime parody and valentine to the superhero genre.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Robert K. Elder
    The kind of well-crafted, character-driven work that wows regional film festival crowds and public television audiences but seldom gets seen outside those circles.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Robert K. Elder
    Think "Mad Max" in wheelchairs.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Robert K. Elder
    If "Nightmare" was a jazzy pop number, "Bride" is a waltz--an elegant, deadly funny bit of macabre matrimony.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Robert K. Elder
    A brash, funny, action-packed bit of sci-fi ecstasy--and a giant raspberry to the execs who let "Firefly" fall out of the sky.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Robert K. Elder
    Black's retro-noir reminds us why we love movies: because they can surprise us, even when we're ankle deep in bullet casings, bodies and enough twists to tie us in knots.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Robert K. Elder
    Establishes the comedian as just that: notorious -- in all the best ways outlaw comedy can make you a star.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Robert K. Elder
    It lays the groundwork for such collaborations by suggesting that all forms of music must come full circle before evolving into something new.