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 3.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Robert K. Elder's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Kung Fu Hustle
Lowest review score: 0 The Devil's Rejects
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 48 out of 233
233 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Robert K. Elder
    Exceptional black dramatic comedy.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 Robert K. Elder
    99 minutes of excruciating "reality."
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Robert K. Elder
    Caruso, who showed flair in the Val Kilmer vehicle "The Salton Sea," has a penchant for the dark side. In this case, it's the plodding, predictable ZIP code of the dark side.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Robert K. Elder
    Is it a political movie? Yes. A movie with strong ideas and issues? Yes. But propaganda with its heart in the right place is still propaganda, and seldom easy to watch.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Robert K. Elder
    In his thoughtfully paced, well-acted film, Hoge doesn't set out to solve the "why" of Leland's ghastly crime. He's more interested in examining the reason why society needs to create and interpret a reason for horror.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Robert K. Elder
    A virtuoso piece of dark storytelling.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Robert K. Elder
    In a case study of how to screw up a simple, powerful revenge story, director Jonathan Hensleigh punishes audiences with an unbearably sluggish action movie that requires the word "action" to be placed in quotes.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Robert K. Elder
    To call this movie a dog would also be an insult to canines, so let's just say Scooby-Doo 2 is a Scooby-Don't.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 50 Robert K. Elder
    Downright scary in some places, Godsend might be more potent if it wasn't watered down by religious trope predictability.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Robert K. Elder
    Whatever the film lacks in presentation, it makes up for in laughs and ensemble performances that sing.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Robert K. Elder
    Released in theaters five years after its 1999 Sundance Film Festival premiere, Kalem's film is too precious, too self-conscious and far too enamored with itself to ever have any kind of genuine emotional truth.
    • 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.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Robert K. Elder
    Ultimately, Stateside ends up a diluted, scattered drama--less than the sum of its parts, but with an impressive cameo list.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 50 Robert K. Elder
    The cinematic Garfield: The Movie feels like an 82-minute commercial for Garfield, The Brand rather than cinematic dumb fun.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.

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