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
    • 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.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 75 Robert K. Elder
    Though trailers for Little Black Book try to sell it as a zany romantic comedy, don't judge this book by its cover. Those who stick with it will be surprised and maybe even laugh in between a tear or two.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 Robert K. Elder
    Ends strong, in an ultimately smoother, smarter sequel.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Robert K. Elder
    Like "Blade Runner," it's dense enough to be rewarding on multiple viewings, the hallmark of a classic.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Robert K. Elder
    A master of atmosphere, Japanese director Takashi Shimizu leads his audience along on a celluloid leash to his pitch-black attic of horror, inviting each hair on the back of your neck to stand up.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Robert K. Elder
    Saw
    Wan's tense, grisly cinematic morsel won't go down easy. But once it hits bottom, Saw is oddly satisfying, though the gag reflex never entirely goes away.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Robert K. Elder
    Overnight's only narrative hole is an inability to pinpoint why Miramax stonewalled him.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Robert K. Elder
    A talented craftsman of dark raillery, Day and his fixation on Hollywood melodrama are indulged to delicious effect in his sophomore effort.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Robert K. Elder
    Bobby Long can enchant you. It's a film that feels lived in, confident despite its conventions.
    • 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.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Robert K. Elder
    A superbly crafted piece of humanistic cinema.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Robert K. Elder
    When applied properly, short-form animation can bring dreams and nightmares to life like no other medium.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Robert K. Elder
    Doesn't revert to hairpin plot twists or other dramatic trickery to hook us in; Auerbach simply lets us live with her characters-which, it turns out, is reward enough.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Robert K. Elder
    Ambitious, yes. Does it work? Not really. While it's genuinely cool to hear characters talk about early rap records (Sugar Hill Gang, etc.), the constant referencing of hip-hop arcana can alienate even the savviest audiences.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Robert K. Elder
    Sports movies are never easy to pull off, but Skolnick does a fine job of balancing the drama with the on-field action.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Robert K. Elder
    Able to provide insight into a fascinating part of theater history, spanning from Russia to the New York Catskills.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Robert K. Elder
    A confusing and not entirely believable ending clouds the issue, though, burying some fine performances and cinematography under an avalanche of gore and plot twists.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Robert K. Elder
    Farmanara, a gifted director, seems to be getting his artistic legs again, but he spends far too much time following his protagonist in and out of buildings as he smokes cigarettes and otherwise mopes about.

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