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

Robert K. Elder's Scores

  • Movies
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
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Robert K. Elder
    Wildly inventive, sweetly subversive.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Robert K. Elder
    Even if this new version of "Hitchhiker" doesn't quite capture it all, you'll still want to stick your thumb out and catch a ride.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Robert K. Elder
    Younger viewers might be annoyed with Saving Face for not being more in-your-face progressive and edgy. Older audiences will be happy that it's not.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Robert K. Elder
    In terms of pure visual scope, Deep Blue might be one of the best IMAX films never created for the IMAX screen.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Robert K. Elder
    Like all horror films, High Tension builds to a final, sobering flash of chaos that settles all scores. Some viewers will hate Aja's movie for its end-game reveal; others will love it for the very same reason.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Robert K. Elder
    Sky High doesn't aim for the highbrow and doesn't employ lowbrow toilet humor. Instead, it hits the exact middle -- a bull's-eye worthy of a superhero.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Robert K. Elder
    Viewed through the right lens, "My Dateā€¦" succeeds as a warm, heartfelt story about childhood crushes and the pursuit of lifelong dreams. (Through another, it's downright unnerving.)
    • 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.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 75 Robert K. Elder
    Marisa Tomei turns in a blitzkrieg performance.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Robert K. Elder
    Whatever the final message of The Housekeeper, its love story engages both the heart and the head.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Robert K. Elder
    Starts out slowly, unfolding a family history through the poetic use of black-and-white photographs -- blending the figures of Rana's ancestors into the frame as if they still watched the family.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Robert K. Elder
    A superbly crafted piece of humanistic cinema.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Robert K. Elder
    As psychological drama, In My Skin falls short. But as pure horror, it's unforgettable.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Robert K. Elder
    Twohy pulls all the strings to create an inventive genre piece.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Robert K. Elder
    Stands as a successful cinematic experiment and a gripping -- though a little too long -- study of humanity's most primitive instincts.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Robert K. Elder
    First-time director Timothy Bjorklund, who also shepherded Teacher's Pet on television, conducts some inventive, devilish sequences.
    • 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."
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Robert K. Elder
    Presented with such confidence, such care, that we love all of the characters, even if we don't like them.
    • 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.
    • 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.