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 The Constant Gardener
Lowest review score: 0 Cradle 2 the Grave
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 48 out of 233
233 movie reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Robert K. Elder
    So well cast and well captured is Touching the Void that it suspends disbelief, making us feel as if we're actually watching Simpson's own icy version of Dante's "Inferno."
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Robert K. Elder
    When a movie keeps repeating its title, you know it's a stinker.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Robert K. Elder
    Like all B-movies (or in this case, pseudo B-movies), "Skeleton" contains sparkling moments of promise and camp performance.
    • 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.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Robert K. Elder
    It breaks director Billy Wilder's most important movie commandment: Thou Shall Not Bore. It's just not funny.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 88 Robert K. Elder
    Finally, a teen sex comedy that's funnier than both its trailer and its outtakes. More important, Eurotrip -- with its laser-guided sex toys and infectious theme song, "Scotty Doesn't Know" -- just might be the best comedy so far this year.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Robert K. Elder
    Takes a simple story and molds it into something eloquent and menacing.

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