Tirdad Derakhshani
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For 74 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 81% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 15% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Tirdad Derakhshani's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 The Imposter
Lowest review score: 12 Gimme Shelter
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 74
  2. Negative: 11 out of 74
74 movie reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Gripping, hair-raising 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    A taut, understated minimalist masterwork.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    A remarkable, thoroughly disturbing creepshow that burrows deep under your skin and refuses to let go.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Tirdad Derakhshani
    A dazzling documentary.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Unexpectedly fresh, alive, and vibrant - and wonderfully traumatizing.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    A sly, richly modulated, emotionally engaging, and brutally honest film.
    • 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 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Tirdad Derakhshani
    An inspiring, educational, highly enjoyable documentary.

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