Tirdad Derakhshani
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For 76 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 81% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 16% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Tirdad Derakhshani's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 The Imposter
Lowest review score: 12 Gimme Shelter
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 52 out of 76
  2. Negative: 11 out of 76
76 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 74 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.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Tirdad Derakhshani
    No one should be expected to endure 115 minutes of this nonsense.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Tai Chi Zero, the first film in a planned trilogy, will leave hard-core fight enthusiasts wanting. But it's a droll, pleasant diversion all the same.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Tirdad Derakhshani
    The movie is well-edited and lean, a fast-paced, action-filled bit of froth that manages to be diverting and surprisingly fun.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 63 Tirdad Derakhshani
    A silly, if fun, futuristic sci-fi romance.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Tirdad Derakhshani
    The characters' high-minded, if unsophisticated, patter clashes with the film's ironic-chic style, and it never manages to move beyond the late-night palaver of earnest, if naive, college freshmen.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Tirdad Derakhshani
    If you're looking for quality prepackaged, predigested Hollywood family fun this summer, you could do a lot worse than Despicable Me 2.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 63 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Profane, randy, oversexed, and wonderfully juvenile.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Isn't a cheap knock-off but an equally effective, deliciously disturbing movie. It's bound to delight genre fans (and dismay critics, who attacked the first as heavy-handed and sloppy).
    • 68 Metascore
    • 63 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Iceland is beautiful. Really, really, really - really - beautiful. That pretty much sums up the new feature film Land Ho! That message is the film's alpha and omega. Its raison d'ĂȘtre. Its soul and its being.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Charming, emotionally resonant, yet nowhere as fresh and dramatic as its predecessor.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 63 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Some viewers will dismiss Autumn Blood as a pretentious Euro-art iteration of Straw Dogs. For those willing to be open to its experimentation and more charitable about its many faults, the film can provide a powerful experience and serve as an fascinating testament to the tenuous nature of the social contract.
    • 49 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Tirdad Derakhshani
    The Possession has none of the suspense that made Bornedal's morgue thriller "Deathwatch" such shuddering good fun. And despite the absurdly overwrought Bernard Herrmann-esque score, it has very few genuine shocks.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Not one of Sparks' best flicks (The Notebook is quite good) Safe Haven is marred by film cliches. It has an alarming number of throwaway montage sequences.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Love conquers all. Sadly, Yoo's film does not.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Tirdad Derakhshani
    An uneven, mildly amusing, and highly derivative flick featuring a wonderful, quirky cast as a crew of art thieves who run a complex scam on the art world, and on each other.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Tirdad Derakhshani
    It's hard to know whom to blame for this futile exercise: Morris or Rumsfeld.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Tirdad Derakhshani
    A tediously faithful remake of French filmmaker Luc Besson's terrific 2004 international hit "District 13," the Besson-produced Brick Mansions might have been mildly interesting had it been made a decade ago.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Tirdad Derakhshani
    The writer-director has the talent to dig deep and lay bare the assumptions behind our idea of justice and our notions of right and wrong. In The Devil's Knot, he settles for an encyclopedic, if skin-deep, presentation.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Like other entries of its pulpish ilk, the picture packs lots of violence, a fair bit of gore, and plenty of cheap scares.

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