Tirdad Derakhshani
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For 112 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 83% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 15% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Tirdad Derakhshani's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 The Salt of the Earth
Lowest review score: 12 Gimme Shelter
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 77 out of 112
  2. Negative: 13 out of 112
112 movie reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Gripping, hair-raising documentary.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Tirdad Derakhshani
    A transcendent work from Ireland's Cartoon Saloon studio that's almost wasted on kids.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Tirdad Derakhshani
    A transcendent political poem as intellectually rigorous as it is beautiful.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Tirdad Derakhshani
    The Salt of the Earth, has the power to draw you into its world, transfix, and perhaps eventually transform you.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Tirdad Derakhshani
    A somber piece of film poetry about men so invested in a rigid notion of honor and revenge they become trapped in an endless loop of violence.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Ai Weiwei comes off as a man on a singular mission: to record the life around him before it is erased or distorted by a repressive government terrified by the smallest sign of nonconformity. His primary weapons: video cameras and Twitter.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    A taut, understated minimalist masterwork.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    It can feel inchoate, dropping the viewer in the middle of events without much context, and it exacts an emotional toll. But its raw quality also makes it compelling viewing.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Wake in Fright is essential viewing for anyone interested in the roots of male violence.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Dense, richly textured, and emotionally fraught - uplifting and devastating in equal parts - Shane Carruth's masterful sophomore effort is an abstract, elusive, but emotionally engaging love story that's more tone poem than drama.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Very few of us would like to think about the physical and emotional toll that life in captivity takes on these magnificent creatures. Gabriela Cowperthwaite's powerful, heartbreaking, and beautifully crafted documentary, Blackfish, forces us to do just that.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Drug War is a deeply intelligent, exhilarating and eminently satisfying adult crime story, one of the best thrillers you're likely to see this year.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    "You have to be like a poet," Jodorowsky says at one point. "Your movie must be just as you think of it. . . . The movie has to be just like I dream it." What an extraordinary dream it could have been.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    A dazzling documentary.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    One of this year's true surprises, the superior animated sequel not only is infused with the same independent spirit and off-kilter aesthetic that enriched the original, it also deepens the first film's major themes.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    A remarkable, thoroughly disturbing creepshow that burrows deep under your skin and refuses to let go.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Swinton is delightful in a twisted turn as Wilford's enforcer, a Margaret Thatcherian dragon lady who adores watching her men torture miscreants who have defied the train's No. 1 rule: Know your place.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Their film would be even more compelling if it followed up with further reports, perhaps a few years apart, charting the three boys' fates.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Wetlands is one of the most daring, visually arresting, innovative, and imaginative examples of filmmaking to come out of Europe in recent memory.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    The Green Prince is an extraordinary achievement. It has all the suspense of a great espionage yarn, but it's also a powerful moral document that calls into question the tactics of terrorism.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Hong, who makes his feature debut here, has a masterful command of rhythm, beautifully weaving each strand of the narrative around that momentous opening scene.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Adapted from the devilishly clever 1955 novel by master crime author Georges Simenon, The Blue Room is a dazzling deconstruction of the mystery genre that turns its conventions on their heads.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    The filmmakers don't bother hammering home a backstory or explaining why David is crazy. They just throw us in the deep end and dazzle us with a series of violent encounters that ends with a deadly chase in a surreal fun house maze of mirrors.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    A truly refreshing break from the Hollywood humdrum, the film is a perfect vehicle for Rock's range of talents, giving him plenty of breathing space to launch into his trademark stand-up riffs while grounding him in a story as moving as it is funny.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    We know how the story ends: Nordling persuades Choltitz to back down. Yet, the film somehow maintains a razor-sharp sense of suspense throughout. And it ends with a delicious plot twist that makes one rethink Nordling's moral superiority.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Paddington is perfect for today's audiences, so long overfed on comic-book fodder. The bear's impeccable manners, perfect diction, and earnestness make him the ultimate anti-Bart Simpson.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    A delightful, sharp dramedy that skewers the topic from every angle imaginable.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    A superbly researched and edited documentary about the women's movement in the 1960s.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    You'll need a strong stomach for some of the scenes in A Girl Like Her, one of the most moving and intelligent of the recent glut of films and TV specials about teenage bullying.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Always, murmuring just beneath the surface, there's a political undercurrent to Farhadi's films, a gentle whisper of a critique aimed at the weight of Iran's combined cultural and political intransigence.

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