Tirdad Derakhshani

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For 256 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 74% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 23% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Tirdad Derakhshani's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Song of the Sea
Lowest review score: 12 Gimme Shelter
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 25 out of 256
256 movie reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Garfield melts into his Doss character in a performance that seems impossibly still and tranquil. He’s mesmerizing. It’s almost impossible to imagine he ever played Spider-Man.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    A richly observed coming-of-age drama about two teenage boys who are drawn to each other with a complicated mix of attraction, repulsion, tenderness, and aggression.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Moana 's great heart and great humor actively subvert the violent, egocentric, macho mind-set that dominates so many popular stories. It can hardly be expected to change prevailing attitudes on its own. But it’s a start.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    At turns elegiac, absurdist, and gently satirical, Lonergan’s drama is a deeply affecting chamber piece that features an outstanding performance by Casey Affleck.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Strictly speaking, Elle is a comedy, a blacker-than-death social satire about bourgeois values, set in contemporary Paris. It’s viciously, demonically funny in parts.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Fences is also very much an actors' movie, with breathtaking performances from Washington and his costars, including Davis, Stephen Henderson, Jovan Adepo, Russell Hornsby, and Mykelti Williamson.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    At its satirical best, Things to Come takes aim at some of the sacred cows of French academia, showing how the posturing of today’s radical kids seems to repeat the attitudes their parents had in the '60s.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Rosamund Pike is adorable, if a little too ethereal and flighty.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Alvarez triumphs because he made one crucial decision: Avoid digital animation and use only practical in-camera special effects. He uses every trick from classic Hollywood and invents a few of his own.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    While it flirts with the ridiculous, the film manages to maintain a certain gravitas as its many stories unfold.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    A sly, richly modulated, emotionally engaging, and brutally honest film.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Unexpectedly fresh, alive, and vibrant - and wonderfully traumatizing.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    A quiet, modest chamber piece more like "Moon" than "Star Wars."
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    "The Silence of the Lambs" gave us an articulate, Euro-suave gourmand cannibal, but served up pretty much the same stew.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    A crafty, suspenseful, violent horror film that touches on the inner lives of sexual predators, the question of guilt and remorse in the human soul, and the practice of torture.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    An inspiring, educational, highly enjoyable documentary.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Pulp fiction doesn't come much better than Cold in July, a gritty, grisly - and perversely giddy - crime yarn directed by Pottstown-born indie-film provocateur Jim Mickle.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    The 85-year-old Chilean-born auteur returns this week with his latest directorial attempt, The Dance of Reality, an intensely personal, deeply felt, if at times solipsistic autobiographical work about his childhood in Tocopilla, a seaside town at the edge of the Chilean desert.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    When it comes to sheer comic-book fun, few summer movies deliver a more consistent, satisfying, thoroughly enjoyable shot of cinematic jouissance than the delightfully adventurous actress Scarlett Johansson's latest bit of strange, Lucy.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    A clever, fun, and affecting romantic dramedy about love and rock-and-roll.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    For all its frank sexual language, Kelly & Cal is hardly revolutionary or shocking. It drags in the second act and has an ending so obvious, you can smell it from the opening scene.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    A bleak, despairing testament to the cruelty of war, and how it mangles and defaces everyone it touches.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    It hobbles its otherwise fascinating premise by descending into hagiography. Webb's story is a tragedy, to be sure, but portraying him as a saint and martyr does little to advance the truth.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Yet, despite a mesmerizing performance by Gyllenhaal - he's as transfixing as a cobra in a snake charmer's dance - and a terrific turn by Riz Ahmed as an unskilled homeless kid Louis hires as his assistant, Nightcrawler doesn't quite have the satirical smarts that made "Network" a classic.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Those who give into its spell will find this a gentle, moving, and deeply intelligent portrait of the awkward, fumbling steps teens make into adulthood, and the promise of first love that draws them on.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Crazy funny.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Eloquent, moving, and deeply troubling, Little Accidents is a true contemporary tragedy.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    At times, Spare Parts sails perilously close to the saccharine. But the film is a fine example of a message movie that does justice both to its important subject matter and to its characters' inner lives.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    At turns horribly funny and simply horrific, Piven's film suggests our therapeutic age has reduced us all to psychic cripples who resort to emotional exhibitionism in lieu of honest self-examination and self-expression.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    One of the most insightful films about the War on Terror since 9/11.

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