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 2.7 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 The Devil's Rejects
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 48 out of 233
233 movie reviews
    • 42 Metascore
    • 63 Robert K. Elder
    Has one other thing in common with "The Matrix Reloaded" -- too much story, too many angles.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Robert K. Elder
    As an intentionally campy film, Girls Will Be Girls dips a cinematic toe into shark-infested waters. Not only must it operate on several levels-making us care for deeply flawed characters and laugh at their bitter lashings-it also has to carry a cohesive story arc. On this count, Girls Will Be Girls fizzles a bit.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 63 Robert K. Elder
    Isn't without charm, or laughs. Director Shawn Levy's film features some of the best child actor casting since "The Little Rascals."
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Robert K. Elder
    While some pedestrian camerawork and spotty acting from supporting players deflate Love Object, it has enough juice - and a surprising twist - to keep fans of the slow-burn horror genre enthralled.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Robert K. Elder
    The notion that stories are the lies that tell the truth isn't new -- even Shakespeare knew that -- but the central conceit of "let's save lives by putting on a play" seems not only artificial, but also hollow.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Robert K. Elder
    The movie's computer-generated castles, magic visuals and sloppy effects echo a low-budget fantasy movie on cable. It's glossy, shiny candy that tastes oddly familiar yet lacks sugary punch.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Robert K. Elder
    Simply photographed and well acted, The Mudge Boy captures "Deliverance"-level disturbing images as it takes an unsentimental approach to its characters.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Robert K. Elder
    A Foreign Affair's flaws make it even more of an enigma, as graceless as it is endearing.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Robert K. Elder
    There's much to love about this "Rocky" on horseback, and those laughable blemishes just fold into jokes that Helgeland likely intends audiences to laugh at.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Robert K. Elder
    As a document of his history, it's breathtaking, inspiring stuff. As an overlong documentary, it still manages to be inspiring, but also an uphill viewing experience.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Robert K. Elder
    Might be best described as Thailand's version of "The Alamo."
    • 27 Metascore
    • 50 Robert K. Elder
    Riddled with comic potholes.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Robert K. Elder
    Shackles its characters with stale dialogue straight out of decades-old Sgt. Rock comic books.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Robert K. Elder
    Sizzles for a half-hour, then fizzles.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Robert K. Elder
    The beautifully shot but dramatically strained I Am David falls prey to the defect of all poor road movies: In gluing together unbelievable but convenient episodes with sugary sentimentality, it loses most of its credibility.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Robert K. Elder
    Seems a little lightweight, even for a kids' movie.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Robert K. Elder
    Takes us to familiar lands but without any of the original's magic.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Robert K. Elder
    Whatever is lost in translation can't keep Appleseed from feeling a decade late--and its animation from looking like a relic on arrival.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Robert K. Elder
    A sweetly benign comedy that allows the actor (Jones) to lampoon his tough guy image honed in "The Fugitive" and "U.S. Marshals."
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Robert K. Elder
    Though Katsuhiro Otomo's animated Victorian-era adventure Steamboy stars British characters, it's a Japanese film through and through.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Robert K. Elder
    Action films can't be this consistently absurd, can't paint their heroes into such dangerous corners, from which only cocktails of luck and divine intervention can save them, over and over. It's a bad-faith bargain with the audience and bad storytelling.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Robert K. Elder
    Gratuitous gore and young, nubile flesh bind together a cardboard plot.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Robert K. Elder
    Ultimately, it's Paul Giamatti ("Sideways"), playing Braddock's manager Joe Gould, who shines. In another actor's hands, Gould would be a secondary character lost in Crowe's shadow, but Giamatti outshines his co-stars at times with his everyman looks and delivery.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Robert K. Elder
    Exploits the epidemic of kidnapping in Venezuela without offering solutions or insight--only sophomoric platitudes. Jakubowicz's talents as a filmmaker are many, but crafting an articulate, well-examined social theory isn't among them.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 50 Robert K. Elder
    There is a good movie here--Strait actually sings the songs that stand on their own, and he's appealing, despite the rock movie cliches.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Robert K. Elder
    Both Jackson and Levy are better than director Les Mayfield's ("Blue Streak") meandering comedy.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Robert K. Elder
    About overcoming adversity and one's innermost fears. On this count, Paxton hits the ball squarely in capturing the psychology of his characters, but hooks it into the sand trap of effects and thematic overselling.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Robert K. Elder
    Doom, the film, aspires to be more than just a gory shoot em' up--though it'd still be a stretch to call it a thinking man's action movie.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Robert K. Elder
    By forcing definition on Flux, the filmmakers rob her of any allure. What do they offer instead? Clumsy exposition, bland PG-13 gunfights and subpar computer animation.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Robert K. Elder
    Compared with Martin's first "Dozen" and the recent mega-family movie "Yours, Mine and Ours," this sequel is Academy Award material.

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