Robert K. Elder

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For 233 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 32% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Robert K. Elder's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 The Constant Gardener
Lowest review score: 0 The Devil's Rejects
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 48 out of 233
233 movie reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Robert K. Elder
    Takes a simple story and molds it into something eloquent and menacing.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 Robert K. Elder
    The "Showgirls" of superhero movies. This is not a compliment. A vacuous lingerie show posing as feminism, it's the biggest movie hairball this side of "Garfield."
    • 36 Metascore
    • 75 Robert K. Elder
    Though trailers for Little Black Book try to sell it as a zany romantic comedy, don't judge this book by its cover. Those who stick with it will be surprised and maybe even laugh in between a tear or two.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Robert K. Elder
    Might be best described as Thailand's version of "The Alamo."
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 Robert K. Elder
    Ends strong, in an ultimately smoother, smarter sequel.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Robert K. Elder
    If Estes' future efforts can offer us such potent, character-centered Molotov cocktails, Mean Creek may well signal the rise of America's next auteur director.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Robert K. Elder
    With 20 additional minutes of screen time, the director's cut of Richard Kelly's genre-splicing "Donnie Darko" offers new viewers a second chance to discover his mind-bending masterwork.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Robert K. Elder
    Belongs to that brand of sweeping, conflict-era drama epitomized by "Saving Private Ryan," "Gone with the Wind" and TV miniseries "North and South."
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Robert K. Elder
    Might be justified as "mindless fun" if it weren't for the acute lack of fun in its 93 minutes.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Robert K. Elder
    Commits the cardinal sin of not being quite as funny as its star.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Robert K. Elder
    It's a dense, winding tale with all of Sayles' razor-sharp dialogue and intrigue. But instead of tracing character paths, Sayles sacrifices solid storytelling in favor of forwarding a political (and environmental) ideology.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Robert K. Elder
    Like "Blade Runner," it's dense enough to be rewarding on multiple viewings, the hallmark of a classic.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Robert K. Elder
    A gleefully gory, pitch-perfect parody of George Romero's zombie films. But this isn't a movie about other movies. Shaun of the Dead stands on its own.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Robert K. Elder
    Jakes' characters are points to be made, flesh and blood cautionary tales that don't particularly feel human. His dialogue, even in the mouths of Michelle and her troubled mother, sounds as if it comes straight from the pulpit.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 Robert K. Elder
    Worst of all, though, is the movie's moral maneuvering.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 50 Robert K. Elder
    Riddled with comic potholes.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Robert K. Elder
    Team America's strengths are in its musical numbers, especially Kim Jong Il's mournful "I'm So Ronery" (translation: "Lonely"), a heartfelt peek into the dictator's soul.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Robert K. Elder
    Shackles its characters with stale dialogue straight out of decades-old Sgt. Rock comic books.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Robert K. Elder
    A master of atmosphere, Japanese director Takashi Shimizu leads his audience along on a celluloid leash to his pitch-black attic of horror, inviting each hair on the back of your neck to stand up.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Robert K. Elder
    Saw
    Wan's tense, grisly cinematic morsel won't go down easy. But once it hits bottom, Saw is oddly satisfying, though the gag reflex never entirely goes away.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Robert K. Elder
    Sizzles for a half-hour, then fizzles.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Robert K. Elder
    Overnight's only narrative hole is an inability to pinpoint why Miramax stonewalled him.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Robert K. Elder
    So dark and dirge-like are its first 85 minutes that a few uplifting minutes at the end can't dissipate the somber cloud Noel summons.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 63 Robert K. Elder
    If only Bad Education engaged the heart as much as the head, Almodovar's fractured tale might have risen above its alienating noir conventions.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Robert K. Elder
    Infusion of comedy elements keeps the story light, without dragging it into the cartoonish.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Robert K. Elder
    A talented craftsman of dark raillery, Day and his fixation on Hollywood melodrama are indulged to delicious effect in his sophomore effort.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 63 Robert K. Elder
    Thankfully, Reynolds (bearded, looking a bit like Jason Lee) adds some scrappiness and humor to a series that might otherwise have collapsed under self-parody.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 100 Robert K. Elder
    Exceptionally clever, hilariously gloomy and bitingly subversive.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Robert K. Elder
    Delivers the perfect union - a vivid, sublime parody and valentine to the superhero genre.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Robert K. Elder
    The beautifully shot but dramatically strained I Am David falls prey to the defect of all poor road movies: In gluing together unbelievable but convenient episodes with sugary sentimentality, it loses most of its credibility.

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