Robert K. Elder

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For 233 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 3 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 233
233 movie reviews
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Robert K. Elder
    Delivers the perfect union - a vivid, sublime parody and valentine to the superhero genre.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Robert K. Elder
    Takes a simple story and molds it into something eloquent and menacing.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Robert K. Elder
    Think "Mad Max" in wheelchairs.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Robert K. Elder
    A sweaty, vital masterpiece that's always one step ahead of its audience.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 63 Robert K. Elder
    If only Bad Education engaged the heart as much as the head, Almodovar's fractured tale might have risen above its alienating noir conventions.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Robert K. Elder
    If you don't believe film can change the world, you haven't seen the documentary The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Robert K. Elder
    Characters are so well-drawn, so human - that even in the harsh light of history - it remains difficult to understand how Australia allowed such inhumanity to become institutional, mechanized and accepted.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Robert K. Elder
    A noir masterpiece with Oscar-caliber performances, Sexy Beast slowly turns up the heat until we squirm.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Robert K. Elder
    Diamond Men's potential as a diamond in the rough turn out to be more "rough" than "diamond."
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Robert K. Elder
    Fine ensemble performances and a tight balance of the supernatural against the historical make The Devil's Backbone a well-crafted, white-knuckled cinematic journey.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Robert K. Elder
    An emotionally honest character piece that avoids moralizing or offering soggy excuses.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Robert K. Elder
    While the film's strength lies in an ensemble effort, it's really Sarah and Jannik who provide the film with its most compelling characters, its momentum and, ultimately, its heart.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Robert K. Elder
    When applied properly, short-form animation can bring dreams and nightmares to life like no other medium.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Robert K. Elder
    So well crafted, so original, that each overlapping scene swells with new life and interpretation.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 0 Robert K. Elder
    Evil isn't this boring.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Robert K. Elder
    If Estes' future efforts can offer us such potent, character-centered Molotov cocktails, Mean Creek may well signal the rise of America's next auteur director.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Robert K. Elder
    First-time director Timothy Bjorklund, who also shepherded Teacher's Pet on television, conducts some inventive, devilish sequences.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Robert K. Elder
    An actor-turned-director, Stuhr appeared in many of Kieslowski's films and their partnership and friendship produced some stunning work. The Big Animal memorializes a complex man and his deceptively simple work, by a friend and colleague in a fitting tribute.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Robert K. Elder
    A virtuoso piece of dark storytelling.

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