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 Timbuktu
Lowest review score: 12 xXx: Return of Xander Cage
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 25 out of 256
256 movie reviews
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    A well-shot, gore-free psychological thriller about our elemental fear of darkness, Lights Out has a good deal in common with "The Babadook." While it can't touch Jennifer Kent's masterpiece, it does mark the arrival of a major new talent.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    While it descends too often into the melodramatic, it's a solid, smart picture and a welcome addition to the genre.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Williams does a terrific job portraying Nolan's ambivalence, the mix of fear, guilt, and excitement that grips him and the gradual change he undergoes in the ensuing weeks.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    One of the most insightful films about the War on Terror since 9/11.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    The story is simple, illogical, mysterious, strange, and, of course, very, very sparse.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    I've rarely encountered such pure poetry of action as in the opening minutes of Deepwater Horizon, director Peter Berg's exciting and emotionally wrenching thriller.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    A triumphant, feel-good, laugh-out-loud, sports biopic.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    A sly, richly modulated, emotionally engaging, and brutally honest film.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Our Kind of Traitor strains credulity: The world it attempts to depict - international organized crime - is too large, too unmanageable and too easily caricatured.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Featuring an awe-inspiring, stellar performance by Parks and Recreation's (and Wilmington's) Aubrey Plaza as Beth, the film opens with the high school girl's short-lived death.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Tirdad Derakhshani
    If you’re looking for great, realistic action, it’s just the thing. Berg is a masterful action director, and his Patriots Day is every bit as engaging and exciting as "Lone Survivor" and "Deepwater Horizon."
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Mixing elements from documentaries, biopics, war flicks, and Hallmark romances, Ross' film is a living history tour, but with gory special effects and a smoldering smattering of sex appeal.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Tirdad Derakhshani
    It's as exhilarating and moving a film opening as you're likely to experience. Sadly, the rest of Follow Me doesn't live up to this overture.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Tirdad Derakhshani
    A stylish, painterly picture that evokes classic horror films from the 1930s.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Road Hard, partly funded through crowd-sourcing, is an enjoyable picture. It's sure to appeal to Man Show fans, though it withers when compared to another recent film about a has-been comic directed by its star, Chris Rock's remarkable Top Five.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 63 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Despite its terrific performances and its great use of locations, Shelter doesn't have enough substance to hold your attention or linger in the mind for long.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Tirdad Derakhshani
    An extremely delicate, quiet, and stunningly understated chamber piece.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Tirdad Derakhshani
    It's grown-up, deadly serious, and free of the ham-handed romantic subplots that mire so many films from the region in ick stew.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 63 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Despite its formulaic structure, The Abandoned has a lot going for it. It eschews cheap scares, bloodletting, and gore. Instead, it works the audience with good, old-fashioned suspense. And it has heart.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 63 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Suicide Squad does have quite a few tremendously entertaining sequences of high action and low comedy. It's a shame it never rises beyond that.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Song One burns with genuine sentiment, charismatic actors, and good music. One wishes it were held together by something more than a series of moods.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Central Intelligence is actually funny.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Well-written, gorgeously shot, and expertly edited, the film is also an exasperating exercise in good intentions gone wrong. For all its strengths, Genius often trades in tiresome clichés.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Tirdad Derakhshani
    No one should be expected to endure 115 minutes of this nonsense.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Araki's films have never been known for their subtlety. Think Douglas-Sirk-meets-Johnny-Rotten. He tries to rein in his tendency for the baroque in White Bird in a Blizzard, but he pushes the story too far in the direction of the grotesque.

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