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 The Constant Gardener
Lowest review score: 0 Cradle 2 the Grave
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 48 out of 233
233 movie reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Robert K. Elder
    An emotionally honest character piece that avoids moralizing or offering soggy excuses.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Robert K. Elder
    Think of the Slocumbs as distant relatives of "The Royal Tenenbaums," only more dysfunctional and far from attractively "quirky."
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Robert K. Elder
    This is a rare gem tripped over while making a run-of-the-mill rockumentary about a band's new album.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Robert K. Elder
    Ends up a few frames short of the perfect horror film, but very few.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Robert K. Elder
    Kwietniowski turns up the tension so incrementally, we don't realize the scope of Mahowny's moral wreck until it is too late.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Robert K. Elder
    McGrath's version of Nicholas Nickleby cashes in on age-old show biz wisdom of "always leave 'em wanting more." It's a pity we're only allowed such a small nibble of one of Dickens' richest works.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Robert K. Elder
    What makes XX/XY so engaging; it attempts to define love through broken characters who know neither themselves nor the meaning of love.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Robert K. Elder
    Dry and irreverent, Jump Tomorrow plays like a Hal Hartley ("Henry Fool") comedy with a lighter tone and more laughs.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Robert K. Elder
    Whatever the final message of The Housekeeper, its love story engages both the heart and the head.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Robert K. Elder
    The title of Robb Moss' documentary, The Same River Twice, draws directly from Greek philosopher Heraclitus' claim that "It is impossible to step in the same river twice."
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Robert K. Elder
    Breaks through as a delightful, surprisingly fresh comedy.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 75 Robert K. Elder
    Has no pretensions about sneaking up on you -- it simply charges, motor humming and blades flying, carving the spot where masochism and entertainment meet.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Robert K. Elder
    Elf
    Elf, formulaic but lovable, is essentially "Big" in pointy shoes.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Robert K. Elder
    As psychological drama, In My Skin falls short. But as pure horror, it's unforgettable.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Robert K. Elder
    Epidemic will never be confused with von Trier's great films. But it is an intriguing introduction to his later cinematic obsessions.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Robert K. Elder
    As it turns out, "Liberty," a likable, light-as-air road comedy, is a much better movie than its sour-pun title.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Robert K. Elder
    Exceptional black dramatic comedy.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Robert K. Elder
    Though not a perfect comedy, it manages to be quite often laugh-out-loud funny. The film's strong cast, including scene-stealing "SNL"er Tim Meadows as the school principal, also helps smooth out most of the rough edges.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Robert K. Elder
    Whatever the film lacks in presentation, it makes up for in laughs and ensemble performances that sing.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Robert K. Elder
    It's a pitch-black, Grimm Brothers-style fable that enchants, frustrates and ultimately dares you to love it. Even if you don't, you'll be riveted.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Robert K. Elder
    It's not revolutionary filmmaking. But Seducing Doctor Lewis sails by on charm and confident character acting, even if it's navigating well-charted waters.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Robert K. Elder
    Commits the cardinal sin of not being quite as funny as its star.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Robert K. Elder
    It's a dense, winding tale with all of Sayles' razor-sharp dialogue and intrigue. But instead of tracing character paths, Sayles sacrifices solid storytelling in favor of forwarding a political (and environmental) ideology.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Robert K. Elder
    Team America's strengths are in its musical numbers, especially Kim Jong Il's mournful "I'm So Ronery" (translation: "Lonely"), a heartfelt peek into the dictator's soul.
    • 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.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 63 Robert K. Elder
    Thankfully, Reynolds (bearded, looking a bit like Jason Lee) adds some scrappiness and humor to a series that might otherwise have collapsed under self-parody.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Robert K. Elder
    Sky Blue slows things down, creating a ponderous, almost languid movie-going experience.

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