Robert K. Elder
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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 0.6 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 232
232 movie reviews
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Robert K. Elder
    Hits more laughs than it misses and its characters are likable, empathetic people.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Robert K. Elder
    After clawing their way into the Olympics, so-called extreme sports deserve respect, but this is no way to get it.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Robert K. Elder
    Combining cutting-edge computer animation with traditional two-dimensional characters, Treasure Planet pops off the screen, reviving Stevenson's adventure with surprising accuracy.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Robert K. Elder
    Although bright, well-acted and thought-provoking, Tuck Everlasting suffers from a laconic pace and a lack of traditional action.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Robert K. Elder
    While sci-fi conceits still permeate the plot (alien DNA, rogue scientists), attention to personal detail float world-weary, superbly-drawn protagonists in a rare movie-a character-driven animated film.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Robert K. Elder
    Resonates and inspires rapid-fire bouts of laughter, perhaps even a few giggles from the author himself, whom posterity has rewarded the last laugh.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 63 Robert K. Elder
    One of the few video game movies to truly re-create the gaming experience -- from the three-dimensional maps to the structure of encountering increasingly grisly and dangerous foes at higher levels of play.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Robert K. Elder
    A train wreck you can't help but watch.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 63 Robert K. Elder
    Writer-director Peter Sehr displays obvious directing talent, especially in his use of nonlinear love scenes. He shows the coupling, the approach and release all at once, out of order, mixing the entire seduction ritual into one fluid montage.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Robert K. Elder
    Unlike the intrigue and winding switchback of moral mysteries that defined "L.A. Confidential," Dark Blue travels on flat, predictable terrain.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Robert K. Elder
    Call it a weepy for the gay community:The Trip is an oddly marketed, oddly titled romance. Yes, there is a trip, but it takes place during the last 15 minutes of the film and seems almost tangential.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 63 Robert K. Elder
    This otherwise predictable romantic comedy does have several genuinely funny scenes, thanks to Monica Potter's comic delivery and charm.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Robert K. Elder
    This sequel succeeds as a slightly convoluted, paint-by-the-numbers buddy/action comedy with fast, funny banter and well-choreographed fight scenes.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 63 Robert K. Elder
    Knows when to take itself seriously and when to laugh at itself -- even if its audience isn't laughing along at every gag.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Robert K. Elder
    As wide and deep as the directors fish for anecdotes, it's surprising that there isn't more focus, more context.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 63 Robert K. Elder
    Captures a breathtaking exotic landscape cluttered only by the smugness of its characters.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 63 Robert K. Elder
    Perhaps Figgis proves his unconventionality with Cold Creek Manor after all, creating a thriller without resorting to the genre's usual bag of tricks.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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