For 385 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 44% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 52% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Derek Elley's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Atonement
Lowest review score: 10 Thomas and the Magic Railroad
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 23 out of 385
385 movie reviews
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Loaded with unashamedly sophomoric humor, but fired with a kind of early Richard Lester-esque elan that doesn’t run out of gas, A Fistful of Fingers shows more wit and invention than most of its no-budget Brit saddlemates.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Derek Elley
    Cool it may be, but scary (or even mildly shudder-inducing) it ain’t, even in 3-D.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 40 Derek Elley
    A thinly scripted mood piece centered on an estranged fortysomething among vacationing friends in Italy, Unrelated doesn’t carry the viewer along with its protag’s emotional problems.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    A marked strength of the movie is that it does succeed in making the unlikely central love affair believable within its own universe.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    The picture sports a strong lead cast but is diminished by TV-style helming and production qualities.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    As in "Divine," there's an uneven quality to Suleiman's often surreal ideas, but in general there are way more hits than misses this time round, some of them laugh-out-loud.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Largely thanks to Verbeek's performance, full of physical grace notes and small details, she manages to involve the audience, even though her character is more a movie creation than one based in real psychology. Rea, largely giving his usual mumbling Oirish perf, proves a selfless support, and provides an anchor to the movie.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    It manages to suspend disbelief without over-taxing the viewer's patience, and boasts at least one terrific performance, by actress Yeom Jeong-ah as a scary stepmom.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 40 Derek Elley
    One of the most highly crafted pics in recent memory, and certainly the most original in vision of the 23 features competing at Cannes this year, Songs From the Second Floor rapidly wears out its welcome after the first few reels to finish up as a perplexing objet d'art.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    All of the promise that was evident in Scottish helmer David Mackenzie's flawed freshman feature, "The Last Great Wilderness" (2002), is richly achieved in his second pic, Young Adam, a resonant, beautifully modulated relationships drama.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    Has a script that plays more like a period romancer studded with occasional Wilde-isms and gets uneven treatment from a mixed Anglo-American cast.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    A sustained genre parody that's equally funny but (maybe in deference to the genre) much more pumped up.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Derek Elley
    Despite engaging performances from a cast led by Matthew Rhys and Kate Ashfield and pro direction by first-timer Richard Janes, yarn about art grifters lacks real snap, which ultimately stems from the so-so script and lack of real coin.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    A handsome chunk of widescreen entertainment that's as nimble as its rakish hero.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Strongly cast, long-limbed yarn contains some of Ratnam's best stuff in its first half but script weaknesses mar the later going and film's overall impact.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Though the script never makes a convincing case for the lads as '90s Robin Hoods, it's restlessly inventive, with a pleasant, rather than rib-cracking, humor and likable touch of naivete.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 30 Derek Elley
    Paa
    Though unrecognizable, Amitabh Bachchan is the star of -- and the only reason to go see -- Paa.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    But there's little sense of a longer dramatic arc stretching across the characters: Rozema can't seem to hold a single tone for more than a few minutes, and she has too many other axes to grind besides just getting the story up on the screen.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    A sprightly acted, warm and often extremely funny ensemble comedy.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Derek Elley
    Moves like an express train across almost 2½ hours without any sense of rush and with strong, empathetic characters etched en route.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Fourth feature by Mainland helmer Lou Ye ("Suzhou River," "Purple Butterfly") shoots for metaphysical drama but ends up saying very little beneath all the poetic voiceovers, sexual encounters and political seasoning.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Borderline grungy but highly entertaining comedy-drama.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Derek Elley
    By-the-numbers item, in which five American college students literally get wasted while tripping out on magic mushrooms in rural Ireland, is OK vid fodder with few real scares and not an ounce of originality.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    A handsome although dramatically muddled Noodle Western.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    Some fine individual perfs by the tony cast, plus fine period detail and costumes, make the time pass fairly agreeably, but Tea With Mussolini suffers from a fatal lack of focus and emotional center, reducing potentially involving material to a succession of individual scenes.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Derek Elley
    An involving, often kinetic 2½-hour ride for auds who can accept their entertainment overboiled as well as just hardboiled.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Derek Elley
    Basic joke wears off after five minutes, and many bystanders will start to head out of town. But genre/Asian buffs prepared to ride shotgun for two hours will be rewarded with some classy action sequences and densely accoutred widescreen lensing.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Derek Elley
    Small but delightful tale about a dyed-in-the-wool spieler who develops a soft spot for a blind girl dumped in his care.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    An extremely silly but effective enough romp for family audiences.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Derek Elley
    Slick, grisly and determinedly umbral, German cop thriller Tattoo is a largely effective "Se7en" wannabe that gradually develops its own character after an over-derivative start.

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